On This Day

What Happened on June 17, 1958

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 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