On This Day

Historical Events in July 1958

  • Jul 1 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave
  • Jul 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

Film Premiere

Jul 2 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Television Premiere

Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ashley Cooper wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Neale Fraser 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer of England 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her title

  • Jul 5 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname
  • Jul 5 First ascent of Gasherbrum I (Pakistani–Chinese border), 11th highest peak on earth
  • Jul 5 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with Welshman Dave Thomas, for his 4th Open title
  • Jul 6 Adolfo López Mateos elected President of Mexico
  • Jul 7 England cricket batsman Arthur Milton scores an unbeaten 104 in his Test debut, drawn 3rd Test v NZ at Headingley

Historic Event

Jul 7 President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood

  • Jul 7 William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows NY
  • Jul 8 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt
  • Jul 9 Giant splash caused by fall of 90 million tons of rock & ice into Lituya Bay, Alaska washes 1,800 feet up the mountain
  • Jul 10 1st parking meters installed in England (625 installed)
  • Jul 10 Ex-king Norodom Sihanoek appointed premier of Cambodia
  • Jul 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 693 performances
  • Jul 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 14 General Abdul K Kassem forms a military government in Iraq overthrowing the monarchy

Catholic Encyclical

Jul 14 Pope Pius XII publishes his 39th and last encyclical Meminisse juvat

  • Jul 15 President Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months
  • Jul 17 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation

Music Premiere

Jul 17 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

  • Jul 17 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • Jul 18 6th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances
  • Jul 19 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
  • Jul 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C'ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • Jul 20 King Hussein of Jordan breaks off diplomatic relations with UAR

Sports History

Jul 20 Detroit Tigers future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0

  • Jul 22 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 23 1st 4 women named to peerage in House of Lords (UK)
  • Jul 24 14 people named 1st life peers in UK

Sports History

Jul 24 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again

  • Jul 24 Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row
  • Jul 25 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.
  • Jul 26 Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV
  • Jul 29 US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
  • Jul 29 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco
  • Jul 31 Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet