On This Day

What Happened in March 1958

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 21 year old West Indian cricket all-rounder Gary Sobers turns his maiden Test century into a world record 365no in the Windies' 3rd Test win over Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica; Sobers and Conrad Hunte (260) 446 run partnership for 2nd wicket
  • Mar 1 Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia
  • Mar 2 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
  • Mar 2 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
  • Mar 3 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 3 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • Mar 5 Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 5 KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 7 Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
  • Mar 8 Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita

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Mar 8 William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • Mar 8 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74
  • Mar 9 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
  • Mar 11 American B-47 accidentally drops nuclear bomb 15,000 ft on a family home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina; creates crater 75 ft across, bomb without its nuclear capsule
  • Mar 11 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed
  • Mar 11 Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets

  • Mar 12 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
  • Mar 12 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum
  • Mar 13 Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
  • Mar 14 RIAA certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
  • Mar 14 Recording Industry Association of American created
  • Mar 14 South Africa's government prohibits the African National Congress
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 14 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 15 "Body Beautiful" musical closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Mar 15 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

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Mar 15 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati Royals scores a NBA midwest region-record 56-point game

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Mar 15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapses during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • Mar 15 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test in Ground Zero, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan (of 36 total for 1958)
  • Mar 15 England retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-3 draw against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh; England’s 16th FN title
  • Mar 16 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 5 strokes ahead of Betty Dodd
  • Mar 17 US Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
  • Mar 18 Dodgers announces their mascot and clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958

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Mar 19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • Mar 19 Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings for WI vs. Pakistan
  • Mar 20 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line

  • Mar 20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • Mar 20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • Mar 21 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
  • Mar 21 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

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Mar 22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle, 84-72; Seattle's future Hall of Fame small forward Elgin Baylor is named tournament MOP

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

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Mar 22 Under pressure King Saud appoints Faisal Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

USAElvis Presley in the Army

Mar 24 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
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Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army

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Mar 25 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Mar 25 West German parliament desires German atomic weapons

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

Mar 26 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively
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The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
  • Mar 26 US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
  • Mar 26 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • Mar 27 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
  • Mar 27 Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro

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Mar 27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Mar 29 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard 18/1 bet Mr. What wins by 30 lengths from Tiberetta
  • Mar 31 US Navy forms atomic submarine division
  • Mar 31 USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Nik Kershaw, singer/songwriter (Wouldn't it be Good)
  • Mar 1 Wayne Phillips, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (27 Tests, 52 dismissals; 48 ODIs), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Mar 1 Bertrand Piccard, Swiss balloonist and psychiatrist
  • Mar 1 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
  • Mar 2 Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer (US Masters 1991), born in Oswestry, England
  • Mar 2 Kevin Curren, South African tennis player (US Open doubles, mixed doubles 1982; Wimbledon doubles 1982; US Open mixed doubles 1981), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Mar 2 Peter Arnold, American architect
  • Mar 3 Bob Bradley, soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Mar 3 Miranda Richardson, Southport England, actress (Damage, Crying Game)
  • Mar 3 Marc Silvestri, American comic book artist and publisher (Top Cow Productions)
  • Mar 4 Patricia Heaton, actress (Debra-Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Lennie Lee, British artist

Person of interestAndy Gibb

Mar 5 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, performer and teen idol (Bee Gees-I Just Want to Be Your Everything), born in Manchester, England (d. 1988)

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 5 William "Bill" Timoney, American actor, voice actor, director, script writer and producer (Addicted to Love, All My Children), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Rik Mayall, English comedian & actor (Drop Dead Fred, The Young Ones), born in Epping, Essex, (d. 2014)
  • Mar 7 Alan Hale, American astronomer (Comet Hale–Bopp), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mar 8 Andreas Maurer, West Germany, tennis star
  • Mar 8 Gary Numan, [Gary Webb], Hammersmith England, vocalist (Replicas)
  • Mar 8 Nick Capra, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Stretford, Lancashire
  • Mar 9 Jack Kenny, American television writer and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 10 Sharon Stone, American actress (Basic Instinct, Sliver, Casino), born in Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 11 Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976)
  • Mar 11 Jim Pinkerton, American pundit
  • Mar 11 Flemming Rose, Danish journalist
  • Mar 11 Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq
  • Mar 13 Rick Lazio, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in Amityville, New York
  • Mar 14 Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre, Prince of Monaco/bobsledder (Olympics 1988)

