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Notable Historical Events - 1958

1958Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature

1958Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

1958Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts

1958Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

19584th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

1958William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters

1958Brendan Behan's "Hostage" premieres in London

1958Jack Kilby demonstrates his first integrated circuit (IC) to his supervisor

1958Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde

1958Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

1958Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

1958Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela

1958Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid

1958Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open

1958Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open

1958Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana

1958Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

1958Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1958Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, elected Pope, taking name John XXIII

1958A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

1958Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

1958Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record

1958French premier Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers

195830th Academy Awards-"Bridge on the River Kwai" best film, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness best actress/actor

1958Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion

1958In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

1958Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

1958Premier Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French

1958Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

1958Pirate Roberto Clemente ties record of 3 triples in a game

1958George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)

1958"Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, debuts

1958Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again

1958Mickey Wright wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open

195822nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284

1958Angelo G Roncalli crowned as pope John XXIII

1958Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

1958Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party

1958Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)

1958Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

195810th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

195813th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

1958Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st pres of 5th Rep of France

1958"Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

1958"Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak published in US

1958Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland

1958Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

1958Mao Zedong starts "Great leap forward" movement in China

1958HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

1958Vice Pres Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America

1958Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

1958Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

1958Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

1958Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits

1958 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m 
Jan 1
European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation 
Jan 1
WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 2
Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY 
Jan 3
Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland 
Jan 3
Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town 
Jan 3
The West Indies Federation is formed. 
Jan 4
Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up 
Jan 6
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to ee cummings 
Jan 6
Gibson patents Flying V Guitar 
Jan 6
WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 7
USSR reduces army to 300,000 
Jan 8
Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana 
Jan 9
In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54 
Jan 10
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts 
Jan 12
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open 
Jan 12
NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring 
Jan 12
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7 
Jan 12
Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points 
Jan 13
9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban 
Jan 13
US newspaper "Daily Worker" ceases publication 
Jan 13
Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera. 
Jan 15
NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV 
Jan 16
William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw," premieres in NYC 
Jan 18
1st black in NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins) 
Jan 19
Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League 
Jan 20
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
Jan 20
KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 21
KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jan 21
Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen) 
Jan 22
KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast 
Jan 23
"Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances 
Jan 23
Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power 
Jan 23
Hanif Mohammad completes 337 in 970 minutes v West Indies 
Jan 24
After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion 
Jan 26
H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense 
Jan 26
Jack Smith takes over for Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It" 
Jan 26
Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational 
Jan 26
Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed. 
Jan 27
Ferenc Munnich succeeds Kadar as premier of Hungary 
Jan 28
Construction began on 1st private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor 
Jan 28
Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck 
Jan 28
The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today. 
Jan 29
Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming 
Jan 30
1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas Tx 
Jan 30
Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars 
Jan 30
Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello," premieres in NYC 
Jan 30
UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats 
Jan 31
"Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host 
Jan 31
James van Allen discovers radiation belt 
Jan 31
US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1 
