May 1958 calendar

May 1958

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 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 May 1958: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1958?


  • 01 May 1958 Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon / conquer Morotai
  • 03 May 1958 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
  • 04 May 1958 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen President of Colombia.
  • 05 May 1958 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 May 1958 Howard Johnson sets aircraft altitude record in F-104, 27,810 m
  • 08 May 1958 President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock
  • 09 May 1958 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship.
  • 10 May 1958 Interviewed in the Chave d'Ouro café, when asked about his rival António de Oliveira Salazar, Humberto Delgado utters one of the most famous comments in Portuguese political history: quotObviamente, demito-o! (Obviously, I'll sack him!)quot.
  • 11 May 1958 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open.
  • 12 May 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak.
  • 13 May 1958 Rioters attack US Vice President Richard Nixon in Venezuala.
  • 15 May 1958 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • 16 May 1958 Walter Irwin flies 2,259 km/h in F-104A Starfighter
  • 17 May 1958 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2.
  • 18 May 1958 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 19 May 1958 South Pacific soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 20 May 1958 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests).
  • 21 May 1958 Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island.
  • 22 May 1958 Sri Lankan riots of 1958: This riot is a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils.
  • 23 May 1958 Mao Tse Tung starts "Great leap forward" movement in China.
  • 24 May 1958 New Girl in Town closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 432 performances
  • 26 May 1958 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark.
  • 27 May 1958 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed).
  • 28 May 1958 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open.
  • 29 May 1958 Real Madrid wins third Europe Cup 1 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • 30 May 1958 Unidentified American soldiers killed in WWII and Korean War buried in Arlington, Virginia, USA.
  • 31 May 1958 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests).
  • 13 May 1958 Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Witch Doctor
  2. - All I Have To Do Is Dream
  3. - Twilight Time
  4. - He's Got The Whole World (In His Hands)
  5. - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Whole Lotta Woman
  2. - Who's Sorry Now
  3. - Magic Moments
  4. - Swingin' Shepherd Blues
  5. - A Wonderful Time Up There


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1958?

The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop

The Day Christ Died


"This book is about the most dramatic day of history, the day Jesus of Nazareth was killed.

They Came To Cordura by Glendon Swarthout

They Came To Cordura


They Came to Cordura was Random House's Pulitzer Prize nomination for Fiction in 1958. Columbia Pictures bought the novel, which became a NY Times bestseller.

Please Don'T Eat The Daisies by Jean Kerr

Please Don'T Eat The Daisies


Since its initial publication in 1957, Please Don't eat the Daisies was sold in millions. It was made into a movie in 1960 with Doris Day and David Niven, and then a television series.

The Best Of Dear Abby by Abigail Van Buren

The Best Of Dear Abby


This compilation includes the most provocative and wisest questions, as well as the wittiest and wisest answers that have appeared in Dear Abby's thirty-three year history of syndication.

Masters Of Deceit by J. Edgar Hoover

Masters Of Deceit


J. Edgar Hoover examines the Communist movement within the United States.