On This Day

What Happened on August 18, 1958

Historical Events

  • Actress Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel

Radio History

Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

Boxing Title Fight

Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Historic Publication

Novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov is published

  • Perez Prado "Mambo King" receives one of the 1st gold records
  • TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • United Kingdom issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
  • US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ

Famous Birthdays

  • Madeleine Stowe, American actress (Tropical Snow, Bad Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Reginald "Reg" E. Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2018)
1958 Highlights

About August 18, 1958

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 9 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Little Star - The Elegants
  • UK #1 Song: When - Kalin Twins