Historical Events in 1958 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 587

Historic Event

Apr 28 US Vice President Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America

  • Apr 28 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

Baseball Record

Apr 30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits

  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombs Ambon, conquers Morotai
  • May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • May 2 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
  • May 3 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
  • May 3 WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
  • May 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
  • May 5 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for Death in the Family
  • May 5 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

Film Release

May 8 Classic Hammer horror film "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire alongside Peter Cushing, directed by Terence Fisher released

Little Rock Crisis

May 8 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • May 8 US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru

Film Release

May 9 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

  • May 9 Russian Mikhail Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 11 US performs its second atmospheric nuclear test of the day, this one at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • May 12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation

Baseball Record

May 13 MLB player Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Record

May 13 MLB San Francisco Giants teammates Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple, and combine for 10 RBI in a 16-9 win over the Dodgers at Los Angeles

  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

Nixon Attacked in Venezuela

May 13 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon's staff are injured

  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered

Film Premiere

May 15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 16 Major Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 17 83rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
  • May 18 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 19 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

Theater Premiere

May 19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London

  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 22 Influential modernist skyscraper the Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe officially opens in Manhattan, New York
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

Historic Event

May 23 Mao Zedong starts the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China

  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes
  • May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

Battle of Interest

May 24 Cuban President Fulgencio Batista opens military offensive against Fidel Castro's armed rebellion

  • May 24 United Press Association and International News Service merge to form United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • May 28 European Cup Final, Brussels: Francisco Gento scores the winner in extra time as Real Madrid beats AC Milan, 3-2; 3rd consecutive title for Los Blancos

Historic Event

May 28 French government of Prime Minister Pierre Pflimlin resigns; 200,000 demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Bryan wins a race best known for a massive first-lap, 15-car pileup that results in death of fan-favourite driver Pat O'Connor
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 31 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)
  • May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • May 31 French Championships Men's Tennis: Mervyn Rose wins his first and only French title; beats Luis Ayala of Chile 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • Jun 1 Belgian christian-democrats win parliamentary election
  • Jun 1 Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France
  • Jun 1 The Riverside International Raceway in Southern California opens with three 500-mile races in one weekend; Eddie Gray wins the Crown America 500 for NASCAR Grand National cars
  • Jun 2 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio

Sports History

Jun 2 Brooks Robinson hits into 1st of record 4 triple plays

Baseball Record

Jun 2 Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record

  • Jun 3 Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
  • Jun 4 French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers
  • Jun 4 San Francisco Giants Hank Sauer and Bob Schmidt are first in NL history to hit consecutive pinch-hit HRs in 10-9 win over the Milwaukee Braves
  • Jun 6 French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French
  • Jun 6 Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger
  • Jun 7 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 7 Battles between Turkish & Greeks Cypriots break out

LPGA Championship

Jun 8 LPGA Championship, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright wins first of 13 major titles by 6 strokes from Fay Crocker

Historic Event

Jun 9 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

  • Jun 9 Novelty song "The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1
  • Jun 11 UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
  • Jun 12 "Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979

Music History

Jun 13 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California

  • Jun 14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus

US Golf Open

Jun 14 US Open Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Native Oklahoman Tommy Bolt wins his only major championship, 4 strokes ahead of 22-year old South African Gary Player

  • Jun 16 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46
  • Jun 16 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia

Historic Publication

Jun 17 "Things Fall Apart" by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published by Heinemann - considered most widely read book in African literature

  • Jun 17 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
  • Jun 17 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
  • Jun 20 New Zealand all out 47 v England in 2nd Test at Lord's; Jim Laker 4-13, Tony Lock 5-17; England wins by an innings & 148 runs
  • Jun 21 French franc devalues
  • Jun 22 Game in KC between A's & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado
  • Jun 22 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Kahkwa CC: Patty Berg wins back-to-back WO titles; beats runner-up Beverly Hanson by 4 strokes
  • Jun 23 Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers
  • Jun 23 Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established
  • Jun 23 US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas

Album Release

Jun 24 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"

Historic Event

Jun 26 Gaston Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium

  • Jun 26 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated
  • Jun 26 Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • Jun 27 8th Berlin International Film Festival: "Wild Strawberries" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 Billy Pierce's perfect game bid broken with 2 outs in 9th
  • Jun 27 Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) NY to London
  • Jun 28 American swimmer Nancy Ramey sets world record for 100m butterfly in 1:09.6 in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 28 US Open Women's Golf, Forest Lake CC: Mickey Wright wins 1st of 4 Open titles by 5 from Louise Suggs; 1st player to win Open & LPGA in same year

FIFA World Cup

Jun 29 FIFA World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Vavá & Pelé each score 2 goals as Brazil beats Sweden, 5-2

  • Jun 30 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
  • Jun 30 Dutch government of Drees ends obligatory dismissal of married teachers
  • Jul 1 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave

Film Premiere

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

  • Jul 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

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

  • 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 5 First ascent of Gasherbrum I (Pakistani–Chinese border), 11th highest peak on earth
  • Jul 5 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname

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 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, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 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 Iraqi Army brigadier Abd al-Karim Qasim forms a military government after overthrowing the Iraqi monarchy in the 14 July Revolution

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 [1]
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • Jul 20 King Hussein of Jordan breaks off diplomatic relations with UAR
  • 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 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
  • 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 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco
  • Jul 29 US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
  • Jul 31 Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
  • Aug 1 US 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
  • Aug 1 US atomic submarine USS Nautilus begins 1st transit of North Pole "Operation Sunshine"
  • Aug 2 American pilots Jim Heth and Bill Burkhart take off from Dallas, Texas in "The Old Scotchman", their modified Cessna 172 in an effort to break airplane flight endurance record; they fly forslightly over 50 days, eclipsing existing record by more than 3 days
  • Aug 2 Jordan and Iraq dissolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • Aug 3 USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole

#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

  • Aug 5 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
  • Aug 6 American athlete Glenn Davis breaks his own world record by 0.3 (49.2) in 400m hurdles in Budapest, Hungary
  • Aug 6 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island

Sports History

Aug 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2

  • Aug 14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Indian Vic Power steals home twice in 1 game
  • Aug 14 KLM Superconstellation crashes west of Ireland, killing 99
  • Aug 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • Aug 15 Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
  • Aug 17 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
  • Aug 18 Actress Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel
  • Aug 18 Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, California

Historic Publication

Aug 18 Novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov is published

  • Aug 18 Perez Prado "Mambo King" receives one of the 1st gold records
  • Aug 18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • Aug 18 United Kingdom issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
  • Aug 18 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • Aug 18 Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • Aug 20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st major league lefty catcher since 1906
  • Aug 21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 22 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Aug 22 Toronto's Boyd Carter (15 yards) and Dave Mann (116 yards) combine for CFL record for the longest punt return in 15-14 win over Montreal Alouettes in Toronto
  • Aug 23 "Musical Marie" Ashton completes playing piano at the Plaza-Central cinema in England - a female record 133 hours
  • Aug 23 People's Republic of China resumes bombardment of the Quemoy and Matsu islands in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
  • Aug 24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)

Instant Ramen

Aug 25 Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)

  • Aug 27 Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at South Atlantic Ocean
  • Aug 27 USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard
  • Aug 28 American baseball player Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)

Music Single

Aug 29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

Music History

Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles

  • Aug 29 US Air Force Academy's permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean
  • Sep 1 St Louis Cardinals pitcher Vinegar Bend Mizell walks a NL record 9 batters in a 1-0 shutout of Cincinnati Reds
  • Sep 2 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Sep 2 Hendrik Verwoerd appointed Prime Minister of South Africa
  • Sep 2 KAYS TV channel 7 in Hays, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 Minn announces $9 million bond issue to improve Metropolitan Stadium
  • Sep 2 National Defense Education Act was signed
  • Sep 2 U.S. Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan, Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew lost.