On This Day

What Happened on July 5, 1958

Historical Events

  • 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
  • First ascent of Gasherbrum I (Pakistani–Chinese border), 11th highest peak on earth
  • J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

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

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson

Famous Birthdays

  • Meredith Ann Pierce, American sci-fi author (Darkangel), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • William "Bill" Watterson, American cartoonist known for being author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes (1985-95), born in Washington, D.C.
1958 Highlights

About July 5, 1958

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 11 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Cancer