Feb 1
1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched 
Feb 1
Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic 
Feb 1
WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Feb 2
Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open 
Feb 2
Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic 
Feb 2
WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting 
Feb 3
Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3 
Feb 4
"Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances 
Feb 4
Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950 
Feb 5
Clifton R Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania) 
Feb 5
Gamel Abdel Nasser nominated 1st president of United Arab Republic 
Feb 5
Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain 
Feb 5
Vanguard TV-3 back-up launches into Earth orbit; reaches 6 km 
Feb 6
Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid 
Feb 7
1st showing of DAF 600 auto 
Feb 7
Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc 
Feb 7
Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced 
Feb 8
Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia 
Feb 8
French planes bomb Sakiet Tunisia, 75 die 
Feb 8
KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Feb 11
Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs 
Feb 11
Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY 
Feb 11
WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Feb 12
Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101 
Feb 12
Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala 
Feb 14
Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms 
Feb 15
Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB 
Feb 15
Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN 
Feb 15
Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA 
Feb 15
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA 
Feb 15
Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra 
Feb 16
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open 
Feb 17
Comic strip "BC" 1st appears 
Feb 17
WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Feb 19
Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records 
Feb 20
Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner 
Feb 20
LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility 
Feb 21
"Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances 
Feb 21
Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote) 
Feb 22
"Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances 
Feb 22
Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days 
Feb 22
Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR) 
Feb 22
Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes 
Feb 23
5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels 
Feb 23
Arturo Frondizi elected president of Argentina 
Feb 23
Last Municipal arc light, Mission & 25th removed (installed in 1913) 
Feb 23
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Feb 27
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Feb 28
West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket 
Mar 1
Gary Sobers 365* v Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara 
Mar 1
Sobers completes 446 stand for 2nd wicket with Conrad Hunte, 260 
Mar 1
West Indies cricket declare at stumps score of 3-790 decl v Pakistan 
Mar 1
Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia. 
Mar 2
1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days 
Mar 2
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open 
Mar 2
Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic 
Mar 3
KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast 
Mar 3
Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq 
Mar 5
Explorer 2 fails to reach Earth orbit 
Mar 5
KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast 
Mar 7
Chicago Cardinals announce they will play their 1958 opener in Buffalo 
Mar 8
Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita 
Mar 8
William Faulkner says US school degenerated to become babysitters 
Mar 9
George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season 
Mar 11
Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show "21" 
Mar 11
Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets 
Mar 12
British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day" 
Mar 13
Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia 
Mar 14
RIAA certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star) 
Mar 14
Recording Industry Association of American created 
Mar 14
South Africa government prohibits the African National Congress 
Mar 14
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Mar 14
USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test 
Mar 15
"Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances 
Mar 15
KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 15
Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts 
Mar 15
Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled 
Mar 15
USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test 
Mar 16
Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship 
Mar 17
Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape 
Mar 18
Dodgers announces mascot/clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958 
Mar 19
Britain's 1st planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's in London 
Mar 19
Gary Sobers completes a century in each innings v Pakistan 
Mar 20
50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line 
Mar 20
Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting 
Mar 20
Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission 
Mar 21
1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award 
Mar 21
USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test 
Mar 22
20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72 
Mar 22
Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi-Arabia 
Mar 22
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Mar 24
Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761) 
Mar 25
Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times 
Mar 25
West German parliament desires German atomic weapons 
Mar 26
30th Academy Awards-"Bridge on the River Kwai" best film, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness best actress/actor 
Mar 26
US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer III" 
Mar 26
The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris. 
Mar 27
CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records 
Mar 27
Havana Hilton opens 
Mar 27
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party 
Mar 31
US Navy forms atomic sub division 
Mar 31
USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same 
Apr 1
KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting 
Apr 1
Marshal Nikolai Bulganin becomes director of Soviet State Bank 
Apr 2
Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens 
Apr 2
Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record) 
Apr 3
"Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances 
Apr 3
Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana 
Apr 4
1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England) 
Apr 4
Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt 
Apr 4
The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London. 
Apr 5
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. 
Apr 6
22nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284 
Apr 7
Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line 
Apr 10
Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco 
Apr 11
Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated (SF) 
Apr 12
12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2 
Apr 12
Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk 
Apr 13
12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello & Music Man win 
Apr 13
Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow. 
Apr 14
Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere 
Apr 15
10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win 
Apr 15
1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0 
Apr 16
French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis 
Apr 17
Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens 
Apr 18
Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia 
Apr 18
NL single-game record of 78,682, Giants lose to Dogers 6-5, in LA 
Apr 18
A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum. 
Apr 19
62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54 
Apr 20
Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM 
Apr 20
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open 
Apr 20
Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup 
Apr 20
Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops 
Apr 23
Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game 
Apr 24
Lee Walls hits 3 HRS, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2 
Apr 28
Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
Apr 28
Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed) 
Apr 28
Vice Pres Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America 
Apr 30
Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits 
May 1
Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai 
May 1
Arturo Frondizi sworn in as president of Argentina 
May 2
Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC 
May 3
84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05 
May 3
WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits 
May 4
Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia 
May 5
KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting 
May 5
Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family) 
May 5
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
May 7
US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m 
May 8
US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas 
May 8
VP Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru 
May 8
"Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, debuts 
May 9
Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship 
May 9
Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released 
May 11
Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open 
May 11
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
May 11
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island 
May 12
"Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40 
May 12
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
May 13
French settlers riot against French army in Algeria 
May 13
Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation 
May 13
Pierre Pflimlin forms French government 
May 13
Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela 
May 13
Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits 
May 13
The trade mark Velcro is registered. 
May 15
USSR launches Sputnik III 
May 16
Maj Irwin, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH 
May 16
Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico 
May 17
84th Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2 
May 17
Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria 
May 18
Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open 
May 19
Premiere of Harold Pinter's "Birthday Party" in London 
May 19
South Pacific soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks 
May 19
US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) 
May 20
US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests) 
May 21
Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island 
May 21
US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests) 
May 23
US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes 
May 23
Mao Zedong starts "Great leap forward" movement in China 
May 23
Explorer 1 ceases transmission. 
May 24
"New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 perfs 
May 24
Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion 
May 24
UP & International News Service merge into United Press International 
May 26
Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed 
May 26
US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests) 
May 26
Union Square, SF becomes state historical landmark 
May 27
Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS 
May 27
Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed) 
May 27
Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II 
May 28
French government of Pflimlin resigns/200,000 demonstrate against De Gaulle 
May 28
Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open 
May 28
Real Madrid wins 3rd Europe Cup 1 in Brussels 
May 30
US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests) 
May 30
Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington 
May 30
Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Bryan wins in 3:44:21.064 (215.316 km/h) 
May 31
Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin" 
May 31
US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests) 
Jun 1
Belgian christian-democrats win parliamentary election 
Jun 1
Charles de Gaulle elected premier of France 
Jun 1
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Gatlinburg Golf Open 
Jun 2
Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio 
Jun 2
Brooks Robinson hits into 1st of record 4 triple plays 
Jun 2
Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record 
Jun 3
Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers 
Jun 4
French premier Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers 
Jun 4
SF Giants Hank Sauer & B Schmidt are 2nd to hit consecutive pinch HRs 
Jun 6
Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger 
Jun 6
Premier Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French 
Jun 7
90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2 
Jun 7
Battles between Turkish & Greeks Cypriots break out 
Jun 8
4th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright 
Jun 9
"Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1 
Jun 9
HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom. 
Jun 11
UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon 
Jun 12
"Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979 
Jun 13
Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster Ca 
Jun 14
58th US Golf Open: Tommy Bolt shoots a 283 at Southern Hills in Tulsa 
Jun 14
British parachutists lands on Cyprus 
Jun 15
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament 
Jun 16
"Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46 
Jun 16
Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia 
Jun 17
Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy 
Jun 17
The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day 
Jun 20
NZ all out 47 v England at Lord's, Laker 4-13, Lock 5-17 
Jun 21
French franc devalues 
Jun 22
Game in KC between A's & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado 
Jun 22
Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open 
Jun 23
Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers 
Jun 23
US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas 
Jun 23
Foundation Praemium Erasmianum (Erasmus Prize) established 
Jun 26
Gaston Eyskens becomes premier of Belgium 
Jun 26
Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated 
Jun 26
Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed) 
Jun 27
Billy Pierce's perfect game bid broken with 2 outs in 9th 
Jun 27
Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) NY to London 
Jun 28
Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden 
Jun 28
Nancy Ramey swims world record 100m (1:09.6) 
Jun 29
Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 in soccer's 6th World Cup at Stockholm 
Jun 30
"No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24 
Jun 30
Dutch government of Drees ends obligatory dismissal of married teachers 
Jul 1
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave. 
Jul 2
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island 
Jul 3
"Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC) 
Jul 4
72nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: A Cooper beats N Fraser (3-6 6-3 6-4 13-11) 
Jul 5
65th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson beats A Mortimer (8-6 6-2) 
Jul 5
J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname 
Jul 5
First ascent of Gasherbrum I, 11th highest peak on the earth. 
Jul 6
Adolfo Lopez Mateos elected pres of Mexico 
Jul 6
Alaska becomes 49th state 
Jul 7
C A Milton scores 104* on Test Cricket debut, England v NZ Headingley 
Jul 7
Pres Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood 
Jul 7
William Shea outlines plans for a $12M stadium at Flushing Meadows NY 
Jul 8
25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt 
Jul 9
Giant splash caused by fall of 90 million tons of rock & ice into Lituya Bay, Alaska washes 1,800 feet up the mountain 
Jul 10
1st parking meter installed in England (625 installed) 
Jul 10
Ex-king Norodom Sihanoek appointed premier of Cambodia 
Jul 12
"Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater NYC after 693 performances 
Jul 12
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island 
Jul 13
13th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright 
Jul 13
87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham 
Jul 13
Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open 
Jul 14
General Abdul K Kassem forms a military government in Iraq overthrowing the monarchy 
Jul 14
Pope Pius XII publishes his 39th & last encyclical Meminisse juvat 
Jul 15
Pres Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months 
Jul 17
King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation 
Jul 17
Peter Shaffer's "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London 
Jul 17
US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak 
Jul 19
"Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances 
Jul 19
Charly Gaul wins Tour de France 
Jul 20
40th PGA Championship: Dow Finsterwald shoots a 276 at Llanerch CC PA 
Jul 20
Betty Jameson/Mary Lena Faulk wins Homestead 4-Ball Golf Tournament 
Jul 20
King Hussein of Jordan breaks off diplomatic relations with UAR 
Jul 22
US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island 
Jul 23
1st 4 women named to peerage in House of Lords 
Jul 24
14 people named 1st life peers in UK 
Jul 24
Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again 
Jul 24
Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row 
Jul 25
The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou. 
Jul 26
Army launches 4th US successful satellite, Explorer IV 
Jul 27
Louise Suggs wins LPGA French Lick Golf Open 
Jul 28
Baltimore Colts wins NFL-championship 
Jul 29
US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 
Jul 29
Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running 
Jul 31
Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet 
Aug 1
US 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years) 
Aug 1
US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st begins transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine" 
Aug 2
Jordan & Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months 
Aug 3
USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole 
Aug 3
The Billboard Hot 100 is founded 
Aug 4
Dumont TV Network crumbles 
Aug 5
Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi 
Aug 6
Glenn Davis sets record of 49.2 in 400-meter hurdles 
Aug 6
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island 
Aug 10
Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open 
Aug 13
Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2 
Aug 14
Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21) 
Aug 14
Cleve Indian, Vic Power steals home twice in 1 game 
Aug 14
KLM Superconstellation crashes west of Ireland, killing 99 
Aug 15
25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000) 
Aug 15
Soviet Marshal Bulganin resigns as director of State Bank 
Aug 17
Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open 
Aug 17
World's 1st Moon probe, US's Thor-Able, explodes at T +77 sec 
Aug 18
"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov published 
Aug 18
Betsy Palmer joins Today Show panel 
Aug 18
Fidel Castro makes a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde 
Aug 18
Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title 
Aug 18
Great Britain issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales) 
Aug 18
Perez Prado "Mambo King" receives one of the 1st gold records 
Aug 18
TV game show scandal investigation starts 
Aug 18
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
Aug 18
Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ 
Aug 19
NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters 
Aug 20
Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st lefty catcher since 1906 
Aug 20
