1958 T-Shirt

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Some historical events from 1958:

January 1958: Explorer I, the first US Earth satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral.

February 1958: A plane carrying the Manchester United football team crashed at Munich airport, killing 7 of the team. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was formed in Britain.

March 1958: The Antartic was crossed for the first time by Dr Vivian Fuchs. The shape of the Earth was measured for the first time by satellite. The London Planetarium opened. Mike Todd US film producer, and creator of the Todd AO movie projection system, died. Elvis Presley signed up for the United States army. Parking Tickets were first issued to motorists in London.

May 1958: The nuclear reactor at Dounreay began working.

June 1958: General De Gaulle was named the premier of France. The Clean Air Act came into force. Gatwick airport was opened by the Queen. Greece broke its military links with Turkey over the island of Cyprus. The London bus strike ended after seven weeks.

July 1958: Britain's first parking meters were installed, in Mayfair, London. Iraq became a republic after the assassignation of King Faisal. United States marines landed in Lebanon, Middle East. British troops were sent to Jordan to deal with unrest there. The first life barons & baronesses were named under the Life Peerages Act.

August 1958: The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, passed under the North Pole. Britain announced plans to continue nuclear testing on Christmas Island. The USSR launched Sputnik 3, carrying two dogs.

October 1958: BOAC ,now British Airways, began operating the first transatlantic passenger jet service. The first photograph of the far side of the Moon was transmitted from the USSR's Lunik I. The BBC TV sports programme 'Grandstand' was first transmitted. The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter's show. The first women peers were introduced into the House of Lords. The first 'Blue Peter' TV childrens programme was transmitted by the BBC.

November 1958: The Everly Brothers reached number one in the singles music charts, with 'Bird Dog' . American film actor Tyrone Power died.

December 1958: Britain's first motorway, the Preston by-pass, was opened by Prime Minister Macmillan. Charles de Gaulle was elected, as President of France.

[1] Comments

MonsterKilledThePilot 15/03/10
Ahh the fifties. I wish I would have lived them.