1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1958th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 958th year of the 2nd millennium, the 58th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1950s decade.
- February 1 – Egypt and Syria unite to form the United Arab Republic.
- February 2 – The word Aerospace is coined, from the words Aircraft (aero) and Spacecraft (space), taking into consideration that the Earth's atmosphere and outerspace is to be one, or a single realm.
- February 5
- February 6 – Seven Manchester United footballers are among the 21 people killed in the Munich air disaster in West Germany, on the return flight from a European Cup game in Yugoslavia. 23 people survive, but four of them, including manager Matt Busby and players Johnny Berry and Duncan Edwards, are in a serious condition. Busby and Berry would pull through although Berry would never play again. Edwards died fortnight later.
- February 11
- February 14 – The Hashemite Kingdoms of Iraq and Jordan unite in the Arab Federation with King Faisal II of Iraq as head of state.
- February 17 – Pope Pius XII declares Saint Clare the patron saint of television.
- February 20 – A test rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral.
- February 21 – A peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.
- February 23
- February 24 – In Cuba, Fidel Castro's Radio Rebelde begins broadcasting from Sierra Maestra.
- February 25 – Bertrand Russell launches the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
- February 28 – One of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history occurs at Prestonburg, Kentucky; 27 are killed.
- March 1 – The Turkish passenger ship Üsküdar capsizes and sinks in the Gulf of İzmit, Turkey; at least 300 die.
- March 2 – A British Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition team led by Sir Vivian Fuchs completes the first overland crossing of the Antarctic, using snowcat caterpillar tractors and dogsled teams, in 99 days, via the South Pole.
- March 8 – The USS Wisconsin is decommissioned, leaving the United States Navy without an active battleship for the first time since 1896 (it is recommissioned October 22, 1988).
- March 11 – A U.S. B-47 bomber accidentally drops an atom bomb on Mars Bluff, South Carolina. Without a fissile warhead, its conventional explosives destroy a house and injure several people.
- March 17 – The Convention on the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) enters into force, founding the IMCO as a specialized agency of the United Nations.
- March 17 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
- March 19 – The Monarch Underwear Company fire occurs in New York, killing twenty-four.
- March 24 – The U.S. Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming The King Of Rock & Roll into U.S. Private #53310761.
- March 25 – Canada's Avro Arrow makes its debut flight.
- March 26
- March 27
- April – Unemployment in Detroit reaches 20%, marking the height of the Recession of 1958 in the United States.
- April 1 – The BBC Radiophonic Workshop is established.
- April 3 – Castro's revolutionary army begins its attacks on Havana.
- April 4 – April 7 – In the first protest march for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament from Hyde Park, London to Aldermaston, Berkshire, demonstrators demand the banning of nuclear weapons.
- April 4 – Cheryl Crane, daughter of actress Lana Turner, fatally stabs her mother's gangster lover Johnny Stompanato (the stabbing is eventually ruled as self-defense).
- April 6 – Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari divorces the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi after she is unable to produce any children.
- April 14
- April 15 – The San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8–0 at San Francisco's Seals Stadium, in the first Major League Baseball regular season game ever played in California.
- April 17 – King Baudouin of Belgium officially opens the world's fair in Brussels, also known as Expo 58. The Atomium forms the centrepiece.
- April 20 – The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup after defeating the Boston Bruins in six games.
- April 21 – United Airlines Flight 736 is involved in a mid-air collision with a U.S. Air Force F-100F jet fighter near Las Vegas. All 49 persons in both aircraft are killed.
- April 22 – "The Sunday Afternoon at Home", one of the most famous episodes of the comedy radio series Hancock's Half Hour is broadcast on the BBC Light Programme for the first time.
- May 1
- May 9 – Actor-singer Paul Robeson, whose passport has been reinstated, sings in a sold-out one-man recital at Carnegie Hall. The recital is such a success that Robeson gives another one at Carnegie Hall a few days later; but, after this, Robeson is seldom seen in public in the United States again. His Carnegie Hall concerts are later released on records and on CD.
- May 10 – Interviewed in the Chave d'Ouro café, when asked about his rival António de Oliveira Salazar, Humberto Delgado utters one of the most famous comments in Portuguese political history: "Obviamente, demito-o! (Obviously, I'll sack him!)".
- May 12 – A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
- May 13
- May 15
- The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3.