Dale Long becomes 1st major league lefty catcher in 52 years 
Aug 20
Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0 
Aug 21
KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions 
Aug 22
Argos' Boyd Carter, Dave Mann combine for record 131-yd punt return 
Aug 22
Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
Aug 23
China PR resumes fire on Quemoi & Matsoe 
Aug 23
Marie Ashton completes playing piano a female record 133 hours 
Aug 23
Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy. 
Aug 24
Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open 
Aug 24
Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR) 
Aug 27
Clark Griffith says Senators will prob accept offer to move to Minn 
Aug 27
US performs nuclear test at South Atlantic Ocean 
Aug 27
USSR launches Sputnik 3 with two dogs aboard 
Aug 28
Nellie Fox sets record for consecutive games without striking out (98) 
Aug 29
US Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colo 
Aug 29
George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe) 
Aug 30
US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean 
Sep 1
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open 
Sep 1
St Louis Card Vinegar Bend Mizell walks a record 9 men in a shutout 
Sep 2
Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
Sep 2
Hendrik Verwoerd appointed PM of South Africa 
Sep 2
KAYS TV channel 7 in Hays, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 2
Minn announces $9 million bond issue to improve Metropolitan Stadium 
Sep 2
National Defense Education Act was signed 
Sep 2
U.S. Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan, Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew lost. 
Sep 5
"Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak published in US 
Sep 5
1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, NC 
Sep 5
WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 6
Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959 
Sep 6
US performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean 
Sep 7
72nd US Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson beats Darlene R Hard (3-6 6-1 6-2) 
Sep 7
78th US Men's Tennis: A J Cooper beats M J Anderson (6-2 3-6 4-6 10-8 8-6) 
Sep 8
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open 
Sep 8
Oman turns over Gwadur (on Baluchistan coast) to Pakistan 
Sep 8
Paul Anka opens Asian tour in Tokyo 
Sep 9
Pirate Roberto Clemente ties record of 3 triples in a game 
Sep 9
Race riots in Notting Hill Gate, London 
Sep 10
WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 11
Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
Sep 12
US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate 
Sep 12
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 12
Jack Kilby demonstrates his first integrated circuit (IC) to his supervisor 
Sep 13
Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times 
Sep 13
Queen Juliana christens passenger ship Rotterdam 
Sep 14
Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jackson Golf Open 
Sep 14
WTAE TV channel 4 in Pittsburgh, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 14
Yankees win 24th pennant, & 9th under Casey Stengel 
Sep 14
Two rockets designed by the German engineer Ernst Mohr, the first German post-war rockets, reach the upper atmosphere. 
Sep 15
48 die in a train crash in Elizabethport NJ 
Sep 15
Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 (Newark NJ) 
Sep 17
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 20
Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0 
Sep 20
Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo) 
Sep 20
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 21
1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx 
Sep 21
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 22
KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 22
US nuclear subne USS Skate remains 31 days under Pole (record) 
Sep 23
Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
Sep 23
Stravinsky's "Thieni" premieres in Venice 
Sep 23
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 24
Donna Reed Show premiers on ABC 
Sep 24
1st welded aluminum girder highway bridge completed, Urbandale, Ia 
Sep 26
Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup 
Sep 26
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 28
France adopts constitution 
Sep 28
Guinea votes for independence from France 
Sep 28
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 28
USAF selects Thor over Jupiter rocket for mass production as ICBM's 
Sep 29
"Studio One" TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV 
Sep 29
"Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8 
Sep 29
"Texan" debuts on CBS-TV 
Sep 29
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 30
French Guinee becomes independent republic Guinea 
Sep 30
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 1
Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia 
Oct 1
US space agency NASA begins operations incorporating earlier National Advisory Council on Aeronautics and other bodies 
Oct 2
Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day) 
Oct 2
Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London 
Oct 2
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 4
12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal 
Oct 4
5th French republic forms 
Oct 4
Transatlantic coml jet passenger service began (BOAC) 
Oct 4
Fifth Republic of France is established. 
Oct 5
KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 5
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 5
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 6
US nuclear sub USS Seawolf remains record 60 days under pole 
Oct 7
Potter Stewart appointed to US Supreme Court 
Oct 7
US manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury 
Oct 8
Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time 
Oct 8
Dr Ake Senning installs first pacemaker (Stockholm) 
Oct 8
KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
Oct 8
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 9
Israeli navy inaugrates its first submarine 
Oct 9
NY Yankees beat Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series 
Oct 9
NY Yankees appear in 9 & win 7 of last 10 World Series 
Oct 10
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 10
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 11
"Goldilocks" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances 
Oct 11
2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls back 
Oct 12
CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium 
Oct 12
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 12
WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Oct 13
Burial of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII on the 41st anniversary of the "Miracle of the Sun". 
Oct 14
Brendan Behan's "Hostage" premieres in London 
Oct 14
Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community 
