1958 was a landmark year for technology and culture.
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.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 31st edition of the Oscar ceremony
Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1958?
Which were the most popular books released in 1958 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1958
- Dominique Pire
- Boris Pasternak
- Pavel Cherenkov
- Ilya Frank
- Igor Tamm
- Frederick Sanger
Physiology or Medicine
- George Wells Beadle
- Edward Lawrie Tatum
- Joshua Lederberg
Which were the top hits of 1958?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
- David Seville - Witch Doctor
- Tommy Edwards - It's All In The Game
- The Everly Brothers - Bird Dog
- The Champs - Tequila
- The McGuire Sisters - Sugartime
- Elvis Presley - Don't
- Conway Twitty - It's Only Make Believe
- Domenico Modugno - Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)
- Danny & The Juniors - At The Hop
Top #1 songs in the UK
- The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
- Perry Como - Magic Moments
- Max Bygraves - Tulips From Amsterdam / You Need Hands
- The Kalin Twins - When
- Dean Martin - Volare
- Tommy Edwards - It's All In The Game
- Dean Martin - Return To Me
- Connie Francis - Stupid Cupid / Carolina Moon
- Danny & The Juniors - At The Hop
- Michael Holliday - The Story Of My Life
Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1958
- Total population: 2.9 billion (2,925,686,705 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 965.5 million, that is 33.0% of the total population of 1958 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +52.3 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.82%
- Average density: 20.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 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
- 01 Feb 1958 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
- 02 Feb 1958 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
- 03 Feb 1958 Founding of the Benelux Economic Union, creating a testing ground for a later European Economic Community.
- 04 Feb 1958 Oh, Captain! opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
- 05 Feb 1958 Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black Foreign Minister (Romania)
- 06 Feb 1958 7 members on Manchester United football team die in an air crash
- 07 Feb 1958 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
- 08 Feb 1958 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 11 Feb 1958 1st flight with black stewardess, RC Taylor, Ithaca, New York
- 14 Feb 1958 Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan forms.
- 15 Feb 1958 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of the USA
- 16 Feb 1958 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.
- 17 Feb 1958 Comic strip BC first appears.
- 19 Feb 1958 Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records
- 20 Feb 1958 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
- 21 Feb 1958 Portotino opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances
- 22 Feb 1958 Portotino closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances
- 23 Feb 1958 Last Municipal arc light, Mission and 25th removed (installed in 1913)
- 24 Feb 1958 In Cuba, Fidel Castro's ''Radio Rebelde'' begins broadcasting from Sierra Maestra.
- 25 Feb 1958 Bertrand Russell launches the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
- 28 Feb 1958 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 1958 Sobers completes 446 stand for second wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260.
- 02 Mar 1958 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open.
- 03 Mar 1958 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
- 05 Mar 1958 KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
- 07 Mar 1958 Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo, New York.
- 08 Mar 1958 Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by three at Santa Anita.
- 09 Mar 1958 George Yardley (Detroit Pistons) is first NBA player to score 2,000 points in season.
- 11 Mar 1958 Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show 21
- 12 Mar 1958 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day".
- 13 Mar 1958 Government troops land in Sumatra, Indonesia.
- 14 Mar 1958 Recording Industry Association of American created
- 15 Mar 1958 Body Beautiful closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
- 16 Mar 1958 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
- 17 Mar 1958 Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (second US satellite), measures Earth shape.
- 18 Mar 1958 Dodgers announces mascot / clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
- 19 Mar 1958 Sobers completes a century in each inning versus Pakistan.
- 20 Mar 1958 50 snow across the Mason-Dixon line
- 21 Mar 1958 First presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award.
- 22 Mar 1958 Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi-Arabia.
- 24 Mar 1958 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
- 25 Mar 1958 West German parliament desires German atomic weapons.
- 26 Mar 1958 30th Academy Awards - Bridge on the River Kwai, Alec Guinness, and Joanne Woodward win.
- 27 Mar 1958 Havana Hilton opens
- 28 Mar 1958 W[illiam] C[hristopher] Handy, US conductor/composer (Saint Louis Blues), dies at age 84.
