Historical Events in December 1958

  • Dec 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 602 performances
  • Dec 1 Central African Republic made autonomous member of the French Community (National Day)
  • Dec 1 Our Lady of Angels School fire kills 92 students & 3 nuns in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 2 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • Dec 2 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • Dec 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan QB University of Iowa #1 pick by Green Bay Packers
  • Dec 3 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
  • Dec 4 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • Dec 4 Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns
  • Dec 4 American pilots Bob Timm and John Cook take off from Las Vegas, Nevada in "The Hacienda", their modified Cessna 172, in an attempt to break recently set airplane flight endurance record; effort succeeds almost 65 days later [1]
  • Dec 5 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia
  • Dec 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Dec 5 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

  • Dec 5 The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.
  • Dec 6 US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
  • Dec 7 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
  • Dec 9 Robert W. Welch Jr and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form the conservative and anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • Dec 10 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
  • Dec 10 U of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates
  • Dec 11 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls

Theater Premiere

Dec 11 Archibald MacLeish's play "J.B." premieres in NYC

  • Dec 11 Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) gains autonomy from France
  • Dec 12 Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed
  • Dec 12 Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur

Sports History

Dec 14 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

  • Dec 16 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
  • Dec 16 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's French midfielder Raymond Kopa wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of German winger Helmut Rahn and French forward Just Fontaine

Sports History

Dec 17 Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In Chicago Black Hawks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium

  • Dec 18 Project SCORE, world’s 1st communications satellite launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Dec 18 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)

Historic Communication

Dec 19 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere"

Historic Event

Dec 21 Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of the 5th Republic of France

  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 22 2nd Dutch Beel government forms
  • Dec 23 Musical revue "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden Yheater, NYC; runs for 38 performances
  • Dec 23 Abdallah Ibrahim forms government in Morocco
  • Dec 25 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1
  • Dec 28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played": Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship against the New York Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium, in the first ever sudden-death overtime game in NFL history. 17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game.
  • Dec 29 TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts
  • Dec 30 French franc devalued
  • Dec 31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)

Historic Event

Dec 31 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

  • Dec 31 International Geophyscial Year ends

Sports History

Dec 31 Bill Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X