What Happened in 1958

Significant Events

  • Jan 1 European Economic Community, better known as the European Common Market starts operation
  • Mar 27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party
  • May 23 Mao Zedong starts the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China
  • Aug 1 US atomic submarine USS Nautilus begins 1st transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine"
  • Sep 12 US Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate
  • Dec 19 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere"
  • Dec 31 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country
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1958 in Film & TV

  • Mar 11 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed
  • May 8 "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, directed by Terence Fisher is the first Hammar Horror film released
  • May 9 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released
  • Sep 5 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, North Carolina

1958 in Music

  • Jan 6 Gibson patents Flying V Guitar
  • Jan 10 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts
  • May 19 South Pacific soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • Aug 3 The Billboard Hot 100 is founded
  • Aug 29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

1958 in Sport

  • Dec 28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)

Did You Know?

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

On June 17, 1958


World Leaders in 1958

Famous People in 1958

Would You Believe?

Project SCORE, world’s first communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral

On December 18, 1958

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White
  • Jan 14 Human rights activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan
  • Jan 29 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas
  • Feb 15 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California
  • Mar 27 Latin American and magic realism leading novelist and short story writer "One Hundred years of Solitude" Gabriel Garc

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor and film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage
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