- MGM's Gigi opens in New York City, beginning its run in the U.S. after being shown at the Cannes film festival. The last of the great MGM musicals, it will become a huge critical and box office success and win nine Academy Awards including Best Picture. Gigi is Lerner and Loewe's first musical written especially for film, and is deliberately written in a style evoking the team's My Fair Lady, which was still playing on Broadway at the time and could not be filmed yet.
- May 18 – An F-104 Starfighter sets a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph (2,259.82 km/h).
- May 20 – Fulgencio Batista's government launches a counteroffensive against Castro's rebels.
- May 21 – United Kingdom Postmaster General Ernest Marples announces that from December, Subscriber Trunk Dialling will be introduced in the Bristol area.
- May 22 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first American elected official to be broadcast on color television.
- May 23 – Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
- May 28 – Real Madrid beats A.C.Milan 3-2 at Heysel Stadium, Brussels and wins the 1957-58 European Cup (football).
- May 30 – The bodies of unidentified United States soldiers killed in action during World War II and the Korean War are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
- October 1
- October 2 – Guinea declares itself independent from France.
- October 4 – British Overseas Airways Corporation uses the new De Havilland Comet jets, to become the first airline to fly jet passenger services across the Atlantic.
- October 9 – Pope Pius XII dies.
- October 11 – Pioneer 1, the second and most successful of the 3 project Able space probes, becomes the first spacecraft launched by the newly formed NASA.
- October 13 – Penny Coelen is crowned as Miss World 1958 during the 8th Miss World pageant, the first South African to win the title.
- October 16 – First broadcast of the long-running BBC Television children's programme Blue Peter.
- October 17 – An Evening with Fred Astaire, the first television show recorded on color videotape, is broadcast on NBC in the United States.
- October 18 – The first video game, “Tennis for Two,” invented by William Higinbotham, is introduced at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Visitors' Day Exhibit in the United States.
- October 19 – Beginning of Great Chinese Famine.
- October 21 – The Life Peerages Act entitles women to sit in the British House of Lords for the first time. The Baronesses Swanborough (Stella Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading) and Wooton (Barbara Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger) are the first to take their seats.
- October 23 – Nobel Committee announces Russian novelist Boris Pasternak as the winner of the 1958 Prize for Literature.
- October 26 – First transatlantic flight of a Pan American World Airways Boeing 707.
- October 28 – Pope John XXIII succeeds Pope Pius XII as the 261st pope.
- December 1
- December 5
- December 9 – The right-wing John Birch Society is founded in the United States by Robert W. Welch Jr., a retired candy manufacturer.
- December 14 – The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first ever to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility.
- December 15 – Arthur L. Schawlow and Charles H. Townes of Bell Laboratories publish a paper in Physical Review Letters setting out the principles of the optical laser.
- December 16 – A fire breaks out in the Vida Department Store in Bogotá, Colombia and kills 84 persons.
- December 18
- December 19 – A message from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower is broadcast from the SCORE satellite.
- December 21 – General Charles de Gaulle is elected president of France with 78.5% of the votes.
- December 24 – 1958 BOAC Bristol Britannia crash: A BOAC Bristol Britannia (312 G-AOVD) crashes near Winkton, England during a test flight.
- December 25 – Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker (the George Balanchine version) is shown on prime-time television in color for the first time, as an episode of the CBS anthology series Playhouse 90.
- December 28 – In American football, the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23–17 to win the NFL Championship Game, the first to go into sudden death overtime and "The Greatest Game Ever Played".
- December 29 – Rebel troops under Che Guevara begin to invade Santa Clara, Cuba. Fulgencio Batista resigns two days later, on the night of the 31st.
- December 31 – Tallies reveal that, for the first time, the total of passengers carried by air this year exceeds the total carried by sea in transatlantic service.
- January 1 – Grandmaster Flash, African-American hip-hop/rap DJ
- January 2 – Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist
- January 4
- January 7 – Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (d. 2009)
- January 8 – Betsy DeVos, American businesswoman and politician, 11th Secretary of Education
- January 9
- January 10
- January 11
- January 12 – Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
- January 13
- January 15 – Boris Tadić, Serbian president
- January 20
- January 21 – Hussein Saeed Mohammed, Iraqi football player
- January 24 – Jools Holland, British musician
- January 26
- January 27 – Kadri Mälk, Estonian artist and jewelry designer
- January 28 – Maitê Proença, Brazilian actress
- January 29 – Stephen Lerner, American labor and community activist
- February 1 – Ryō Horikawa, Japanese voice actor
- February 4 – Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (d. 2005)
- February 7 – Kevin Schon, American voice actor
- February 8
- February 9 – Cyrille Regis, English footballer (d. 2018)
- February 10 – Michael Weiss, jazz pianist and composer
- February 11
- February 13 – Pernilla August, Swedish actress
- February 14
- February 16
- Ice-T, African-American rapper, songwriter, and actor
- Andriy Bal, Ukrainian football player and coach (d. 2014)
- February 18 – Gar Samuelson, American drummer (d. 1999)
- February 19 – Steve Nieve, English musician
- February 20 – Jamal Hamdan, Lebanese actor and voice actor
- February 21
- February 24 – Todd Fisher, American actor
- February 25 – Kurt Rambis, American basketball player
- February 26
- February 27
- February 28
- March 1 – Nik Kershaw, English singer
- March 3 – Miranda Richardson, English actress
- March 4 – Patricia Heaton, American actress
- March 5 – Andy Gibb, British singer (d. 1988)
- March 7 – Rik Mayall, English comedian and actor (d. 2014)
- March 8 – Gary Numan, British singer
- March 9
- March 10
- March 13 – Linda Robson, English actress
- March 14
- March 15
- March 18
- March 20 – Holly Hunter, American actress
- March 21 – Gary Oldman, English actor and filmmaker
- March 23
- March 24 – Roland Koch, German politician
- March 25 – James McDaniel, American actor
- March 26
- March 27 – Jessica Soho, Philippine television celebrity and reporter
- March 28
- March 29 – Anu Lamp, Estonian actress
- March 30
- March 31 – Dietmar Bartsch, German politician
- June 2
- June 3 – Margot Käßmann, Lutheran theologian, German bishop
- June 4 – Gordon P. Robertson, American televangelist and son of Pat Robertson
- June 5 – Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, Comoroan businessman and politician, President of Comoros
- June 7 – Prince, African-American musician (d. 2016)
- June 8
- June 11
- June 12
- June 14
- June 15 – Wade Boggs, American baseball player
- June 17 – Jello Biafra, American punk musician and activist (Dead Kennedys)
- June 18
- June 20
- June 21 – Eric Douglas, American actor (d. 2004)
- June 22
- June 24
- June 25 – Serik Akhmetov, 8th Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
- June 27
- June 28 – Félix Gray, French singer and songwriter
- June 29
- June 30
- September 4 – Drew Pinsky, American celebrity doctor
- September 6
- September 8
- September 9 – Colin Murdock, Canadian voice actor
- September 10
- September 11 – Julia Nickson-Soul, Singapore actress
- September 13 – Paweł Przytocki, Polish conductor
- September 14
- September 16
- September 17 – Janez Janša, 2-Time Prime Minister of Slovenia
- September 19 – Lita Ford, British musician
- September 21 – Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player
- September 22
- September 23 – Marvin Lewis, American football coach
- September 24 – Kevin Sorbo, American actor
- September 25
- September 26 – Darby Crash, American rock songwriter, singer (Germs) (d. 1980)
- September 27
- September 29
- Eduardo Cunha, Brazilian politician, former President of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil
- Tom Buhrow, German journalist and intendant of the WDR
- September 30 – Marty Stuart, American singer
- October 3 – Chen Yanyin, Chinese sculptor
- October 4
- October 5 – Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and science communicator (Also host of many episodes of NOVA)
- October 8 – Ursula von der Leyen, German politician who has been the Minister of Defence
- October 9 – Michael Paré, American actor
- October 14
- October 15 – Masako Katsuki, Japanese voice actress
- October 16 – Tim Robbins, American actor and film director
- October 17 – Alan Jackson, American country singer and songwriter
- October 20
- October 23 – Hiroyuki Kinoshita, Japanese actor and voice actor
- October 25
- October 27 – Simon Le Bon, English rock singer
- October 29 – Blažej Baláž, Slovak painter
- November 2 – Willie McGee, African-American baseball player
