1958

1958 was a landmark year for technology and culture.

1958

The year started off with the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, falling out of orbit in January. As one satellite came down, another went up. Also in January, the United States successfully launched Explorer 1 into Earth’s orbit. It was the first successful satellite launch for the United States.

1958 was also the year that the U.S. established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA would go on to lead the world in space exploration, culminating in the famous Apollo missions that placed human beings on the Moon. In another major technological achievement, the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, was the first vessel to reach the North Pole while submerged.

There were some major cultural events that transpired this year as well. On July 12, the Beatles (called the Quarrymen at the time) had their first recording session. They recorded a cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day” and “In Spite of All the Danger” by Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

As historic as the Beatles’ first recording session was, another cultural phenomenon surpasses it. In the shadow of the Cold War, Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn, Jr., of Texas, won the inaugural quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the age of twenty-three. Van Cliburn played so well that the Soviet audience gave him a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes and he returned home to the United States as a hero, eventually having a major piano competition named for him. The Van Cliburn International Competition is held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas. For the rest of his life, Van Cliburn was an ambassador of good will between the Soviet and American people, proving a little light and hope in an otherwise tension-filled period of history.

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Movies

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Vertigo

Vertigo

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Country: United States of America

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Country: United States of America

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

Directed by: Satyen Bose

Starring: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, Anoop Kumar, Kishore Kumar

Madhumati

Madhumati

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Johnny Walker, Pran

Big Deal on Madonna Street

Big Deal on Madonna Street

Directed by: Mario Monicelli

Starring: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Totò

Country: United States of America

Books

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Kids Say The Darndest Things! by Art Linkletter

Kids Say The Darndest Things!

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Almost 50 years since its first printing, this famous collection of children's wisdom and witticisms is now back in print in a facsimile edition to entertain a whole new generation.

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

Anatomy of a Murder

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First published by St. Martin's in 1958, Robert Traver's Anatomy of a Murder immediately became the number-one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the successful and now classic Otto Preminger film.

Masters Of Deceit by J. Edgar Hoover

Masters Of Deceit

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J. Edgar Hoover analyzes the Communist movement in the United States.

The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Affluent Society

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John Kenneth Galbraith's classic investigation of private wealth and public poverty in postwar America With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith gets at the heart of

Please Don'T Eat The Daisies by Jean Kerr

Please Don'T Eat The Daisies

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Please Don't Eat the Daisies has sold millions of copies since its original publication in 1957. It became a film in 1960 starring David Niven and Doris Day, and a television

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1958 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
  4. Robert
  5. John
  6. William
  7. Mark
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda
  4. Karen
  5. Patricia
  6. Debra
  7. Deborah
  8. Cynthia
  9. Barbara
  10. Donna
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1958?


