What Happened in 1958

(history.com, wikipedia.org, 20th Century Day-by-Day)

Jan       1          Iowa defeats California, 38-12 in Rose Bowl (1959)

            4          Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (launched on Oct 4, 1957, as Earth’s 1st artificial satellite

8                     Bobby Fischer, 14 years old, win the United States Chess Championship

9                     Toyota and Datsun cars first appear in the United States

28                 Hall of Fame baseball player Roy Campanella is paralyzed for life in an auto accident

29                 Marriage of Paul Neuman and Joanne Woodward

31         United States launches its first successful satellite, Explorer 1; Van Allen radiation belt discovered

Feb      2          Word aerospace is coined from aircraft (aero) and spacecraft (space)

5                     Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of United Arab Republic

16         Ice-T, American singer, songwriter and actor is born

21                 Peace symbol is designed by Gerald Holtom

Mar       1          Doctors report Ike fully recovered from his stroke

8                     USS Wisconsin is decommissioned, leaving the U.S. without an active battleship for 1st time since 1896

9                     Sharon Stone, American actress is born

10                 Report that U.S. has 2/3 of all TVs in the world, 47M

22         Mike Todd, American film producer dies (b. 1909)

24                 U.S. Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming the King of Rock and Roll into private #53310761

25         Sugar Ray Robinson recaptures middle boxing title for the 5th time

26           Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of Soviet Union (previously 1st Secretary on Sep 12, 1953)

Apr       3          Alec Baldwin, American actor is born

            15         1st major league baseball regular season game ever played in California as Giants beat Dodgers, 8-0

17                 King Baudouin of Belgium officially opens the Worlds Fair in Brussels, also known as Expo ‘58

29         Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress is born

May      9          Actor Paul Robeson, whose passport is reinstated, sings in sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall

12                 North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) agreement is signed by U.S. and Canada

14         V.P. Richard Nixon stoned, shoved and spat upon during visit to Peru and Venezuela

18                 An F-104 Starfighter sets the world speed record of 1,404 mph

22                 Mitch Albom, American author is born; Drew Carey, American comedian is born

29         Annette Bening, American actress is born

30                 The bodies of unidentified soldiers killed in WW II and Korean War are buried at Tomb of the Unknowns


Jun       1          Charles de Gaulle is brought out of retirement to lead France by decree for 6 months

                        BankAmerica introduces the Visa card

27           Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 to win the World Cup

28           Mackinaw Bridge, world’s longest suspension at 8,614 feet, $100 million cost, is dedicated


Jul        7          President Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act

            15         President Eisenhower sends 5,000 marines into Lebanon

            29         U.S. Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Aug      3          The nuclear powered submarine USS Nautilus becomes 1st vessel to cross the North Pole under water

16                 Madonna, American singer, songwriter, and actress is born

21         Arkansas Gov. Faubus bans compliance with Supreme Court integration order of high schools

29         Michael Jackson, American singer and dancer is born


Sep      6          Jeff Foxworthy, American comedian is born

            26         U.S. wins the American Cup for 4th straight year 


Oct       4          BOAC uses its new Comet jets to become the 1st airline to fly jet passenger service across the Atlantic

            16         Tim Robbins, American actor is born

29           Pope John XXIII succeeds Pope Pius XII as the 261st pope


Nov      12         Pioneer satellite burns up in attempt to orbit the moon; reached 68 miles

            22         Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress is born


Dec      9          The John Birch Society is founded in Indianapolis by Robert Welch, a retired candy manufacturer

28                 Baltimore Colts defeat New York Giants 23-17 in OT for NFL championship; ‘greatest game ever played’


--1958 was the International Geophysical Year, during which: Earth’s magnetosphere is discovered, & satellites launched

--during 1958 the post-war baby boom ended, beginning an eleven year decline in birth rates

--thalidomide drug causes 7,000 birth defects in W.Germany and England; kept out of U.S. by FDA