December 1958 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Central African Rep made autonomous member of Fr Comm (National Day)
  • Dec 1 Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students & 3 nuns (Chic)
  • Dec 2 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • Dec 3 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
  • Dec 4 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • Dec 4 Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns

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Dec 5 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Dec 5 The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.
  • Dec 6 US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
  • Dec 7 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
  • Dec 9 Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • Dec 10 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
  • Dec 10 U of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates
  • Dec 11 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls
  • Dec 11 Archibald MacLeish's "JB" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 11 Upper Volta (now Bourkina Faso) gains autonomy from France
  • Dec 12 Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed
  • Dec 12 Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur
  • Dec 16 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
  • Dec 18 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip

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Dec 18 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 18 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
  • Dec 19 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")

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Dec 21 Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 2nd Dutch Beel government forms
  • Dec 23 Abdallah Ibrahim forms government of Morocco
  • Dec 29 TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts
  • Dec 30 French franc devalued

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Dec 31 Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Dec 31 International Geophyscial Year ends

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 George Saunders, American short story writer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Dec 9 Nancy J Currie, Mjr Army/astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Dec 20 Steve Sailer, American political commentator
  • Dec 26 Adrian Newey, British engineer
  • Dec 27 Steffen Mensching, writer
  • Dec 28 Carl Marsden, bodyguard
  • Dec 30 Steven L Smith, Phoenix Arizona, astronaut (STS 68, 82)
  • Dec 30 Rod Harrington, English darts player

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 10 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician, dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • Dec 13 Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
  • Dec 13 Barhanuddin Bashajan, Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed
  • Dec 13 Brand Dirck Ochse, film/bioscope pioneer (Polygoon), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Rafiq Aref, Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed
  • Dec 15 Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Dec 21 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Fjodor W Gladkow, Russian author (Cement), dies at 75