On This Day

What Happened on March 11, 1958

Historical Events

  • 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
  • Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed
  • Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets

Famous Birthdays

  • Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976)
  • Flemming Rose, Danish journalist
  • Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq
  • Jim Pinkerton, American pundit

Famous Divorces

Agnes Moorehead

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

Famous Deaths

  • Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (founded LEGO), dies of a heart attack at 66
1958 Highlights

About March 11, 1958

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 8 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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