March 1958 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia
  • Mar 2 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
  • Mar 2 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
  • Mar 3 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • Mar 5 Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 7 Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
  • Mar 8 Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita

Event of Interest

Mar 8 William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

  • Mar 11 American B-47 accidentally drops nuclear bomb 15,000 ft on a family home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina; creates crater 75 ft across, bomb without its nuclear capsule
  • Mar 11 Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets
  • Mar 12 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
  • Mar 13 Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
  • Mar 14 Recording Industry Association of American created
  • Mar 14 RIAA certifies 1st gold record - Perry Como's single "Catch A Falling Star"
  • Mar 14 South Africa's government prohibits the African National Congress
  • Mar 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 14 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 15 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test in Ground Zero, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan (of 36 total for 1958)
  • Mar 17 US Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape

Event of Interest

Mar 19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London

  • Mar 19 Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings for WI vs. Pakistan
  • Mar 20 50 inches of snow falls across the Mason–Dixon line
  • Mar 20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • Mar 20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • Mar 21 Dr. Ernest Lawrence, nuclear scientist and Nobel laureate, receives first West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award, presented to an outstanding US citizen whose service in the national interest exemplifies devotion to ideals of West Point motto: "Duty, Honor, Country"
  • Mar 21 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

Event of Interest

Mar 22 Under pressure King Saud appoints Faisal Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

  • Mar 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Mar 25 West German parliament desires German atomic weapons
  • Mar 26 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris
  • Mar 26 US Army launches America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
  • Mar 27 Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro

Event of Interest

Mar 27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party

  • Mar 31 US Navy forms atomic submarine division
  • Mar 31 USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Bertrand Piccard, Swiss balloonist and psychiatrist, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Mar 2 Peter Arnold, American architect
  • Mar 3 Marc Silvestri, American comic book artist and publisher (Top Cow Productions)
  • Mar 4 Lennie Lee, British counterculture artist
  • Mar 4 Tina Smith, American politician (Senator-D-Minnesota 2018-), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Mar 7 Alan Hale, American astronomer (Comet Hale–Bopp), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mar 11 Flemming Rose, Danish journalist
  • Mar 11 Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq
  • Mar 11 Jim Pinkerton, American pundit
  • Mar 13 Rick Lazio, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in Amityville, New York

Danny MeyerDanny Meyer (65 years old)

Mar 14 American restaurateur (Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Jorge RamosJorge Ramos (65 years old)

Mar 16 Mexican-American Spanish-language new anchor (Noticiero Univision) and journalist, born in Mexico City

  • Mar 16 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Mar 22 Fatih Birol, Turkish economist and energy expert (International Energy Agency), born in Ankara, Turkey
  • Mar 22 Laurie David, American political activist
  • Mar 25 Åsa Torstensson, Swedish politician
  • Mar 25 Sisy Chen, Taiwanese politician and television commentator
  • Mar 27 Susan Molinari, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 29 Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Director-General of the National Trust, born in Alston, Cumbria
  • Mar 30 Peter Ellis, New Zealand convicted child abuser, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2019)

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter (Dog at a Rope), dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Albert Kuyle [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • Mar 11 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish carpenter, inventor, and toy maker (Lego Group), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 12 Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, wife of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Cyril M. Kornbluth, American sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • Mar 22 Michael "Mike" Todd [Avrom Goldbogen], American producer (Around the World in 80 Days) and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, dies in a plane crash at 48
  • Mar 23 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76