1958 in History
January 1 BOAC Britannia flies London to New York in a record 7h57m
January 1 European Economic Community, known as the Common Market, starts operation
January 1 Sammy Davis, Jr. marries Loray White
January 1 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 2 Dmitri Shostakovich' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY
January 3 Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland
January 3 Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick vs. South Africa at Cape Town
January 4 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere and burns up
January 6 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to ee cummings
January 6 Gibson patents Flying V Guitar
January 6 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 7 U.S.S.R. shrinks army to 300,000
January 8 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
January 9 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54
January 10 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1
January 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
January 12 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
January 12 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7
January 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points
January 13 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition United Nations for nuclear test ban
January 13 U.S. newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication
January 15 New York Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
January 16 William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw," premieres in New York City
January 18 1st black in NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins)
January 19 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
January 20 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
January 20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 21 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
January 21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into New York City (doesn't happen)
January 22 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
January 23 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 60 performances
January 23 Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power
January 23 Hanif Mohammad completes 337 in 970 minutes vs. West Indies
January 24 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
January 26 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense
January 26 Jack Smith takes over for Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
January 26 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
January 27 Ferenc Munnich follows Kadar as premier of Hungary
January 28 Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor
January 28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck
January 29 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
January 29 Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed
January 30 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx
January 30 Baseball announces players and coaches rather than fans pick all stars
January 30 Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello," premieres in New York City
January 30 House of Lords passes bill allowing women in
January 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
January 31 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
January 31 U.S. launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
February 1 1st U.S. satellite, Explorer I, launched
February 1 Egypt and Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
February 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
February 2 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
February 2 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
February 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, Puerto Rico (PTC) begins broadcasting
February 3 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart and peaks at #3
February 4 Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
February 4 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 192 performances
February 5 Clifton R. Wharton confirmed as 1st U.S. black foreign minister (Romania)
February 5 Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic
February 5 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI vs. Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
February 5 Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km
February 6 7 members on Manchester United football team die in an air crash
February 6 Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid
February 7 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
February 7 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
February 7 Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
February 8 Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
February 8 French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die
February 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
February 11 1st flight with black stewardess, Ruth Carol Taylor, Ithaca New York
February 11 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Minister of Foreign affairs
February 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
February 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101
February 12 General Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
February 14 Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan forms
February 15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
February 15 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
February 15 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
February 15 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
February 15 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
February 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
February 17 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
February 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
February 19 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
February 20 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
February 20 Los Angeles Coliseum Commission approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
February 21 Egypt-Syria as UAR elect Nasser president with 99.9 percent of the vote
February 21 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 3 performances
February 22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
February 22 Egypt and Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)
February 22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes
February 22 "Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 3 performances
February 23 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
February 23 Arturo Frondizi elected president of Argentina
February 23 Last Municipal arc light, Mission and 25th removed (installed in 1913)
February 23 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
February 27 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
February 28 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
March 1 Gary Sobers 365* vs. Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
March 1 Sobers completes 446 stand for 2nd wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260
March 1 West Indies cricket declare at stumps score of 3-790 decl vs. Pakistan
March 2 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
March 2 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
March 2 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
