On This Day

What Happened on August 18, 1958

Historical Events

  • Actress Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson

Book releaseHistoric 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 Enwetak
  • 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? 62 years, 6 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo