Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1958
January 1 - Grandmaster Flash, Barbadian musician January 2 - Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist January 3 - Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean filmmaker January 4 - Andy Borowitz, American comedian and satirist January 4 - Matt Frewer, American actor January 4 - Gary Jones, Welsh-born actor January 4 - Julian Sands, English actor January 6 - Scott Bryce, American actor January 7 - Linda Kozlowski, American actress January 7 - Donna Rice, American sex scandal figure January 8 - Rey Misterio, Sr. January 9 - Mehmet Ali Ağca, Turkish attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II January 10 - Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter January 11 - Vicki Peterson, American musician (The Bangles) January 11 - Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Columbian crime boss January 16 - Anatoli Boukreev, Russian climber (d. 1997) January 20 - Lorenzo Lamas, American actor January 21 - Michael Wincott, Canadian actor January 24 - Neil Allen, American baseball player January 24 - Jools Holland, British musician January 25 - Dinah Manoff, American actress January 26 - Anita Baker, American singer January 26 - Ellen DeGeneres, American actress and comedian January 26 - Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer January 27 - James Grippando, American novelist January 27 - Susanna Thompson, American actress January 30 - Brett Butler, American actress and comedian February 1 - Jackie Shroff, Indian actor February 1 - Luther Blissett, English footballer February 2 - Michel Marc Bouchard, Quebec playwright February 4 - Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer February 6 - Cecily Adams, American actress (d. 2004) February 6 - Barry Miller, American actor February 7 - Matt Ridley, British science writer February 8 - Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (d. 2007) February 9 - Chris Nilan, National Hockey League player February 9 - Cyrille Regis, English former footballer February 10 - Michael Weiss, American musician February 12 - Grant McLennan, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006) February 12 - Bobby Smith, Canadian ice hockey player February 13 - Pernilla August, Swedish actress February 13 - Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman (d. 1993) February 14 - Enrique Mansilla, Argentine racing driver February 14 - Grant Thomas, Australian rules footballer February 15 - Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist February 16 - Ice-T, American rapper February 16 - Lisa Loring, American actress February 16 - Oscar Schmidt, Brazilian basketball player February 18 - Giovanni Lavaggi, Italian racing driver February 18 - Gar Samuelson, American drummer (d. 1999) February 19 - Helen Fielding, English writer February 21 - Jake Burns, Irish singer February 21 - Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer February 21 - Jack Coleman, American actor February 23 - David Sylvian, English musician (Japan February 24 - Sammy Kershaw, American musician February 24 - Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer February 25 - Kurt Rambis, American basketball player February 26 - Michel Houellebecq, French novelist February 26 - Greg Germann, American actor February 27 - Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer February 28 - Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress March 1 - Nik Kershaw, English musician March 2 - Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer March 2 - Kevin Curren, South African-born tennis player March 3 - Miranda Richardson, British actress March 4 - Patricia Heaton, American actress March 5 - Andy Gibb, English-born Australian singer and teen idol (d. 1988) March 6 - Eddie Deezen, American actor March 7 - Rik Mayall, British actor March 8 - Gary Numan, British singer March 8 - Nick Capra, American baseball player March 9 - Martin Fry, English pop singer (ABC) March 9 - Jack Kenny, American television writer and producer March 10 - Steve Howe, American baseball player (d. 2006) March 10 - Sharon Stone, American actress March 11 - Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976) March 11 - Jim Pinkerton, American pundit March 13 - Linda Robson, English actress. March 14 - Albert II, Prince of Monaco March 16 - Jorge Ramos, Mexican TV anchor March 16 - Kate Worley, American comic book writer (d. 2004) March 17 - Pat Bolland, Canadian Broadcaster March 20 - Phil Anderson, Australian cyclist March 20 - Holly Hunter, American actress March 21 - Sabrina Le Beauf, American actress March 21 - Gary Oldman, English actor March 22 - Pete Wylie, British singer/songwriter March 23 - Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist March 23 - El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (d. 1997) March 25 - James McDaniel, American actor March 26 - Chris Codiroli, American baseballer March 26 - Elio de Angelis, Italian racing driver (d. 1986) March 28 - Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (d. 2003) March 28 - Edesio Alejandro, Cuban music composer. March 29 - Victor Salva, American film director March 30 - Maurice LaMarche, Canadian voice actor March 31 - Tony Cox, American actor April 1 - D. Boon, American musician d. (1985) April 3 - Alec Baldwin, American actor April 3 - Jaya Prada, Indian Actress April 4 - Cazuza, Brazilian poet April 4 - Mary-Margaret Humes, American actress April 5 - Johan Kriek, South African born tennis player April 10 - Yefim Bronfman, Russian-born pianist April 10 - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, American music producer April 11 - Stuart Adamson, British musician (Big Country) (d. 2001) April 12 - Will Sergeant, English musician April 12 - Howard Stableford, English actor and host April 14 - John D'Aquino, American actor April 15 - Dolores Gordon-Smith, British Writer April 15 - Noni Ιoannidou, Greek fashion model and actress April 15 - Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer April 18 - Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (d. 1999) April 20 - Viacheslav Fetisov, Russian ice hockey player April 21 - Andie MacDowell, American actress April 21 - Michael Zarnock, American author and columnist April 22 - Ken Olandt, American actor April 23 - Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer April 23 - Ryan Walter, Canadian ice hockey player April 24 - Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer April 25 - Fish, Scottish singer and lyricist (ex-Marillion) April 26 - John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute April 26 - Giancarlo Esposito, American actor April 26 - Jeffrey Guterman, American mental health counselor April 28 - Hal Sutton, American golfer April 29 - Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress April 29 - Eve Plumb, American actress April 29 - Gary Cohen, Baseball broadcaster April 30 - Charles Berling, French actor May 3 - Kevin Kilner, American actor May 3 - Sandi Toksvig, Danish comedian and radio presenter May 4 - Delbert Fowler, American football player May 5 - Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action. May 6 - Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress May 10 - Gaétan Boucher, Canadian speed skater May 11 - Christian Brando, American actor; son of Marlon Brando (d. 2008) May 11 - Phil Smyth, Australian basketball player May 11 - Walt Terrell, American baseball player May 12 - Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist May 12 - Eric Singer, American drummer May 14 - Christine Brennan, American sports columnist May 15 - Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler May 17 - Paul Di'Anno, English singer (Iron Maiden) May 18 - Toyah Willcox, English actor and singer May 20 - Ron Reagan, American talk show host May 20 - Jane Wiedlin, American singer (The Go-Go's) May 21 - Jefery Levy, American television director May 23 - Mitch Albom, American writer May 23 - Drew Carey, American actor May 23 - François Feldman, French singer May 25 - Paul Weller, British musician May 27 - Neil Finn, New Zealand singer and songwriter (Split Enz May 27 - Linnea Quigley, American actress May 29 - Annette Bening, American actress May 30 - Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer and songwriter (Roxette) May 30 - Ted McGinley, American actor May 30 - Ted McGinley, American actor June 2 - Lawrence Pfohl, American professional wrestler June 6 - Danny Webb, English actor June 7 - Prince, American musician June 8 - Keenen Ivory Wayans, American actor and director June 12 - Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer June 14 - Eric Heiden, American speed skater June 15 - Wade Boggs, American baseball player June 15 - Riccardo Paletti, Italian racing driver (d. 1982) June 16 - Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr) June 16 - Ulrike Tauber, East German swimmer June 17 - Bobby Farrelly, American film director June 20 - Chuck Wagner, American actor June 20 - Ron Hornaday, American racecar driver June 22 - Bruce Campbell, American actor June 27 - Lisa Germano, American singer June 27 - Brian Helicopter, Musician June 27 - Magnus Lindberg, Finnish composer June 27 - Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer June 28 - Félix Gray, French singer and songwriter June 29 - Rosa Mota, Portuguese athlete June 29 - Jeff Coopwood, American actor July 3 - Siân Lloyd, Welsh weather presenter July 3 - Aaron Tippin, American singer July 3 - Charlie Higson, English author and actor July 4 - Kirk Pengilly, Australian musician July 6 - Jennifer Saunders, English actress July 8 - Kevin Bacon, American actor July 8 - Pauline Quirke, British actress July 8 - Neetu Singh, Indian Actress July 10 - Béla Fleck, American musician July 10 - Fiona Shaw, Irish actress July 11 - Hugo Sánchez, Mexican footballer July 11 - Andrew Gilbert-Scott, British racing driver July 12 - Tonya Lee Williams, Canadian actress July 14 - Joe Keenan, American screenwriter July 15 - Gary Heale, former professional English soccer player July 16 - Michael Flatley, American dancer July 17 - Wong Kar-wai, Chinese film director July 19 - Robert Gibson, American professional wrestler July 20 - Mick MacNeil, Scottish musician (Simple Minds) July 22 - David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1984) July 25 - Thurston Moore, American musician (Sonic Youth) July 26 - Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist July 27 - Christopher Dean, English figure skater July 28 - Michael Hitchcock, American actor July 30 - Kate Bush, English singer/songwriter July 30 - Neal McCoy, American singer/songwriter and humanitarian July 30 - Daley Thompson, English decathlete July 31 - Bill Berry, American musician (R.E.M.) August 1 - Adrian Dunbar, Northern Irish actor August 1 - Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs) (d. 2000) August 1 - Tor Håkon Holte, Norwegian cross country skier August 1 - Kiki Vandeweghe, American basketball player August 1 - Michael Penn, American singer and songwriter August 2 - Arshad Ayub, Former Indian cricketer August 3 - Ana Kokkinos, Greek-Australian film director August 3 - Lambert Wilson, French actor August 4 - Ian Broudie, English music producer and Lightning Seeds vocalist August 4 - Allison Hedge Coke, American poet and writer August 4 - Mary Decker, American athlete August 4 - Kym Karath, American actress August 7 - Bruce Dickinson, English singer (Iron Maiden) August 7 - Alberto Salazar, American distance runner August 8 - Deborah Norville, American television host August 8 - Cecilia Roth, Argentine actress August 9 - Amanda Bearse, American actress August 10 - Jack Richards, Former England cricketer August 13 - Fergal Sharkey, musician August 14 - Bobby Eaton, American professional wrestler August 15 - Craig MacTavish, Canadian ice hockey player/coach August 15 - Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist August 15 - Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian August 16 - Angela Bassett, American actress August 16 - Madonna, American singer and actress August 16 - José Luis Clerc, Argentine tennis player August 17 - Belinda Carlisle, American singer August 17 - Fred Goodwin British banker, August 17 - Kirk Stevens, Canadian snooker player August 18 - Madeleine Stowe, American actress August 19 - Anthony Muñoz, American football player August 19 - Gary Gaetti, American baseball player August 20 - Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director and screenwriter August 22 - Colm Feore, American actor August 22 - Lane Huffman, American professional wrestler August 22 - Vernon Reid, American musician (Living Colour) August 23 - Julio Franco, Atlanta Braves August 24 - Steve Guttenberg, American actor August 24 - Chris Offutt, American author August 25 - Tim Burton, American film director August 25 - Christian LeBlanc, American actor August 26 - Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist August 27 - Normand Brathwaite, Canadian comedian and television and radio host August 27 - Tom Lanoye, Belgian author August 28 - Scott Hamilton, American figure skater August 29 - Lenny Henry, British writer August 29 - Michael Jackson, American singer August 30 - Martin Jackson, British drummer (Swing out Sister) August 31 - Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer September 1 - Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (d. 2002) September 2 - Olivier Grouillard, French racing driver September 4 - David Drew Pinsky (Dr. Drew), American radio show host September 4 - George Hurley, American drummer (Minutemen) September 6 - Jeff Foxworthy, American comedian September 6 - Michael Winslow, American actor and comedian September 6 - Buster Bloodvessel, British singer September 6 - Nigel Westlake, Australian musician and composer September 8 - Michael Lardie, American musician September 8 - Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor September 10 - Chris Columbus, American film director September 10 - Siobhan Fahey, Irish singer September 11 - Brad Lesley, American baseball player September 11 - Scott Patterson, American actor September 11 - Roxann Dawson, American actress September 11 - Phoef Sutton, American television writer and producer September 12 - Wilfredo Benitez, American boxer September 15 - Dr. Know, American guitarist (Bad Brains) September 15 - Joel Quenneville, Canadian ice hockey player September 15 - Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (d. 2005) September 16 - Orel Hershiser, American baseball player September 16 - Neville Southall, Welsh footballer September 16 - Jennifer Tilly, American actress September 18 - John Aldridge, Irish footballer September 18 - Don Geronimo, American radio personality September 19 - Kevin Hooks, American actor and director September 19 - Azumah Nelson, Ghanaian boxer September 19 - Lita Ford, American singer September 20 - Arn Anderson, American wrestler September 21 - Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player September 22 - Joan Jett, American musician September 23 - Danielle Dax, British musician September 23 - Larry Mize, American golfer September 24 - Kevin Sorbo, American actor September 25 - Michael Madsen, American actor September 26 - Richard B. Weldon, Jr. September 27 - Shaun Cassidy, American singer September 30 - Marty Stuart, American musician October 1 - Masato Nakamura, Japanese musician October 5 - André Kuipers, Dutch astronaut October 6 - Joseph Finder, American novelist October 7 - Judy Landers, American actress October 9 - Michael Pare, American actor October 9 - Al Jourgensen, American musician (Ministry) October 10 - Tanya Tucker, American singer October 12 - Bryn Merrick, British musician October 13 - Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, American musician and composer October 14 - Thomas Dolby, English musician October 16 - Tim Robbins, American actor October 16 - Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek singer October 17 - Alan Jackson, American singer and songwriter October 18 - Corinne Bohrer, American actress October 18 - Thomas Hearns, American boxer October 18 - Kjell Samuelsson, National Hockey League defenseman October 19 - Tiriel Mora, Australian actor October 19 - Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor October 20 - Valerie Faris, American film director October 20 - Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author October 20 - Scott Hall, American professional wrestler October 20 - Mark King, English musician and singer (Level 42) October 20 - Dave Krieg, American football player October 20 - Viggo Mortensen, American actor October 20 - Ivo Pogorelic, Croatian pianist October 20 - Dave Finlay, Irish professional wrestler October 25 - Kornelia Ender, East German swimmer October 25 - Phil Daniels, English actor October 27 - Simon Le Bon, English singer (Duran Duran) October 28 - William Reid, Scottish musician (The Jesus and Mary Chain) October 30 - Joe Delaney, American football player (d. 1983) October 30 - Stefan Dennis, Australian actor October 30 - Ramona d'Viola, American cyclist October 31 - Jeannie Longo, French cyclist November 1 - Charlie Kaufman, American screenwriter November 1 - Jim Steinmeyer, Illusion creator November 1 - Rachel Ticotin, American actress November 2 - Willie McGee, American baseball player November 5 - Don Falcone, American musician and producer November 5 - Robert Patrick, American actor November 6 - Trace Beaulieu, American actor November 10 - George Lowe, American voice actor November 10 - Massimo Morsello, Italian singer (d. 2001) November 10 - Brooks Williams, American musician November 10 - Stephen Herek, American film director November 11 - Luz Casal, Spanish singer November 11 - Carlos Lacamara, Cuban-born American Actor November 12 - Nick Stellino, Italian-American television chef November 12 - Megan Mullally, American actress and singer November 16 - Marg Helgenberger, American actress November 16 - Boris Krivokapić, Serbian academic November 17 - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, American actress November 18 - Oscar Nunez, Cuban American actor November 19 - Michael Wilbon, sports analyst November 19 - Terrence "T.C." Carson, American actor November 22 - Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress November 22 - Lee Guetterman, American baseball player November 22 - Horse McDonald, Scottish singer and songwriter November 24 - Roy Aitken, Scottish former footballer November 24 - Alain Chabat, French actor and director November 28 - Dave Righetti, American baseball player November 29 - Michael Dempsey, English musician (The Cure) November 29 - Mario Petrucci, Anglo-Italian Poet and Ecologist November 30 - Juliette Bergmann, Dutch bodybuilder November 30 - Stacey Q, American singer December 1 - Charlene Tilton, American actress December 2 - Uladzimir Parfianovich, Belarusian canoer December 2 - George Saunders, American writer December 5 - Dean Erickson, American actor December 5 - Dynamite Kid, English professional wrestler December 6 - Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator December 7 - Tim Butler, English musician (Psychedelic Furs) December 7 - Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (d. 1999) December 8 - Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer December 9 - Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents) December 9 - Nick Seymour, Australian bassist (Crowded House) December 11 - Nikki Sixx, American musician (Mötley Crüe) December 12 - Sheree J. Wilson, American actress December 13 - Lynn-Holly Johnson, American figure skater and actress December 14 - Mike Scott, Scottish singer-songwriter (The Waterboys) December 14 - Spider Stacy, English musician (The Pogues) December 15 - Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper December 17 - Mike Mills, American musician (R.E.M.) December 19 - Limahl, English singer (Kajagoogoo) December 22 - Frank Gambale, Australian musician December 22 - David Heavener, American actor and musician December 23 - Victoria Williams, American singer December 23 - Joan Severance, American actress December 23 - Dave Murray, English musician (Iron Maiden) December 24 - Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer December 25 - Hanford Dixon, American football player December 25 - Rickey Henderson, baseball player December 29 - Nancy J. Currie, American astronaut December 30 - Rod Harrington, English darts player December 30 - Steven L. Smith, American astronaut December 31 - Bebe Neuwirth, American actress
January 8 - Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (b. 1883) January 11 - Alec Rowley, English composer (b. 1892) January 11 - Edna Purviance, American actress (b. 1895) January 12 - Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875) January 13 - Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880) January 23 - Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880) February 4 - Henry Kuttner, American author (b. 1915) February 6 - David Pegg, English footballer (b. 1935) February 6 - Tommy Taylor, English footballer (b. 1932) February 6 - Geoff Bent, English footballer (b. 1932) February 6 - Roger Byrne, English footballer (b. 1929) February 6 - Eddie Colman, English footballer (b. 1936) February 6 - Mark Jones, English footballer (b. 1933) February 11 - Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879) February 13 - Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880) February 17 - Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876) February 21 - Duncan Edwards, English footballer (b. 1936) March 2 - Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888) March 21 - Cyril M. Kornbluth, American writer (b. 1923) March 22 - Mike Todd, American film producer (b. 1909) March 25 - Tom Brown, American musician (b. 1888) March 26 - Phil Mead, English cricketer (b. 