Events and Happenings -- 1958

Politicians of 1958

Events during 1958

Art and Literature in 1958

1958 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit

Stephen Leacock Award: Eric Nicol, Girdle Me A Globe

New works


  • Paul Anka has four hit singles and becomes one of the most popular singers in the world.


World events of 1958

  • NASA North American Space Agency is formed
  • 14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.
  • Munich Air Disaster - 21 dead, including 7 Manchester United Players
  • Toyota and Datsun Cars go on sale in North America.
  • Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
  • Nelson Rockefeller Elected Governor of New York
  • US Unemployment reaches 5.2 million
  • US passenger jet flights start with a National Airlines Boeing 707
  • The first Trans Atlantic passenger jetliner service begins with flights between London and New York on the new Comet Jet
  • The Great Chinese Famine begins in 1958 and ending in 1961 causing the death of nearly 30 million through a combination of natural disasters and poor planning.
  • Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army.
  • Brazil wins the 1958 World Cup in Sweden
  • US Nuclear Submarine " Nautilus " passes under Ice Cap at North Pole
  • The Microchip first developed in US by Intel
  • The Wham-O company introduces the Hula Hoop; over 100 million are sold.
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents
  • First satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral.
  • Alaska became the 49th U.S. State

Popular Singers

  • Elvis Presley (Red Robinson emcee for Elvis in 1957 at Empire Stadium)
  • Billie Holiday
  • Ricky Nelson
  • Frank Sinatra
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Paul Anka

Popular TV Programs

  • Candid Camera
  • The Ed Sullivan Show
  • Come Dancing
  • The Jack Benny Show
  • Panorama
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents