1958 in the United States
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Events from the year 1958 in the United States.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Births
- 4 Deaths
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- President: Dwight D. Eisenhower (R-Kansas/New York)
- Vice President: Richard Nixon (R-California)
- Chief Justice: Earl Warren (California)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Sam Rayburn (D-Texas)
- Senate Majority Leader: Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Texas)
- Congress: 85th
- January 8 – 14-year-old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.
- January 13 – In One, Inc. v. Olesen, the Supreme Court affirms that homosexual writing is not per se obscene.
- January 18 – Battle of Hayes Pond: Armed Lumbee Indians confront the Ku Klux Klan in Maxton, North Carolina.
- January 28 – Hall of Fame baseball player Roy Campanella is involved in an automobile accident that ends his career and leaves him paralyzed.
- January 31 – The first successful American satellite, Explorer 1, is launched into orbit.
- February 5 – The Tybee Bomb, a 7,600 pound (3,500 kg) Mark 15 hydrogen bomb, is lost in the waters off Savannah, Georgia.
- February 11 – Ruth Carol Taylor is the first African American woman hired as a flight attendant. Working for Mohawk Airlines, her career lasts only six months, due to another discriminatory barrier – the airline's ban on married flight attendants.
- February 20 – A test rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral.
- February 28 – Prestonsburg, Kentucky bus disaster: The worst school bus accidents in U.S. history up to this date occurs at Prestonsburg, Kentucky; 27 are killed.
- March 1 – Archbishop of Chicago Samuel Stritch is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of Faith, thus becoming the first American to head a dicastery of the Roman Curia.
- March 8 – The USS Wisconsin is decommissioned, leaving the United States Navy without an active battleship for the first time since 1896 (it is recommissioned October 22, 1988).
- March 11 – 1958 Mars Bluff B-47 nuclear weapon loss incident: A U.S. B-47 bomber accidentally drops an atom bomb on Mars Bluff, South Carolina. Its conventional explosives destroy a house and injure several people, but no nuclear fission occurs.
- March 17 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
- March 19 – Monarch Underwear Company fire in New York.
- March 24 – The U.S. Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming The King Of Rock & Roll into U.S. private #53310761.
- March 26
- April – Unemployment in Detroit reaches 20%, marking the height of the Recession of 1958 in the United States.
- April 15 – The San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8–0 at San Francisco's Seals Stadium, in the first Major League Baseball regular-season game ever played in California.
- April 21 – A United Airlines DC-7 and U.S. Air Force F-100 Super Sabre fighter jet collide near Las Vegas, Nevada, killing all 49 aboard the two aircraft.
- May 9 – 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 these two concerts, Robeson is seldom seen in public in the United States again. His Carnegie Hall concerts are later released on records and on CD.
- 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 20 – A Capital Airlines airliner and Air National Guard jet collide near Brunswick, Maryland, killing 12.
- May 23 – Explorer 1 ceases 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 2 – In San Simeon, California, Hearst Castle opens to the public for guided tours.
- June 17 – The U.S. slams the execution of Imre Nagy as a "shocking act of cruelty".
- July – The plastic hula hoop is first marketed.
- July 7 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into United States law.
- July 9 – 1958 Lituya Bay megatsunami: A 7.8 Mw strike-slip earthquake in Southeast Alaska causes a landslide that produces a megatsunami. The runup from the waves reached 525 m (1,722 ft) on the rim of Lituya Bay.
- July 15 – During the 1958 Lebanon crisis, 5,000 United States Marines land in the capital Beirut in order to protect the pro-Western government there.
- July 29 – The U.S. Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- August 3 – The nuclear powered submarine USS Nautilus becomes the first vessel to cross the North Pole under water.
- August 17 – The first Thor-Able rocket is launched, carrying Pioneer 0, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 17. The launch fails due to a first stage malfunction.
- August 18 – Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.
- August 23 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower of the U.S. signs the Federal Aviation Act of 1958, transferring all authority over aviation in the U.S. to the newly created Federal Aviation Agency (FAA, later renamed Federal Aviation Administration).
- August 27 – Operation Argus: The United States begins nuclear tests over the South Atlantic.
- September 23 – The Spirit of Detroit statue is dedicated in Detroit, Michigan.
- October 1 – NASA starts operations and replaces the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
- October 11 – Pioneer 1, the second and most successful of the three-project Able space probes, becomes the first spacecraft launched by the newly formed NASA.
- November 23 – Have Gun, Will Travel debuts on American radio.
- December 1 – Our Lady of the Angels School fire: At least 90 students and 3 nuns are killed in a fire at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago.
- December 6 – A third Thor-Able rocket launch, carrying the Pioneer 2 probe, is unsuccessful due to a third-stage ignition failure.
- December 9 – The right-wing John Birch Society is founded in the U.S. by Robert W. Welch, Jr., a retired candy manufacturer.
- December 19 – A message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower is broadcast from SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, launched by the U.S. the previous day.
- December 25 – 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.
- December 28 – 1958 NFL Championship Game: The Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23–17 in overtime to win the NFL Championship.
- Based on birth rates (per 1,000 population), the post-war baby boom ends in the United States as an 11-year decline in the birth rate begins (the longest on record in that country).
- Illinois observes the centennial of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
- The United Kingdom, Soviet Union, and the U.S. agree to stop testing atomic bombs for 3 years.
- Robert Frank publishes his photographic essay The Americans (in Paris)
- January 1
- January 4
- January 8 – Betsy DeVos, 11th United States Secretary of Education
- January 11
- January 12 – Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
- January 20 – Lorenzo Lamas, American actor, martial artist and reality show participant
- January 21 – Gareth Branwyn, American journalist and critic
- January 23 – Steve Christoff, American professional ice hockey player
- January 24 – Neil Allen, baseball player and coach
- January 26
- January 27 – Susanna Thompson, American actress
- January 29 – Stephen Lerner, American labor and community activist
- February 7 – Kevin Schon, American voice actor
- February 8 – Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
- February 16
- February 17 – Alan Wiggins, American baseball player (d. 1991)
- February 18 – Gar Samuelson, American drummer (d. 1999)
- February 21
- February 24 – Todd Fisher, American actor
- February 25 – Kurt Rambis, American basketball player
- February 26
- February 27
- February 28 – Mark Pavelich, American professional ice hockey player
- March 4 – Patricia Heaton, American actress
- March 9 – Linda Fiorentino, American actress
- March 10
- March 15 – John Friedrich, American actor
- March 18
- March 20 – Holly Hunter, American actress
- March 23
- March 25 – John Ensign, American politician
- March 26 – Todd Joseph Miles Holden, American-born social scientist, author, basketball coach
- March 28
- March 31 – Lisa Michelson, American voice actress (d. 1991)
- April 1 – D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (d. 1985)
- April 3 – Alec Baldwin, American actor, producer and comedian
- April 4 – Constance Shulman, American actress
- April 14 – John D'Aquino, American film and television actor
- April 21 – Andie MacDowell, American actress
- April 26 – Giancarlo Esposito, Italian-American actor
- April 28 – Hal Sutton, American golfer
- April 29
- May 4 – Keith Haring, American artist (d. 1990)
- May 8 – Lovie Smith, American football player and coach
- May 10
- May 11
- May 12
- May 15 – Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler
- May 19 – Jenny Durkan, American politician
- May 20
- May 21 – Tom Feeney, American politician
- May 23
