Events in History in 1958

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  • Jan 1 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • Jan 1 European Economic Community, better known as the European 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 patents 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
  • Feb 1 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 1 "Volare" ("Nel blu dipinto di blu") single released by Domenico Modugno (Grammy Award Record of the Year, Song of the Year 1958)
  • Feb 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 5 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US African American foreign minister ( to 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 at Mission & 25th removed in San Francisco (installed 1913)
  • Feb 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 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

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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 31 US Navy forms atomic submarine division
  • Mar 31 USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same
  • Apr 1 Marshal Nikolai Bulganin becomes director of Soviet State Bank
  • Apr 2 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • Apr 2 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)

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Apr 3 Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 4 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)
  • Apr 4 Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
  • Apr 4 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
  • Apr 5 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.
  • Apr 10 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
  • Apr 11 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated (SF)
  • Apr 12 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
  • Apr 13 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello & Music Man win
  • Apr 13 Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.
  • Apr 14 Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere
  • Apr 16 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
  • Apr 17 Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens
  • Apr 18 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
  • Apr 18 NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in LA

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Apr 18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

  • Apr 20 Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM
  • Apr 20 Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
  • Apr 28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Apr 28 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

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Apr 28 US Vice President Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai
  • May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • May 2 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
  • May 3 WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
  • May 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for Death in the Family
  • May 5 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

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May 8 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • May 8 US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru
  • May 9 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government
  • May 13 Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela
  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered.
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Maj Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
  • May 19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London
  • May 19 South Pacific soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • May 19 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes

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May 23 Mao Zedong starts the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
  • May 24 Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
  • May 24 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 26 Union Square, SF becomes state historical landmark
  • May 27 Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 28 French government of Pflimlin resigns/200,000 demonstrate against De Gaulle
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • Jun 1 Belgian christian-democrats win parliamentary election

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Jun 1 Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jun 2 Brooks Robinson hits into 1st of record 4 triple plays
  • Jun 4 French premier Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers
  • Jun 6 Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger
  • Jun 6 French Premier Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French
  • Jun 7 Battles between Turkish & Greeks Cypriots break out
  • Jun 9 "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1

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Jun 9 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jun 11 UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
  • Jun 13 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster Ca
  • Jun 14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
  • Jun 16 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46
  • Jun 16 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia
  • Jun 17 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
  • Jun 17 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day

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Jun 17 "Things Fall Apart" by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published by Heinemann - considered most widely read book in African literature

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • Jun 20 NZ all out 47 v England at Lord's, Laker 4-13, Lock 5-17
  • Jun 21 French franc devalues
  • Jun 23 Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers
  • Jun 23 US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jun 23 Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established
  • Jun 26 Gaston Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium
  • Jun 26 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated
  • Jun 26 Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Jun 27 Billy Pierce's perfect game bid broken with 2 outs in 9th
  • Jun 27 Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) NY to London
  • Jun 27 8th Berlin International Film Festival: "Wild Strawberries" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 30 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
  • Jun 30 Dutch government of Drees ends obligatory dismissal of married teachers
  • Jul 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 5 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname
  • Jul 5 First ascent of Gasherbrum I, 11th highest peak on the earth.
  • Jul 6 Adolfo Lopez Mateos elected President of Mexico