Historical Events for Year 1958

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Events 1 - 150 of 569

Jan 1st - BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
Jan 1st - European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
Jan 1st - WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 2nd - Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY
Jan 3rd - Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland
Jan 3rd - Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town
Jan 3rd - The West Indies Federation is formed.
Jan 4th - Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
Jan 6th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to ee cummings
Jan 6th - Gibson patents Flying V Guitar
Jan 6th - WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund HillaryMountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary Jan 7th - USSR reduces army to 300,000
Jan 8th - Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
Jan 9th - In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54
Jan 10th - Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts
Jan 12th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
Jan 12th - NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
Jan 12th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7
Jan 12th - Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points
Jan 13th - 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
Jan 13th - US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
Country Singer Jerry Lee LewisCountry Singer Jerry Lee Lewis Jan 13th - Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.
Jan 15th - NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
Jan 16th - William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw," premieres in NYC
Jan 18th - 1st black in NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins)
Jan 19th - Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
Jan 20th - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
Jan 20th - KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 21st - KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
Jan 21st - Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
Jan 22nd - KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
Jan 23rd - "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
Jan 23rd - Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
Jan 23rd - Hanif Mohammad completes 337 in 970 minutes v West Indies
Jan 24th - 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
Jan 26th - H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense
Jan 26th - Jack Smith takes over for Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
Jan 26th - Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
Jan 26th - Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
Jan 27th - Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary
Jan 28th - Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor
MLB Catcher Roy CampanellaMLB Catcher Roy Campanella Jan 28th - Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck
Jan 28th - The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
Jan 29th - Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
Jan 30th - 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
Jan 30th - Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars
Jan 30th - Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello," premieres in NYC
Jan 30th - UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats
Baseball Player and Manager Leo DurocherBaseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher Jan 31st - "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
Jan 31st - James van Allen discovers radiation belt
Jan 31st - US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
Feb 1st - 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
Feb 1st - Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
Feb 1st - WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
Feb 2nd - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
Feb 2nd - Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
Feb 2nd - WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
Feb 3rd - Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
Feb 4th - "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
Feb 4th - Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
Feb 5th - Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania)
Feb 5th - Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
Feb 5th - Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
Feb 5th - Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams Feb 6th - Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid
Feb 7th - 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
Feb 7th - Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
Feb 7th - Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
Feb 8th - Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
Feb 8th - French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
Feb 8th - KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 11th - Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Min of Foreign affairs
Feb 11th - Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
Feb 11th - WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
Basketball Player Bill RussellBasketball Player Bill Russell Feb 12th - Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101
Feb 12th - Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
Feb 14th - Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
Feb 15th - Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
Feb 15th - Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
Feb 15th - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
Feb 15th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
Feb 15th - Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
Feb 16th - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
Feb 17th - Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
Feb 17th - WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 19th - Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
Feb 20th - Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
Feb 20th - LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
Feb 21st - "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
Feb 21st - Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
Feb 22nd - "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
Feb 22nd - Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
Feb 22nd - Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
Feb 22nd - Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes
Feb 23rd - 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
Feb 23rd - Arturo Frondizi elected president of Argentina
Feb 23rd - Last Municipal arc light, Mission & 25th removed (installed in 1913)
Feb 23rd - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
Feb 27th - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
Feb 28th - West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
Mar 1st - Gary Sobers 365* v Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
Mar 1st - Sobers completes 446 stand for 2nd wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260
Mar 1st - West Indies cricket declare at stumps score of 3-790 decl v Pakistan
Mar 1st - Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia.
Mar 2nd - 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
Mar 2nd - Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
Mar 2nd - Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
Mar 3rd - KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
Mar 3rd - Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
Mar 5th - Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
Mar 5th - KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
Mar 7th - Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
Mar 8th - Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita
Author and Nobel Laureate William FaulknerAuthor and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner Mar 8th - William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters
Mar 9th - George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
Mar 11th - Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show "21"
Mar 11th - Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets
Mar 12th - British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
Mar 13th - Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
Mar 14th - RIAA certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
Mar 14th - Recording Industry Association of American created
Mar 14th - South Africa government prohibits the African National Congress
Mar 14th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Mar 14th - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
Mar 15th - "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
Mar 15th - KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
NBA Player Oscar RobertsonNBA Player Oscar Robertson Mar 15th - Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts
Mar 15th - Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
Mar 15th - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
Mar 16th - Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Mar 17th - Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
Mar 18th - Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
Mar 19th - Britain's 1st planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's in London
Mar 19th - Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings v Pakistan
Mar 20th - 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line
Mar 20th - Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
Mar 20th - Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
Mar 21st - 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
Mar 21st - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
Mar 22nd - 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72
Mar 22nd - Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi-Arabia
Mar 22nd - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Mar 24th - Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
Mar 25th - Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times
Mar 25th - West German parliament desires German atomic weapons
Mar 26th - 30th Academy Awards-"Bridge on the River Kwai" best film, Woodward & Guinness best actress/actor
Mar 26th - US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
Mar 26th - The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.
Mar 27th - CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
Mar 27th - Havana Hilton opens

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