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April 1958 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Marshal Nikolai Bulganin becomes director of Soviet State Bank
  • Apr 2 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • Apr 2 Wind speed reaches a record 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas

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Apr 3 Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Apr 4 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)
  • Apr 4 Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
  • Apr 4 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London
  • Apr 5 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest ever non-nuclear controlled explosions
  • Apr 10 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
  • Apr 11 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated in San Francisco
  • Apr 12 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
  • Apr 13 12th Tony Awards: "Sunrise at Campobello" and "Music Man" win
  • Apr 13 Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.

Space Dog Laika Launched to her DeathSpace Dog Laika Launched to her Death

Apr 14 Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard burns up during reentry into Earth's atmosphere

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Laika in her space box, from which she was never to emerge
Laika in her space box, from which she was never to emerge
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  • Apr 16 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
  • Apr 17 Brussels World Fair opens in Belgium
  • Apr 18 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
  • Apr 18 NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in LA

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Apr 18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

  • Apr 20 Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
  • Apr 28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Apr 28 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 5 Cammie Lusko, Guinness' World Strongest Woman, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Nigel Slater, English cook and writer (The Observer), born in Wolverhampton, England
  • Apr 15 Dolores Gordon-Smith, British novelist (The Jack Haldean Murder Series), born in Glossop, Derbyshire
  • Apr 15 Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer and dub poet, born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England
  • Apr 21 Michael Zarnock, American author and columnist
  • Apr 21 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
  • Apr 24 Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer, born in London

Deaths in History

  • Apr 2 Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • Apr 3 Theodor Kramer, Austrian poet and writer, dies at 61
  • Apr 4 Hendrik Heyman, Belgian minister of Nijverheid/mayor, dies at 78
  • Apr 5 Josef Brems, Flemish apostole (vicar of Denmark), dies at 87
  • Apr 8 Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • Apr 8 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter, dies at 82

Person of interestRosalind Franklin

Apr 16 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • Apr 18 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French general (WW1, WW2), dies at 85
  • Apr 18 Richard B. Goldschmidt, German-American zoologist (butterflies), dies at 80
  • Apr 18 Maurice Gamelin, French general (unable to stop the German assault on France, May 1940), dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Joan Collette, Dutch painter, dies at 68