January 1 - Treaty of Rome founding the EU is implemented.
January 4 - Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (launched on October 4, 1957).
January 8 - 14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.
January 28 - Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate begin their murder spree with
the killings of her parents and infant sister.
January 29 - Police capture Charles Starkweather in Wyoming.
January 31 - The first successful American satellite, Explorer I, is launched into orbit.
January 31 - James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
February 1 - Egypt and Syria unite to form the United Arab Republic.
February 5 - Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United
February 6 - Munich Air Disaster.
February 11 - Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Zhou Enlai as Chinese Minister of Foreign affairs.
February 11 - Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African American woman hired as a flight attendant.
February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
March 1 - Dr Arturo Frondizi becomes President of Argentina.
March 1 - Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, ninth bishop (fourth archbishop) of the Roman
Catholic diocese of Chicago, appointed Pro-Perfect of the Propagaion of Faith and
thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia.
March 17 - The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
March 22 - Faisal becomes King of Saudi Arabia.
March 26 - The United States Army launches Explorer III.
March 27 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
April 6 - Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari divorces Muhammad Reza Shah after she is unable
to produce any children.
May 12 - A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed
between the United States and Canada.
May 13 - During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard M. Nixon's car
is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.
May 15 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.
May 18 - An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph.
May 23 - Explorer I ceased transmission.
May 30 - The bodies of unidentified soldiers killed in action during World War II and the
Korean War are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
June 1 - Charles De Gaulle is brought out of retirement to lead France by decree for
July 5 - First ascent of Gasherbrum I, 11th highest.
July 7 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into
United States law.
July 14 - Iraqi Revolution: In Iraq the monarchy is overthrown by Arab nationalists and
Abdul Karim Qassim becomes the nation's new leader.
July 15 - In Lebanon, 5,000 United States Marines land in the capital Beirut in order
to protect the pro-Western government there.
July 26 - Explorer program: Explorer IV is launched.
July 29 - The United States Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA).
August 23 - Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the
People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy.
October 1 - Tunisia and Morocco join the Arab League.
October 1 - NASA starts operations and replaces the NACA.
October 2 - Guinea declares itself independent from France.
October 11 - Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe
falls back to Earth and burns up).
October 28 - Angleo Giuseppe Roncalli becomes Pope and takes the name Pope John XXIII.
November 23 - Have Gun, Will Travel debuts on radio.
November 25 - French Sudan gains autonomy as a self-governing member of the
November 28 - Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon become autonomous
republics within the French Community.
December 1 - Central African Republic becomes independent from France.
BBC Radiophonic Workshop created.
During the International Geophysical Year, Earth's magnetosphere is discovered.
The United States conducts Operation Argus during August and September.
Foundation of Amirkabir University of Technology.Year in topic
1958 in film
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The Defiant Ones.
Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, starring Jimmy Stewart.
1958 in literature
August 18 - Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published.
Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything becomes a bestseller.
1958 in music
January 20 - Elvis Presley receives his draft notice
1958 in television
Ampex demonstrates their design for a color Video Tape Recorder.Births
January 20 - Lorenzo Lamas
January 24 - Jools Holland
January 26 - Ellen DeGeneres
, actress, comedienne.
January 30 - Jan van den Houten
February 1 - Anne Marieke de Hay
February 11 - Michael Jackson
, controller of BBC2.
February 11 - Regina Marsikova
, Czechoslovakian tennis player.
February 13 - Pernilla August
February 16 - Ice-T
, singer, songwriter, actor (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
February 21 - Mary Chapin Carpenter
February 24 - Sammy Kershaw
March 3 - Miranda Richardson
March 4 - Patricia Heaton
, actress (Everybody Loves Raymond).
March 5 - Andy Gibb
, singer (d. 1988).
March 8 - Gary Numan
March 10 - Sharon Stone
March 14 - Cornelia Johanna (Lianne) van den Houten
March 14 - Prince Albert
March 20 - Holly Hunter
March 21 - Gary Oldman
April 3 - Alec Baldwin
April 10 - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
, R&B producer and musician.
April 21 - Andie MacDowell
April 28 - Hal Sutton
, American golfer.
April 29 - Michelle Pfeiffer
April 29 - Eve Plumb
, actress (The Brady Bunch).
May 16 - Amp Fiddler
, musician (P Funk).
May 20 - Ron Reagan
, dancer, talk show host, son of former President Ronald Reagan.
May 23 - Drew Carey
, comedian, actor (The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line is it Anyway?).
May 26 - Wayne Hussey
, British rocker The Mission.
May 27 - Neil Finn
, New Zealand singer and songwriter.
May 27 - Wayne Williams
, murderer in Atlanta.
May 28 - Annette Bening
June 1 - Adriana van den Houten
June 8 - Keenen Ivory Wayans
, comedian, actor, director.
July 21 - Jacob (Jaap) Schot
July 28 - Terry Fox
, cancer activist (d. 1981).
July 31 - Mark Cuban
, technology entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner.
August 7 - Bruce Dickinson
, English heavy metal musician.
August 16 - Madonna
, musician, songwriter, actress.
August 29 - Michael Jackson
September 10 - Dan Castellaneta
, voice actor (The Simpsons).
September 16 - Orel Hershiser
, baseball pitcher.
September 22 - Andrea Bocelli
October 5 - Bernie Mac
, actor, comedian.
October 14 - Thomas Dolby
, English rock musician.
October 16 - Tim Robbins
, American actor.
November 18 - Laura Miller
, mayor of Dallas, Texas.
November 25 - Adriana (Anja) van den Houten
November 25 - Kim Ashfield
, British model.
November 28 - Dave Righetti
, baseball pitcher.
December 6 - Nick Park
, film-maker and animator.
December 21 - Adriana van den Houten
December 25 - Rickey Henderson
, baseball player.
December 31 - Bebe Neuwirth
January 1 - Edward Weston
January 8 - Paul Pilgrim
, American athlete.
January 11 - Edna Purviance
January 23 - Pieter Plantefeber
January 27 - Cornelia Hage
January 30 - Jean Crotti
, Swiss artist.
February 4 - Henry Kuttner
, science fiction author.
February 13 - Christabel Pankhurst
March 3 - Neeltje Mietje van den Houten
March 13 - Hendrik Cornelis van den Houten
March 21 - Cyril M. Kornbluth
, science fiction writer.
March 22 - Michael Todd
, Academy Award winning film producer.
March 25 - Tom Brown
, jazz musician (b. 1888).
March 28 - W.C. Handy
, blues composer.
May 19 - Ronald Colman
June 26 - George Orton
, Canadian athlete.
July 14 - King Faisal II
of Iraq and most of his family.
August 14 - Frédéric Joliot
September 6 - Maarten van den Houten
October 9 - Pope Pius XII
December 8 - Tris Speaker
, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1888).
December 15 - Wolfgang Ernst Pauli
, physicist.Nicholas Lester Troast
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