On This Day

What Happened in December 1958

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 602 performances
  • Dec 1 Central African Republic made autonomous member of the French Community (National Day)
  • Dec 1 Our Lady of Angels School fire kills 92 students & 3 nuns in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 2 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • Dec 2 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • Dec 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan QB University of Iowa #1 pick by Green Bay Packers
  • Dec 3 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
  • Dec 4 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • Dec 4 Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns
  • Dec 5 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia
  • Dec 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Dec 5 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

  • Dec 5 The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.
  • Dec 6 US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
  • Dec 7 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
  • Dec 9 Robert W. Welch Jr and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form the conservative and anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • Dec 10 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
  • Dec 10 U of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates
  • Dec 11 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls

Theater Premiere

Dec 11 Archibald MacLeish's play "J.B." premieres in NYC

  • Dec 11 Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) gains autonomy from France
  • Dec 12 Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed
  • Dec 12 Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur

Sports History

Dec 14 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

  • Dec 16 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
  • Dec 16 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's French midfielder Raymond Kopa wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of German winger Helmut Rahn and French forward Just Fontaine

Sports History

Dec 17 Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In Chicago Black Hawks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium

  • Dec 18 Project SCORE, world’s 1st communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Dec 18 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)

Historic Communication

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"

Historic Event

Dec 21 Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of the 5th Republic of France

  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 22 2nd Dutch Beel government forms
  • Dec 23 Musical revue "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden Yheater, NYC; runs for 38 performances
  • Dec 23 Abdallah Ibrahim forms government in Morocco
  • Dec 25 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1
  • Dec 28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played": Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship against the New York Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium, in the first ever sudden-death overtime game in NFL history. 17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game.
  • Dec 29 TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts
  • Dec 30 French franc devalued
  • Dec 31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)

Historic Event

Dec 31 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

  • Dec 31 International Geophyscial Year ends

Sports History

Dec 31 Bill Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Charlene Tilton, American actress (Lucy Ewing - Dallas), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 1 Lisa Fischer, American vocalist and songwriter ("How Can I Ease the Pain"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 1 Javier Aguirre, Mexican soccer midfielder and manager (59 caps; Atlético Madrid, Espanyol; Mexico, Japan), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Dec 1 Alberto Cova, Italian athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1984; World C'ship gold 10,000m 1983), born in Inverigo, Italy
  • Dec 1 Gary Peters, American politician (Senator-D-Michigan 2015-, Rep-D-Michigan 2009-15), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Dec 2 Vladimir Parfenovich, Soviet canoeist, Olympic gold K1-500, K-2 500, K-2 1,000 1980; 9 gold World C'ships 1979-83), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Dec 2 George Saunders, American writer (Lincoln in the Bardo), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Dec 2 Randy Gardner, American figure skater (World C'ships gold pairs [with Tai Babilonia] 1979; US C'ships 1976–1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 3 David Stephenson, English rugby league outside back (10 caps Great Britain; Wigan RLFC, Salford RLFC), born in Lytham St Annes, England (d. 2022)
  • Dec 4 Sergei Starikov, Russian ice hockey defenseman and coach (Olympics gold 1984, 88; silver 1980; New Jersey Devils), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Dec 5 Dean Erickson, American actor and founder and CEO of Bionic Capital LLC, born in Maine
  • Dec 6 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator (Wallace and Gromit), born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 7 Edd Hall, American TV announcer (Jay Leno's The Tonight Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 7 "Ravishing" Rick Rude, American professional wrestler, born in St. Peter, Minnesota (d. 1999)
  • Dec 8 Billy Hufsey, actor (Christopher-Fame, Days of our Life)
  • Dec 8 Wayne Dickert, slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Dec 8 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • Dec 8 George Rogers, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1980, U of South Carolina; #1 pick 1981 NFL Draft; Super Bowl 1987; NO Saints, Washington Redskins), born in Duluth, Georgia
  • Dec 9 Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Dec 10 John J. York, American actor (Mac Scorpio-General Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 11 Regina Marsikova, Czech tennis player, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Nikki Sixx

Dec 11 Nikki Sixx [Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.], American rock bassist and songwriter (Mötley Crüe - "Girls, Girls, Girls"), born in San Jose, California