Person of interestDanny Meyer

Mar 14 Danny Meyer, American restaurateur (Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack Danny Meyer
Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack
Danny Meyer
  • Mar 15 Laura Carrington, American actress (Louisa-Alphabet City, General Hospital), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestJorge Ramos

Mar 16 Jorge Ramos, Mexican TV anchor, born in Mexico City

News Anchor Jorge Ramos
News Anchor
Jorge Ramos
  • Mar 16 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Mar 17 Pat Bolland, Canadian Broadcaster
  • Mar 18 Andreas Wenzel, Liechtenstein, skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Mar 19 Andy Reid, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles 1999–2012; Kansas City Chiefs 2013–20), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestHolly Hunter

Mar 20 Holly Hunter, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano), born in Conyers, Georgia

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter
  • Mar 20 Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 20 Phil Anderson, Australian cyclist
  • Mar 21 Brad Hall, comedian (SNL), born in Santa Barbara, California

Person of interestGary Oldman

Mar 21 Gary Oldman, English actor (Sid & Nancy, The Darkest Hour), born in London, England

Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
Actor and Filmmaker
Gary Oldman
  • Mar 21 Marlies Göhr, East German sprinter (Olympic gold 100m relay 1976, 80, World Champion 100m 1983), born in Gera, Germany
  • Mar 21 [Jonathan] Butch Norton, American drummer (Eels), born in Inglewood, California
  • Mar 22 Joyce Lester, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Mar 22 Pete Wylie, rocker (Sinful), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 22 Laurie David, American political activist
  • Mar 23 Serena Grandi, [Fagioli], actress (Miranda), born in Bologna Italy
  • Mar 23 Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist
  • Mar 23 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1997)
  • Mar 25 James McDaniel, actor (Arthur Fancy-NYPD Blue), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 25 Maria Caridad Colón, Cuba, javelin thrower, (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Mar 25 Yograj Singh, cricketer (Indian pace bowler early 80's)
  • Mar 25 Sisy Chen, Taiwanese politician and television commentator
  • Mar 25 Åsa Torstensson, Swedish politician
  • Mar 26 Chris Codiroli, American baseballer
  • Mar 27 Susan Molinari, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 28 Bart Conner, American gymnast (Olympic-2 gold-1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 28 Oran "Juice" Jones, American rocker (Curiosity, Here I Go Again), born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 28 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler, born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Mar 29 Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Director-General of the National Trust, born in Alston, Cumbria
  • Mar 29 Victor Salva, American film director (Jeepers Creepers), born in Martinez, California
  • Mar 30 Joey Sindelar, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Mar 30 Maurice LaMarche, Canadian voice actor
  • Mar 31 Pat McGlynn, Edinburgh, rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers)
  • Mar 31 Tony Cox, American actor

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Writer Gabriel García Márquez (31) weds Mercedes Barcha

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 11 Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor and film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter (Dog at a Rope), dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Albert Kuyle, [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • Mar 8 Josephina "Frieda" Herberich, German actress (Salontiroler), dies at 85
  • Mar 11 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (founded LEGO), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 12 Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, wife of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist and composer (In Tempore Belli), dies at 64
  • Mar 16 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), dies at 65
  • Mar 18 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 51
  • Mar 19 Vernon Ransford, cricketer (20 Tests for Australia, 1211 runs), dies
  • Mar 21 Cyril M. Kornbluth, American sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • Mar 22 Michael "Mike" Todd [Avrom Goldbogen], American producer (Around the World in 80 Days) and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, dies in a plane crash at 48
  • Mar 23 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76
  • Mar 25 Emerson Whithorne, American composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 25 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 69
  • Mar 26 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), dies at 71
  • Mar 28 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53

Person of interestW. C. Handy

Mar 28 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy