Events People and Fun Facts - 1958 -The Last Earth Dog
can draw your own conclsions!
Microchip co-invented by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments
and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductors later developed
and marketed in US by Intel
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.
Remote Control is invented by Zenith Corp.
US Nuclear Submarine " Nautilus " passes under
Ice Cap at North Pole
The US Military says it will be possible for satellites
orbiting the earth to make detailed maps from space
Gould invents the Laser
first successful American satellite, Explorer 1, is launched
United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
United States Army launches Explorer 3
Explorer program: Explorer 4 is launched.
The U.S. Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA).
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.
An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19
nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus becomes the first
vessel to cross the North Pole under water.
Two rockets designed by German engineer Ernst Mohr (the
first German post-war rockets) reach the upper atmosphere.
BOAC uses the new De Havilland Comet jets, to become the
first airline to fly jet passenger services across the
1, the second and most successful of the 3 project Able
space probes, becomes the first spacecraft launched by
the newly formed NASA.
The United States launches SCORE, the world's first communications
The Bell XV-3 Tiltrotor makes the first true mid-air transition
from vertical helicopter-type flight to fully level fixed-wing
Earth's magnetosphere is discovered.
Culture and Entertainment
Wham-O company introduces the Hula Hoop; over 100 million
The Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" opens in
London, with Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, and Julie
Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle
30th Academy Awards ceremony takes place; The Bridge on
the River Kwai wins seven awards, including Academy Award
for Best Picture.
Actor-singer Paul Robeson, whose passport has been reinstated,
sings in a sold-out one-man recital at Carnegie Hall.
The recital is such a success that Robeson gives another
one at Carnegie Hall a few days later; but, after this,
Robeson is seldom seen in public in the United States
again. His Carnegie Hall concerts are later released on
records and on CD.
Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first American elected
official to be broadcast on color television.
Hut is founded.
Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published
in the United States.
bossa nova is born in Rio de Janeiro, with João
Gilberto's recording of Chega de Saudade.
The Jim Henson Company is founded.
Bridge on the River Kwai
The Everly Brothers
Jerry Lee Lewis
Popular TV Programs
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Jack Benny Show
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Top Four 45's
1 Domenico Modugno Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto
2 Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
3 Elvis Presley Don't / I Beg Of You
4 David Seville Witch Doctor
Economic Community (EEC) comes into being.
Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition completes the
third overland journey to the South Pole, and the first
to use powered vehicles.
Sputnik 1 (launched
on October 4, 1957) falls to Earth from its orbit and
Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.
The first of
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts with the New
York Philharmonic is telecast by CBS. The Emmy-winning
series (one concert approximately every three months except
for the summer) will run for more than fourteen years.
It will make Bernstein's name a household word, and the
most famous conductor in the U.S.
Christiansen files a patent for the iconic plastic Lego
brick. From its foundation, his company will make 400
billion Lego elements
A peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom,
commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament,
in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.
U.S. Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming The King
Of Rock & Roll into U.S. Private #53310761
in Detroit reaches 20%, marking the height of the Recession
of 1958 in the United States.
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop is established.
Castro's revolutionary army begins its attacks on Havana.
In the first protest march for Nuclear Disarmament from
Hyde Park, London to Aldermaston, Berkshire, demonstrators
demand the banning of nuclear weapons.
King Baudouin of Belgium officially opens the world's
fair in Brussels, also known as Expo 58. The Atomium forms
Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait Crisis begins with
the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy.
President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower signs
the Federal Aviation Act, transferring all authority over
aviation in the USA to the newly created Federal Aviation
Argus: The United States begins nuclear tests over the
of Great Chinese Famine.
The Life Peerages Act entitles women to sit in the British
House of Lords for the first time.
First transatlantic flight of a Pan American World Airways
new UNESCO building is inaugurated in Paris.
John Birch Society is founded in the United States by
Robert W. Welch Jr., a retired candy manufacturer.
The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first
ever to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility.