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Historical Events in February 1958

  • Feb 1 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 "Volare" ("Nel blu dipinto di blu") single released by Domenico Modugno (Grammy Award Record of the Year, Song of the Year 1958)
  • Feb 1 Tommy Taylor scores 2 goals and Duncan Edwards 1, in Manchester United's 5-4 win vs Arsenal at Highbury; pair amongst 7 players killed 5 days later when team’s charter plane crashes at Munich airport
  • Feb 1 Manchester United beats Arsenal, 5-4 at Highbury in the team's last game on British soil, 5 days prior to the plane crash at Munich airport that killed 7 players
  • Feb 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
  • Feb 4 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • Feb 4 MLB Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • Feb 5 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US African American foreign minister (to Romania)
  • Feb 5 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st President of United Arab Republic
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 5 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km

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Feb 6 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams becomes highest paid player in MLB when he re-signs with Boston Red Sox for $135,000

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

  • Feb 6 21 dead in air crash at Munich-Riem Airport; 8 players and 3 staff are from the Manchester United football team
  • Feb 7 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
  • Feb 7 1st showing of Dutch auto-transmission car, the DAF 600
  • Feb 8 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
  • Feb 8 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
  • Feb 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Feb 11 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • Feb 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 BBC pioneering series "Your Life in Their Hands" first broadcast presented by Dr. Charles Fletcher, 1st major TV series to deal with medicine

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Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected President of Guatemala
  • Feb 14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • Feb 15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • Feb 15 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
  • Feb 15 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
  • Feb 15 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 15 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
  • Feb 17 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • Feb 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

  • Feb 19 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records

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Feb 20 American future Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner on Riding Ban in the 8th race at Santa Anita

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • Feb 20 LA Coliseum approves 2-year pact allowing LA Dodgers to use facility whilst Dodger Stadium is completed in time for the 1962 MLB season
  • Feb 21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Feb 21 Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
  • Feb 21 British artist Gerald Holtom designs Nuclear Disarmament logo, based on blended semaphore signals for the letters N and D; it later became an international peace symbol
  • Feb 22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Feb 22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • Feb 22 Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
  • Feb 22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra and Menado, Celebes

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

Feb 22 15th Golden Globes: "The Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

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The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
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Feb 23 5-time F1 World Drivers champion Juan Manuel Fangio is kidnapped by Cuban rebels from Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement; released soon after Cuban GP

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Feb 23 Arturo Frondizi elected President of Argentina
  • Feb 23 Last Municipal arc light at Mission & 25th removed in San Francisco (installed 1913)
  • Feb 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 28 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket