1958

Top News Headlines for the Month I was Born

Oct 1 -  Sputnik 3 Launched.
Oct 1 - NASA formally started operations.
Oct 2 - Elvis Presley checks in at the Friedberg barracks in West Germany.
Oct 4 - British (Comet 4) first to open a transatlantic passenger jet service.
Oct 6 - USS Seawolf Atomic Sub sets new underwater endurance record.
Oct 8 - Arne Larsson, first person ever to receive a fully implanted pacemaker system.
Oct 9 - Death of Pope Pius XII.
Oct 11 - Pioneer 1: NASA's first launch,
Oct 12
- USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR.  
Oct 12 - WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting.
Oct 13 - Harold Burton retires from the Supreme Court.
Oct 17 - Fred Astaire made his starring television debut.
Oct 17 - Soviet Sub K-19 "Widowmaker" Keel laid.
Oct 31 - The Geneva Conference on the Discontinuance of Nuclear Weapons Tests.

 

 Top Songs for 1958

 Top TV in 1958
 Don't by Elvis Presley    

 Gunsmoke

 Tequila by the Champs      I Love Lucy  
 He's Got the Whole World In His Hands by Laurie London   Leave it to Beaver 
 All I Have to Do Is Dream by the Everly Brothers  Burns and Allen Show 
 The Chipmunk Song by David Seville/The Chipmunks  Dragnet   
 It's All In the Game by Tommy Edwards  Ed Sullivan Show 
 At the Hop by Danny & the Juniors      Alfred Hitchcock
 The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley      Perry Mason 
 Volare by Domenico Modugno      
 Sugartime by the McGuire Sisters      
   

Average Prices in 1958

US President in 1958

Bread:

  19 LOAF

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Milk:

  13 PINT  

Eggs:

  85 DOZEN

US Vice President in 1958

Stamp:

  4 FIRST CLASS

Richard M. Nixon

Gasoline:

  30 GALLON  

Average Car:

  $2,200

Academy Winners 1958

House:

  $18,200  Best Picture: Gigi DIRECTED BY VINCENTE MINNELLI

Avg Income:

  $5,565 YEAR  Best Actor: David Niven in SEPARATE TABLES

Min Wage:

  $1.00 HOUR  Best Actress: Susan Hayward in I WANT TO LIVE

DOW Avg:

  584  
       

Popular New Toys in 1958

Top Books in 1958

 The Frisbee  Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
 Tonka Trucks  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov  
 The Hula Hoop  The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith 
   

From the Issue of LIFE magazine the day I was born

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LIFE   LIFE   LIFE   LIFE
             
WWII BRITISH GENERAL MONTGOMERY WAS ON THE COVER   HOUSES HAD DOWN PAYMENTS OF A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS!   THERE WAS NO DVD OR TIVO BACK THEN.  THIS WAS CONSIDERED REVOLUTIONARY HOME ENTERTAINMENT!   ...AND HOW ABOUT THIS FOR A COMPUTER?!
             
LIFE   LIFE   LIFE   LIFE
             
NO DOMINOS EITHER! THIS WAS IT FOR "FAST PIZZA".    APPLIANCES WERE  BIG ADVERTISEMENT ITEMS.   THIS WAS A VERY SPORTY CAR OF THE DAY!   THIS IS THE "MODERN" COMMON CAR OF THE DAY.
             
             
LIFE   LIFE   LIFE   LIFE
             
ARTHUR GODFREY WAS STILL A POWERFUL ADVERTISING FORCE.   TODAY, YOU CAN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE THE NAMES OF MOST OF THE US COMPANIES.   VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON IN THE NEWS OF THE WEEK.   THE TOMORROW OF YESTERDAY?
             
             



 

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