What Happened in July 1958

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave

Film Premiere

Jul 2 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

  • Jul 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

Television Premiere

Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ashley Cooper wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Neale Fraser 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11

  • Jul 5 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with Welshman Dave Thomas, for his 4th Open title
  • Jul 5 First ascent of Gasherbrum I (Pakistani–Chinese border), 11th highest peak on earth
  • Jul 5 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer of England 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her title

  • Jul 6 Adolfo López Mateos elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 7 England cricket batsman Arthur Milton scores an unbeaten 104 in his Test debut, drawn 3rd Test v NZ at Headingley

Historic Event

Jul 7 President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood

  • Jul 7 William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows NY
  • Jul 8 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 9 Giant splash caused by fall of 90 million tons of rock & ice into Lituya Bay, Alaska washes 1,800 feet up the mountain
  • Jul 10 1st parking meters installed in England (625 installed)
  • Jul 10 Ex-king Norodom Sihanoek appointed premier of Cambodia
  • Jul 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 693 performances
  • Jul 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 14 Iraqi Army brigadier Abd al-Karim Qasim forms a military government after overthrowing the Iraqi monarchy in the 14 July Revolution

Catholic Encyclical

Jul 14 Pope Pius XII publishes his 39th and last encyclical Meminisse juvat

  • Jul 15 President Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months [1]
  • Jul 17 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation

Music Premiere

Jul 17 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

  • Jul 17 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • Jul 18 6th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances
  • Jul 19 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg

Sports History

Jul 20 Detroit Tigers future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0

  • Jul 20 King Hussein of Jordan breaks off diplomatic relations with UAR
  • Jul 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C'ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • Jul 22 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 23 1st 4 women named to peerage in House of Lords (UK)
  • Jul 24 14 people named 1st life peers in UK

Sports History

Jul 24 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again

  • Jul 24 Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row
  • Jul 25 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.
  • Jul 26 Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV
  • Jul 29 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco
  • Jul 29 US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
  • Jul 31 Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jul 1 Louise Penny, Canadian mystery novelist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 1 Nancy Lieberman, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard and coach (Olympic silver 76), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 2 Thomas Bickerton, American Methodist bishop
  • Jul 3 Aaron Tippin, American country singer ("You've Got to Stand for Something"), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jul 3 Matthew Fraser, Canadian-British journalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 3 Monty Byrom, American rock, blues and country guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer (Billy Satellite; Eddie Money; Big House), born in Corpus Christie, Texas
  • Jul 3 Siân Lloyd, Welsh meteorologist and TV presenter, born in Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales
  • Jul 4 Kirk Pengilly, Australian rocker (Inxs - "Kiss the Dirt"), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 5 Meredith Ann Pierce, American sci-fi author (Darkangel), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 5 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • Jul 5 William "Bill" Watterson, American cartoonist known for being author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes (1985-95), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 6 Jennifer Saunders, English actress (Absolutely Fabulous), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
  • Jul 6 Mark Benson, English cricketer (played Test England v India 1986, 30 & 21), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • Jul 7 Michael Marx, American foil and epee fencer (Olympic-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 7 Michala Petri, Danish recorder player born in Hobro, Denmark
  • Jul 8 Andreas Carlgren, Swedish politician
  • Jul 8 Carlos Cavazo, American guitarist (Quiet Riot - Metal Health), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 8 Fred Young, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "Davy Crockett"), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • Jul 8 Kevin Bacon, American actor (Diner, Footloose, She's Having a Baby), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 8 Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician, born in Tel Aviv
  • Jul 9 Bob Crudgington, Australian softball head coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Jul 9 Bruce Waibel, American touring and session rock bassist (Gregg Allman; Firehouse), born in Livingston, New Jersey (d. 2003)
  • Jul 10 Béla Fleck, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, classical, jazz, and world music banjo player(The Flecktones; New Grass Revival), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 10 Fiona Shaw, Irish actress and theatre and opera director, born in Munster, County Cork, Ireland
  • Jul 11 Hugo Sánchez, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 11 Mark Lester, actor (Oliver!, Prince & Pauper), born in Oxford, England
  • Jul 11 Ray Dodds, British drummer (Fairground Attraction - "Perfect")
  • Jul 12 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), born in Leicester, England (d. 2020)
  • Jul 12 Tonya Lee Williams, Canadian actress
  • Jul 13 Dan Schachte, American ice hockey linesman (Canada Cup 1991; World Cup of Hockey 1996; Winter Olympics 2002; Stanley Cup Finals 1997, 98, 2000, 01, 02), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2022)
  • Jul 13 Joy Scott, American jockey, born in California
  • Jul 14 Anne Hegerty, British TV quiz show host (The Chaser), born in London, England
  • Jul 14 Joe Keenan, American Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, television producer (Fraiser), playwright (The Times), and novelist (Putting On The Ritz), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jul 15 Dan Forsman, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Jul 15 William McClellan "Mac" Thornberry, American politician (US Representative for Texas (R), 1995-2021), born in Clarendon, Texas

