On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1958

Historical Events

  • "Volare" ("Nel blu dipinto di blu") single released by Domenico Modugno (Grammy Award Record of the Year, Song of the Year 1958)
  • 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Manchester United beats Arsenal, 5-4 at Highbury in the team's last game on British soil, 5 days prior to the plane crash at Munich airport that killed 7 players
  • Tommy Taylor scores 2 goals and Duncan Edwards 1, in Manchester United's 5-4 win vs Arsenal at Highbury; pair amongst 7 players killed 5 days later when team’s charter plane crashes at Munich airport
  • WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Jackie Shroff, Indian actor, born in Udgir, India
  • Kevin McCarra, Scottish sports journalist (The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Times), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Luther Blissett, English soccer striker (14 caps; Watford, Bournemouth), born in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Maureen Madill, Irish golfer (British Open Amateur 1979, Curtis Cup 1980, coach 1998-2004), born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • Clinton Davisson, American physicist (Nobel 1937- discovery of electron diffraction in the famous Davisson-Germer experiment), dies at 76
1958 Highlights

About February 1, 1958

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 10 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius