December 1958 calendar

December 1958

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1958.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1958: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1958?


  • 01 Dec 1958 Flower Drum Song opens at St. James Theater NYC for 602 performances
  • 02 Dec 1958 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Dec 1958 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses.
  • 04 Dec 1958 Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns.
  • 05 Dec 1958 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Dec 1958 US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back.
  • 09 Dec 1958 Robert H W Welch Jr and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis, Indiana to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society.
  • 10 Dec 1958 University of Pittsburgh agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 11 Dec 1958 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls.
  • 12 Dec 1958 Dutch Social Democratic Party-ministers / Premier Drees dismissed
  • 14 Dec 1958 The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first expedition to reach The Pole of Relative Inaccessibility in the Antarctic.
  • 15 Dec 1958 Arthur L. Schawlow and Charles H. Townes of Bell Laboratories publish a paper in ''Physical Review Letters'' setting out the principles of the optical laser.
  • 16 Dec 1958 A fire breaks out in the Vida Department Store in Bogota, Colombia and kills 84 persons.
  • 18 Dec 1958 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower
  • 19 Dec 1958 First radio broadcast from space (recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower: "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men Everywhere").
  • 21 Dec 1958 Charles De Gaulle wins seven-year term as first President of 5th Republic of France.
  • 22 Dec 1958 Chipmunk Song reaches #1
  • 23 Dec 1958 Party with Comden & Green opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • 24 Dec 1958 A BOAC Bristol Britannia (312 G-AOVD) crashes near Winkton, England during a test flight.
  • 25 Dec 1958 Tchaikovsky's ballet ''The Nutcracker'' (the George Balanchine version) is shown on prime-time television in color for the first time, as an episode of the CBS anthology series ''Playhouse 90''.
  • 28 Dec 1958 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hit #1
  • 29 Dec 1958 Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
  • 31 Dec 1958 Cubans Dictator Batista flees
  • 01 Dec 1958 The Central African Republic attains self-rule within the French Union.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1958?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - To Know Him, Is To Love Him
  2. - The Chipmunk Song
  3. - Tom Dooley
  4. - Problems
  5. - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Hoots Mon
  2. - It's Only Make Believe
  3. - Tom Dooley
  4. - It's All In The Game
  5. - Tea For Two Cha Cha


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1958?

Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene

Our Man In Havana


Wormold is MI6's man at Havana. He was a former vacuum cleaner salesman who became a reluctant secret agent because of economic necessity. He files fake reports that are based on Charles Lamb’s Tales to keep his job.

Breakfast At Tiffany'S by Truman Capote

Breakfast At Tiffany'S


Truman Capote's seductive and romantic masterpiece created a woman whose name is now part of American culture.

The Best Of Everything by Rona Jaffe

The Best Of Everything


It was 1958 when Rona Jaffe's brilliant page-turner first appeared. This book changed the face of contemporary fiction. While some readers were shocked by the story, millions more were captivated when they saw their own reflections in it.

On My Own by Eleanor Roosevelt

On My Own


This volume is the story of the most beloved and loved woman of our time, the great and well-loved Franklin Delano. It covers her experiences over the past thirteen years.

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

Anatomy of a Murder


Robert Traver's Anatomy of a Murder was first published by St. Martin's 1958. It quickly became America's number-one bestseller and was later made into the classic Otto Preminger film.