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Historical Events for the Year 1958

  • 1st January » The European Economic Community is established.
  • 3rd January » The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 4th January » 'Sputnik 1' falls to Earth from orbit.
  • 13th January » The Moroccan Army of Liberation ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Ifni War known as Battle of Edchera.
  • 21st January » The last Fokker C.X in military service, the Finnish Air Force FK-111 target tower, crashes, killing the pilot and winch-operator.
  • 23rd January » After a general uprising and rioting in the streets, President of Venezuela known as President Marcos Pérez Jiménez leaves Venezuela.
  • 26th January » Japanese ferry 'Nankai Maru' capsizes off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • 28th January » The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • 28th January » The last episode of the British radio comedy programme 'The Goon Show' is broadcast.
  • 31st January » Explorer program: 'Explorer 1' The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
  • 31st January » James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • 3rd February » Founding of the Benelux Economic Union, creating a testing ground for a later European Economic Community.
  • 5th February » Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic.
  • 5th February » A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the United States Air Force known as US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.
  • 6th February » Eight Manchester United F.C. players and 15 other passengers are killed in the Munich air disaster.
  • 21st February » The peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
  • 22nd February » Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.
  • 23rd February » Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
  • 28th February » A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains Prestonsburg, Kentucky bus disaster or one of the worst school bus accidents
  • 1st March » Samuel Stritch known as Samuel Alphonsus Stritch is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first United States or American member of the Roman Curia.
  • 3rd March » Nuri as-Said becomes the List of Prime Ministers of Iraq or prime minister of Iraq for the eighth time.
  • 17th March » The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 19th March » The Monarch Underwear Company fire leaves 24 dead and 15 injured.
  • 26th March » The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 26th March » The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris.
  • 27th March » Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
  • 31st March » In the Canadian federal election, 1958 or Canadian federal election, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada or Progressive Conservatives, led by John Diefenbaker, win the largest percentage of seats in Canadian history, with 208 seats of 265.
  • 4th April » The CND peace symbol is displayed in public for the first time in London.
  • 5th April » Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.
  • 13th April » Cold War: American Van Cliburn wins the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
  • 14th April » The Soviet Union known as Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days.
  • 18th April » A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.
  • 9th May » Film: Vertigo (film) named Vertigo has world premiere in San Francisco.
  • 12th May » A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
  • 13th May » The trademark 'Velcro' is registered.
  • 13th May » May 1958 crisis: a group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend Algerie francaise known as French control of Algeria.
  • 13th May » Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to Circumnavigation circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over convert 17,000 km mi by sea and convert 62,000 km mi by land during a ten-year journey.
  • 15th May » The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.
  • 18th May » An F-104 Starfighter sets a Flight airspeed record or world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2,259.82 km/h).
  • 22nd May » 1958 riots in Ceylon or Sri Lankan riots of 1958: This riot is a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamil people named Tamils.
  • 23rd May » The satellite 'Explorer 1' ceases transmission.
  • 24th May » United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
  • 27th May » The F-4 Phantom II makes its first flight.
  • 30th May » Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns e.g Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • 1st June » Charles de Gaulle comes out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months.
  • 16th June » Imre Nagy, Pál Maléter and other leaders of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution of 1956 named Hungarian Uprising are executed.
  • 17th June » The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, in the process of being built to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver (district municipality) or North Vancouver (Canada), collapses into the Burrard Inlet killing many of the ironworkers and injuring oth
  • 23rd June » The Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers.
  • 1st July » The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.
  • 7th July » U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into Law of the United States named law.
  • 9th July » Lituya Bay is hit by a megatsunami. The wave is recorded at 30 to 91 meters high, the largest in recorded history.
  • 25th July » The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.
  • 26th July » Explorer program: 'Explorer 4' is launched.
  • 29th July » U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the NASA e.g National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • 3rd August » The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus SSN-571 6 travels beneath the Arctic Ocean Arctic ice cap.
