1958 events in history

Jan 1 The European Economic Community is established
Jan 3 The West Indies Federation is formed
Jan 4 Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit
Jan 13 The Moroccan Army of Liberation ambushes a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera
Jan 18 Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins
Jan 21 The last Fokker C.X in military service, the Finnish Air Force FK-111 target tower, crashes, killing the pilot and winch-operator
Jan 23 After a general uprising and rioting in the streets, President Marcos Pérez Jiménez leaves Venezuela
Jan 26 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsizes off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed
Jan 28 The last episode of the British radio comedy programme The Goon Show is broadcast
Jan 28 The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today
Jan 31 Explorer program: Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit
Jan 31 James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt
Feb 3 Founding of the Benelux Economic Union, creating a testing ground for a later European Economic Community
Feb 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
Feb 5 Gamel Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic
Feb 6 Eight Manchester United F.C. players and 15 other passengers are killed in the Munich air disaster
Feb 21 The peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom
Feb 22 Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic
Feb 23 Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio
Feb 28 A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains one of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history
Mar 1 Samuel Alphonsus Stritch is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first American member of the Roman Curia
Mar 3 Nuri as-Said becomes the prime minister of Iraq for the eighth time
Mar 16 The Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding
Mar 17 The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite
Mar 19 The Monarch Underwear Company fire leaves 24 dead and 15 injured
Mar 24 Rock'N'Roll teen idol Elvis Presley is drafted in the U.S. Army
Mar 25 Canada's Avro Arrow makes its first flight
Mar 26 The United States Army launches Explorer 3
Mar 26 The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris
Mar 27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
Mar 31 In the Canadian federal election, the Progressive Conservatives, led by John Diefenbaker, win the largest percentage of seats in Canadian history, with 208 seats of 265
Apr 4 The CND peace symbol is displayed in public for the first time in London
Apr 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
Apr 13 Cold War: American Van Cliburn wins the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow
Apr 14 The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days
Apr 18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum
Apr 26 Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives
May 9 Film: Vertigo has world premiere in San Francisco
May 12 A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada
May 13 The trademark 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 13 During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators
May 13 Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey
May 15 The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3
May 18 An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2,259.82 km/h)
May 22 Sri Lankan riots of 1958: This riot is a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils
May 23 The satellite 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 makes its first flight
May 28 Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement, heavily reinforced by Frank Pais Militia, overwhelm an army post in El Uvero