On This Day

What Happened in August 1958

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 US 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
  • Aug 1 US atomic submarine USS Nautilus begins 1st transit of North Pole "Operation Sunshine"
  • Aug 2 Jordan and Iraq dissolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • Aug 3 USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole

#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

  • Aug 5 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
  • Aug 6 American athlete Glenn Davis breaks his own world record by 0.3 (49.2) in 400m hurdles in Budapest, Hungary
  • Aug 6 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • Aug 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
  • Aug 14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Indian Vic Power steals home twice in 1 game
  • Aug 14 KLM Superconstellation crashes west of Ireland, killing 99
  • Aug 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • Aug 15 Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
  • Aug 17 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec

Historic Publication

Aug 18 Novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov is published

  • Aug 18 Actress Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel

Radio History

Aug 18 Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Aug 18 United Kingdom issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
  • Aug 18 Perez Prado "Mambo King" receives one of the 1st gold records
  • Aug 18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • Aug 18 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • Aug 18 Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • Aug 20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st major league lefty catcher since 1906
  • Aug 21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 22 Toronto's Boyd Carter (15 yards) and Dave Mann (116 yards) combine for CFL record for the longest punt return in 15-14 win over Montreal Alouettes in Toronto
  • Aug 22 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Aug 23 People's Republic of China resumes bombardment of the Quemoy and Matsu islands in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
  • Aug 23 "Musical Marie" Ashton completes playing piano at the Plaza-Central cinema in England - a female record 133 hours
  • Aug 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
  • Aug 24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion

Instant Ramen

Aug 25 Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)

  • Aug 27 Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at South Atlantic Ocean
  • Aug 27 USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard
  • Aug 28 American baseball player Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
  • Aug 29 US Air Force Academy's permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Music History

Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles

Music Single

Aug 29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Adrian Dunbar, Northern Irish actor (Hear My Song, Line of Duty), born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 1 Rob Buck, American guitarist and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs - "Hey Jack Kerouac"; "These Are Days"), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 1 Tor Håkon Holte, Norwegian cross country skier, born in Drammen, Norway
  • Aug 1 Michael Penn, American singer-songwriter ("No Myth"), film score composer, and record producer, born in Greenwich Village, New York City
  • Aug 2 Arshad Ayub, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner of the late 1980's), born in Hyderabad, India
  • Aug 2 Chi Chia-wei, Taiwanese gay rights activist, born in Taiwan
  • Aug 3 Cindy Nixon, American singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 3 Ana Kokkinos, Greek-Australian film director (The Secret Life of Us), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 4 Greg Foster, American 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Maywood, Illinois
  • Aug 4 Mary Decker, American Olympic track star (mile record 4:16.71), born in Bunnvale, New Jersey
  • Aug 4 Allison Hedge Coke, American poet and writer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Aug 4 Kym Karath, American actress (The Sound of Music - "Gretl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 4 Phil Scott, American politician, Governor of Vermont (2017-), born in Barre, Vermont
  • Aug 6 Randy DeBarge, American pop-rock singer, and bassist (Debarge - "Rhythm Of The Night"), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Aug 6 Simon Francken, Dutch bassist (Ivy Green)
  • Aug 7 Alberto Salazar, American track coach and long distance runner (NYC Marathon 1980-82, Boston 1982), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Aug 7 Bruce Dickinson, English heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills), born in Worksop, United Kingdom
  • Aug 7 Larisa Karlova, Ukrainian team handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Aug 7 Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 8 Deborah Norville, news anchor (Today Show, Inside Edition)
  • Aug 8 Harry Crosby, actor (Friday the 13th), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 Cecilia Roth, Argentine actress
  • Aug 9 Amanda Bearse, American actress (Marcy Rhodes-Married With Children), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • Aug 9 Greg Chaisson, Canadian heavy metal bassist (Badlands - "Dreams in the Dark"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 10 Jack Richards, English cricket wicket-keeper (mid-80's)
  • Aug 10 Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian politician, academic and Prime Minister of Palestine (2014-present), born in Anabta, West Bank
  • Aug 11 Cordelia Gonzalez, actress (La Gran Fiesta), born in San Juan Puerto Rico
  • Aug 13 David Feherty, Irish golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, NBC), born in Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 13 Feargal Sharkey, Irish punk rock singer (The Undertones - "My Perfect Cousin"; solo - "A Good Heart"), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Aug 13 Randall Shughart, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1993)
  • Aug 13 Domenico Dolce, Italian fashion designer (Dolce & Gabbana), born in Polizzi Generosa, Italy
  • Aug 14 Bobby Eaton, American wrestler (SMW/ECW/NJPW/WCW, Midnight Express), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Aug 15 Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • Aug 15 Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
  • Aug 16 Angela Bassett, American actress (What's Love Got to Do With It), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Jonathan Prince, Beverly Hills Pa, actor (Danny-Alice, Pray TV)
  • Aug 16 Jose Luis, Clerc Argentina, tennis star
  • Aug 16 Peter "Jeff" K Wisoff, Norfolk VA, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 68, 81/84)

