What Happened in February 1958

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 "Volare" ("Nel blu dipinto di blu") single released by Domenico Modugno (Grammy Award Record of the Year, Song of the Year 1958)
  • Feb 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 4 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • Feb 4 MLB Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • Feb 5 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US African American foreign minister ( to Romania)
  • Feb 5 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st President of United Arab Republic
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 5 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km

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Feb 6 Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 6 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United football team
  • Feb 7 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc

  • Feb 7 1st showing of Dutch auto-transmission car, the DAF 600
  • Feb 8 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
  • Feb 8 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
  • Feb 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Feb 11 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • Feb 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected President of Guatemala
  • Feb 14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • Feb 15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • Feb 15 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
  • Feb 15 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
  • Feb 15 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 15 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
  • Feb 17 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • Feb 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 19 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • Feb 20 American jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • Feb 20 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • Feb 21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Feb 21 Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
  • Feb 22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Feb 22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • Feb 22 Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
  • Feb 22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

Feb 22 15th Golden Globes: "The Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win
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Feb 23 5-time F1 world drivers champion Juan Manuel Fangio is kidnapped by Cuban rebels from Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement; released soon after Cuban GP

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Feb 23 Arturo Frondizi elected President of Argentina
  • Feb 23 Last Municipal arc light at Mission & 25th removed in San Francisco (installed 1913)
  • Feb 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 28 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Maureen Madill, Coleraine No Ireland, golfer (British Open Amateur 1979)
  • Feb 1 Jackie Shroff, Indian actor
  • Feb 1 Luther Blissett, English footballer
  • Feb 2 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • Feb 3 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • Feb 3 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 3 Lee Crystal, rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts-Ashes in the Wind)
  • Feb 3 N. Gregory Mankiw, American economist
  • Feb 4 Mary Ann Pascal, actress (Samantha-Brothers)
  • Feb 4 Werner Schwab, Austrian playwright and artist, born in Graz (d. 1994)
  • Feb 4 Tomasz PacyƄski, Polish writer
  • Feb 6 Barry Miller, actor (Fame, Peggy Sue Got Married), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 6 Bill Dawley, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Cecily Adams, entertainment caster (American Heart), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 6 Kelly Leadbetter, LPGA golfer (1986 Hennessy French Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Feb 6 Mark Hamilton, sprint kayak Olympics 1996), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 6 Simon Baker, Australian speed walker, (Olympics-84, 88, 96)
  • Feb 7 Manuel Mijares, Mexican spanish vocalist (Maria Bonita)
  • Feb 7 Michele Drake, La Jolplaymate (May, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 7 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • Feb 8 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • Feb 9 Alexander "Sandy" Lyle, Scottish PGA golfer (1988 Phoenix Open), born in Shrewsbury, shropshire
  • Feb 9 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer, born in Maripasoula, French Guiana (d. 2018)
  • Feb 10 Michael Weiss, American musician, born NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Michael Jackson, controller (BBC2)
  • Feb 12 Ingrid Klich, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • Feb 12 Ruth Guerri, US-Italian nude model (July, 1983), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 12 Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Rockhampton, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Marc Fox, British congas/percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • Feb 13 Pernilla August, Swedish actress
  • Feb 13 Marc Emery, Canadian cannabis activist
  • Feb 13 Derek Riggs, British artist
  • Feb 13 Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman (d. 1993)
  • Feb 14 Perry Stephens, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Loving, All My Children)
  • Feb 14 Grant Thomas, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 15 Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist
  • Feb 16 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • Feb 16 Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 16 John Paul Morse, Marshall MI, PGA golfer (1995 United Airlines)
  • Feb 16 Lisa Loring, actress (As the World Turns, Wednesday-Addams Family)
  • Feb 16 Michael W. Burns, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 17 Heidi Hagman, actress (Linda-Archie Bunker's Place)
  • Feb 17 Karen Lende O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Feb 18 Peter Koech, Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Feb 18 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (d. 1999)
  • Feb 19 Helen Fielding, English writer (Bridget Jones), born in Morley, England
  • Feb 20 Carol Ficatier, Auscene France, playmate (December, 1985)
  • Feb 20 James Wilby, Burma, actor (Howards End, Maurice)
  • Feb 21 Alan Trammell, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • Feb 21 Jack Coleman, Easton Pa, actor (Steven Carrington-Dynasty)
  • Feb 21 Jake Steinfeld, exercise expert (Body by Jake)
  • Feb 21 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country vocalist (This Shirt)
  • Feb 23 David Sylvian, vocalist, guitarist (Japan), born in Beckenham, England
  • Feb 23 Lorraine Michaels, English playmate (April, 1981), born in Canterbury
  • Feb 23 Ria Brieffies, Dutch vocalist (Dolly Dots)
  • Feb 24 Sammy Kershaw, Kaplan LA, country vocalist (Cadillac Style)
  • Feb 24 Susan Scannell, actress (Nicole-Dynasty), born in Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 24 Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer
  • Feb 25 Kurt Rambis, NBA forward (Lakers, Hornets)/Clark Kent look-a-like
  • Feb 26 Jeff Fithian, actor (Trevor Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies)
  • Feb 26 Joe Fithian, actor (Tracey Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies)
  • Feb 26 Susan J Helms, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Feb 26 Karen Berger, American comic book editor
  • Feb 26 Michel Houellebecq, French novelist
  • Feb 26 Greg Germann, American actor
  • Feb 26 Tim Kaine, US Senator (D-Vir) and 2016 Democratic nominee for Vice President, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 27 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • Feb 27 Nancy Spungen, American murder victim of Sid Vicious (d. 1978)
  • Feb 28 Christine Lathan-Brehmer, German DR, 400m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Feb 28 Mark Pavelich, NHLer (NY Rangers)
  • Feb 28 Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 15 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
  • Feb 3 Henry Kuttner, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42
  • Feb 3 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81
  • Feb 4 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince, dies at 46
  • Feb 5 H. M. Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 David Pegg, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 6 Tommy Taylor, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Geoff Bent, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Roger Byrne, English footballer (b. 1929)
  • Feb 6 Mark Jones, English footballer (b. 1933)
  • Feb 6 Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 6 Walter Crickmer, English football club secretary and manager
  • Feb 7 Walter Kingsford, British actor (Carefree, My Favorite Blonde), dies at 76
  • Feb 10 Billy Vine, actor (54th Street Revue), dies at 42
  • Feb 11 Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • Feb 12 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder (French Communistic Party), dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Douglas R. Hartree, English mathematician and physicist, dies at 60
  • Feb 13 Georges Rouault, French painter (Christ aux outrages), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • Feb 14 Abdul Rab Nishtar, veteran leader of Pakistan Movement, (b. 1899)
  • Feb 17 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer and poet (Satyrs and Sunlight: Sylvarum Libri), dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Thurston Hall, American actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), dies at 75
  • Feb 21 Duncan Edwards, English footballer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 22 Theo Harych, German writer, commits suicide at 54
  • Feb 24 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack