March 1958 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Sobers completes 446 stand for 2nd wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260
  • 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 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
  • Mar 3 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • Mar 5 Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
  • 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 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 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 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 17 US Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
  • 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

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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
  • Mar 25 West German parliament desires German atomic weapons
  • 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 Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 31 US Navy forms atomic submarine division
  • Mar 31 USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Bertrand Piccard, Swiss balloonist and psychiatrist
  • Mar 2 Peter Arnold, American architect
  • Mar 3 Marc Silvestri, American comic book artist and publisher (Top Cow Productions)
  • Mar 4 Lennie Lee, British artist
  • Mar 7 Alan Hale, American astronomer (Comet Hale–Bopp), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mar 11 Jim Pinkerton, American pundit
  • Mar 11 Flemming Rose, Danish journalist
  • Mar 11 Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq
  • Mar 13 Rick A Lazio, (Rep-R-NY)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 14 Danny Meyer, American restaurateur (Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack Danny Meyer
Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack
Danny Meyer

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Mar 16 Jorge Ramos, Mexican TV anchor, born in Mexico City

News Anchor Jorge Ramos
News Anchor
Jorge Ramos
  • Mar 16 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (d. 2004)
  • Mar 22 Laurie David, American political activist
  • Mar 25 Sisy Chen, Taiwanese politician and television commentator
  • Mar 25 Åsa Torstensson, Swedish politician
  • Mar 27 Susan Molinari, (Rep-R-NY)

Weddings in History

  • Mar 27 Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel Garc

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Writer Gabriel García Márquez (31) weds Mercedes Barcha

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Albert Kuyle, [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • Mar 11 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (founded LEGO), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 12 Ingeborg, Princess of Sweden, dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Leon J Cadore, pitched the 26 inning game, dies at 65
  • Mar 21 Cyril M Kornbluth, US sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • Mar 22 Mike Todd, US film and theatre producer and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, dies in a plane crash at 48
  • Mar 23 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76