20th Century Year by Year 1958

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Major Event/ Sports /Nobel Prizes/Pulitzer Prizes/Academy Awards and Popular Movies

Major Events of 1958

  • Egypt and Syria join United Arab Republic
  • US troops land in Lebanon
  • Explorer I launched
  • Quiz Show cancelled
  • Commercial 707 service begins
  • Douglas introduces the DC-8
  • F-4 Phantom unveilled by McDonnell-Douglas


    NBA: St. Lewis Hawks vs. Boston Celtics Series: 4-2
    NCAA Football: Louisiana State Univ. & Iowa Record: 11-0-0 & 8-1-1
    Heisman Trophy: Pete Dawkins, army, HB points: 1,394
    Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Series: 4-2
    US Open Golf: Tommy Bolt Score: 283 Course: Southern Hills CC Location: Tulsa, Ok
    World Series: New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves Series: 4-3

    Popular Songs of 1958

    1."At the Hop" ... Danny and the Juniors
    2."Don't I Beg of You" ... Elvis Presley
    3."Tequila" ... The Champs
    4."Twilight Time" ... The Platters
    5."Witch Doctor" ... David Seville
    6."All I Have to Do is Dream" ... Everly Brothers
    7."The Purple People Eater" ... Sheb Wooley
    8."Hard Headed Woman" ... Elvis Presley
    9."Poor Little Fool" ... Ricky Nelson
    10."Volare" ... Domenico Modugno

    Top Movies

    1. The Bridge on the River Kwai
    2. Peyton Place
    3. Sayonara
    4. No Time for Sergeants
    5. The Vikings
    6. Search for Paradise
    7. South Pacific
    8. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    9. Raintree Country
    10. Old Yeller

    Academy Awards

    Best Picture: "Gigi"
    Best Director: Vincente Minnelli ... "Gigi"
    Best Actor: David Niven ... "Separate Tables"
    Best Actress: Susan Hayward ... "I Want to Live!"

    Grammy Awards

    Record of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" ... Domenico Modugno
    Song of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" ... Domenico Modugno
    Album of the Year: "The Music from Peter Gunn" ... Henry Mancini
    Male Vocalist: Perry Como ... "Catch a Falling Star"
    Female Vocalist: Ella Fitzgerald ... "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook"

    Nobel Prizes

    SANGER, FREDERICK, Great Britain, Cambridge University, b. 1918: "for his work on the structure of proteins, especially that of insulin"

    PASTERNAK, BORIS LEONIDOVICH, USSR, b. 1890, d. 1960: "for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition" (Accepted first, later caused by the authorities of his country to decline the prize.)

    PIRE, Rev. DOMINIQUE GEORGES HENRI, Belgium, b. 1910, d. 1969: Father of the Dominican Order, Leader of the relief organization for refugees, l'Europe du Coeur au Service du Monde.

    Physiology or Medicine
    The prize was divided, one half being awarded jointly to: BEADLE, GEORGE WELLS, U.S.A., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, b. 1903, d. 1989; and TATUM, EDWARD LAWRIE, U.S.A., Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York, NY, b. 1909, d. 1975: "for their discovery that genes act by regulating definite chemical events"; and the other half to: LEDERBERG, JOSHUA, U.S.A., Wisconsin University, Madison, WI, b. 1925: "for his discoveries concerning genetic recombination and the organization of the genetic material of bacteria"

    The prize was awarded jointly to: CHERENKOV, PAVEL ALEKSEYEVICH, USSR, Physics Institute of USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, b. 1904, d. 1990; FRANK, IL'JA MIKHAILOVICH, USSR, University of Moscow and Physics Institute of USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, b. 1908, d. 1990; and TAMM, IGOR YEVGENYEVICH, USSR, University of Moscow and Physics Institute of USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, b. 1885, d. 1971: "for the discovery and the interpretation of the Cherenkov effect"

    Pulitzer Prizes

    Drama: Ketti Frings ... "Look Homeward, Angel"
    Fiction: James Agee ... "A Death in the Family"
    History: Bray Hammond ... "Banks and Politics in America - From the Revolution to the Civil War"
    International Reporting: Staff ... "New York Times"
    National Reporting: Relman Morin ... "Associated Press" & Clark Mollenhoff ... "Des Moines Register & Tribune"
    Public Service: "Arkansas Gazettte"

    Tony Awards

    Best Play: "Sunrise at Campobello" ... Dore Schary
    Best Musical: "The Music Man"
    Best Actor in a play: Ralph Bellamy ... "Sunrise at Campobello"
    Best Actress in a play: Helen Hayes ... "Time Remembered"
    Best Actor in a musical: Robert Preston ... "The Music Man"
    Best Actress in a musical: Thelma Ritter ... "New Girl In Town" & Gwen Verdon ... "New Girl in Town"

    Most Popular Books

    1." Doctor Zhivago"... Boris Pasternak. Pantheon Books
    2. Anatomy of a Murder"... Robert Traver. St. Martin's Press
    3."Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov"... Putnam
    4."Around the World with Auntie Marne"... Patrick Dennis.
    Harcourt, Brace
    5."From the Terrace"... John O'Hara. Random House
    6."Eloise at Christmastime"... Kay Thompson. Random House
    7."Ice Palace"... Edna Ferber. Doubleday
    8."The Winthrop Woman"... Anya Seton. Houghton, Mifflin
    9."The Enemy Camp"... Jerome Weidman. Random House
    10. "Victorine"... Frances Parkinson Keyes. Messner
    1."Kids Say the Darndest Things! "... Art Linkletter. Prentice-Hall
    2."Twixt Twelve and Twenty"...Pat Boone. Prentice-Hall
    3."Only in America"... Harry Golden. World Publishing Co.
    4."Masters of Deceit"... Edgar Hoover. Holt
    5."Please Don't Eat the Daisies"... Jean Kerr. Doubleday
    6."Better Homes and Gardens Salad Book"... Meredith Publishing Co.
    7."The New Testament in Modern English, translated" ... J. P.
    Phillips. Macmillan
    8."Aku-Aku"... Thor Heyerdahl. Rand McNally
    9."Dear Abby"... Abigail Van Buren. Prentice-Hall
    10. "Inside Russia Today"... John Gunther. Harper


    Most Popular Television 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)