March 3 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
March 3 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
March 5 Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit
March 5 KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
March 7 Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo
March 8 Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita
March 8 William Faulkner says U.S. school degenerated to become babysitters
March 9 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
March 11 Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show "21"
March 11 Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets
March 12 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
March 13 Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
March 14 Recording Industry Association of American created
March 14 RIAA certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
March 14 South Africa government disallows ANC
March 14 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 14 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
March 15 "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 60 performances
March 15 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, Montana (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
March 15 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts
March 15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma and is permanently disabled
March 15 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
March 16 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
March 17 Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd U.S.), measures Earth shape
March 18 Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
March 19 Britain's 1st planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's in London
March 19 Sobers completes a century in each innings vs. Pakistan
March 20 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line
March 20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
March 20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
March 21 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
March 21 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
March 22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72
March 22 Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi-Arabia
March 22 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
March 24 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
March 25 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times
March 25 West German parliament desires German atomic weapons
March 26 30th Academy Awards-"Bridge over River Kwai," Woodward and Guinness win
March 26 U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III"
March 27 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
March 27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier and 1st Secretary of Communist Party
March 29 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
March 29 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
March 31 U.S. Navy forms atomic sub division
March 31 U.S.S.R. suspends nuclear weapons tests, and urges U.S. and Britain to do same
April 1 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, California (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
April 1 Marshal Boelganin becomes director of Russian Staatsbank
April 2 Antillean Brewery, maker of Amstel beer, opens
April 2 National Advisory Council on Aeronautics renamed NASA
April 2 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas (record)
April 3 "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 332 performances
April 4 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston England)
April 4 Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
April 6 Arnold Palmer wins 1st major golf tournament-Masters
April 7 Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line
April 10 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
April 11 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated in San Francisco
April 12 12th NBA Championship: St. Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
April 12 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
April 13 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello and Music Man win
April 14 Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere
April 15 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young and Jane Wyatt
April 15 1st baseball game in California, San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0
April 16 22nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284
April 16 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
April 17 Brussel's (Belgium) World Fair opens
April 18 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
April 18 NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in Los Angeles
April 19 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54
April 20 Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM
April 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
April 20 Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
April 20 Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
April 23 Gil Hodges hits his 300th home run and Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game
April 24 Lee Walls hits 3 home runs, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2
April 28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
April 28 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
April 28 Vice President Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America
April 30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits
May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai
May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as president of Argentina
May 2 Yankees threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into New York City
May 3 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
May 3 WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
May 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
May 5 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (PBS) begins broadcasting
May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
May 5 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
May 7 Howard Johnson sets aircraft altitude record in F-104, 27,810 m
May 8 President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock
May 8 Vice President Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru
May 9 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
May 11 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
May 11 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
May 11 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo and The Dont's hits #40
May 12 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
May 13 Jordan and Iraq form Arab Federation
May 13 New York Giants Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each hit 2 home runs and a triple
May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government
May 13 Rioters attack U.S. Vice President Nixon in Venezuela
May 13 Stan Musial, is 8th to get 3,000 hits
May 15 U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik III
May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
May 16 Walter Irwin flies 2,259 KPH in F-104A Starfighter
May 17 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
May 18 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
May 19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's "Birthday Party," in London
