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1958

 

 

 

 

NEWS AT HOME IN 1958

  • Eisenhower orders U.S. Marines into Lebanon at the request of President Chamoun, who fears overthrow.

  • The Peace symbol is created.

  • There are 36,981 motor vehicle related deaths. In the air, there were 8 accidents resulting in 125 fatalities.

  • Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed when the car he was driving skidded into a telephone pole. Campanella wsa the NL's MVP in '51, '53 and '55.

  • The John Birch Society, a radical anti-Communist organization, is created in the U.S.

  • Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate go on their killing spree.

  • The nuclear submarine Nautilus traverses the North Pole under the polar icecap.

  • Dr. Ake Senning installs the first pacemaker.

  • The price of 1st class US postage is raised to 4¢ from 3¢ where it had been for 26 years.

  • Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, CO. The all male facility won't go co-ed until 1976.

  • The first domestic jet-airline passenger service is begun by National Airlines between New York City and Miami.

  • Vice President Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed, and spat upon by protesters in Peru as he makes a goodwill tour of South and Latin American.

  • NASA is created, and Explorer I is launched by the Army’s Jupiter-C rocket.

  • UP & International News Service merge into United Press International.

  • 31.3% of all domestic passenger travel was by railroad, 27.7% by bus, and 38% by air.

  • Sterophonic recordings, which use two separately recorded channels of sound to recreate a sense of space, come into commercial use.

  • In the worst recession since World War II, nearly 5.5 million people are out of work.

  • Harry Winston, Inc. donates the 45.52 carat Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution.


 

NEWS ABROAD IN 1958

  • European Economic Community (Common Market) becomes effective on Jan. 1.

  • Egypt and Syria merge into United Arab Republic.

  • Khrushchev becomes Premier of Soviet Union as Bulganin resigns.

  • New French constitution is adopted, and Gen. Charles de Gaulle is elected Premier of 5th Republic.

  • Chinese Leader Mao Zedong launches the “Great Leap Forward."

  • Zhivago won author Boris Pasternak the Nobel Prize which he was forced to decline due to political forces at home.         

  • Nelson Mandela weds Winnie Madikizela.

  • Pope Pius XII declares Saint Clare of Assisi patron saint of television. (A statue of her placed on the television set is said to guarantee good reception.)

  • Pope Pius XII died, and Angelo G Roncalli is crowned Pope John XXIII.

  • The first women are admitted to the British House of Lords.

  • 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition the UN for a nuclear test ban.


 

 COMMERCE IN 1958

  • Unemployment is 6.8%.

  • Japan’s new Datsun (Model 211) cars begin shipping to the U.S., but only 52 will sell.

  • 400 million frozen pot pies are sold in the U.S.

  • Bill and Mark Richards of Dana Point, CA, invented the first skateboard. They attached rollerskate wheels to a square board and sold them at their Val Surf Shop for $8 each.

  • Prime commercial paper (4 to 6 mos) was at 2.46%. In New York City a commercial loan ran 4.12%

  • The National Association of Broadcasters bans subliminal ads.

  • American will import 430,808 passenger cars.

  • Rice-a-Roni, The San Francisco Treat, is introduced.

  • U.S. GNP (Gross National Product) is $468.3 billion.

  • Ruffles, potato chips debutes.

  • Rice-A-Roni, packaged flavored rice product shows up on grocery shelves.

  • Jif Peanut Butter rivals Skippy.

  • Chicken Ramen, an instant noodle product by Nissen Foods is now available.

  • Instant Tea from Lipton is eagerly accepted.

  • The Jolly Green Giant appears on TV with less than stellar results! In his first incarnation he looks like a monster which scares kids. So, they lightened him up and added "Ho, ho, ho" and the lilting "Good things from the garden" song".

  • Sweet n' Low is introduced as an artificial Sweetener, using saccharin instead of sugar. Sweet'N Low received U.S. trademark patent no. 1,000,000.