1887) March 28 - W.C. Handy, American composer (b. 1873) April 4 - Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925) April 8 - Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872) April 10 - Chuck Willis, American singer and songwriter (b. 1928) May 3 - Frank Foster, English cricketer (b. 1889) May 19 - Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927) May 19 - Ronald Colman, English actor (b. 1891) May 29 - Juan Ramón Jiménez, Spanish writer June 9 - Robert Donat, English actor (b. 1905) June 13 - Edwin Keppel Bennett, British writer (b. 1887) June 26 - George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873) July 15 - Julia Lennon, mother of John Lennon (b. 1914) July 22 - Mikhail Zoshchenko, Russian writer (b. 1895) August 3 - Peter Collins, English race car driver (b. 1931) August 4 - Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883) August 10 - Frank Demaree, baseball player (b. 1910) August 22 - Roger Martin du Gard, French writer August 26 - Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (b. 1872) September 11 - Robert W. Service, Scottish-born Canadian poet (b. 1874) October 8 - Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886) October 12 - Gordon Griffith, American actor October 17 - Charlie Townsend, English cricketer (b. 1876) October 29 - Zoe Akins, American playwright (b. 1886) November 15 - Tyrone Power, American actor (b. 1914) November 17 - Mort Cooper, baseball player (b. 1913) November 21 - Mel Ott, American baseball player (b. 1909) December 8 - Tris Speaker, American baseball player (b. 1888) December 10 - Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864) December 13 - Tim Moore, American actor (b. 1887) December 21 - Lion Feuchtwanger, German writer (b. 1884)
January 1 - The European Community is established. January 3 - The West Indies Federation is formed. January 4 - Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (it was launched on October 4, 1957). January 13 - Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera. January 18 - Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut. January 21 - The last Fokker C.X in military service, the Finnish Air Force FK-111 target tower, crashed, killing the pilot and winch-operator. January 23 - Overthrow in Venezuela of Marcos Pérez Jiménez January 26 - Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed. January 28 - The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today. January 31 - Explorer program: Explorer 1 January 31 - James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt. February 1 - Merger of Egypt and Syria to form the United Arab Republic, which lasted until 1961. February 3 - Founding of the Benelux Economic Union, creating a testing ground for a later European Economic Community. February 5 - Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic. February 5 - A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered. February 6 - Eight Manchester United players are killed in the Munich air disaster. February 21 - The Peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment. February 22 - Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic. February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio. March 1 - Samuel Alphonsus Stritch, is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia. March 1 - Turkish passenger ship Uskudar capsized and sank at Izmit Bay, Kocaeli, Turkey, killing at least 300. March 3 - Nuri as-Said becomes the prime minister of Iraq for the 14th time. March 5 - The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is established. March 5 - Explorer 2 spacecraft launches and fails to reach Earth orbit. March 16 - The Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding. March 17 - The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite. March 24 - Elvis Presley is officially inducted into the U.S.Army. March 25 - Canada's Avro Arrow makes its first flight. March 26 - The United States Army launches Explorer 3. March 26 - The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris. March 27 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union. April 4 - The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London. April 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. April 13 - Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow. April 14 - The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. April 18 - A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum. 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 Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators. May 13 - The trade mark Velcro is registered. May 13 - May 1958 crisis: a group of French military officers lead a coup in Algiers, demanding that a government of national unity be formed with Charles de Gaulle at its head in order to defend French control of Algeria. May 15 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3. May 18 - An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 2,259.82 km/h (1,404.19 mph). May 21 - United Kingdom Postmaster General Ernest Marples announces that from December, subscriber trunk dialling will be introduced in the Bristol area. May 23 - Explorer 1 ceases transmission. May 24 - United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service. May 27 - The F-4 Phantom II first flight. May 30 - Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. June 1 - Charles de Gaulle is brought out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months. June 