Michael Flatley

Jul 16 Michael Flatley, Irish-American dancer-choreographer (Riverdance; Lord of Dance), flute player, and filmmaker, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jul 16 Mike Rogers, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • Jul 16 Pierre Roland Renoir, Canadian artist, born in Monaco
  • Jul 17 Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director (In the Mood for Love), born in Shanghai, China
  • Jul 18 Margo Vliegenthart, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jul 18 Nigel Twist, British rock drummer (The Alarm - "In The Summertime"), born in Manchester
  • Jul 19 David Robertson, American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 2005-18; Sydney Symphony, 2014-19), and educator (Juilliard School, 2018-present), born in Malibu, California
  • Jul 19 Robert Gibson, American professional wrestler, born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jul 20 Mick MacNeil, Scottish keyboardist (Simple Minds - "Don't You Forget About Me"), born on the Isle of Barra, Scotland
  • Jul 21 Jean Rivier, French composer and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1946-66), born in Villemonble, France (d. 1987)
  • Jul 22 David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1984)
  • Jul 23 Ken Green, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Danburry, Connecticut
  • Jul 23 Lydia Cornell, American actress (Sara Rush-Too Close for Comfort), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], Cypriot-British new wave and art rock fretless bassist, and singer-songwriter (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • Jul 25 Henk Wanders, Dutch bassist (Frank Boeijen Group), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Jul 25 Thurston Moore, American guitarist and songwriter (Sonic Youth - "100%"), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jul 26 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jul 26 Ramona Neubert, German long jumper and pentathlete (Olympic 4th 80), born in Pirna, Germany

Christopher Dean

Jul 27 Christopher Dean, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean; Olympic gold 1984), born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England

  • Jul 28 Michael Hitchcock, American actor (Best in Show) and television producer (Glee), born in Defiance, Ohio
  • Jul 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1981)
  • Jul 30 Daley Thompson, British decathlete (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England
  • Jul 30 Kate Bush, English singer-songwriter (Running Up That Hill; Wuthering Heights), born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England
  • Jul 30 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist ("Double Rainbow"; "Pride And Joy"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2017) [1] [2]
  • Jul 30 Richard Burgi, American actor (Chad Rollo-Another World), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Jul 31 Bill Berry, American drummer (R.E.M., 1980-97 - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • Jul 31 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 31 Wallace Kurth, American actor (Days of Our Lives, General Hospital), born in Billings, Montana

Famous Weddings

Don Shula

Jul 19 NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds first wife Dorothy Bartish

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Apie [Adrian P] Prince, Dutch writer (I Go Me Own Way), dies
  • Jul 1 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), dies at 78
  • Jul 1 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
  • Jul 2 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), dies at 78
  • Jul 4 Adolf Herckenrath, Flemish playwright/poet (Avondvlam), dies at 79
  • Jul 7 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), dies at 55
  • Jul 11 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • Jul 13 Karl Erb, German tenor, dies on his 81st birthday
  • Jul 14 'Abd al-Ilah, crown prince of Iraq, assassinated at Baghdad during the revolution at 44
  • Jul 14 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58), son of Ghasi I, assassinated during the revolution at Baghdad at 23
  • Jul 14 Franciscus J. Feron, vicaris-general of Roermond, dies at 62
  • Jul 14 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), dies at 55
  • Jul 15 Julia Lennon, mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
  • Jul 15 Nuri al-Said, Iraqi politician, 8-time Prime Minister of Iraq, assassinated while trying to escape during the revolution at 69

Henri Farman

Jul 17 Henri Farman, British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, dies at 84

  • Jul 18 John Gobau, Flemish actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights, The Cross-Patch), dies at 67
  • Jul 19 Robert Earl Hughes, American man who became heaviest known human (485 kg), dies at 32
  • Jul 20 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Karl Nunes, cricketer (1st WI Test captain 1928), dies
  • Jul 22 Mikhail Zoshchenko, Russian author and satirist, dies at 62
  • Jul 25 Harry Warner, US movie pioneer (Warner Bros), dies at 81
  • Jul 27 Claire Chennault, American aviator and military leader (Flying Tigers), dies at 64
  • Jul 29 Charles O'Malley, American actor in silent westerns (Iron Horse), dies at 61
  • Jul 30 Alexander Albrecht, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 31 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist and philosopher, dies at 67