On This Day

Events in History in March 1958

  • 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

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Mar 8 William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • 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 RIAA certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
  • Mar 14 Recording Industry Association of American created
  • 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

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

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • Mar 19 Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings for WI vs. Pakistan
  • Mar 20 50" snow 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

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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 US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
  • Mar 26 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • Mar 27 Havana Hilton opens in Cuba, later HQ for Fidel Castro

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

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