  • 4th August » The Billboard Hot 100 or 'Billboard' Hot 100 is published for the first time.
  • 5th August » Herbert Hoover eclipses John Adams as having the longest retirement of any former U.S President until that time. Hoover would live another six years, his record 31 years 7 months 16 days retirement has since been eclipsed by Jimmy Carter.
  • 12th August » Art Kane photographs 57 notable jazz musicians in the black and white group portrait "A Great Day in Harlem" in front of a Brownstone in New York City.
  • 18th August » Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition, as the first Bangali and the first Asian to do so. He came first among 39 competitors.
  • 29th August » United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 31st August » A parcel bomb sent by Ngo Dinh Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, fails to kill King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
  • 1st September » Iceland expands its fishing zone, putting it into conflict with the United Kingdom, beginning the Cod Wars.
  • 2nd September » United States Air Force C-130 Hercules C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan in Armenia when it strays into Soviet Union Soviet airspace while conducting a Signals intelligence sigint mission. All crew members are killed.
  • 12th September » Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit.
  • 14th September » The first two German post-war Mohr rocket or rockets, designed by the German engineer Ernst Mohr, reach the upper atmosphere.
  • 15th September » A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train Newark Bay rail accident known as runs through an open drawbridge at the Newark Bay, killing 48.
  • 28th September » France ratifies a new Constitution of France; the French Fifth Republic is then formed upon the formal adoption of the new constitution on October 4. Guinea rejects the new constitution, voting for independence instead.
  • 1st October » NASA is created to replace National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics named NACA.
  • 2nd October » Guinea declares its independence from France.
  • 4th October » French Fifth Republic named Fifth Republic of France is established.
  • 7th October » President of Pakistan Iskander Mirza, with the support of General Ayub Khan (Field Marshal) named Ayub Khan and the army, suspends the 1956 constitution, imposes martial law, and cancels the elections scheduled for January 1959.
  • 7th October » The U.S. manned space-flight project is renamed Project Mercury.
  • 11th October » Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).
  • 14th October » The American U.S. Atomic Energy Commission named Atomic Energy Commission, with supporting military units, carries out an underground nuclear weapon test at the Nevada Test Site, just north of Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 23rd October » Springhill Mining Disaster or The Springhill Mine Bump An underground earthquake traps 174 miners in the No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia called Springhill, Nova Scotia, the deepest coal mine in North America at the time. By November 1, rescuers
  • 23rd October » The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, later popularized in a The Smurfs (1981 TV series) called Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series, appear for the first time in the story 'La flute à six schtroumpfs', a 'Johan and Peewit' adventure by Peyo, whi
  • 26th October » Pan American World Airways or Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.
  • 28th October » John XXIII is elected Pope.
  • 10th November » The Hope Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston.
  • 12th November » A team of rock climbers led by Warren Harding (climber) known as Warren Harding completes the first ascent of The Nose (El Capitan) called The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
  • 25th November » French Sudan gains Autonomous entity or autonomy as a self-governing member of the French Community.
  • 28th November » Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon become autonomous republics within the French colonial empire e.g French Community.
  • 1st December » The Central African Republic attains self-rule within the French Union.
  • 1st December » The Our Lady of the Angels School fire in Chicago kills 92 children and three nuns.
  • 5th December » Subscriber trunk dialling known as Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the United Kingdom by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom or Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.
  • 9th December » The John Birch Society is founded in the United States.
  • 11th December » French Upper Volta and French Dahomey gain self-government from French Fourth Republic called France, becoming the Republic of Upper Volta and the Republic of Dahomey (now Benin), respectively, and joining the French Community.
  • 12th December » Guinea joins the United Nations.
  • 14th December » The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first to reach the Pole of inaccessibility Southern pole of inaccessibility e.g southern pole of inaccessibility.
  • 30th December » The Guatemalan Air Force sinks several Mexican fishing boats alleged to have breached maritime borders, killing 3 and sparking Mexico-Guatemala conflict known as international tension.