9 - HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom. June 16 - Imre Nagy, Pál Maléter and other leaders of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising executed. June 17 - The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing being built connecting Vancouver and North Vancouver, Canada, collapses into the Burrard Inlet, killing many of the ironworkers and injuring others. June 17 - The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day June 23 - The Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers. July 1 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave. July 1 - Flooding of the St. Lawrence Seaway begins. July 5 - First ascent of Gasherbrum I, 11th highest peak on the earth. July 7 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into United States law. July 9 - Lituya Bay is hit by a mega-tsunami. The wave was recorded at 524 meters high, making it the largest wave in history. July 10 - Highest tsunami wave ever recorded at Lituya Bay, Alaska, at 524m high. July 14 - Iraqi Revolution: in Iraq the monarchy is overthrown by popular forces lead by Abdul Karim Kassem, who becomes the nation's new leader. July 25 - The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou. July 26 - Explorer program: Explorer 4 is launched. July 28 - Lord Jellicoe makes his maiden speech in the House of Lords. July 29 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). August 3 - The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus travels beneath the Arctic ice cap. August 3 - The Billboard Hot 100 is founded August 6 - Australian runner Herb Elliot breaks the world record for the mile at the Morton Stadium in Dublin, with a time of 3:54.5. August 18 - Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States. August 23 - Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy. August 29 - United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. September 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. September 12 - Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit. September 14 - Two rockets designed by the German engineer Ernst Mohr, the first German post-war rockets, reach the upper atmosphere. September 15 - A Central Railroad of New Jersey commuter train runs through an open drawbridge at the Newark Bay, killing 58. September 28 - France ratifies a new Constitution of France; the French Fifth Republic is then formed upon the formal adoption of the new constitution on October 4. Guinea rejects the new constitution, voting for independence instead. October 1 - NASA created to replace NACA. October 2 - Guinea declares its independence from France. October 4 - Fifth Republic of France is established. October 7 - President of Pakistan Iskander Mirza, with the support of General Ayub Khan and the army, suspends the 1956 constitution, imposes martial law, and cancels the elections scheduled for January 1959. October 7 - The U.S. manned space-flight project is renamed Project Mercury. October 11 - Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up). October 13 - Burial of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII on the 41st anniversary of the "Miracle of the Sun". October 13 - Michael Bond publishes the first story on Paddington Bear. October 14 - The U.S. conducts an underground nuclear weapon test at the Nevada Test Site. October 14 - The District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept black Americans as members. October 23 - The Springhill Mine Bump October 23 - The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves later popularized in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series appear for the first time, in the story Le flute à six schtroumpfs, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo which is serialized in the weekly comics magazine Spirou October 26 - Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France. October 27 - Iskander Mirza, the first President of Pakistan, is deposed in a bloodless coup d'état by General Ayub Khan, who had been appointed the enforcer of martial law by Mirza 20 days earlier. November 10 - The Hope Diamond is donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston. November 25 - French Sudan gains autonomy as a self-governing member of the French Community. November 28 - Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon become autonomous republics within the French Community. December 1 - Central African Republic becomes independent from France. December 1 - The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire in Chicago, Illinois kills 92 children and three nuns. December 4 - Dahomey (present-day Benin) becomes a self-governing country within the French Community. December 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. December 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. December 9 - Red Scare: The John Birch Society was founded in the United States. December 11 - Upper Volta gains self-government from France, and becomes an autonomous republic in the French Community. December 14 - The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first expedition to reach The Pole of Relative Inaccessibility in the Antarctic. December 21 - French presidential election: Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France as his Union des Démocrates pour la République party gain 78.5% of the vote. December 23 - Dedication of Tokyo Tower, world's highest self-supporting iron tower.