- May 25 – Carrie Newcomer, American singer-songwriter & musician
- May 26 – Margaret Colin, American actress
- May 27 – Linnea Quigley, American actress
- May 29 – Annette Bening, American actress
- May 30 – Ted McGinley, American actor
- June 2
- June 4 – Gordon P. Robertson, American televangelist and son of Pat Robertson
- June 5 – Eric Strobel, American professional ice hockey player
- June 7 – Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, African-American rock musician (d. 2016)
- June 8
- June 9 – Tony Horwitz, American journalist and author (d. 2019)
- June 10 – James F. Conant, American philosopher
- June 11 – Tim Draper, American venture capitalist
- June 12
- June 14 – Eric Heiden, American speed skater
- June 15 – Wade Boggs, American baseball player
- June 17 – Jello Biafra, American punk musician and activist
- June 20
- June 21 – Eric Douglas, American actor (d. 2004)
- June 22
- June 24
- June 26 – Glen Stewart Godwin, American fugitive and convicted murderer
- June 27 – Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American musician (d. 1996)
- June 29 – Jeff Coopwood, American actor, broadcaster and singer
- June 30 – Tommy Keene, American singer-songwriter (d. 2017)
- July 2 – Thomas Bickerton, Methodist bishop
- July 5 – Bill Watterson, American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes
- July 8 – Kevin Bacon, American actor
- July 20 – Billy Mays, American salesman (d. 2009)
- August 10 – Don Swayze, American actor
- August 13 – Lizzie Grey, American musician (d. 2019)
- August 15 – Rondell Sheridan, American actor
- August 16
- August 17 – Belinda Carlisle, pop rock singer
- August 18
- August 19 – Rick Snyder, American politician
- August 20 – Michael Silka, American spree killer (d. 1984)
- August 22
- August 24 – Steve Guttenberg, American actor
- August 25
- August 26 – Billy Ray Irick, American convicted murderer (d. 2018)
- August 28 – Colm Feore, American-Canadian actor
- August 29 – Michael Jackson, African-American singer and musician (d. 2009)
- August 31 – Julie Brown, American actress
- October 5 – Neil deGrasse Tyson, African-American astrophysicist
- October 13 – Maria Cantwell, American politician
- October 16 – Tim Robbins, American actor and director
- October 20 – Viggo Mortensen, American actor and artist
- November 18
- November 22 – Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress and author
- December 1 – Charlene Tilton, American actress
- December 25
- December 28 – Twila Paris, Christian musician
- December 31 – Bebe Neuwirth, American actress
- January 1
- January 6 – Lois Irene Marshall, wife of Thomas R. Marshall, Second Lady of the United States (born 1873)
- January 8 – Mary Colter, architect and designer (born 1869)
- January 11 – Edna Purviance, silent film actress (born 1895)
- January 13 – Jesse L. Lasky, film producer (born 1880)
- February 1 – Clinton Davisson, physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1937 (born 1888)
- February 27 – Harry Cohn, film producer (born 1891)
- March 22 (in plane crash)
- March 28
- May 5 – James Branch Cabell, fantasy writer (born 1879)
- June 10 – Angelina Weld Grimke, African American lesbian journalist and poet (born 1880)
- July 9 – James H. Flatley, naval aviator and admiral (born 1906)
- July 26 – Eugene Millikin, U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1941 to 1957 (born 1891)
- August 14 or 15 – Big Bill Broonzy, African American blues singer-songwriter (born 1893)
- August 27 – Ernest Lawrence, nuclear physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939 (born 1901)
- August 29 – Marjorie Flack, artist, illustrator and writer (born 1897)
- September 25 – John B. Watson, psychologist (born 1878)
- October 8 – Lori J.Stratton, environmental toxicologist, innovative acid precipitation research in Green Mountains of Vermont (born 1958)
- October 19 – Mary F. Hoyt, first woman appointed to the U.S. federal civil service, in 1883 (born 1858)
- October 29 – Zoë Akins, playwright, poet and author (born 1886)
- November 15
- November 21:
- December 29 – Doris Humphrey, dancer and choreographer (born 1895)
- "Prestonsburg School Bus Disaster". KY National Guard eMuseum. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
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