Historical Events in January 1958

  • Jan 1 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • Jan 1 European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • Jan 1 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • Jan 1 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • Jan 1 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21
  • Jan 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY

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Jan 3 Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 3 Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town
  • Jan 3 The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • Jan 4 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
  • Jan 4 Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole
  • Jan 6 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to E. E. Cummings
  • Jan 6 Gibson patents Flying V Guitar
  • Jan 6 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 USSR reduces army to 300,000
  • Jan 8 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana

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Jan 9 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 10 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Jan 13 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
  • Jan 13 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • Jan 13 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • Jan 15 NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
  • Jan 16 William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)
  • Jan 19 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
  • Jan 20 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 20 A group attempting the 1st surface crossing of Antarctic join up at the South Pole
  • Jan 21 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 21 8th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-118 at St. Louis
  • Jan 22 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 23 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Jan 23 Dictator Marcos Perez JimĂ©nez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
  • Jan 23 Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad completes 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies
  • Jan 24 After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion
  • Jan 26 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense
  • Jan 26 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
  • Jan 26 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
  • Jan 26 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • Jan 27 Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
  • Jan 27 46th Women's Australian Championships: Angela Mortimer Barrett beats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 46th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (7-5, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • Jan 28 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor

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Jan 28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jan 28 The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • Jan 29 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • Jan 30 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
  • Jan 30 Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars
  • Jan 30 Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 30 UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats

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Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jan 31 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • Jan 31 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1