Historical Events in January 1958

  • Jan 1 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21
  • Jan 1 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • Jan 1 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • Jan 1 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • Jan 1 European Economic Community, better known as the European Common Market starts operation
  • Jan 1 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music Concert

Jan 2 Dmitri Shostakovich' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY

  • Jan 3 Australian cricket fast bowler Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick (Eddie Fuller, Hugh Tayfield, Neil Adcock) as South Africa dismissed for 99 in follow-on 2nd Test at Cape Town
  • Jan 3 The West Indies Federation is formed, made up of former British Caribbean territories, with the capital Port of Spain

Historic Event

Jan 4 NZ team led by Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole, the 1st to reach the Pole overland using motor vehicles and the 1st since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912

  • Jan 4 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
  • Jan 6 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to E. E. Cummings

Music History

Jan 6 Gibson guitars launches their 'Flying V' electric guitar model; eventually used by Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan of T-Rex, FAve Davies of the Kinks, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

  • Jan 6 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar
  • Jan 7 USSR reduces army to 300,000
  • Jan 8 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana

Sports History

Jan 9 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

#1 in the Charts

Jan 10 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

  • Jan 12 8th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-7; MVPs: Hugh McElhenny, SF 49ers, HB; Gene Brito, Washington Redskins, DE
  • Jan 12 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring

NBA Record

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

  • Jan 13 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
  • Jan 13 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • Jan 13 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • Jan 15 New York Yankees announce that 140 MLB games to be televised on WPIX TV this season in a deal worth over $1 million dollars
  • Jan 16 William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 Willie O’Ree is the 1st African-American to appear in the NHL, making his debut for the Boston Bruins in a 3-0 victory in Montreal
  • Jan 19 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
  • Jan 20 A group attempting the 1st surface crossing of Antarctic join up at the South Pole
  • Jan 20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 21 8th NBA All-Star Game, Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Mo: East beats West, 130-118; MVP: Bob Pettit, Milwaukee Hawks, C

  • Jan 21 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 21 St Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit becomes first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award; scores 28 points and grabs 26 rebounds, even though East beats West, 130-118
  • Jan 22 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 23 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Jan 23 Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
  • Jan 23 Pakistani cricket batsman Hanif Mohammad scores record 337 runs in 970 minutes in drawn 1st Test v West Indies at Bridgetown, longest innings in Test history
  • Jan 24 After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion

Historic Event

Jan 26 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense

  • Jan 26 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
  • Jan 26 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Ashley Cooper wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats fellow Australian Malcolm Anderson 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Angela Mortimer Barrett of England beats Lorraine Coghlan of Australia 6-3, 6-4
  • Jan 27 Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
  • Jan 28 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor

Sports History

Jan 28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

  • Jan 28 The Lego Group patents their design of interlocking Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today
  • Jan 29 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • Jan 30 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
  • Jan 30 Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 30 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than fans, will vote on selections for the All-Star Game; vote returns to the fans in 1970
  • Jan 30 UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats

Television Premiere

Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

  • Jan 31 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • Jan 31 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1