Oct 14
Paul Osborn's "World of Suzie Wong" premieres in NYC 
Oct 14
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 14
The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept black Americans as members. 
Oct 15
Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Egypt 
Oct 15
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 16
Benjamin Britten's "Nocturne," premieres 
Oct 16
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 19
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 21
1st women in British House of Lords 
Oct 23
De Gaulle offers Algerians defiance "peace of the brave" 
Oct 23
Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature 
Oct 23
USSR lends money to UAR to build Aswan High Dam 
Oct 23
The Springhill Mine Bump - An underground earthquake traps 174 miners in the No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, the deepest coal mine in North America at the time. By November 1, rescuers from around the world had dug out 100 of the victims, marking the death toll at 74. 
Oct 24
USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam 
Oct 26
PanAm flies first transatlantic jet trip-New York to Paris 
Oct 26
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Oct 27
Gen Ayub Khan succeeds Iskander Mirza as president of Pakistan 
Oct 27
WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 28
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, elected Pope, taking name John XXIII 
Oct 28
Pete Runnels wins Comeback Player of Year (avg went from .230 to .322) 
Oct 29
Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature 
Oct 29
Dr F Mason Sones is first doctor to perform a coronary angiogram 
Oct 29
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 1
USSR performs nuclear test 
Nov 3
USSR performs nuclear test 
Nov 4
Angelo G Roncalli crowned as pope John XXIII 
Nov 4
Belgian government of Eyskens resigns 
Nov 4
Democrats win US congressional election 
Nov 5
"Maria Golovin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances 
Nov 5
KGLD (now KSNG) TV channel 11 in Garden City, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Nov 6
AL announces that KC will play AL record 52 night games in 1959 
Nov 6
Belgium government of Eyskens & Lilar forms 
Nov 6
Wilber Snyder beats V Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ 
Nov 8
"Maria Golovin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances 
Nov 10
Bertolt Brecht's "Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo o Ui" premieres 
Nov 10
WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Nov 11
"La Plume de Ma Tante" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 perfs 
Nov 11
AL announces Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959 
Nov 12
Bob Turley of Yankees wins Cy Young Award 
Nov 13
NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League 
Nov 17
KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 18
1st true reservoir in Jerusalem opens 
Nov 18
Indians minority stockholders sell their stock to William Delay 
Nov 19
First 2 F-27 Fokker's Friendships delivered on Aer Lingus 
Nov 24
Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community 
Nov 25
Senegal becomes an autonomous state in French Community 
Nov 27
USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany 
Nov 28
AL announces Opening Day in 1959 will be earliest ever, April 9 
Nov 28
Chad becomes an autonomous republic within French community 
Nov 28
Congo & Mauritania become autonomous members of French Community 
Nov 28
George "Punch" Imlach becomes coach of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs 
Nov 28
KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 28
Test Cricket debut for Wes Hall, v India at Bombay 
Nov 28
US reports 1st full-range firing of an ICBM 
Nov 29
46th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28 
Nov 30
1st guided missile destroyer launched, Dewey, Bath, Me 
Nov 30
WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Dec 1
"Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater NYC for 602 performances 
Dec 1
Central African Rep made autonomous member of Fr Comm (Natl Day) 
Dec 1
Our Lady of Angels School burns, killing 92 students & 3 nuns (Chic) 
Dec 2
24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB) 
Dec 2
Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg 
Dec 2
KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Dec 3
Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses 
Dec 4
Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community 
Dec 4
Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns 
Dec 5
Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Phila 
Dec 5
WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Dec 5
Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh. 
Dec 5
The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways. 
Dec 6
US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back 
Dec 7
Romulo Betancourt elected pres of Venezuela 
Dec 9
Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society 
Dec 10
1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111 
Dec 10
U of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates 
Dec 11
4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls 
Dec 11
Archibald MacLeish's "JB" premieres in NYC 
Dec 11
Upper Volta (now Bourkina Faso) gains autonomy from France 
Dec 12
Dutch social democratic party-ministers/premier Drees dismissed 
Dec 12
Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur 
Dec 14
Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium 
Dec 16
Bogota warehouse fire kills 82 
Dec 18
1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equip 
Dec 18
1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower 
Dec 18
Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day) 
Dec 19
1st radio broadcast from space (Pres Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere") 
Dec 21
Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st pres of 5th Rep of France 
Dec 22
"Chipmunk Song" reaches #1 
Dec 22
"Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances 
Dec 22
2nd Dutch Beel government forms 
Dec 23
"Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 38 perfs 
Dec 23
Abdallah Ibrahim forms government of Morocco 
Dec 25
Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens 
Dec 28
Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hit #1 
Dec 28
"The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game) 
Dec 29
Balt Colts beat NY Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game 
Dec 29
TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts 
Dec 30
French franc devalued 
Dec 31
47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2) 
Dec 31
Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country 
Dec 31
International Geophyscial Year ends 
Dec 31
Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X 
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