  • Modern consumer credit is born. The American Express Company introduces a charge card meant to compete with the successful Diners Club card. The Bank of American introduces the BankAmericard, which will become the Visa card.

  • Crest toothpaste inaugurates the "Look, Ma! No cavities!" ad campaign.

  • Friskees introduces the first dry cat food

  • Hula Hoops become popular.

  • LEGO Toy Bricks are introduced.

  • By now, more than 45 million American households have television sets.

  • There is a 55.9% business failure rate.

  • The Chevrolet Impala is introduce.

  • Cocoa Krispies breakfast food is introduced by the Kellogg Company; it's 45.9% sugar.

  • Cocoa Puffs is introduced by General Mills; it contains 43% sugar.

  • On the Air! You'd find 3,156 AM radio, 537 FM radio, and 492 TV Stations.

  • 30.6% of all advertising dollars are spent on newspapers, 13.3% on TV.

  • Eighteen-year-old Frank Carney sees a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the "pizza fad" among teenagers and college students. With $600 borrowed from his mother, he opens the first Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kan.



 

ENTERTAINMENT OF 1958

  • Dr. Zhivago is published in the US, but banned in the USSR.

  • The Pulitzer prize is awarded to James Agee for his book Death in the Family.

  • The first ever Grammy Awards are  presented.

  • RIAA awards the very first Gold record to Perry Como.

  • This is the peak year for drive-in movies with 4,063 outdoor screens nationwide.


 

 ACADEMY AWARDS 1958


 

MOST POPULAR FEATURE FILMS OF 1958

1. Vertigo
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Dir:
Alfred Hitchcock; With: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes Crime |

2. Touch of Evil
Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Dir:
Orson Welles; With: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh Crime

3. The Long, Hot Summer
Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.
Dir: Martin Ritt; With: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa

4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. Dir: Richard Brooks; With: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

5. South Pacific
On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.
Dir: Joshua Logan; With: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr Musical

6. Gigi
Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.
Dir: Vincente Minnelli; With: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan

7. Horror of Dracula
After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city.
Dir: Terence Fisher; With: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough

8. The Big Country
A New Englander arrives in the Old West where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.
Dir: William Wyler; With: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker

9. A Night to Remember
The Titanic disaster is depicted in straightforward fashion without the addition of fictional subplots.
Dir: Roy Baker; With: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres

10. The Hidden Fortress
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.
Dir: Akira Kurosawa; With: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki


 

TOP RATED TV SHOWS OF1958
(OCTOBER 1958 - APRIL 1959)

  • Gunsmoke
     
  • Wagon Train
     
  • Have Gun Will Travel
     
  • The Rifleman
     
  • The Danny Thomas Show
     
  • Maverick
     
  • Tales of Wells Fargo
     
  • The Real McCoys
     
  • I've Got A Secret
     
  • The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
     
  • The Price Is Right
     
  • The Red Skelton Show
     
  • Zane Grey Theatre
     
  • Father Knows Best
     
  • The Texan
     
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive
     
  • Peter Gunn
     
  • Cheyenne
     
  • Perry Mason
     
  • The Ford Show
     
  • Sugarfoot
     
  • The Ann Sothern Show
     
  • The Perry Como Show
     
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents
     
  • Name That Tune


 

TOP 10 SONGS 1958

(Songs listed are from rock and roll and related genres. These songs are ranked based on their intitial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of rock and related genres. Songs are listed strictly in the year that they were originally released in.)

  • Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
     
  • Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
     
  • Good Golly Miss Molly, Little Richard
     
  • For Your Precious Love, Jerry Butler & the Impressions
     
  • Sweet Little Sixteen, Chuck Berry
     
  • Yakety Yak, Coasters
     
  • La Bamba, Ritchie Valens
     
  • Since I Don't Have You, Skyliners
     
  • Rumble, Link Wray
     
  • Lonely Teardrops, Jackie Wilson


 

HIT PARADE OF 1958

(Songs listed are the overall best sellers for the calendar year as tabulated by Cash Box magazine.)

