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1958 bought Americans recession with a vengeance and large increases in unemployment over 7.0% ( 5.2 million ) , inflation dipped below 2% in 1958 so those in work earning the average wages of $3,851 per year were quite well off , cars continued to get bigger and heavier with larger engines, but imports continued to grow now with the added Datsun and more Toyotas from Japan. Americas first satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral. This is also the year that the Microchip first developed which is the very early stages of PC's we all now use at work and at home. This was also the year of the Munich air disaster on 6th February in which 7 Manchester United Players died.

Cost of Living 1958

How Much things cost in 1958
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 2.73%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 2.7%
Average Cost of new house $12,750.00 Average Monthly Rent $92.00 Average Yearly Wages $4.600.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 2,390
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What Events Happened in 1958

  • NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration is formed
  • 14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.
  • Munich air disaster on February 6th 1958 - 21 dead, including 7 Manchester United Players
  • Toyota and Datsun Cars go on sale in The US
  • Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
  • Nelson Rockefeller Elected Governor of New York
  • US Unemployment reaches 5.2 million
  • US passenger jet flights start with a National Airlines Boeing 707
  • President Eisenhower signs the Rivers and Harbors Flood Control Bill into law.
  • The first Trans Atlantic passenger jetliner service begins with flights between London and New York on the new British Comet Jet
  • Iraq becomes a Republic on July 14th after Military Coup
  • Packard Cars end production as the company closes August 19th
  • Edsel Automobiles begin selling the Citation and Corsair, Pacer and Ranger cars ( closes down end of 1959 )
  • Pope John XXIII is crowned 262nd pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole
  • The Great Chinese Famine begins in 1958 and ending in 1961 causing the death of nearly 30 million through a combination of natural disasters and poor planning.
  • Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army.
  • General Charles de Gaulle becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • Brazil wins the 1958 World Cup in Sweden


  • The Microchip co-invented by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductors later developed and marketed in US by Intel
  • London Gatwick Airport opens on June 9th after two years of extensive reconstruction
  • US Nuclear Submarine " Nautilus " passes under Ice Cap at North Pole
  • The US Military says it will be possible with satellites orbiting the earth to make detailed maps from space

Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
Microchip USA by Jack Kilby
Computer Modem USA
Remote Control USA Zennith Corporation

Popular Culture 1958

  • The Wham-O company introduces the Hula Hoop; over 100 million are sold.
  • The Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" opens in London, with Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, and Julie Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle

Popular Films

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • South Pacific
  • Gigi
  • King Creole
  • Vertigo

Popular Singers

  • Elvis Presley
  • Billie Holiday
  • Ricky Nelson
  • Frank Sinatra
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jerry Lee Lewis

Popular TV Programmes

  • Candid Camera
  • The Ed Sullivan Show
  • Come Dancing
  • The Jack Benny Show
  • Panorama
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Check out our Television Programmes From The 50s whenever possible we have included a trailer to jog your memory. Series trailers and more information are found on the decade they started.

Born This Year

Andrea Bocelli September 22nd
Tanya Tucker October 10th
Simon Le Bon October 27th
Jamie Lee Curtis November 22nd

1958 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies Brazil President Juscelino Kubitschek Canada Prime Minister John Diefenbaker

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Mao Zedong

France President René Coty

Germany Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
India Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru

Italy Prime Minister Adone Zoli Till 1 July
Italy Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani From 1 July
Japan Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi Mexico President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines Till 30 November
Mexico President Adolfo López Mateos From 30 November
Russia / Soviet Union
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev South Africa Prime Minister Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom Till 24 August
South Africa Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd From 24 August

United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower United Kingdom Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

Political Elections

Canadian Federal Election 1958 John Diefenbaker ( Progressive Conservatives ) defeats Lester B. Pearson ( Liberal )