On This Day

January 1958 in History

Events in History

  • 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 3 Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town
  • Jan 3 The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • Jan 4 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up

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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

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jan 6 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to E. E. Cummings
  • Jan 7 USSR reduces army to 300,000
  • Jan 8 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
  • Jan 13 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
  • Jan 13 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • Jan 13 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • Jan 16 William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in NYC
  • 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 23 Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
  • 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

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

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • Jan 26 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • Jan 27 Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
  • Jan 28 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor
  • Jan 28 The Lego company patents their design of 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 UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats
  • Jan 31 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • Jan 31 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Donna Rice Hughes, American author & speaker, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 7 Peter Mokaba, South African politician (South African Youth Congress), born in Pietersburg, South Africa
  • Jan 9 Mehmet Ali Ağca, Turkish attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II, born in Hekimhan, Turkey
  • Jan 9 Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • Jan 11 Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Colombian crime boss
  • Jan 14 Colin Ferguson, murderer (6 people on the LIRR on Dec 7, 1993), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 15 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jan 16 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer
  • Jan 16 Lena Ek, Swedish politician
  • Jan 18 Jeffrey N Williams, United States Army officer & NASA astronaut, born in Village of Superior, Wisconsin
  • Jan 19 Thomas Kinkade, American painter, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25 Harti Weirather, Austrian alpine skier, born in Reutte, Austria
  • Jan 27 Alan Milburn, British MP
  • Jan 27 James Grippando, American novelist
  • Jan 27 Kadri Mälk, Estonian artist and jewelry designer

Weddings in History

  • Jan 1 Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White

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Jan 14 Human rights activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 4 John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, British civil servant, politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1943-45), dies at 75
  • Jan 6 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Petru Groza, premier/president (Romania, 1945-58), dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Mary Colter, American architect and designer (Fred Harvey Company, Santa Fe Railroad), dies at 88
  • Jan 9 Paul Fechter, German writer (Der Zauberer Gottes), dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Charles de Trooz, Belgian writer, dies at 52
  • Jan 12 Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)
  • Jan 13 John Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/church historian, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Earnest H Heinkel, German airplane builder (WWII), dies at 70
  • Jan 30 Jean Crotti, Swiss-French artist, dies at 79