On This Day

1958 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 364

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombs Ambon, conquers Morotai
  • May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • 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 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for Death in the Family
  • May 5 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

USALittle Rock Crisis

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

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The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
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  • May 8 US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

VenezuelaNixon 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

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The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958
The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958
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  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Major Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

Playwright Harold Pinter
Playwright
Harold Pinter

  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

BattleBattle of Interest

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

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • May 24 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • May 27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 28 French government of Pflimlin resigns/200,000 demonstrate against De Gaulle
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • Jun 1 Belgian christian-democrats win parliamentary election

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 1 Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jun 11 UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
  • Jun 13 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California
  • Jun 14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
  • Jun 16 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia
  • 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • Jun 20 NZ all out 47 v England at Lord's, Laker 4-13, Lock 5-17
  • Jun 21 French franc devalues
  • Jun 23 Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers
  • Jun 23 US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jun 23 Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 Gaston Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium

Prime Minister of Belgium Gaston Eyskens
Prime Minister of Belgium
Gaston Eyskens
  • Jun 26 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated
  • Jun 26 Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • 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 30 Dutch government of Drees ends obligatory dismissal of married teachers
  • Jul 2 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 5 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname
  • Jul 5 First ascent of Gasherbrum I (Pakistani–Chinese border), 11th highest peak on earth
  • Jul 6 Adolfo López Mateos elected President of Mexico

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jul 7 William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows NY
  • 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 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 14 General Abdul K Kassem forms a military government in Iraq overthrowing the monarchy

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Jul 14 Pope Pius XII publishes his 39th and last encyclical Meminisse juvat

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Jul 15 President Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months
  • Jul 17 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation
  • Jul 17 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • Jul 18 6th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 20 King Hussein of Jordan breaks off diplomatic relations with UAR
  • Jul 22 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 23 1st 4 women named to peerage in House of Lords
  • Jul 24 14 people named 1st life peers in UK
  • Jul 25 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 15 Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • Aug 16 Peter "Jeff" K Wisoff, Norfolk VA, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 68, 81/84)
  • Aug 19 Brendan Nelson, Australian politician
  • Aug 24 Tracy Harris, American artist, born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Aug 24 Chris Offutt, American writer (The Good Brother), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Aug 27 Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev, Russian cosmonaut (TM-7, TM-12, STS 60)
  • Aug 27 Tom Lanoye, Belgian author
  • Aug 27 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], body modifier (world record holder in body modification), born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Aug 30 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Aug 31 David H Mattheisen, Blue Island Ill, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • Sep 10 Chris Columbus, American film writer/director (Mrs Doubtfire, Nine Months), born in Spangler, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 14 John Bennett Herrington, American astronaut and USN aviator, born in Wetumka, Oklahoma
  • Sep 15 Lesley Player, Redhill England, Sarah Fergusson's father's lover
  • Sep 18 Don Geronimo, American radio personality (Don and Mike Show)
  • Sep 21 Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player
  • Sep 22 Vasili Yuriyevich Lukiyanyuk, Russian cosmonaut
  • Sep 22 Neil Cavuto, American television commentator
  • Sep 25 Eamonn Healy, Irish professor of chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, born in Newcastle West, Ireland
  • Sep 26 Richard B. Weldon Jr., American politician, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Sep 28 Lory Del Santo, Verona Italy, Miss Italy (1980)
  • Oct 5 Brent W. Jett Jr, American naval officer and NASA astronaut (STS 72, sk:81), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Oct 5 André Kuipers, Dutch astronaut
  • Oct 6 Joseph Finder, American novelist
  • Oct 8 Steve Coll, American journalist (The New Yorker) and writer (The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 8 Ursula von der Leyen, German politician, 1st woman elected President of European Commission, born in Ixelles, Brussels
  • Oct 10 John M. Grunsfeld, American physicist and astronaut (STS 67, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Maria Cantwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Person of interestJamal Khashoggi

Oct 13 Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian progressive journalist, author, and editor in chief (Al-Arab News Channel), born in Medina, Saudi Arabia (d. 2018)

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
  • Oct 20 Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author
  • Oct 23 Michael Eric Dyson, American activist, professor, author
  • Oct 27 Lee Carter, Alabama Judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit
  • Oct 29 David Remnick, American writer and editor of The New Yorker
  • Nov 1 Jim Steinmeyer, American inventor and designer of magical illusions, born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Nov 7 Lori Saldaña, American politician (California State Assembly), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 12 Nick Stellino, Italian-American television chef
  • Nov 16 Roberto Guerrero, Medelin Colombia, Indy racer (Rookie of Year 1984)
  • Nov 16 Boris Krivokapić, Serbian academic
  • Nov 20 Rickson Gracie, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Nov 26 Steve Buyer, American politician (Rep-R-Indiana), born in Rensselaer, Indiana
  • Nov 28 Georges Rutaganda, Rwandan war criminal
  • Nov 29 Mario Petrucci, Anglo-Italian Poet and Ecologist
  • Nov 30 Juliette Bergmann, Dutch bodybuilder
  • Dec 2 George Saunders, American writer (Lincoln in the Bardo), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Dec 20 Steve Sailer, American political commentator
  • Dec 27 Steffen Mensching, writer
  • Dec 28 Carl Marsden, bodyguard
  • Dec 29 Nancy J. Currie-Gregg, U.S. Army officer and astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Dec 30 Steven L Smith, astronaut (STS 68, 82), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • Sep 30 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph-stipulation), dies at 79
  • Oct 1 Robert Falk, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Oct 2 Marie Stopes, British birth control pioneer, dies at 77
  • Oct 8 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)

Person of interestPius XII

Oct 9 Pius XII [Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli], 260th Roman Catholic Pope (1939-58), dies of heart failure at 82

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Oct 11 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, dies at 67
  • Oct 12 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect and painter, dies at 59
  • Oct 14 Douglas Mawson, Australian Antarctic explorer (b. 1882)
  • Oct 15 Jan Poortenaar, Dutch painter, etcher and cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Oct 17 Paul Outerbridge, American photographer, dies at 63
  • Oct 24 G. E. Moore, English philosopher (systematic approach to ethical problems), dies at 84
  • Oct 27 Frederik Gerretson [Geerten Gossaert], historian/poet/politician, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, dies at 84
  • Oct 29 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), dies at 71
  • Oct 30 Rose Macaulay, English writer (The Towers of Trebizond), dies at 77
  • Nov 12 James Michael Curley, American politician (53rd Governor of Massachusetts, 1935-37), dies at 83
  • Nov 13 Bart van der Leck, Dutch painter (Style), dies at 81
  • Nov 16 Warner Fabian [S Adams], American author (Great American Fraud), dies at 87
  • Nov 16 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, British lawyer and politician who helps form League of Nations (Nobel 1937), dies at 94
  • Nov 25 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), dies at 82
  • Nov 30 Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer (b. 1888)
  • Dec 5 Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 10 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician (Artus Quellin), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • Dec 12 Milutin Milanković, Serbian astronomer and geophysicist (linked long-term changes in climate to astronomical factors affecting the amount of solar energy received at Earth’s surface), dies at 79
  • Dec 13 Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
  • Dec 13 Barhanuddin Bashajan, Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed
  • Dec 13 Rafiq Aref, Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed
  • Dec 15 Wolfgang Pauli, Swiss-American theoretical physicist (Pauli inhibition, Nobel 1945), dies at 58
  • Dec 21 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Fjodor W Gladkow, Russian author (Cement), dies at 75