May 19 South Pacific soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks
May 19 U.S. and Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
May 20 U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
May 21 U.S. performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
May 23 Mao Tse tung start "Great leap forward" movement in China
May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 432 performances
May 24 President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
May 24 UP and International News Service merge into United Press International
May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
May 26 U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
May 26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
May 27 Ernest Green and 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
May 28 French government of Pflimlin resigns/200,000 demonstrate against De Gaulle
May 28 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open
May 29 Real Madrid wins 3rd Europe Cup 1 in Brussels
May 30 U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II and Korean War buried in Arlington
May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
May 31 U.S. performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
June 1 Belgian christian-democrats win parliamentary election
June 1 Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France
June 1 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Gatlinburg Golf Open
June 2 Alan Freed joins WABC (New York City) radio
June 2 Brooks Robinson, hits into 1st of record 4 triple plays
June 2 Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record
June 3 Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
June 4 French premier De Gaulle arrives in Algiers
June 4 San Francisco Giants Hank Sauer and B Schmidt are 2nd to hit consecutive pinch home runs
June 6 Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger
June 6 Premier Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French
June 7 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2
June 7 Battles between Turkish and Greeks Cypriots break out
June 8 4th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
June 9 "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1
June 11 U.N. Security council sends observers to Lebanon
June 12 "Make Me Laugh," TV Game Show; last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979
June 13 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California
June 14 58th U.S. Golf Open: Tommy Bolt shoots a 283 at Southern Hills in Tulsa
June 14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
June 14 Nelson Mandela weds Winnie Madikizela
June 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
June 16 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo and The Don'ts hits #46
June 16 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia
June 17 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
June 20 New Zealand all out 47 vs. England at Lord's Laker 4-13, Lock 5-17
June 22 Game in Kansas City between A's and Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado
June 22 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
June 23 Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers
June 23 Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2 years in Little Rock
June 23 Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established
June 26 Gaston Eyskens becomes premier of Belgium
June 26 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated
June 26 Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
June 27 Billy Pierce's perfect game bid broken with 2 outs in 9th
June 27 Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) New York to London
June 28 Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden
June 28 Nancy Ramey swims world record 100m (1:09.6)
June 29 Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 in soccer's 6th World Cup at Stockholm
June 30 Dutch Government of Drees ends obligatory dismissal of married teachers
June 30 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
July 2 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
July 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS and NBC)
July 4 72nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: A Cooper beats N Fraser (36 63 64 13-11)
July 5 65th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats A Mortimer (86 62)
July 5 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname
July 6 Adolfo Lopez Mateos elected President of Mexico
July 7 C A Milton scores 104* on Test Cricket debut, England vs. New Zealand Headingley
July 7 President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood
July 7 William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows New York
July 8 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt
July 9 Giant splash caused by fall of 90 million tons of rock and ice into Lituya Bay, Alaska washes 1,800 feet up the mountain
July 10 1st parking meter installed in England (625 installed)
July 10 Ex-king Norodom Sihanoek appointed premier of Cambodia
July 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 693 performances
July 12 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
July 13 13th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
July 13 87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham
July 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
July 14 General Abdul K Kassem forms a military government in Iraq
July 14 Pope Pius XII publishes his 39th and last encyclical Meminisse juvat
July 14 Saddam Hussein and Iraqi army overthrows the monarchy
July 15 President Eisenhower sends U.S. troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months
July 17 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation
July 17 Peter Shaffer's "Five Finger Exercise," premieres in London
July 17 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak
July 19 Charly Gaul wins Tour de France
July 19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 192 performances
July 20 40th PGA Championship: Dow Finsterwald shoots a 276 at Llanerch CC PA
July 20 Betty Jameson/Mary Lena Faulk wins Homestead 4-Ball Golf Tournament
July 20 King Hussein of Jordan breaks off diplomatic relations with UAR
July 22 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
July 23 1st 4 women named to peerage in House of Lords
July 24 14 people named 1st life peers in U.K.
July 24 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again
July 24 Test Cricket debuts against New Zealand for Dexter, Illingworth and Subba Row
July 26 Army launches 4th U.S. successful satellite, Explorer IV
July 27 Louise Suggs wins LPGA French Lick Golf Open
July 29 President Eisenhower signs NASA and Space Act of 1958
July 29 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running
July 31 Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
August 1 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
August 1 U.S. atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole
August 2 Jordan and Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
August 3 USS Nautilus begins 1st crossing of Arctic Ocean under icecap
August 4 Dumont TV Network crumbles
August 5 Atomic sub USS Nautilus completes 1st trip under North Pole
August 5 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
August 6 Glenn Davis sets record of 49.2 in 400-meter hurdles
August 6 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
