Historical Events in March 1958

  • Mar 1 Gary Sobers 365* v Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
  • Mar 1 Sobers completes 446 stand for 2nd wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260
  • Mar 1 West Indies cricket team declares at stumps with a score of 3-790 vs Pakistan
  • Mar 1 Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia.
  • Mar 2 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
  • Mar 2 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 2 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
  • Mar 3 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 3 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • Mar 5 Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 5 KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 7 Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
  • Mar 8 Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita

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Mar 8 William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Mar 8 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74
  • Mar 9 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
  • Mar 11 American B-47 accidentally drops nuclear bomb 15,000 ft on a family home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina; creates crater 75 ft across, bomb without its nuclear capsule
  • Mar 11 Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show "21"
  • Mar 11 Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets
  • Mar 12 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
  • Mar 12 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum
  • Mar 13 Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
  • Mar 14 RIAA certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
  • Mar 14 Recording Industry Association of American created
  • Mar 14 South Africa's government prohibits the African National Congress
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 14 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 15 "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Mar 15 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

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Mar 15 Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Mar 15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • Mar 15 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 16 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 17 US Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
  • Mar 18 Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
  • Mar 19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London
  • Mar 19 Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings for WI vs. Pakistan
  • Mar 20 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line
  • Mar 20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • Mar 20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • Mar 21 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
  • Mar 21 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72

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Mar 22 Under pressure King Saud appoints Faisal Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

CommunicationElvis Presley in the Army

Mar 24 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)

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Mar 25 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Mar 25 West German parliament desires German atomic weapons

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 26 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" best film, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness best actress/actor

  • Mar 26 US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
  • Mar 26 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • Mar 27 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
  • Mar 27 Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro

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Mar 27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Mar 29 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard Mr. What wins
  • Mar 31 US Navy forms atomic sub division
  • Mar 31 USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same