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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1958 AD


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: 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 6: Alaska becomes 49th state
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 28: Baltimore Colts wins NFL-championship
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 NJ
September 15: Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 (Newark NJ)
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: 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
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