Events

  • 01 Jan European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • 03 Jan The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 04 Jan Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (launched on October 4, 1957).
  • 06 Jan WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jan USSR shrinks army to 300,000.
  • 08 Jan Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana.
  • 09 Jan In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54
  • 12 Jan Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open.
  • 13 Jan US newspaper Daily Worker ceases publication.
  • 15 Jan New York Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV.
  • 19 Jan Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League.
  • 20 Jan KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 21 Jan KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Jan KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 23 Jan Body Beautiful opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 26 Jan H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli Minister of Defense
  • 28 Jan Construction begins on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor.
  • 29 Jan Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed
  • 30 Jan Baseball announces players and coaches rather than fans pick all stars.
  • 31 Jan Jackpot Bowling premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
  • 01 Feb 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • 02 Feb WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Feb Founding of the Benelux Economic Union, creating a testing ground for a later European Economic Community.
  • 04 Feb Oh, Captain! opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • 05 Feb Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black Foreign Minister (Romania)
  • 06 Feb 7 members on Manchester United football team die in an air crash
  • 07 Feb 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
  • 08 Feb KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 11 Feb 1st flight with black stewardess, RC Taylor, Ithaca, New York
  • 14 Feb Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan forms.
  • 15 Feb Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of the USA
  • 16 Feb Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.
  • 17 Feb Comic strip BC first appears.
  • 19 Feb Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
  • 20 Feb LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • 21 Feb Portotino opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 22 Feb Portotino closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 23 Feb Last Municipal arc light, Mission and 25th removed (installed in 1913)
  • 24 Feb In Cuba, Fidel Castro's ''Radio Rebelde'' begins broadcasting from Sierra Maestra.
  • 25 Feb Bertrand Russell launches the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
  • 28 Feb A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
  • 01 Mar Sobers completes 446 stand for second wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260.
  • 02 Mar Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open.
  • 03 Mar KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 05 Mar KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 07 Mar Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo, New York.
  • 08 Mar Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by three at Santa Anita.
  • 09 Mar George Yardley (Detroit Pistons) is first NBA player to score 2,000 points in season.
  • 11 Mar Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show 21
  • 12 Mar British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day".
  • 13 Mar Government troops land in Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • 14 Mar Recording Industry Association of American created
  • 15 Mar Body Beautiful closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 16 Mar Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 17 Mar Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (second US satellite), measures Earth shape.
  • 18 Mar Dodgers announces mascot / clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
  • 19 Mar Sobers completes a century in each inning versus Pakistan.
  • 20 Mar 50 snow across the Mason-Dixon line
  • 21 Mar First presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award.
  • 22 Mar Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi-Arabia.
  • 24 Mar Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
  • 25 Mar West German parliament desires German atomic weapons.
  • 26 Mar 30th Academy Awards - Bridge on the River Kwai, Alec Guinness, and Joanne Woodward win.
  • 27 Mar Havana Hilton opens
  • 28 Mar W[illiam] C[hristopher] Handy, US conductor/composer (Saint Louis Blues), dies at age 84.
  • 31 Mar The Grand Canyon Diorama attraction opens in Disneyland, part of the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad. At 306 feet long, it is the world's longest seamless hand-woven canvas.
  • 01 Apr KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC / ABC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Apr Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens.
  • 03 Apr Say, Darling opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances
  • 04 Apr The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
  • 05 Apr Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.
  • 06 Apr Arnold Palmer wins first major golf tournament-the Masters.
  • 10 Apr Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco.
  • 11 Apr Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated (San Francisco)
  • 12 Apr Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
  • 13 Apr 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello and Music Man win.
  • 14 Apr Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere
  • 15 Apr 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young and Jane Wyatt
  • 16 Apr 22nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284.
  • 18 Apr NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in Los Angeles
  • 19 Apr 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54.
  • 20 Apr Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM
  • 21 Apr United Airlines Flight 736 is involved in a mid-air collision with a U.S. Air Force F-100F-5-NA Super Sabre jet fighter near Las Vegas, Nevada. All 49 persons in both aircraft are killed.
  • 23 Apr Gil Hodges hits his 300th homerun and Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game.
  • 24 Apr Lee Walls hits three homeruns, as Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2.
  • 26 Apr Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
  • 28 Apr Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed).
