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1958 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1957

World Series Champions

New York Yankees

NFL Champions

Baltimore Colts

NBA Champions

St. Louis Hawks

Stanley Cup Champs

Montreal Canadiens

U.S. Open Golf

Tommy Bolt

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Ashley J. Cooper/Althea Gibson

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Ashley Cooper/Althea Gibson

NCAA Football Champions

Iowa & LSU

NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby

Tim Tam

World Cup (Soccer)


The Hotties and Fashion Icons

Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak, Lana Turner

"The Quotes"

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. "
- President Dwight D Eisenhower

"Look, Ma, no cavities!"
- Crest toothpaste ad

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
- Rosalind Russell, in 'Auntie Mame'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Charles de Gaulle

Miss America

Marilyn Van Derbur (Denver, CO)

Miss USA

Eurlyne Howell (Louisiana)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

The United States Air Force lost a 7,600-pound (3,400 kg) Mark 15 nuclear bomb in the waters off Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia, United States. It has never been recovered.

DJ Alan Freed, inventor of the term "Rock and Roll" was accused of being paid to promote specific shows on his popular radio and live shows. His career ended with his street cred in the PAYOLA scandal.

Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old 2nd cousin.

Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl, saw her mother being beaten by boyfriend Johnny Stompanato, and killed him with a kitchen knife. Some people think that Lana actually did the self-defensive killing.

1958 Pop Culture News

The internationally recognized peace symbol was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Bruce Lee was a national dance champion, winning the 1958 Cha Cha Championship in Hong Kong.

The current 50 star US flag was designed in 1958 by Robert Heft as a junior high history project an got a B- for it. The grade was later changed to an A after Heft's design was accepted and adopted by the United States Congress in 1959.

The American Express card was introduced in 1958.

Carl Stalling, the composer behind Bugs Bunny, spent 22 years working every day with a 50-piece orchestra at Warner Bros. Studios. He ultimately scored in excess of 600 cartoons at the rate of one score per week between 1936 and 1958.

Kitchens were smelling a lot cleaner thanks to the introduction of Mr. Clean in 1958. In 1998 People Magazine called Mr. Clean "one of the sexiest men alive."

Commercial domestic jet airline service opened between New York and Miami.

Writer/producer Phil Spector's first big hit "To Know Him is to Love Him" recorded by the Teddy Bears in 1958 was inspired by the epitaph on his father's tombstone - his father had committed suicide in 1949.

Vanguard 1, launched in 1958, is the oldest man made satellite still in orbit.

The toy company Wham-O introduced the Hula Hoop which grew in popularity during the summer.

Music producer Phil Spector's high-school band's first record, "To Know Him is to Love Him" rose to number one on the charts.

Led by the retired Boston candy manufacturer Robert H.W. Welch Jr., a group of anticommunist activists founded an organization called the John Birch Society that was dedicated to finding and destroying all traces of communism in the United States. The group got their name from John Birch, an intelligence officer killed in China during the Cold War.

The Habit

Reading Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

1958's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

LEGOs, Skateboards, Beat the Clock Game , Crayola Crayons '64' with built-in sharpener, Concentration TV Game home version, Hula Hoop (US)

1958's Most Popular TV Shows

1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. Wagon Train (NBC)
3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
4. The Rifleman (ABC)
5. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
6. Maverick (ABC)
7. Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC)
8. The Real McCoys (ABC)
9. I've Got a Secret (CBS)
10. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (ABC)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1958 include
Billy Vaughn, Buddy Holly, The Chipmonks (David Seville), Chuck Berry, The Coasters, Conway Twitty, Danny & the Juniors, The Diamonds, The Drifters, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, The Four Preps, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Avalon, Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Clanton, Jimmy Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, Ricky Nelson, Sam Cooke

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1958

December 28, 1957 - January 10, 1958: Pat Boone - April Love

January 11, 1958 - February 14, 1958: Danny & the Juniors - At The Hop

February 15, 1958 - March 21, 1958: Elvis Presley - Don't / I Beg Of You

March 22, 1958 - April 25, 1958: The Champs - Tequila

April 26, 1958 - May 2, 1958: The Platters - Twilight Time

May 3, 1958 - May 16, 1958: David Seville - Witch Doctor

May 17, 1958 - June 13, 1958: The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream

June 14, 1958 - July 25, 1958: Sheb Wooley - The Purple People Eater

July 26, 1958 - August 3, 1958: Elvis Presley - Hard Headed Woman

August 4, 1958 - August 17, 1958: Ricky Nelson - Poor Little Fool

August 18, 1958 - August 24, 1958: Domenico Modugno - Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)

August 25, 1958 - September 28, 1958: The Elegants - Little Star

September 29, 1958 - November 9, 1958: Tommy Edwards - It's All in the Game

November 10, 1958 - November 16, 1958: Conway Twitty - It's Only Make Believe

November 17, 1958 - November 30, 1958: The Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley

December 1, 1958 - December 21, 1958: The Teddy Bears - To Know Him Is to Love Him

December 22, 1958 - January 18, 1959: The Chipmunks with David Seville - The Chipmunk Song

Popular Movies:

Auntie Mame, The Big Country, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Gigi, Hercules, Horror of Dracula, I Want To Live!, King Creole, Man of the West, Separate Tables, Some Came Running, South Pacific, Touch of Evil, Vertigo

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Popular Music in 1958 ~ # 1 Hits of 1958