Madonna

Aug 16 Madonna [Ciccone], American singer and actress (Like a Virgin), born in Bay City, Michigan

  • Aug 17 Belinda Carlisle, American new wave-pop singer (The Go-Go's - "Vacation"; solo - "Heaven On Earth"), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 18 Madeleine Stowe, American actress (Tropical Snow, Bad Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 18 Reginald "Reg" E. Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Aug 19 Gary Gaetti, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1988, 89; World Series 1987; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Minnesota Twins), born in Centralia Illinois
  • Aug 19 Brendan Nelson, Australian politician (Leader of the Liberal Party 2007-8), born in Coburg, Australia
  • Aug 19 Gordon Brand Jnr., Scottish golfer (8 x European Tour wins; Ryder Cup 1987, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • Aug 19 Darryl Sutter, Canadian NHL center, 1979-87 (Chicago Black Hawks), and coach, since 1992 (Chicago Black Hawks, Los Angeles Kings, and 2 other teams), born in Viking, Alberta
  • Aug 20 Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • Aug 20 David O. Russell, American filmmaker (Silver Linings Playbook), born in New York
  • Aug 21 Ralph Marrero, American actor (Dawn of the Dead; The Babe; Johnny Suede), born in New York City (d. 1991)
  • Aug 22 Ian Mitchell, Irish rocker (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Downpatrick, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 22 Colm Feore, American actor (The Chronicles of Riddick), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 22 Stevie Ray [Lane Huffman], American professional wrestler, born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 22 Vernon Reid, English-born American guitarist (Living Colour), born in London
  • Aug 23 Julio Franco, oldest regular position player in MLB history, born in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 24 Steve Guttenberg, American actor (Police Academy, Short Circuit), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 24 Tracy Harris, American artist, born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Aug 24 Chris Offutt, American writer (The Good Brother), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Aug 25 Christian LeBlanc, American actor (Michael Baldwin-Young & Restless), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 25 Saskia van Orly, Dutch singer (Tambourine)

Tim Burton

Aug 25 Tim Burton, American film director (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), born in Burbank, California

  • Aug 26 Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist, born in Ninove, Belgium
  • Aug 27 Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev, Russian cosmonaut (TM-7, TM-12, STS 60)
  • Aug 27 Normand Brathwaite, Canadian comedian and television and radio host
  • Aug 27 Tom Lanoye, Belgian author
  • Aug 27 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], body modifier (world record holder in body modification), born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Aug 27 Kathy Hochul, American lawyer and politician, 1st female Governor of New York (2021-), born in Buffalo, New York

Scott Hamilton

Aug 28 Scott Hamilton, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1984), born in Bowling Green, Ohio

  • Aug 29 Lenny Henry, British stand-up comedian (3 of a Kind), born in Dudley, West Midlands, England

Michael Jackson

Aug 29 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, dancer, and King of Pop ("Thriller"; Billie Jean"; "Bad"), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

  • Aug 30 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Aug 31 David H Mattheisen, Blue Island Ill, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Aug 31 Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer

Famous Weddings

Robert Redford

Aug 9 Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada

Buddy Holly

Aug 15 American rock singer-songwriter Buddy Holly (21) weds receptionist Maria Santiago


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Peter Collins, English auto racer (British GP 1958), dies in race accident at German GP at 26
  • Aug 4 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
  • Aug 5 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 10 Frank Demaree, American MLB outfielder (2-time All Star), dies of internal haemorrhage at 48
  • Aug 13 Otto Witte, acrobat and, purportedly, King of Albania (b. 1868)
  • Aug 14 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
  • Aug 14 Frederic Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • Aug 14 Gladys Presley, mother of Elvis, dies at 46
  • Aug 14 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • Aug 14 Konstantin von Neurath, German diplomat (b.1873)
  • Aug 16 Paul Panzer, German-American silent film actor (The Perils of Pauline, Mildred Pierce, Hotel Berlin), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Florent Schmitt, French composer (La tragédie de Salome; Psalm 47), and music critic (Le Temps), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 21 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and film and television composer (Night Of The Hunter; Dragnet theme), dies at 44
  • Aug 22 Roger Martin du Gard, French novelist (Nobel Prize for Literature 1937), dies at 77
  • Aug 23 Martin du Gard, writer, dies
  • Aug 24 John G. Strijdom, South African politician and nationalist, Prime Minister of South Africa (1954-58), dies at 65
  • Aug 24 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, dies of esophageal cancer at 58
  • Aug 24 Leo Blech, German opera composer and conductor, (Königliches Opernhaus, 1906-37; Städtische Oper, 1949-53). dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist, dies at 82
  • Aug 26 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), dies at 57
  • Aug 28 Nikolay Golovanov, Soviet composer, dies at 67