August 10 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
August 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
August 14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
August 14 KLM Superconstellation crashes west of Ireland, killing 99
August 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
August 15 Buddy Holly weds Maria Santiago
August 15 Marshal Boelganin resigns as director of Staatsbank
August 15 Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank
August 17 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
August 17 World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec
August 18 Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel
August 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
August 18 Great Britain issues regional stamps for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
August 18 "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov, published
August 18 Perez Prado "Mambo King," receives one of the 1st gold records
August 18 TV game show scandal investigation starts
August 18 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
August 18 Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ
August 19 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
August 20 Dale Long becomes 1st major league lefty catcher in 52 years
August 20 Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
August 21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
August 22 Argos' Boyd Carter, Dave Mann combine for record 131-yd punt return
August 22 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
August 23 China resumes fire on Quemoi and Matsoe
August 23 Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours
August 24 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
August 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
August 27 Calvin Griffith says Senators will prob accept offer to move to Minn
August 27 U.S. performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean
August 27 U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik 3 with 2 dogs aboard
August 28 Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
August 29 Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colo
August 29 George Harrison joins Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)
August 30 U.S. performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean
September 1 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
September 1 St. Louis Card Vinegar Bend Mizell walks a record 9 men in a shutout
September 2 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
September 2 Henry Verwoerd appointed Prime Minister of South Africa
September 2 KAYS TV channel 7 in Hays, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
September 2 Minn announces $9 million bond issue to improve Metropolitan Stadium
September 2 National Defense Education Act was signed
September 5 1st color video recording on magnetic tape
September 5 "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak published in US
September 5 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 6 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
September 6 U.S. performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean
September 7 72nd U.S. Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats Darlene R Hard (36 61 62)
September 7 78th U.S. Mens Tennis: A J Cooper beats M J Anderson (62 36 46 108 86)
September 8 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
September 8 Oman turns over Gwadur (on Baluchistan coast) to Pakistan
September 8 Paul Anka opens Asian tour in Tokyo
September 9 Pirate Roberto Clemente ties record of 3 triples in a game
September 9 Race riots in Notting Hill Gate, London
September 10 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 11 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
September 12 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 12 U.S. Supreme Court orders Little Rock Arkansas high school to integrate
September 13 Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times
September 13 Queen Juliana christens passenger ship Rotterdam
September 14 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jackson Golf Open
September 14 WTAE TV channel 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 14 Yankees win 24th pennant, and 9th under Casey Stengel
September 15 48 die in a train crash in Elizabethport, New Jersey
September 15 Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 in Newark, New Jersey
September 17 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 19 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 20 Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits New York Yankees 1-0
September 20 Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo)
September 20 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 21 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas, Texas
September 21 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 22 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, Arizona (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 22 U.S. nuclear sub USS Skate remains 31 days under Pole (record)
September 23 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
September 23 Stravinsky's "Thieni," premieres in Venetie
September 23 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 24 1st welded aluminum girder highway bridge completed, Urbandale, Ia
September 26 Columbia (U.S.) beats Sceptre (England) in 18th America's Cup
September 26 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 28 France adopts constitution
September 28 Guinea votes for independence from France
September 28 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 28 USAF selects Thor over Jupiter rocket for mass production as ICBM's
September 29 "Studio One," TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
September 29 "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8
September 29 "Texan," debuts on CBS-TV
September 29 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 30 French Guinee becomes independent republic Guinea
September 30 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 1 Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia
October 1 Vanguard Project transferred from military to NASA
October 2 Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
October 2 Musical show "Valmouth," 1st produced in London
October 2 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 4 12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal
October 4 5th French republic forms
October 5 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, Montana (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 5 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 5 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 6 U.S. nuclear sub USS Seawolfe remains record 60 days under pole
October 7 Potter Stewart appointed to U.S. Supreme Court
October 7 U.S. manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury
October 8 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
October 8 Dr. Ake Senning installs 1st pacemaker in Stockholm
October 8 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
October 8 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 9 Israeli Navy inaugrates it's 1st submarine
October 9 New York Yankees appear in 9 and win 7 of last 10 World Series
October 9 New York Yankees beat Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series