  • 30 Apr Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits.
  • 01 May Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon / conquer Morotai
  • 03 May 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
  • 04 May Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen President of Colombia.
  • 05 May KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 May Howard Johnson sets aircraft altitude record in F-104, 27,810 m
  • 08 May President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock
  • 09 May Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship.
  • 10 May 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 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open.
  • 12 May US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak.
  • 13 May Rioters attack US Vice President Richard Nixon in Venezuala.
  • 15 May USSR launches Sputnik III
  • 16 May Walter Irwin flies 2,259 km/h in F-104A Starfighter
  • 17 May 84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2.
  • 18 May Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 19 May South Pacific soundtrack album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 20 May US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests).
  • 21 May Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island.
  • 22 May 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 Mao Tse Tung starts "Great leap forward" movement in China.
  • 24 May New Girl in Town closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 432 performances
  • 26 May Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark.
  • 27 May Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed).
  • 28 May Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open.
  • 29 May Real Madrid wins third Europe Cup 1 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • 30 May Unidentified American soldiers killed in WWII and Korean War buried in Arlington, Virginia, USA.
  • 31 May US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests).
  • 01 Jun Belgian Christian-democrats win parliamentary election
  • 02 Jun Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • 03 Jun Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
  • 04 Jun French Premier De Gaulle arrives in Algiers
  • 06 Jun Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger
  • 07 Jun 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2
  • 08 Jun 4th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • 09 Jun Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley hits #1
  • 11 Jun UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
  • 12 Jun Make Me Laugh, TV Game Show
  • 13 Jun Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California
  • 14 Jun 58th US Golf Open: Tommy Bolt shoots a 283 at Southern Hills in Tulsa
  • 15 Jun Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • 16 Jun Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia
  • 17 Jun Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
  • 20 Jun The iron barque ''Omega'' of Callao, Peru (built in Scotland, 1887), sinks on passage carrying guano from the Pachacamac Islands for Huacho, the world’s last full rigged ship trading under sail alone.
  • 21 Jun French franc devalues
  • 22 Jun Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 23 Jun Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established
  • 26 Jun Gaston Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium
  • 27 Jun Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) New York to London
  • 28 Jun Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden
  • 30 Jun No Chemise, Please by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
  • 01 Jul The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.
  • 03 Jul Andy Williams Show premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)
  • 04 Jul 72nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: A Cooper beats N Fraser (36 63 64 13-11)
  • 05 Jul 65th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats A Mortimer (86 62)
  • 06 Jul Adolfo Lopez Mateos elected President of Mexico
  • 07 Jul William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York
  • 08 Jul 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
  • 09 Jul Giant splash caused by fall of 90 million tons of rock and ice into Lituya Bay, Alaska washes 1,800 feet up the mountain
  • 10 Jul Ex-king Norodom Sihanoek appointed Premier of Cambodia
  • 11 Jul Count Michael Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde, direct descendant of Samuel Aba, King of Hungary, at the age of 60 is pistol-whipped and murdered over a few hectares of land by Czechoslovak Communists during the collectivization process at his residence in Olcsvar, Slovakia.
  • 12 Jul Henri Cornelis becomes Governor-General of the Belgian Congo. He was the last Belgian governor of the Congo prior to independence.
  • 13 Jul 87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham
  • 14 Jul Colonel Saddam Hussein and Iraqi army overthrows the monarchy
  • 15 Jul US marines deployed in Lebanon
  • 17 Jul King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan / Iraqi federation
  • 19 Jul Oh, Captain! closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances
  • 20 Jul 40th PGA Championship: Dow Finsterwald shoots a 276 at Llanerch Country Club - Pennsylvania
  • 24 Jul 14 people named 1st life peers in the UK
  • 25 Jul The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.
  • 26 Jul Army launches fourth US successful satellite, Explorer IV.
  • 27 Jul Louise Suggs wins LPGA French Lick Golf Open
  • 28 Jul Baltimore Colts wins NFL-championship
  • 29 Jul Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running
  • 31 Jul Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
  • 01 Aug US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole
  • 02 Aug Jordan and Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • 03 Aug USS Nautilus begins 1st crossing of Arctic Ocean under icecap
  • 04 Aug Dumont TV Network crumbles
  • 05 Aug Atomic sub USS Nautilus completes 1st trip under North Pole
  • 06 Aug US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 10 Aug Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
  • 14 Aug Cleveland Indians' Vic Power steals home twice in one game.
  • 15 Aug 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 17 Aug Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • 18 Aug Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, published
  • 19 Aug NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters.
  • 20 Aug Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st lefty catcher since 1906
  • 21 Aug KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • 23 Aug China PR resumes fire on Quemoi and Matsoe
