On This Day

What Happened on June 17, 1958

Historical Events

Historic Publication

"Things Fall Apart" by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published by Heinemann - considered most widely read book in African literature

  • Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
  • The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Farrelly, American film director (Dumb and Dumber), born in Cumberland, Rhode Island
  • Daniel McVicar, American actor (Clarke-Bold & Beautiful), born in Independence, Missouri
  • Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York
  • Jello Biafra [Eric Reed Boucher], American musician and activist (Dead Kennedys), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician, born in Damascus, Syria
1958 Highlights

About June 17, 1958

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 5 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Gemini