What Happened in November 1958

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Nov 2 Los Angeles Rams beat Chicago Bears, 41-35 before 90,833 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum; NFL single-game attendance record
  • Nov 3 USSR performs nuclear test

Papal Inauguration

Nov 4 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli crowned as Pope John XXIII

Historic Event

Nov 4 Belgian minority government of Gaston Eyskens resigns

  • Nov 4 Democrats win US congressional election
  • Nov 5 Gian Carlo Menotti's musical drama "Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances
  • Nov 5 KGLD (now KSNG) TV channel 11 in Garden City, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 6 AL announces that KC will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
  • Nov 6 Belgium government of Eyskens & Lilar forms
  • Nov 8 Gian Carlo Menotti's musical drama "Maria Golovin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances

Theater Premiere

Nov 10 Bertolt Brecht's play " The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" premieres in Stuttgart, West Germany

  • Nov 10 WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 11 "La Plume de Ma Tante" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 performances
  • Nov 11 AL announces Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
  • Nov 12 Bob Turley of NY Yankees wins Cy Young Award
  • Nov 13 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
  • Nov 17 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 18 1st true reservoir in Jerusalem opens
  • Nov 18 Indians minority stockholders sell their stock to William Delay
  • Nov 19 First 2 F-27 Fokker's Friendships delivered on Aer Lingus

Film & TV History

Nov 20 American puppeteers Jim and Jane Henson establish Muppets, Inc. (now known as The Jim Henson Company)

  • Nov 24 Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community
  • Nov 25 Senegal becomes an autonomous state in French Community
  • Nov 27 USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany
  • Nov 28 AL announces Opening Day in 1959 will be earliest ever, April 9
  • Nov 28 Chad becomes an autonomous republic within French community
  • Nov 28 Congo & Mauritania become autonomous members of French Community
  • Nov 28 George "Punch" Imlach becomes coach of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Nov 28 KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 Test Cricket debut for Wes Hall, v India at Bombay
  • Nov 28 US reports 1st full-range firing of an Intercontinental ballistic missile
  • Nov 29 23rd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 14-8 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28 for a 4th Championship
  • Nov 30 1st US guided missile destroyer launched - the Dewey at Bath Iron Works, Maine
  • Nov 30 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Jim Steinmeyer, American inventor and designer of magical illusions, born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Nov 1 Rachel Ticotin, American actress (Grace-For Love & Honor, Total Recall), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 2 Willie McGee, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1983, 85, 87-88; NL MVP 1985; St Louis Cardinals), born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 3 Andy Mapple, English water skier (World Slalom C'ship 1981, 89, 95, 97, 99, 2001), born in Lytham, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Nov 3 Brady Hoke, American college football coach (San Diego State, Michigan), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Nov 3 Derrike Cope, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1990), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 4 Anne Sweeney, American television executive (Disney), born in Kingston, New York
  • Nov 5 Don Falcone, American musician and producer (Spirits Burning)
  • Nov 5 Robert Patrick, American actor (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Nov 6 Trace Beaulieu, American actor (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 7 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer (d. 1996)
  • Nov 7 Lori Saldaña, American politician (California State Assembly), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 8 Don Byron, American composer and clarinetist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Nov 8 Terry Lee Miall, British rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Nov 10 Brooks Williams, American musician, singer and songwriter, born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Nov 10 George Lowe, American voice actor (Space Ghost Coast to Coast), born in Dunedin, Florida
  • Nov 10 Massimo Morsello, Italian fascist political singer and songwriter, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2001)
  • Nov 10 Stephen Herek, American film director (Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Nov 11 Carlos Lacamara, Cuban-born American Actor, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Nov 11 Luz Casal, Spanish singer, born in Boimorto, Spain
  • Nov 12 Megan Mullally, American actress (Will & Grace), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 12 Nick Stellino, Italian-American television chef
  • Nov 13 Linda Jackson, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 14 Lynda Lehmann, Karoonda Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 15 Marty Davis, American tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • Nov 16 Boris Krivokapić, Serbian academic
  • Nov 16 Harry Rushakoff, American drummer (Concrete Blonde), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 16 Marg Helgenberger, North Bend Nebraska, actress (China Beach)
  • Nov 16 Roberto Guerrero, Medelin Colombia, Indy racer (Rookie of Year 1984)
  • Nov 17 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, actress (Color of Money), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Nov 18 Oscar Nunez, Cuban American actor
  • Nov 19 Charlie Kaufman, American screenwriter (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 19 Michael Wilbon, American sports analyst (The Washington Post), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 19 Terrence "T.C." Carson, American actor (Living Single), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 20 Rickson Gracie, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Nov 21 Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
  • Nov 21 Tim Robinson, cricketer (solid England opener in 29 Tests 1984-89)

