On This Day

What Happened on January 4, 1958

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

NZ team led by Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole, the 1st to reach the Pole overland using motor vehicles and the 1st since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up

Famous Birthdays

  • Andy Borowitz, American comedian and satirist
  • Gary Jones, Welsh-born actor
  • Julian Sands, English actor (A Room with a View, Arachnophobia), born in Otley, Yorkshire, England
  • Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Deaths

  • John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, British civil servant, politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1943-45), dies at 75