Historical Events in February 1958

  • Feb 1 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
  • Feb 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 4 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • Feb 4 Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • Feb 5 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania)
  • Feb 5 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 5 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 6 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United football team
  • Feb 7 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
  • Feb 7 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
  • Feb 7 Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
  • Feb 8 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
  • Feb 8 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
  • Feb 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Feb 11 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • Feb 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
  • Feb 14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • Feb 15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • Feb 15 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
  • Feb 15 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
  • Feb 15 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 15 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
  • Feb 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 17 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • Feb 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 19 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • Feb 20 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • Feb 20 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • Feb 21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Feb 21 Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
  • Feb 22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Feb 22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • Feb 22 Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
  • Feb 22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 22 15th Golden Globes: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

  • Feb 23 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
  • Feb 23 Arturo Frondizi elected President of Argentina
  • Feb 23 Last Municipal arc light, Mission & 25th removed (installed in 1913)
  • Feb 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 28 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket