Historical Events for Year 1958

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Events 1 - 150 of 579

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 4th - Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole
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
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
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright 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
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
LPGA Golfer Betsy RawlsLPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls Jan 20th - KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 20th - A group attempting the 1st surface crossing of Antarctic join up at the South Pole
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 21st - 8th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-118 at St. Louis
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 from 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
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
Baseball Player and Manager Leo DurocherBaseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher 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
Feb 6th - Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid
Feb 6th - 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United football team
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams 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 Chinese Minister 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
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
Basketball Player Bill RussellBasketball Player Bill Russell 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 first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's inbakesr street, London
Mar 19th - Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings for WI vs. 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
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. ArmyConscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army

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-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" best film, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness best actress/actor

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