  • 24 Aug Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • 27 Aug Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
  • 28 Aug Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
  • 29 Aug George Harrison joins Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)
  • 30 Aug September 1 – Notting Hill race riots: Riots between blacks and whites in Notting Hill, London.
  • 31 Aug A parcel bomb sent by Ngo Dinh Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, fails to kill King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
  • 01 Sep Mickey Wright wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
  • 02 Sep Henry Verwoerd appointed Prime Minister of South Africa
  • 05 Sep Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak published in US
  • 06 Sep Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
  • 07 Sep 72nd US Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats Darlene R Hard (36 61 62)
  • 08 Sep Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • 09 Sep Race riots in Notting Hill Gate, London
  • 10 Sep WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Sep US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
  • 13 Sep Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times
  • 14 Sep Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jackson Golf Open
  • 15 Sep 48 die in a train crash in Elizabethport, New Jersey
  • 20 Sep Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo)
  • 21 Sep First airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands in Dallas, Texas, USA.
  • 22 Sep KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Sep First welded aluminum girder highway bridge completed, Urbandale, Iowa, USA.
  • 27 Sep Typhoon Ida kills at least 1,269 in Honshū, Japan.
  • 28 Sep France adopts constitution
  • 29 Sep Studio One, TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
  • 30 Sep The U.S.S.R. performs a nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya.
  • 01 Oct Inauguration of NASA
  • 02 Oct Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 04 Oct 12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal
  • 05 Oct KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Oct US nuclear sub USS Seawolfe remains record 60 days under pole
  • 07 Oct Potter Stewart appointed to US Supreme Court.
  • 08 Oct Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • 09 Oct New York Yankees beat Milwaukee Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series - Yankees appear in 9 and win 7 of last ten World Series.
  • 11 Oct Goldilocks opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
  • 12 Oct CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium
  • 14 Oct Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community.
  • 15 Oct Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
  • 16 Oct First broadcast of the long-running BBC Television children's programme ''Blue Peter''.ref name=quotPocket On This Dayquot
  • 21 Oct 1st women in English House of Lords
  • 23 Oct De Gaulle offers Algerians defiance peace of the brave
  • 24 Oct USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam
  • 26 Oct PanAm flies 1st transatlantic jet trip-NY to Paris
  • 27 Oct Gen Ayub Khan succeeds Iskander Mirza as President of Pakistan
  • 28 Oct Pete Runnels wins Comeback Player of Year (average went from .230 to .322)
  • 29 Oct Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature
  • 03 Nov The new UNESCO building is inaugurated in Paris.
  • 04 Nov Angelo G Roncalli crowned as Pope John XXIII
  • 05 Nov Maria Golovin opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 06 Nov AL announces that Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
  • 08 Nov Maria Golovin closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 10 Nov WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 11 Nov La Plume de Ma Tante opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 performances
  • 12 Nov Bob Turley of Yankees wins Cy Young Award
  • 13 Nov New York City Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
  • 17 Nov KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 18 Nov Indians minority stockholders sell their stock to William Delay
  • 22 Nov The Menzies Liberal government in Australia is re-elected for a fifth term.
  • 23 Nov The radio version of ''Have Gun - Will Travel'' premieres. It is one of the last dramas to go on the air on commercial radio. Only some NPR stations will broadcast radio dramas in years to come.
  • 24 Nov Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community.
  • 25 Nov Senegal becomes an autonomous state in the French Community.
  • 27 Nov USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany.
  • 28 Nov AL announces Opening Day in 1959 will be earliest ever, April 9
  • 29 Nov 46th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28
  • 30 Nov WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 01 Dec Flower Drum Song opens at St. James Theater NYC for 602 performances
  • 02 Dec KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Dec Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses.
  • 04 Dec Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns.
  • 05 Dec WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Dec US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back.
  • 09 Dec Robert H W Welch Jr and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis, Indiana to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society.
  • 10 Dec University of Pittsburgh agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 11 Dec 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls.
  • 12 Dec Dutch Social Democratic Party-ministers / Premier Drees dismissed
  • 14 Dec The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first expedition to reach The Pole of Relative Inaccessibility in the Antarctic.
  • 15 Dec 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 A fire breaks out in the Vida Department Store in Bogota, Colombia and kills 84 persons.
  • 18 Dec 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower
  • 19 Dec 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 Charles De Gaulle wins seven-year term as first President of 5th Republic of France.
  • 22 Dec Chipmunk Song reaches #1
  • 23 Dec Party with Comden & Green opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • 24 Dec A BOAC Bristol Britannia (312 G-AOVD) crashes near Winkton, England during a test flight.
  • 25 Dec 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 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hit #1
  • 29 Dec Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
  • 31 Dec Cubans Dictator Batista flees