January 1958 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • Jan 1 European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • 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 7 USSR reduces army to 300,000
  • Jan 8 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
  • 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 16 William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 19 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
  • Jan 20 A group attempting the 1st surface crossing of Antarctic join up at the South Pole
  • Jan 23 Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
  • 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 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • Jan 27 Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
  • Jan 28 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor
  • 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 Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 30 UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats
  • Jan 31 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • Jan 31 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)
  • Jan 9 Mehmet Ali Ağca, Turkish attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II
  • Jan 9 Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • Jan 11 Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Colombian crime boss
  • Jan 14 Colin Ferguson, murderer (6 people on the LIRR on Dec 7, 1993)
  • Jan 15 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia
  • Jan 16 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer
  • Jan 16 Lena Ek, Swedish politician
  • Jan 18 Jeffrey N Williams, Superior Wisc, Major Army/astronaut
  • Jan 19 Thomas Kinkade, artist, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25 Harti Weirather, Austrian alpine skier
  • Jan 27 Alan Milburn, British MP
  • Jan 27 James Grippando, American novelist
  • Jan 27 Kadri Mälk, Estonian artist and jewelry designer
  • Jan 30 Brett Butler, comedienne (Grace-Grace Under Fire), born in Montgomery, Alabama

Weddings in History

  • Jan 1 Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Human rights activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 4 Waverley John Anderson, Scot, viscount/governor of Bengal, dies at 75
  • Jan 6 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Petru Groza, premier/president (Romania, 1945-58), dies at 74
  • Jan 9 Paul Fechter, German writer/historian (God's Magician), dies
  • Jan 9 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Charles de Trooz, Belgian writer, dies at 52
  • Jan 12 Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)
  • Jan 13 John Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/church historian, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Earnest H Heinkel, German airplane builder (WW II), dies at 70
  • Jan 30 Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (b. 1878)