On This Day

What Happened on January 4, 1958

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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
1958 Highlights

About January 4, 1958

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 10 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn