February 1958 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • 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 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
  • Feb 7 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
  • 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 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 12 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
  • Feb 14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • 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 17 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • Feb 19 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • Feb 21 Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
  • Feb 22 Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
  • Feb 22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 3 N. Gregory Mankiw, American economist
  • Feb 4 Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright and artist, born in Graz (d. 1994)
  • Feb 4 Tomasz PacyƄski, Polish writer
  • Feb 6 Cecily Adams, entertainment caster (American Heart), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 7 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • Feb 13 Mark Fox, congas/percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • Feb 13 Marc Emery, Canadian cannabis activist
  • Feb 13 Derek Riggs, British artist
  • Feb 14 Grant Thomas, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 15 Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist
  • Feb 16 Michael W. Burns, American politician
  • Feb 19 Helen Fielding, English writer
  • Feb 21 Jake Steinfeld, exercise expert (Body by Jake)
  • Feb 23 David Sylvian, vocal/guitar (Sylvian Sylvian, Japan-Adolescent Sex)
  • Feb 26 Susan J Helms, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Feb 26 Karen Berger, American comic book editor
  • Feb 26 Michel Houellebecq, French novelist
  • Feb 26 Tim Kaine, US Senator (D-Vir) and 2016 Democratic nominee for Vice President, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 27 Nancy Spungen, American murder victim of Sid Vicious (d. 1978)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
  • Feb 3 Henry Kuttner, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42
  • Feb 3 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81
  • Feb 4 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince, dies at 46
  • Feb 5 Henry M Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Walter Crickmer, English football club secretary and manager
  • Feb 11 Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • Feb 12 Marcel Cachin, 1st communist French senator, dies at 88
  • Feb 13 Georges Rouault, French painter (Christ aux outrages), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • Feb 14 Abdul Rab Nishtar, veteran leader of Pakistan Movement, (b. 1899)
  • Feb 17 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 22 Theo Harych, German writer, commits suicide at 54
  • Feb 24 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack