1958 in History – What happened in year 1958

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1958 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1958.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1958 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
18 januaryAfrican Canadian Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins played his first game in the National Hockey League, breaking the colour barrier in professional ice hockey.
28 januaryThe Danish toy company Lego Group patented their design of Lego bricks.
31 januaryExplorer 1 the United States' first satellite, waslaunched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and became the first spacecraftto detect the Van Allen radiation belt.
05 februaryA Mark 15 nuclear bomb disappeared off the shores of Tybee Island, Georgia, after it was jettisoned during a practice exercise when the bomber carrying it collided in midair with a fighter plane.
06 februaryThe aircraft carrying the Manchester United football club and some fans and journalists crashed while attempting to take off from Munich-Riem Airport in Munich, West Germany, killing eight players and 15 others.
21 februaryBritish artist Gerald Holtom designed a logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament that became more commonly known as the peace symbol.
22 februaryEgyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli signed a union pact to form the United Arab Republic.
27 marchNikita Khrushchev became Premier of the Soviet Union following the death of Joseph Stalin.
05 aprilIn one of the first live Canadian national televisionbroadcasts, Ripple Rock, an underwater mountain in Discovery Passage,British Columbia, was destroyed in a planned explosion.
13 aprilIn the midst of the Cold War, American pianist Van Cliburn won the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
15 aprilOn Walter O'Malley's initiative, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played in the first Major League Baseball game in the US West Coast.
18 aprilControversial American poet Ezra Pound was released from St.Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he had been incarcerated for twelve years.
12 mayCanada and the United States signed a formal agreementestablishing the North American Air Defense Command to provide aerospacewarning and defense for North America.
13 mayBen Carlin, an Australian adventurer, became the first and only person to circumnavigate the world on May 13, 1958 by amphibious vehicle. He had travelled over 17, 000 km by sea and 62, 000 km by land in the journey of ten year time period.
13 mayAustralian Ben Carlin became the only person to circumnavigatethe world in an amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 80,000kilometres (50,000 mi) by land and sea.
15 mayGift Tax Act was introduced on May 15, 1958 as an Act of the Parliament of India to impose tax on the act of giving or receiving gifts as per the specification in Schedule I of the Act.
22 mayEthnic rioting broke out in Ceylon, targeted mostly at theminority Sri Lankan Tamils, resulting in up to 300 deaths over the nextfive days.
23 mayThe satellite Explorer 1 ceased transmission. Explorer 1 was the first satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year. The mission followed the first two satellites the previous year; the Soviet Union, beginning the Cold War Space Race between the two nations.
16 juneImre Nagy and other leaders of the failed Hungarian Revolutionof 1956 were executed following secret trials.
09 julyA 516 m (1,693 ft) high megatsunami, the highest everrecorded, struck Lituya Bay, Alaska, US.
29 julyU.S. President Dwight D. Eisen hower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, establishing a new federal non-military space agency known as NASA.
23 septemberThe United Nations general assembly is expected to call for a vote today regarding China's entry and a seat in the United Nations.
04 octoberThe new constitution establishing the French Fifth Republic,France's current political regime, was introduced.
07 octoberAttempting to control the political instability in Pakistan,President Iskander Mirza suspended the 1956 constitution, imposedmartial law, and cancelled the elections scheduled for January 1959.
13 octoberThe first book featuring the English children's literaturecharacter Paddington Bear 'from darkest Peru' was published.
14 octoberThe first book featuring the English children's literaturecharacter Paddington Bear 'from darkest Peru' was published.
27 octoberGeneral Ayub Khan deposed Iskander Mirza in a bloodless coupd'état to become the second President of Pakistan, less than threeweeks after Mirza had appointed him the enforcer of martial law.
10 novemberMerchant Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond, the 'mostfamous diamond in the world', to the Smithsonian Institution.
01 decemberA fire at Our Lady of Angels School grade school in Chicago led to the death of 90 children. This happened because the school was not prepared properly in case of fire with no sprinklers and no fire drills.
09 decemberThe John Birch Society, named after John Birch, an American Missionary who was killed in China by communists, was founded to fight the perceived threat of communism in the United States.

Famous birthdays in the year 1958:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 March Wayne B. Phillips / Cricketer / Australia
04 MayVanessa Downing / Actress / Australia
05 NovemberRobert Patrick / Actor / United States of America
06 SeptemberNigel Westlake / Conductor / Australia
08 January Rey Misterio / Actor / Mexico
09 OctoberAl Jourgensen / Writer / United States of America
09 OctoberAlan Nunnelee / Politician / United States of America
13 January Francisco Buyo / Footballer / Spain
14 JunePamela Geller / Activist / United States of America
15 AprilSir Robert Smith / Politician / Scotland
16 SeptemberNeville Southall / Footballer / United Kingdom
17 SeptemberTom Waddell / Baseball Player / United States of America
21 MayJefery Levy / Producer / United States of America
23 February David Sylvian / Writer / United Kingdom
23 MayMitch Albom / Author / United States of America
24 January Neil Allen / Baseball Player / United States of America
25 MayPaul Weller / Writer / United Kingdom
27 MayJesse Robredo / Politician / Philippines
28 AugustScott Hamilton / Figure Skater / United States of America
30 JulyNeal McCoy / Writer / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1958:

YearName / Profession / Country
18 OctoberKajal Kiran / Actress / India
11 JanuaryBabulal Marandi / Politician / India
15 AugustSimple Kapadia / Actress / India
02 AugustArshad Ayub / Cricketer / India
28 OctoberAshok Chavan / Politician / India
09 FebruaryAmrita Singh / Actress / India
15 AugustSimple Kapadia / Actress / India
28 OctoberAshok Chavan / Politician / India
21 JuneReema Lagoo / Actress / India
NA NANikhat Kazmi / Journalist / India
23 JuneMukesh Khanna / Actor / India
05 AugustH. S. Mahadeva Prasad / Politician / India
12 JanuaryArun Govil / Actor / India
02 JulyPawan Malhotra / Actor / India
03 NovemberSwaroop Sampat / Actress / India
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