April 1958 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Marshal Nikolai Bulganin appointed Chairman of the Board of the State Bank of the USSR
  • Apr 2 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • Apr 2 Wind speed reaches a record 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas

Event of Interest

Apr 3 Fidel Castro's rebels attack Havana

  • Apr 4 1st march against nuclear weapons from London to Aldermaston, England, home of the Defence Ministry's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
  • 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, California
  • Apr 12 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
  • Apr 13 Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.

Space 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

  • Apr 16 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis

Event of Interest

Apr 17 Brussels World Fair opens in Belgium, with a model by chemist Rosalind Franklin who had died of cancer the day before

Event of Interest

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

  • Apr 18 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Apr 20 Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
  • Apr 28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

Event of Interest

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

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

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 Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer and dub poet, born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England
  • Apr 15 Dolores Gordon-Smith, British novelist (The Jack Haldean Murder Series), born in Glossop, Derbyshire
  • 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
  • Apr 27 David Barnes, New Zealand sailor (470 world champion 1981, 83, 84), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2020)

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 (Seven Little Australians), dies at 88
  • Apr 8 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter, dies at 82

Rosalind FranklinRosalind Franklin (1920-1958)

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

  • Apr 18 Maurice Gamelin, French Army officer (World War I - First Battle of the Marne; World War II - failure to stop German assault on France), dies at 85
  • Apr 18 Richard B. Goldschmidt, German-American zoologist (butterflies), dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Joan Collette, Dutch graphic artist and painter (New Church, Delft), dies at 68