  • Dec 12 Sheree J. Wilson, American actress (Our Family Honor, Dallas), born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Dec 13 Clark Brandon, American actor (Fast Food), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Dana Strum [Strumwasser], American rock bassist (Slaughter - "Up All Night"; "Days Gone By"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 13 Lynn-Holly Johnson, American actress (Ice Castles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 14 Jan Dijksma, Dutch rock bassist (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • Dec 14 Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc; Waterboys - "Rainbow Warrior"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Dec 14 Peter "Spider" Tracy, English rock tin whistle player and vocalist (The Pogues - "Fairy Tale Of New York"), born in Eastbourne, England
  • Dec 14 Steven Rock-Savage, American actor (Shadow Play), born in Melville, Louisiana
  • Dec 16 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • Dec 17 Mike Mills, American rock bassist (R.E.M. - "The One I Love"), born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 18 Nadhim Shaker, Iraqi soccer defender (57 caps; Al-Tayaran) and coach (Iraq), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2020)
  • Dec 19 Iqbal Sikander, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spinner 1992 World Cup)
  • Dec 19 Limahl [Christopher Hamill], English pop singer (Kajagoogoo - "Too Shy"), born in Pemberton, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 19 Steven Isserlis, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 20 Steve Sailer, American political commentator
  • Dec 22 Lenny Von Dohlen, American actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Dec 22 Frank Gambale, Australian jazz fusion guitarist, born in Canberra, Australia
  • Dec 22 David Heavener, American actor and country musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 23 Joan Severance, American actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 23 Victoria Williams, American folk-rock-country singer (Loose), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 24 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer, born in Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 24 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)

Michael Flynn

Dec 24 Michael Flynn, American general and National Security Advisor (2017), born in Middletown, Rhode Island

  • Dec 25 Joop Hiele, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; Feyenoord 318 games, SVV, FC Dordrecht '90, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rickey Henderson

Dec 25 Rickey Henderson, American Baseball HOF outfielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1989, 93; AL MVP 1990; MLB stolen bases record 1,406; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Dec 25 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (Rockinghorse, Black Velvet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 26 Adrian Newey, British Formula One engineer, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • Dec 27 Steffen Mensching, writer
  • Dec 27 Steve Jones, American golfer (US Open 1996, 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Artesia, New Mexico
  • Dec 28 Carl Marsden, bodyguard
  • Dec 28 Carlos Carson, football player
  • Dec 28 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • Dec 28 Mike McGuire, American country music songwriter and drummer (Shenandoah - "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)"), born in Hamilton, Alabama
  • Dec 28 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • Dec 29 Nancy J. Currie-Gregg, U.S. Army officer and astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Dec 30 Brandon Clark, American actor (Sean-The Fitzpatricks), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Steven L Smith, astronaut (STS 68, 82), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dec 30 Rod Harrington, English darts player and broadcaster (World Matchplay C'ship 1998, 99; PDC World C'ship 1999 runner-up), born in Boreham, Essex, England
  • Dec 31 Geoff Marsh, Australian cricket batsman (50 Tests, 4 x 100s; 117 ODIs, 9 x 100s), born in Northam, Australia

Famous Weddings

Ingrid Bergman

Dec 21 Actress Ingrid Bergman (43) weds producer Lars Schmidt

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • Dec 5 Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 6 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62

Tris Speaker

Dec 8 Tris Speaker, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; AL MVP 1912; career batting average .345 [6th all-time]; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland Indians 1919-26), dies at 70

  • Dec 10 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician (Artus Quellin), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • Dec 12 Milutin Milanković, Serbian astronomer and geophysicist (linked long-term changes in climate to astronomical factors affecting the amount of solar energy received at Earth’s surface), dies at 79
  • Dec 13 Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
  • Dec 13 Barhanuddin Bashajan, Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed
  • Dec 13 Brand Dirck Ochse, Dutch filmmaker and co-founder (Polygoon), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Rafiq Aref, Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed
  • Dec 13 Tim Moore, American actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 71
  • Dec 15 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), dies at 58
  • Dec 21 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), dies at 83
  • Dec 21 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Fjodor W Gladkow, Russian author (Cement), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, dies on 89th birthday
  • Dec 29 Doris Humphrey, American dancer and choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, dies at 72