A Chronological look at 1958

1/1/58 BOAC Britannia flies London to New York in a record 7hours 57minutes
1/1/58 Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White
1/3/58 Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole over land              
1/4/58 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
1/6/58 Gibson patents the Flying V Guitar
1/7/58 USSR shrinks army to 300,000
1/8/58 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
1/10/58 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the country and r&b charts, #2 on the pop chart
1/12/58 NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 26-7
1/13/58 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
1/18/58 1st black in the NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins)
1/19/58 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
1/23/58 Dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazábal takes power
1/24/58 After warming to 100,000,000º, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion
1/26/58 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan as Israeli minister of Defense
1/26/58 Jack Smith takes over for Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
1/28/58 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck
1/29/58 Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward wed
1/30/58 House of Lords passes bill allowing women in
1/31/58 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

2/1/58 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
2/6/58 Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid
2/7/58 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
2/7/58 Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
2/8/58 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
2/11/58 Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant
2/17/58 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
2/19/58 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
2/20/58 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
2/20/58 Los Angeles Coliseum Committee approves 2-year pact allows Dodgers to use facility
2/21/58 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
2/22/58 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
2/22/58 Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)

3/2/58 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
3/5/58 Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
3/8/58 William Faulkner says US schools degenerated to become babysitters
3/11/58 Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show "21"
3/11/58 Starting this season, American League batters are required to wear batting helmets
3/14/58 RIAA (Recording Industry Association of American)is created and certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
3/14/58 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
3/14/58 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
3/17/58 Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
3/18/58 Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
3/20/58 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line
3/22/58 Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi-Arabia
3/22/58 Liz Taylor's 3rd divorce (Mike Todd)
3/24/58 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
3/25/58 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champion to win 5 times
3/26/58 30th Academy Awards-"Bridge on the River Kwai", Alec Guinness & Joanne Woodward win
3/26/58 US Army launches America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
3/27/58 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
3/27/58 Havana Hilton opens

4/2/58 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
4/6/58 Arnold Palmer wins 1st major golf tournament-the Masters
4/28/58 Vice Pres Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America

5/3/58 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
5/3/58 WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
5/5/58 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
5/8/58 President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock
5/8/58 Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru
5/13/58 Rioters attack US Vice President Nixon in Venezuala
5/16/58 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
5/17/58 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
5/19/58 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
5/24/58 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
5/26/58 Union Square, San Fransisco becomes state historical landmark
5/27/58 Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
5/30/58 Unidentified soldiers killed in WWII & Korean War buried in Arlington
5/31/58 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
6/1/58 Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France

6/22/58 Game in KC between A's & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado

7/3/58 "The Andy Williams Show" premiers on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)
7/6/58 Alaska becomes the 49th state
7/9/58 Giant splash caused by fall of 90 million tons of rock & ice
7/15/58 Pres Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months
7/26/58 Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV
7/29/58 Pres Eisenhower signs NASA & Space Act of 1958

 
8/1/58 1st class postage up to $0.04 (had been $0.03 for 26 years)
8/18/58 TV game show scandal investigation starts
8/29/58 Air Force Academy opens

9/20/58 Martin Luther King Jr stabbed in chest by a deranged black woman in NYC
9/21/58 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx

10/1/58 Inauguration of NASA

12/1/58 Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students & 3 nuns (Chicago)
12/9/58 Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society
12/19/58 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")
12/22/58 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
12/25/58 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens
12/31/58 Cuban dictator Batista flees
12/31/58 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4 times
Source: Various news agencies