Top News Stories from 1958

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Rev. Dominique Georges Henri Pire (Belgium)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
Population: 174,881,904
Life expectancy: 69.6 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.5
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US GDP (1998 dollars): $467.3 billion
Federal spending: $82.41 billion
Federal debt $279.7 billion
Consumer Price Index: $28.9
Unemployment: 4.3%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03 ($0.04 as of 8/1/58)


World Series
NY Yankees d. Milwaukee Braves (4-3)
NBA Championship
St. Louis Hawks d. Boston
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Boston
Women: Althea Gibson d. A. Mortimer (8-6 6-2)
Men: Ashley Cooper d. N. Fraser (3-6 6-3 6-4 13-11)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Tim Tam
NCAA Basketball Championship
Kentucky d. Seattle
NCAA Football Champions
LSU (AP, UPI) (11-0-0) & Iowa (FW) (8-1-1)
World Cup
Brazil d. Sweden


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: A Death in the Family, James Agee
Music: Vanessa, Samuel Barber
Drama: Look Homeward, Angel, Ketti Frings
Academy Award, Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Sam Spiegel, producer (Columbia)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Boris Pasternak (USSR) (declined)
Miss America: Marilyn Van Derbur (CO)
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  • Billboard debuts its Hot 100 chart. Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" boasts the first No. 1 record.
  • Alvin Ailey establishes the American Dance Theatre.
  • Elvis Presley is inducted into the U.S. Army (March 24).


  • Vertigo, Gigi, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Frederick Sanger (UK), for determining molecular structure of insulin
Physics: Pavel A. Cherenkov, Ilya M. Frank, and Igor E. Tamm (all USSR), for work resulting in development of cosmic-ray counter
Physiology or Medicine: Joshua Lederberg (US), for work with genetic mechanisms; George W. Beadie and Edward L. Tatum (both US), for discovering how genes transmit hereditary characteristics
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