Events in History in 1958

Events 1 - 200 of 360

  • 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 The West Indies Federation is formed, made up of former British Caribbean territories, with the capital Port of Spain

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 4 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
  • 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 Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
  • Jan 13 US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Group patents their design of interlocking 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
  • Feb 1 "Volare" ("Nel blu dipinto di blu") single released by Domenico Modugno (Grammy Award Record of the Year, Song of the Year 1958)
  • Feb 1 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • Feb 1 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • Feb 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • Feb 5 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US African American foreign minister (to Romania)
  • Feb 5 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st President of United Arab Republic
  • Feb 5 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
  • Feb 7 1st showing of Dutch auto-transmission car, the DAF 600
  • Feb 8 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
  • Feb 8 French planes bomb Sakiet, Tunisia, 75 die
  • Feb 11 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Feb 11 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
  • Feb 12 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected President of Guatemala
  • Feb 14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • Feb 15 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
  • Feb 15 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
  • Feb 15 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
  • Feb 15 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
  • Feb 17 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
  • Feb 21 British artist Gerald Holtom designs Nuclear Disarmament logo, based on blended semaphore signals for the letters N and D; it later became an international peace symbol
  • Feb 21 Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
  • Feb 22 Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
  • Feb 22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra and Menado, Celebes
  • Feb 23 Arturo Frondizi elected President of Argentina
  • Feb 23 Last Municipal arc light at Mission & 25th removed in San Francisco (installed 1913)
  • Feb 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Feb 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
  • Mar 21 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 28 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • 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 Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

Little Rock Crisis

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

  • 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 Bikini Island
  • May 11 US performs its second atmospheric nuclear test of the day, this one at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

Nixon 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

  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 16 Major Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria

Theater Premiere

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

  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 22 Influential modernist skyscraper the Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe officially opens in Manhattan, New York
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

Historic Event

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

  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes
  • May 24 Cuban President Fulgencio Batista opens military offensive against Fidel Castro's armed rebellion
  • May 24 United Press Association and International News Service merge to form United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

Historic Event

May 28 French government of Prime Minister Pierre Pflimlin resigns; 200,000 demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle

  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • Jun 1 Belgian christian-democrats win parliamentary election
  • Jun 1 Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France
  • Jun 4 French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers
  • Jun 6 French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French
  • Jun 6 Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger
  • Jun 7 Battles between Turkish & Greeks Cypriots break out

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 11 UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
  • Jun 14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
  • Jun 16 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia

Historic Publication

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

  • 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
  • Jun 20 New Zealand all out 47 v England in 2nd Test at Lord's; Jim Laker 4-13, Tony Lock 5-17; England wins by an innings & 148 runs
  • Jun 21 French franc devalues
  • Jun 23 Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers
  • Jun 23 Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established
  • Jun 23 US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas

Historic Event

Jun 26 Gaston Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium

  • 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 First ascent of Gasherbrum I (Pakistani–Chinese border), 11th highest peak on earth
  • Jul 5 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname
  • Jul 6 Adolfo López Mateos elected President of Mexico

Historic Event

Jul 7 President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood

  • 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 Iraqi Army brigadier Abd al-Karim Qasim forms a military government after overthrowing the Iraqi monarchy in the 14 July Revolution

Catholic Encyclical

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

  • Jul 15 President Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months [1]
  • Jul 17 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation
  • Jul 17 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • 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 (UK)
  • Jul 24 14 people named 1st life peers in UK
  • Jul 25 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.
  • Jul 26 Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV
  • Jul 29 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco