On This Day

What Happened on October 23, 1958

Historical Events

  • De Gaulle offers Algerians defiance "peace of the brave"

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

The smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo

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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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  • 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.
  • USSR lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam

Famous Birthdays

  • Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Michael Eric Dyson, American activist, professor, author
1958 Highlights

About October 23, 1958

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 1 month and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Scorpio