What Happened in October 1958

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia
  • Oct 1 US space agency NASA begins operations incorporating earlier National Advisory Council on Aeronautics and other bodies
  • Oct 2 Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Oct 2 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • Oct 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

NHL All-Star Game

Oct 4 12th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-3

  • Oct 4 French Fifth Republic is established
  • Oct 4 Transatlantic commercial jet passenger service began (BOAC)
  • Oct 5 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 6 US nuclear sub USS Seawolf remains a record 60 days under the north pole
  • Oct 7 Potter Stewart appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Oct 7 US manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury
  • Oct 8 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • Oct 8 Dr Ake Senning installs first pacemaker (Stockholm)
  • Oct 8 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 9 Israeli navy inaugrates its first submarine
  • Oct 9 MLB World Series: NY Yankees beat Braves, 6-2 at County Stadium in Milwaukee, clinch 4 games to 3 series triumph; MVP: Yankees pitcher Bob Turley
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 11 "Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
  • Oct 11 2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls back
  • Oct 12 CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium
  • Oct 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 12 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Oct 13 Burial of Pope Pius XII on the 41st anniversary of the "Miracle of the Sun"

Historic Event

Oct 14 Brendan Behan's "Hostage" premieres in London

  • Oct 14 Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community
  • Oct 14 Paul Osborn's "World of Suzie Wong" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 14 The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept black Americans as members.
  • Oct 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 15 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
  • Oct 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR

Music History

Oct 16 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres

  • Oct 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

Oct 19 Stirling Moss wins season ending Moroccan Grand Prix at Ain-Diab but fellow Brit Mike Hawthorn takes World Drivers Championship from Moss by just 1 point by finishing second; first British world champion

  • Oct 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 21 1st women in British House of Lords
  • Oct 23 De Gaulle offers Algerians defiance "peace of the brave"

Nobel Prize

Oct 23 Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

The Smurfs TV Debut

Oct 23 The Smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo

  • Oct 23 The Springhill Mine Bump - underground earthquake traps 174 miners in No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, deepest coal mine in North America. By 1st November rescuers had dug out 100 victims, with death toll at 74.
  • Oct 23 USSR lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam
  • Oct 24 USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam
  • Oct 26 PanAm flies first transatlantic jet from New York to Paris
  • Oct 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 27 General Ayub Khan succeeds Iskander Mirza as President of Pakistan
  • Oct 27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Papal Inauguration

Oct 28 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli elected Pope, taking name John XXIII

  • Oct 28 Pete Runnels wins Comeback Player of Year (avg went from .230 to .322)
  • Oct 29 Boris Pasternak refuses the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 29 Dr F Mason Sones is first doctor to perform a coronary angiogram
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Martin Cooper, British new wave keyboard player and saxophonist (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 1 Masato Nakamura, Japanese bass player (Dreams Come True) and composer (Sonic The Hedgehog), born in Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 1 Michelle Bauer [Medvitz], California, actress (One Million Heels BC)
  • Oct 2 Daniel Peacock, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), director and writer (Cavegirl), born in Hammersmith, London, England
  • Oct 4 Anneka Rice, Dutch TV hostess
  • Oct 4 Barbara K [Kooyman-MacDonald], American singer-songwriter (Timbuk 3 - "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Oct 5 André Kuipers, Dutch astronaut
  • Oct 5 Brent W. Jett Jr, American naval officer and NASA astronaut (STS 72, sk:81), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Oct 5 Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, TV presenter and writer, born in New York City
  • Oct 5 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), born in Painesville, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Oct 6 Joseph Finder, American novelist
  • Oct 7 Judy Landers, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 8 Steve Coll, American journalist (The New Yorker) and writer (The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 8 Ursula von der Leyen, German politician, 1st woman elected President of European Commission, born in Ixelles, Brussels
  • Oct 9 Al Jourgensen, Cuban-American musician (Ministry), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 9 Michael Paré, American actor (Eddie and the Cruisers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 10 J. Eddie Peck, American actor (Bold & Beautiful-Cole Howard), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Oct 10 John M. Grunsfeld, American physicist and astronaut (STS 67, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 10 Tanya Tucker, American Grammy Award-winning country singer-songwriter ("Delta Dawn"; "Bring Me Flowers Now"), born in Seminole, Texas
  • Oct 12 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Oct 12 Jeff Keith, American rock vocalist (Tesla - "Psychotic Supper"), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Oct 13 Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells, American musician and composer (Machine Gun), born in Tacoma, Washington

Jamal Khashoggi

Oct 13 Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian progressive journalist, author, and editor in chief (Al-Arab News Channel), born in Medina, Saudi Arabia (d. 2018)

  • Oct 13 Joseph Richard Sylvers, American R&B musician (The Sylvers)
  • Oct 13 Maria Cantwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 14 Thomas Dolby [Robertson], British new-wave rock singer and musician ("She Blinded Me With Science"), born in London, England
  • Oct 15 Jayne Modean, American actress (Nurse Hooter-Trauma Center), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Oct 16 Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek folk and jazz singer, born on Icaria, Greece
  • Oct 16 Tim Robbins, actor (Bull Durham, The Shawshank Redemption), born in West Covina, California
  • Oct 17 Alan Jackson, American country singer (Here in the Real World), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • Oct 17 Blaine McCallister, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Fort Stockton, Texas
  • Oct 17 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Cavallermaggiore (d. 2016)
  • Oct 17 Howard Alden, American jazz guitarist (George Van Eps), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Oct 18 Corinne Bohrer, American actress
  • Oct 18 Hal Haenel, star sailor (Olympic 8th 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 18 Kjell Samuelsson, Tyngsryd Swe, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)