- 31 Mar 1958 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 1958 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC / ABC / CBS) begins broadcasting
- 02 Apr 1958 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens.
- 03 Apr 1958 Say, Darling opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances
- 04 Apr 1958 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
- 05 Apr 1958 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 1958 Arnold Palmer wins first major golf tournament-the Masters.
- 10 Apr 1958 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco.
- 11 Apr 1958 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated (San Francisco)
- 12 Apr 1958 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
- 13 Apr 1958 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello and Music Man win.
- 14 Apr 1958 Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere
- 15 Apr 1958 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young and Jane Wyatt
- 16 Apr 1958 22nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284.
- 18 Apr 1958 NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in Los Angeles
- 19 Apr 1958 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54.
- 20 Apr 1958 Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM
- 21 Apr 1958 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 1958 Gil Hodges hits his 300th homerun and Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game.
- 24 Apr 1958 Lee Walls hits three homeruns, as Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2.
- 26 Apr 1958 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 1958 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed).
- 30 Apr 1958 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits.
- 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).
- 01 Jun 1958 Belgian Christian-democrats win parliamentary election
- 02 Jun 1958 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
- 03 Jun 1958 Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
- 04 Jun 1958 French Premier De Gaulle arrives in Algiers
- 06 Jun 1958 Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger
- 07 Jun 1958 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2
- 08 Jun 1958 4th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
- 09 Jun 1958 Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley hits #1
- 11 Jun 1958 UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
- 12 Jun 1958 Make Me Laugh, TV Game Show
- 13 Jun 1958 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California
- 14 Jun 1958 58th US Golf Open: Tommy Bolt shoots a 283 at Southern Hills in Tulsa
- 15 Jun 1958 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
- 16 Jun 1958 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia
- 17 Jun 1958 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
- 20 Jun 1958 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 1958 French franc devalues
- 22 Jun 1958 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
- 23 Jun 1958 Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established
- 26 Jun 1958 Gaston Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium
- 27 Jun 1958 Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) New York to London
- 28 Jun 1958 Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden
- 30 Jun 1958 No Chemise, Please by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
- 01 Jul 1958 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.
- 03 Jul 1958 Andy Williams Show premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)
- 04 Jul 1958 72nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: A Cooper beats N Fraser (36 63 64 13-11)
- 05 Jul 1958 65th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats A Mortimer (86 62)
- 06 Jul 1958 Adolfo Lopez Mateos elected President of Mexico
- 07 Jul 1958 William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows, New York
- 08 Jul 1958 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
- 09 Jul 1958 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 1958 Ex-king Norodom Sihanoek appointed Premier of Cambodia
- 11 Jul 1958 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 1958 Henri Cornelis becomes Governor-General of the Belgian Congo. He was the last Belgian governor of the Congo prior to independence.
- 13 Jul 1958 87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham
- 14 Jul 1958 Colonel Saddam Hussein and Iraqi army overthrows the monarchy
- 15 Jul 1958 US marines deployed in Lebanon
- 17 Jul 1958 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan / Iraqi federation
- 19 Jul 1958 Oh, Captain! closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances
- 20 Jul 1958 40th PGA Championship: Dow Finsterwald shoots a 276 at Llanerch Country Club - Pennsylvania
- 24 Jul 1958 14 people named 1st life peers in the UK
- 25 Jul 1958 The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.
- 26 Jul 1958 Army launches fourth US successful satellite, Explorer IV.
- 27 Jul 1958 Louise Suggs wins LPGA French Lick Golf Open
- 28 Jul 1958 Baltimore Colts wins NFL-championship
- 29 Jul 1958 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running
- 31 Jul 1958 Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
- 01 Aug 1958 US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole
- 02 Aug 1958 Jordan and Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
- 03 Aug 1958 USS Nautilus begins 1st crossing of Arctic Ocean under icecap
- 04 Aug 1958 Dumont TV Network crumbles
- 05 Aug 1958 Atomic sub USS Nautilus completes 1st trip under North Pole
- 06 Aug 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
- 10 Aug 1958 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
- 14 Aug 1958 Cleveland Indians' Vic Power steals home twice in one game.
