Wednesday 31 December 1958, NewYear’s Eve
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican).
Famous people born on this day include Helene Halphen and Bebe Neuwirth.
In that special week of December people in US were listening to The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks.
In UK It's Only Make Believe by Conway Twitty was in the top 5 hits.
Bell Book and Candle, directed by Richard Quine, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1958
while Around The World With Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching The General Electric College Bowl.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
- Helene Halphen: French Magistrate and noted family, the adopted daughter of a doctor and a psychiatrist mother.
- Bebe Neuwirth: American actress, singer and dancer.
- Gustav Hermann Unger: Composer, dies at 72.
- Cubans Dictator Batista flees
- International Geophyscial Year ends
- 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2).
- Willie Shoemaker becomes first jockey to win national riding championship four times.
- Tallies reveal that, for the first time, the total of passengers carried by air this year exceeds the total carried by sea in transatlantic service.
- Nikita Khrushchev orders Western allies to evacuate West Berlin within 6 months but backs down in the face of the allies' unity.
- USA, USSR and Great Britain agree to stop testing atomic bombs for 3 years.
- During the International Geophysical Year, Earth's magnetosphere is discovered.
- The last legal female genital cutting occurs in the United States.
- Denatonium, the bitterest substance known, is discovered. It is used as an aversive agent in products such as bleach to reduce the risk of children drinking them.
- The Jim Henson Company is founded.
- Instant noodles go on sale for the first time.
- The Japanese 10 yen coin ceases having serrated edges after a 5-year period beginning in 1953. All 10 yen coins since have smooth edges.
- The British Rally Championship begins its first year.
- The Amirkabir University of Technology is founded in Tehran.
- The University of New Orleans established
- Illinois observes the centennial of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
- Sicilian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel ''Il Gattopardo'' is published posthumously.
- Welsh cultural critic Raymond Williams publishes ''Culture and Society''.
- Based on birth rates (per 1,000 population), the post-war baby boom ends in the United States as an 11-year decline in the birth rate begins (the longest on record in that country).
Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1958 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- The Chipmunks - The Chipmunk Song
- The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
- The Teddy Bears - To Know Him, Is To Love Him
- Elvis Presley - One Night
- The Everly Brothers - Problems
- The Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley
- Ricky Nelson - Lonesome Town
- The Playmates - Beep Beep
- Clyde McPhatter - A Lover's Question
- Fats Domino - Whole Lotta Loving
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