  • Volare, Domenico Modugno
     
  • It's All in the Game, Tommy Edwards
     
  • Patricia, Perez Prado
     
  • All I Have to Do is Dream, Everly Brothers
     
  • Bird Dog, Everly Brothers
     
  • Little Star, The Elegants
     
  • Witch Doctor, David Seville ("Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang")
     
  • Twilight Time, The Platters
     
  • Tequilla, The Champs
     
  • At the Hop, Danny and the Juniors


 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OF 1958

1958 AWARDS AND HONORS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

CY YOUNG AWARD: Bob Turley, New York Yankees

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

1958 MLB STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMERICAN LEAGUE                                                

  • AVGTed Williams, BOS, .328  
                                    
  • HRMickey Mantle, NYY,42
                                    
  • RBIJackie Jensen, BOS, 122   
                                   
  • WINS:  Bob Turley, NYY, 21  
                                                    
  • ERAWhitey Ford, NYY, 2.01                              


NATIONAL LEAGUE

 

1958 WORLD SERIES

The 1958 World Series was a rematch of the 1957 Series, with the New York Yankees beating the defending champion Milwaukee Braves in seven games for their eighteenth title and their seventh title in ten years. With that victory, the Yankees became only the second team in Major League Baseball to come back from a 3–1 deficit to win a best-of-seven World Series; the first was the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates. (The 1903 Boston Red Sox came back from a 3–1 deficit in a best-of-nine affair.)

1958 ALL STAR GAME: American League wins, 4–3
 



 

IMPORTANT FOOTBALL OF 1958

CHICAGO PREP BOWL: 1958 - AUSTIN 20, (Oak Park) Fenwick 7


1958 MVP:  Jim Brown, FB - Cleveland

 

STASTICAL LEADERS

 

1958 CHAMPIONSHIP

Baltimore, coached by Weeb Ewbank, defeated the Giants 23-17 in the first sudden-death overtime in an NFL Championship Game, December 28. The game ended when Colts fullback Alan Ameche scored on a one-yard touchdown run after 8:15 of overtime.

 

1958 NFL PRO BOWL

 

OTHER 1958 NFL NEWS

  • The bonus selection in the draft was eliminated. The last selection was quarterback King Hill of Rice by the Chicago Cardinals.
     
  • Halas reinstated himself as coach of the Bears.
     
  • Jim Brown of Cleveland gained an NFL-record 1,527 yards rushing. In a divisional playoff game, however, the Giants held Brown to eight yards and defeated Cleveland 10-0.


 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF 1958

1958 ALL STAR GAME

  • SCORE:  East 130, West 118
               
  • MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis

 

NBA CHAMPIONSHIP 1958: Boston Celtics over Mnneapolis Lakers, 4-0   

Nobody gave the Lakers much chance against the Celtics, and although the Lakers kept three of the four games close, Boston recorded the first 4-0 sweep in NBA Finals history. Nobody knew it at the time, but it would be eight years be to begin its run of eight straight championships.


 

ADDITIONAL SPORTS' NEWS OF 1958

1958 AUTO RACING

 

1958 BOXING: Light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore is knocked down three times in the first round and once more in the fifth round by Yvon Durelle, but holds on to come back and knock out Durelle in the 11th round.

 

1958 WORLD FIGURE SKATING  CHAMPIONS

 

1958 MEN'S GRAND SLAM GOLF

 

1958 WOMEN'S GOLF

 

1958 U.S. TRIPLE CROWN THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING

 

1958 ICE HOCKEY

 

1958 ISF WORLD SKIING

 

1958 MEN'S GRAND SLAM TENNIS

 

1958 WOMEN'S GRAND SLAM TENNIS

 

 
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