January 1958 calendar

January 1958

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

But much more happened on January 1958: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1958?


  • 01 Jan 1958 European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • 03 Jan 1958 The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 04 Jan 1958 Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (launched on October 4, 1957).
  • 06 Jan 1958 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jan 1958 USSR shrinks army to 300,000.
  • 08 Jan 1958 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana.
  • 09 Jan 1958 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54
  • 12 Jan 1958 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open.
  • 13 Jan 1958 US newspaper Daily Worker ceases publication.
  • 15 Jan 1958 New York Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV.
  • 19 Jan 1958 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League.
  • 20 Jan 1958 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 21 Jan 1958 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Jan 1958 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 23 Jan 1958 Body Beautiful opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 26 Jan 1958 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli Minister of Defense
  • 28 Jan 1958 Construction begins on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor.
  • 29 Jan 1958 Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed
  • 30 Jan 1958 Baseball announces players and coaches rather than fans pick all stars.
  • 31 Jan 1958 Jackpot Bowling premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
  • 04 Jan 1958 Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, falls to Earth from orbit.
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Music charts

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

  1. - At The Hop
  2. - Great Balls Of Fire
  3. - Peggy Sue
  4. - April Love
  5. - Raunchy

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - It's Only Make Believe
  2. - Great Balls Of Fire
  3. - Hoots Mon
  4. - Ma He's Making Eyes At Me
  5. - Wake Up Little Susie


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1958?

The Gallant Mrs. Stonewall by Harnett T. Kane

The Gallant Mrs. Stonewall


Anna and Thomas Jackson's story in their early years before the Civil War. He became the Confederacy’s greatest tactician and Anna finally on her own.

The Sound Of Thunder by Taylor Caldwell

The Sound Of Thunder



By Love Possessed by James Gould Cozzens

By Love Possessed


In a series flashbacks, a highly respected middle-aged lawyer reveals his involvement with love.

Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson

Eloise at Christmastime


Yes, she is here at Christmastime. Complete with tinsel holly and singing fa lala la lolly over the roaring of the jinglebells.

A Death In The Family by James Agee

A Death In The Family


This classic American novel is being republished to commemorate the 100th anniversary James Agee's birthday. Published in 1957, just two years after the death of its author, A Death in the Family was published.