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1958

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
  • Population: 174,882,000
  • Life Expectancy: 69.6 years
  • Unemployment: 4.3%
  • Average Annual Salary: $5,500
  • Minimum Wage: $1.00 per hour
  • Inflation Rate: 2.87%

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $2,200
  • Gasoline: $0.30 per gallon
  • House: $18,000
  • Bread: $0.19 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.01 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.04

Major U.S. Events

  • Eisenhower orders U.S. Marines into Lebanon at request of President Chamoun, who fears overthrow
  • The U.S. experiences an economic recession

Major World Events

  • Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier if the Soviet Union
  • European Economic Community becomes effective
  • Egypt and Sudan for the United Arab Republic

January-March

  • The first successful American satellite, Explorer I, is launched into orbit. The existence of the Van Allen Belt, a radiation belt surrounding the Earth, is confirmed
  • Treaty of Rome founding the EU is implemented

April-July

  • Castro's revolutionary army begins its attacks on Havana
  • Charles De Gaulle becomes French premier
  • The U.S. Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

August-December

  • The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that Little Rock, Ark., schools must integrate
  • Pope Pius XII dies

Top Songs

  • Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) by Domentico Modugno
  • Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
  • Don't (I Beg of You) by Elvis Presley
  • Witch Doctor by David Seville
  • Patricia by Perez Prado

Other New Songs

  • Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard
  • Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers
  • Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry
  • Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On by Jerry Lee Lewis

Top Movies

  • Gigi
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • I Want to Live!
  • A Night to Remember
  • South Pacific

Top Books

  • The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • Dr. No by Ian Fleming
  • The Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

Top TV Shows (1957-58)

  • Gunsmoke
  • The Danny Thomas Show
  • Tales of Wells Fargo
  • Have Gun Will Travel
  • I've Got A Secret

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. Milwaukee Braves

Pro Football: Championships

  • NFL: Baltimore Colts d. New York Giants

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. Boston Bruins

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • St. Louis Hawks d. Boston Celtics

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Louisiana State Fighting Tigers
  • Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats

Other Champions

  • Boxing: Floyd Patterson defends heavyweight title
  • Golf: Dow Finsterwald is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Ashley J. Cooper and Malcolm J. Anderson win U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Tim Tam wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Jimmy Bryan wins Indianapolis 500
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