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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Did You Know?

1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)

On April 4, 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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