October 10 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 10 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 11 2nd U.S. Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls back
October 11 "Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 161 performances
October 12 CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium
October 12 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 12 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
October 14 Brendan Behan's "Hostage," premieres in London
October 14 Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community
October 14 Paul Osborn's "World of Suzie Wong," premieres in New York City
October 14 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 15 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
October 15 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 16 Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres
October 16 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 19 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 21 1st women in English House of Lords
October 23 De Gaulle offers Algerians defiance "peace of the brave"
October 23 Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature
October 23 U.S.S.R. lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam
October 24 U.S.S.R. lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam
October 26 PanAm flies 1st transatlantic jet trip - New York to Paris
October 26 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
October 27 General Ayub Khan succeeds Iskander Mirza as president of Pakistan
October 27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
October 28 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, elected Pope, taking name John XXIII
October 28 Pete Runnels wins Comeback Player of Year (avg went from .230 to .322)
October 29 Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature
October 29 Dr. F. Mason Sones is 1st doctor to perform a coronary angiogram
October 29 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 1 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
November 3 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
November 4 Angelo G. Roncalli crowned as pope John XXIII
November 4 Belgian government of Eyskens, resigns
November 4 Democrats win U.S. congressional election
November 5 KGLD (now KSNG) TV channel 11 in Garden City, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
November 5 "Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 5 performances
November 6 AL announces that Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
November 6 Belgium government of Eyskens and Lilar forms
November 6 Wilber Snyder beats V Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
November 8 "Maria Golovin" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 5 performances
November 10 Bertolt Brecht's "Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo o Ui," premieres
November 10 WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
November 11 AL announces Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
November 11 "La Plume de Ma Tante" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 835 performances
November 12 Bob Turley of Yankees wins Cy Young Award
November 13 New York City Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
November 17 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
November 18 1st true reservoir in Jerusalem opens
November 18 Indians minority stockholders sell their stock to William Delay
November 19 First 2 F-27 Fokker's Friendships delivered on Aer Lingus
November 24 Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community
November 25 Senegal becomes an autonomous state in French Community
November 27 U.S.S.R. abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany
November 28 AL announces Opening Day in 1959 will be earliest ever, April 9
November 28 Chad becomes an autonomous republic within French community
November 28 Congo and Mauritania become autonomous members of French Community
November 28 George "Punch" Imlach becomes coach of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs
November 28 KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
November 28 Test Cricket debut for Wes Hall, vs. India at Bombay
November 28 U.S. reports 1st full-range firing of an ICBM
November 29 46th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28
November 30 1st guided missile destroyer launched, Dewey, Bath, Me
November 30 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
December 1 Central African Republic made autonomous member of French Community (National Day)
December 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 602 performances
December 1 Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students and 3 nuns (Chic)
December 2 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
December 2 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg
December 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 3 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
December 4 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
December 4 Finnish government of Fagerholm, resigns
December 5 Phils drop plans for New York sportcast as Yankees threat to do same in Philadelphia
December 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 6 U.S. lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
December 7 Romulo Betancourt elected President of Venezuela
December 9 Robert H W Welch, Jr. and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
December 10 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
December 10 University of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates
December 11 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls
December 11 Archibald MacLeish's "JB," premieres in New York City
December 11 Upper Volta (now Bourkina Fasso) gains autonomy from France
December 12 Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed
December 12 Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies vs. West Indies at Kanpur
December 16 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
December 18 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip
December 18 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower
December 18 Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
December 19 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men Everywhere")
December 21 Charles De Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France
December 22 2nd Dutch Beel government forms
December 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
December 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 56 performances
December 23 Abdallah Ibrahim forms government of Morocco
December 23 "Party with Comden and Green" opens at John Golden New York City for 38 performances
December 25 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock and Roll Spectacular opens
December 28 Baltimore Colts wins NFL-championship
December 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore with David Seville) hit #1
December 28 What might be called greatest NFL game, Colts beat Giants 23-17
December 29 Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
December 29 TV soap "Young Dr. Malone" debuts
December 30 French franc devalued
December 31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
December 31 Cubans dictator Batista flees
December 31 International Geophyscial Year ends
December 31 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X