- 15 Aug 1958 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
- 17 Aug 1958 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
- 18 Aug 1958 Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, published
- 19 Aug 1958 NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters.
- 20 Aug 1958 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st lefty catcher since 1906
- 21 Aug 1958 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
- 23 Aug 1958 China PR resumes fire on Quemoi and Matsoe
- 24 Aug 1958 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
- 27 Aug 1958 Clark Griffith says Senators will probably accept offer to move to Minnesota
- 28 Aug 1958 Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98)
- 29 Aug 1958 George Harrison joins Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)
- 30 Aug 1958 September 1 – Notting Hill race riots: Riots between blacks and whites in Notting Hill, London.
- 31 Aug 1958 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 1958 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
- 02 Sep 1958 Henry Verwoerd appointed Prime Minister of South Africa
- 05 Sep 1958 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak published in US
- 06 Sep 1958 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
- 07 Sep 1958 72nd US Womens Tennis: Althea Gibson beats Darlene R Hard (36 61 62)
- 08 Sep 1958 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
- 09 Sep 1958 Race riots in Notting Hill Gate, London
- 10 Sep 1958 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 12 Sep 1958 US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
- 13 Sep 1958 Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times
- 14 Sep 1958 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jackson Golf Open
- 15 Sep 1958 48 die in a train crash in Elizabethport, New Jersey
- 20 Sep 1958 Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo)
- 21 Sep 1958 First airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands in Dallas, Texas, USA.
- 22 Sep 1958 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 24 Sep 1958 First welded aluminum girder highway bridge completed, Urbandale, Iowa, USA.
- 27 Sep 1958 Typhoon Ida kills at least 1,269 in Honshū, Japan.
- 28 Sep 1958 France adopts constitution
- 29 Sep 1958 Studio One, TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
- 30 Sep 1958 The U.S.S.R. performs a nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya.
- 01 Oct 1958 Inauguration of NASA
- 02 Oct 1958 Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
- 04 Oct 1958 12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal
- 05 Oct 1958 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 06 Oct 1958 US nuclear sub USS Seawolfe remains record 60 days under pole
- 07 Oct 1958 Potter Stewart appointed to US Supreme Court.
- 08 Oct 1958 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
- 09 Oct 1958 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 1958 Goldilocks opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
- 12 Oct 1958 CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium
- 14 Oct 1958 Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community.
- 15 Oct 1958 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
- 16 Oct 1958 First broadcast of the long-running BBC Television children's programme ''Blue Peter''.ref name=quotPocket On This Dayquot
- 21 Oct 1958 1st women in English House of Lords
- 23 Oct 1958 De Gaulle offers Algerians defiance peace of the brave
- 24 Oct 1958 USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam
- 26 Oct 1958 PanAm flies 1st transatlantic jet trip-NY to Paris
- 27 Oct 1958 Gen Ayub Khan succeeds Iskander Mirza as President of Pakistan
- 28 Oct 1958 Pete Runnels wins Comeback Player of Year (average went from .230 to .322)
- 29 Oct 1958 Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature
- 03 Nov 1958 The new UNESCO building is inaugurated in Paris.
- 04 Nov 1958 Angelo G Roncalli crowned as Pope John XXIII
- 05 Nov 1958 Maria Golovin opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
- 06 Nov 1958 AL announces that Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
- 08 Nov 1958 Maria Golovin closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances
- 10 Nov 1958 WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 11 Nov 1958 La Plume de Ma Tante opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 performances
- 12 Nov 1958 Bob Turley of Yankees wins Cy Young Award
- 13 Nov 1958 New York City Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
- 17 Nov 1958 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 18 Nov 1958 Indians minority stockholders sell their stock to William Delay
- 22 Nov 1958 The Menzies Liberal government in Australia is re-elected for a fifth term.
- 23 Nov 1958 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 1958 Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community.
- 25 Nov 1958 Senegal becomes an autonomous state in the French Community.
- 27 Nov 1958 USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany.
- 28 Nov 1958 AL announces Opening Day in 1959 will be earliest ever, April 9
- 29 Nov 1958 46th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28
- 30 Nov 1958 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 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