Jamie Lee Curtis

Nov 22 Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress (Halloween, True Lies), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Nov 22 Lee Guetterman, pitcher (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Nov 23 David Wallace, American actor (General Hospital, Babysitter, Humongus), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 23 Martin Snedden, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer of 80's)and sports administrator, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Nov 24 Alain Chabat, actor (French Twist, Six Days Six Night)
  • Nov 24 Carmel [McCourt], English rocker (Storm, More More More), born in Wrawby, England
  • Nov 24 Roy Aitken, Scottish former footballer
  • Nov 25 Gary Coveyou, American pop musician (Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods)
  • Nov 26 Steve Buyer, American politician (Rep-R-Indiana), born in Rensselaer, Indiana
  • Nov 27 Mike Scioscia, American baseball player and manager (LA Dodgers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Dave Righetti

Nov 28 Dave Righetti, American baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants) and coach, born in San Jose, California

  • Nov 28 Georges Rutaganda, Rwandan war criminal
  • Nov 28 Kriss Akabusi, Great Britain, 4X400 runner (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Nov 28 Tim Mullens, Dutch punk rock singer and guitarist (Ivy green)
  • Nov 29 Mario Petrucci, Anglo-Italian Poet and Ecologist
  • Nov 29 Pamela Prati, Italian actress and TV hostess, born in Ozieri, Italy
  • Nov 30 Juliette Bergmann, Dutch bodybuilder
  • Nov 30 Stacey Q [Swain], American singer ("Two of Hearts"), born in Fullerton, California

Famous Weddings

Bettie Page

Nov 26 Model Bettie Page (35) weds Armond Walterson in Florida

Ted Kennedy

Nov 29 Edward Kennedy (26) weds his first wife Joan Bennett (22) at St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville, New York


Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Adam von Ahn Carse, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 3 Harry Revel, American film score composer (Sitting Pretty, Gay Divorcee), dies
  • Nov 6 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 12 James Michael Curley, American politician (53rd Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37), dies at 83
  • Nov 13 Bart van der Leck, Dutch painter (Style), dies at 81
  • Nov 15 Tyrone Power, American actor (The Mark of Zorro; Nightmare Alley), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Nov 16 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), dies at 67
  • Nov 16 Warner Fabian [S Adams], American author (Great American Fraud), dies at 87
  • Nov 17 Marcelle Meyer, French contemporary classical (Les Six) and Baroque revival (Bach; Rameau) concert pianist, dies of a heart attack while at the keyboard at 61
  • Nov 17 Mort Cooper, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1942, 43, 45, 46; World Series 1942, 44; NL MVP 1942), dies of cirrhosis and a staphylococcal infection at 45
  • Nov 18 Sivert Samuelson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1910), dies
  • Nov 21 Mel Ott, American Baseball HOF right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader; NY Giants), dies of injuries sustained in an auto accident at 49
  • Nov 24 Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, British lawyer and politician who helps form League of Nations (Nobel 1937), dies at 94
  • Nov 25 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), dies at 82
  • Nov 27 Artur Rodzinski, Polish conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1933-43; New York Philharmonic, 1943-47; Chicago Symphony, 1947-48), dies at 66
  • Nov 30 Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer (b. 1888)