- November 5 – Robert Patrick, American actor
- November 7 – Dmitry Kozak, Russian politician and deputy Prime Minister of Russia
- November 8 – Jeff Speakman, American actor and martial artist
- November 10
- November 12
- November 14 – Sergio Goyri, Mexican actor
- November 16
- November 17 – Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, American actress and singer
- November 18 – Laura Miller, Mayor of Dallas, Texas
- November 19 – Michael Wilbon, American sportswriter
- November 21 – David Reivers, Jamaican actor
- November 22
- November 24 – Nick Knight, British photographer
- November 25 – Darlanne Fluegel, American actress
- November 27 – Tetsuya Komuro, Japanese music producer and songwriter
- November 28 – Dave Righetti, American baseball player
- November 30 – Juliette Bergmann, Dutch bodybuilder
- December 1
- December 2 – Mina Asami, Japanese actress
- December 5 – Dynamite Kid, English professional wrestler
- December 6
- December 10
- December 11
- December 12
- December 13 – Lynn-Holly Johnson, American ice skater and actress
- December 14
- December 15 – Alfredo Ormando, Italian writer (d. 1998)
- December 16 – Katie Leigh, American voice actress
- December 18 – Julia Wolfe, American composer
- December 19 – Limahl, English singer
- December 21 – Kevin Blackwell, English football manager
- December 25
- December 26 – Mieko Harada, Japanese actress
- December 28 – Twila Paris, American Christian musician
- December 29 – Lakhdar Belloumi, Algerian football player
- December 31 – Bebe Neuwirth, American actress
- January 1 – Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886)
- January 3 – Cafer Tayyar Eğilmez, Turkish general (b. 1877)
- January 4 – Archie Alexander, American designer and governor (b. 1888)
- January 7
- January 8 – Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (b. 1883)
- January 9 – Karl Reinhardt, German philologist. (b. 1886)
- January 11 – Edna Purviance, American actress (b. 1895)
- January 13 – Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer (b. 1880)
- January 16 – Aubrey Mather, English actor (b. 1885)
- January 19 – Cândido Rondon, Brazilian military officer (b. 1865)
- January 20 – Ataúlfo Argenta, Spanish conductor and pianist (b. 1913)
- January 27 – Prince Oskar of Prussia (b. 1888)
- January 30
- June 2
- June 6
- June 8 – Nicola da Gesturi, Italian Roman Catholic priest and blessed (b. 1882)
- June 9 – Robert Donat, English actor (b. 1905)
- June 13 – Edwin Keppel Bennett, British writer (b. 1887)
- June 14 – Ibrahim Hashem, Jordanian lawyer and politician, 3-time Prime Minister of Jordan (b. 1888)
- June 16
- June 20 – Kurt Alder, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
- June 21
- June 26 – George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1876)
- June 27 – Vytautas Augustauskas, Soviet educator (b. 1904)
- June 28 – Alfred Noyes, English poet (b. 1880)
- July 2 – Martha Boswell, American singer (b. 1905)
- July 3 – Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe, English politician, 4th Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1867)
- July 5 – Patriarch Vikentije II (b. 1890)
- July 9 – James H. Flatley, American naval aviator and admiral (b. 1906)
- July 14 (killed during coup d'état):
- July 15
- July 18 – Henri Farman, pioneer French aviator and aircraft company founder (b. 1874)
- July 20 – Franklin Pangborn, American actor (b. 1889)
- July 24 – Mabel Ballin, American actress (b. 1887)
- July 25 – Harry Warner, American studio executive (b. 1881)
- July 26 – Iven Carl Kincheloe Jr., American Korean War fighter ace and test pilot (b. 1928)
- July 27 – Claire Lee Chennault, American aviator and general, leader of the Flying Tigers (b. 1893)
- July 30 – William A. Glassford, American admiral (b. 1886)
- August 2 – Michele Navarra, Italian Sicilian Mafia boss (b. 1905)
- August 3 – Peter Collins, Formula 1 driver (b. 1931)
- August 4 – Mario Zanin, Italian Roman Catholic prelate and monsignor (b. 1890)
- August 8 – Barbara Bennett, American actress (b. 1906)
- August 9 – Felipe Boero, Argentine composer (b. 1884)
- August 14
- August 16
- August 18 – Bonar Colleano, American actor (b. 1924)
- August 21
- August 22 – Roger Martin du Gard, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
- August 24 – Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (b. 1876)
- August 26 – Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (b. 1872)
- August 27 – Ernest Lawrence, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
- August 29 – Marjorie Flack, American artist, illustrator and writer (b. 1897)
- In Stephen King's novel 11/22/63, the time bubble in Al's Diner sends the protagonist Jake Epping to 11:58 AM on the morning of September 9, 1958.
- The 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro is set in 1958.
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