1958 in History – What happened in year 1958


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.

Know what happened in 1958:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 OctoberThe new constitution establishing the French Fifth Republic,France's current political regime, was introduced.
10 November Merchant Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond, the 'mostfamous diamond in the world', to the Smithsonian Institution.
13 OctoberThe first book featuring the English children's literaturecharacter Paddington Bear 'from darkest Peru' was published.
16 JuneImre Nagy and other leaders of the failed Hungarian Revolutionof 1956 were executed following secret trials.
18 January African 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.
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.
23 DecemberThe Tokyo Tower (pictured), the tallest self-supporting steelstructure in the world at 332.5 metres (1,091 ft), opened.
18 DecemberThe United States launched SCORE, the world's firstcommunications satellite.
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.
29 JulyU.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the NationalAeronautics and Space Act into law, establishing a new federal non-military space agency known as NASA (logo pictured).
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.
27 March Nikita Khrushchev became Premier of the Soviet Union followingthe death of Joseph Stalin.
06 FebruaryBritish European Airways Flight 609, carrying the ManchesterUnited football club, a number of their fans and journalists coveringthe team, crashed while attempting to take off from Munich-Riem Airportin Munich, West Germany, killing eight players and 15 others.
22 FebruaryEgyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Syrian PresidentShukri al-Quwatli signed a union pact to form the United Arab Republic.
31 JanuaryExplorer 1 (pictured), the United States' first satellite, waslaunched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and became the first spacecraftto detect the Van Allen radiation belt.
04 OctoberThe new constitution establishing the French Fifth Republic,France's current political regime, was introduced.
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.
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.
09 DecemberThe John Birch Society, named after John Birch, an Americanmissionary who was killed in China by communists, was founded to fightthe perceived threat of communism in the United States.
09 JulyA 516 m (1,693 ft) high megatsunami, the highest everrecorded, struck Lituya Bay, Alaska, US.
10 NovemberMerchant Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond (pictured), the'most famous diamond in the world', to the Smithsonian Institution.
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 AprilIn the midst of the Cold War, American pianist Van Cliburn wonthe inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
15 AprilOn Walter O'Malley's initiative, the Los Angeles Dodgers andSan Francisco Giants played in the first Major League Baseball game onthe US West Coast.
16 JuneImre Nagy and other leaders of the failed Hungarian Revolutionof 1956 were executed following secret trials.
18 AprilControversial American poet Ezra Pound was released from St.Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he had been incarceratedfor twelve years.
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 DecemberThe Tokyo Tower (pictured), the tallest self-supporting steelstructure in the world at 332.5 metres (1,091 ft), opened.
13 OctoberThe first book featuring the English children's literaturecharacter Paddington Bear (statue pictured), created by Michael Bond andPeggy Fortnum, was published.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1958:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 NovemberJoe DeRenzo / Drummer / United States of America
01 MayDavid O'Leary / Footballer / United Kingdom
05 JuneAhmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi / Politician / Comoros
07 February Matt Ridley / Author / United Kingdom
10 AprilBob Bell / Engineer / Ireland
12 MayDries van Noten / Fashion Designer / Belgium
12 JuneMeredith Brooks / Writer / United States of America
15 AugustSimon Baron-Cohen / Author / United Kingdom
17 MayPaul Di'Anno / Writer / United Kingdom
18 March Richard de Zoysa / Journalist / Sri Lanka
19 NovemberAnnette Gordon-Reed / Author / United States of America
21 JulyDave Henderson / Baseball Player / United States of America
22 AugustStevie Ray / Wrestler / United States of America
22 NovemberJamie Lee Curtis / Actress / United States of America
23 January Sergey Litvinov / Hammer Thrower / Russia
26 SeptemberRichard B. Weldon / Politician / United States of America
27 AugustTom Lanoye / Poet / Belgium
28 JuneDonna Edwards / Politician / United States of America
29 AugustMichael Jackson / Actor / United States of America
31 AugustStephen Cottrell / Bishop / United Kingdom

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1958:

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

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