Thomas Hearns

Oct 18 Thomas Hearns, American boxer (first boxer to win world titles in 5 weight divisions), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Oct 19 Antoine Trousers, rock drummer/singer (Dike-Bleeding Heart)
  • Oct 19 John Bloom [Joe Bob Briggs], drive-in movie critic
  • Oct 19 Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 19 Tiriel Mora, Australian actor
  • Oct 20 Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback played 19 seasons, for seven teams (Seattle Seahawks, 1980-91; K.C. Chiefs. 1992-3), born in Iola, Wisconsin
  • Oct 20 Eric Scott, American actor (Ben in The Waltons), born in Hollywood, California
  • Oct 20 Ivo Pogorelić, Croatian pianist (1978 Casagrande winner), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Oct 20 Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author (Nightrunner series), born in Maine
  • Oct 20 Mark King, English rock bassist and vocalist (Level 42 - "Standing in the Light"; "Love Games"), born in Cowes, England
  • Oct 20 Razor Ramon [Scott Hall], American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in St Mary's County, Maryland
  • Oct 20 Ricky Byrd, American rocker (Joan Jett & Blackhearts), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 20 Scott Hall, American pro wrestler (9 x WCW World Tag Team Champion; WWE HOF 2014), born in St. Mary's County, Maryland (d. 2022)
  • Oct 20 Valerie Faris, American film director (The Cutting Edge, Little Miss Sunshine), born in Los Angeles, county, California
  • Oct 20 Viggo Mortensen, American Actor (Lord of the Rings, The Road), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 21 Andre Geim, Russian-British physicist (2010 Nobel Prize for isolation of Graphene), born in Sochi, Russia [1]
  • Oct 22 Bobby Blotzer, American rock drummer (Ratt, "Round & Round"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 23 Michael Eric Dyson, American activist, professor, author, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Mathilde Santing, Dutch rock singer (Breast & Brow), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Oct 25 Dipak Patel, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (37 Tests, 5 x 50s, 75 wickets; 75 ODIs; Worcestershire CCC, Auckland CA), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Oct 25 Kornelia Ender, East German swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-1972, 76), born in Plauen, East Germany
  • Oct 25 Mark Miller, American singer (Sawyer Brown - "This Missin' You Heart of Mine"; "Thank God For You"), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 25 Phil Daniels, British stage and screen actor (Quadrophenia; EastEnders - "Kevin"), and rock singer, born in Islington, London, England
  • Oct 26 Bassam Sabam, Lebanese violinist, oud, and nay player (New York Arabic Orchestra; Silk Road Ensemble), born in Tripoli, Lebanon (d. 2020)
  • Oct 27 Hazell Dean [Poole], English disco singer (Always Doesn't Mean Forever), born in Chelmsford, Essex, England
  • Oct 27 Lee Carter, Alabama Judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit
  • Oct 27 Manu Katché, French session and touring drummer (Peter Gabriel; Preface; Sting), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • Oct 27 Simon Le Bon, English rock vocalist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"), born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
  • Oct 28 Manzoor Hussain, Pakistani field hockey striker (Olympic gold 1986; World Cup gold 1978, 82; 175 caps, 86 goals), born in Sialkot, Pakistan (d. 2022)
  • Oct 29 David Remnick, American writer and editor of The New Yorker, born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Oct 30 Kevin Pollak, American comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 30 Ramona d'Viola, American cyclist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Stefan Dennis, Australian actor (Neighbours), born in Tawonga, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 31 Jeannie Longo, French cyclist (59-time French champion and 13-time world champion), born in Annecy, France
  • Oct 31 Russ Cochran, American golfer (Senior Open C'ship 2011), born in Paducah, Kentucky

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Robert Falk, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Oct 2 Marie Stopes, British birth control pioneer, dies at 77
  • Oct 8 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)

Pius XII

Oct 9 Pius XII [Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli], 260th Roman Catholic Pope (1939-58), dies of heart failure at 82

  • Oct 11 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, dies at 67
  • Oct 12 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • Oct 12 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect and painter, dies at 59
  • Oct 12 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, dies at 51
  • Oct 13 Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik, Russian composer, dies at 59 (b. 1899)
  • Oct 14 Douglas Mawson, Australian Antarctic explorer (b. 1882)
  • Oct 15 Jack Mason, English cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies at 84
  • Oct 15 Jan Poortenaar, Dutch painter, etcher and cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Oct 15 John Hamilton, American actor (The Adventures of Superman - "Perry White"), dies of heart failure at 71
  • Oct 17 Charlie Townsend, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1899), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 Paul Outerbridge, American photographer, dies at 63
  • Oct 24 Esther Delterne, Flemish actress/revue-artists, dies at 81
  • Oct 24 G. E. Moore, English philosopher (systematic approach to ethical problems), dies at 84
  • Oct 24 Martin Shaw, English composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 27 Frederik Gerretson [Geerten Gossaert], historian/poet/politician, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, dies at 84
  • Oct 29 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), dies at 71
  • Oct 30 Rose Macaulay, English writer (The Towers of Trebizond), dies at 77