MCMLVIII (1958)

Calendar 1958
Calendar 1958
Lastheart and her Grandmother 1958
Lastheart and her Grandmother 1958

Nineteen fifty-eight (1958)

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1958 Fashion1958 Puerto Rico's Govenor1958 Sport
1958 Fashion
1958 Fashion
1958 Puerto Rico's Govenor
1958 Puerto Rico's Govenor
1958 Sport
1958 Sport

I was inspired to write about 1958 (my birth year) when Froggy213 wrote about Traveling Back In Time. He wrote hubs by decades from his birth in 1963. It is very interesting to know how things have changed, transformed, and replaced in a pertinent way. History is not a dead issue. From history we try to have a better future. This hub will not follow Froggy's scheme. It is written with interesting facts (by the writer's concern) of each month.

Whatever happened in the year we were born may seem unnecessary for some people. The reality is that the environment affects human beings, inevitably babies in the womb also are affected. If you haven't done this exercise of searching the occurrences in the year you were born; we invite you to find interesting historical facts particularly from your birth year. It is also educative to have kids trace the development of "things" since they were born. It is a good way to teach them that history is important, and the face of "old" or "past".

As I searched these interesting facts of 1958, I am understanding both my mother and myself better. We are definitely products of the past. For the reader, It is not about my birth, it is about the history of the year 1958. Our past is in us, the same way our present is.

Those of us still alive, if we did not like our past, or we did like it; and we are submitted to an unpleasant present, or pleasant; let me start the presentation of the year 1958 quoting the words of Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) concerning our future:

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."

MCMLVIII started a Wednesday like this:

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1958 Corvette 1958 Storms1958 Harley1958 Comics1958 CostumesCostumes 1958 Coins1958 BMW Car
1958 Corvette
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1958 Storms
1958 Storms
1958 Harley
1958 Harley
1958 Comics
1958 Comics | Source
1958 Costumes
1958 Costumes
Costumes
Costumes
1958 Coins
1958 Coins
1958 BMW Car
1958 BMW Car | Source
January 1958
January 1958
Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez
Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez

Coup in Venezuela

The coup in Venezuela was the conclusion of a dictatorial period. During the course of it, many went into exile. Many were persecuted by the dictatorial regime and the political police, for then few opponents of the government existed, as well as there were few opposition movements.

  • On January 1, 1958 Air Force planes flew over the skies of the capital of Venezuela (Caracas).
  • On January 21, 1958 in the country of Venezuela a general strike was held as a sign of Venezuelan society with the Plebiscite of December 1957.
  • On the morning of January 23, Marcos Perez Jimenez decides to go through Caracas and take a plane in Charlotte, on the "Sacred Cow" which was the name of the airplane that flew the dictator to the Dominican Republic. On that day was the coup.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. (Desmond Tutu)

Venezuela January 23, 1958

Venezuela 1958
Venezuela 1958
Explorer I launched 1958
Explorer I launched 1958

The First Explorer

The first Explorer was launched into space making its first complete orbit of Earth. Explorer 1 helped discover the Van Allen radiation belts. Within the first six month of 1958 four more satellites were launched into space.

February 1958
February 1958

The British European Airways crash

A plane of the British European Airways (BEA) caught fire shortly after takeoff on February 6 of 1958. It had 38 passengers and six crew aboard (44 total boarded) . This aircraft was taking the Manchester United entourage back from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia and had stopped at Munich's Riem Airport to refuel.

This was the first fatal accident for this type of BEA airplane, which had carried 2,340,000 passengers on 86,000 flights since it began services in 1952.

March 1958
March 1958
A markerMars Bluff Atomic Bomb Impact Crater‎ South Carolina 29506 -
Mars Bluff Atomic Bomb Impact Crater, South Carolina 29506, USA
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Atomic bomb accidentally dropped

On March 11, 1958, around 4:00 pm, a U.S. Air Force B-47 bomber flying from Savannah, Georgia, headed to England for exercises, and dropped an atomic bomb on Florence, South Carolina.

Nobody died from the explosion. The Gregg family were injured and successfully sued the Air Force for $54,000 since the atomic bomb fell in their field.

Elvis Presley 1958
Elvis Presley 1958

Elvis Presley decided to serve his country

Singing doesn't disable patriotic responsibilities. On March 24th Elvis Presley joined the army (serial number 53310761).

Instead of serving in the entertaining club, he decided to serve as a regular soldier.

April 1958
April 1958

Fidel Castro takes over Cuba

With the intention of replacing the government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista; Fidel Castro began a revolution in 1953. His major efforts were in 1958. On April 3rd Fidel Castro's rebels attacked Havana, Cuba.

Fidel Castro in Cuba 1958

May 1958
May 1958
Nixon 1958
Nixon 1958

Nixon vs. Latin America

US Vice President Richard Nixon was in Latin America on a good will trip. While traveling through Caracas, Venezuela he was shoved, booed, and spat upon by protesters. The anger, overwhelming sense of mutual distrust; and enmity were products of The Cold War policies.

June 1958
June 1958
Queen Elizabeth II 1958
Queen Elizabeth II 1958

Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London Gatwick Airport

In June 9th, 1958 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London Gatwick Airport (LGW), after millions of dollars of renovation projects. This renovation converted the airport into the first to combine mainline rail travel, road and air terminal services from one terminal.

The Queen returned to Gatwick in 1988 to officially open the new North terminal that connects to the newly named South Terminal by a new automated track transit system.

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Nuclear tests

In 1958 the United States conducted a series of nuclear tests known as Operation Hardtack. The purpose of these tests was to:

  • Improve the understanding of the effects of underwater explosions on Navy ships and material.

One of the tests conducted was named "Umbrella". It was a DOD sponsor weapons effect test for a medium depth underwater explosion. The device was detonated on the lagoon bottom NNE of Mut (Henry) Island. An underwater crater 3000 feet across and 20 feet deep was produced.

The table below will show the 10 tests performed in the month of June 1958.... thank God they didn't sink the whole world, but the citizens of the Marshall island were affected. Learn about this Operation Hardtack.

Operation Hardtack 1958 only in June

Shot
Location
Type
Rose
Enewetak
Barge
Umbrella
Enewetak, lagoon
Underwater
Maple
Bikini
Barge
Aspen
Bikini
Barge
Walnut
Enewetak
Barge
Linden
Enewetak
Barge
Redwood
Bikini
Barge
Elder
Enewetak
Barge
Oak
Enewetak
Barge
Hickory
Bikini
Barge
Shot, location, type of Operation Hardtack I
July 1958
July 1958

Marines in Lebanon

Marine Corps participated in the Lebanon crisis from July to October 1958.

The role of the US Marine Corps was to carry out American foreign policy and the pacification of a country through a successful show of force. The account is based on the records of:

  • US Marine Corps
  • US Army
  • US Navy
  • US Air Force
  • Department of State

Alaska 1958

On July, 1958 it was approved that Alaska would become the 49th State to enter the Union and on January 3, 1959 the territory became a State.

The largest recorded tsunami

Was a wave 1720 feet tall in Lituya Bay, Alaska, over La Chaussee Split and into the Gulf of Alaska. The force removed all trees and vegetation from elevations as high as the wave (524 meters) above sea level.

August 1958
August 1958
Michael Jackson 1958
Michael Jackson 1958

Birth of Michael Jackson

In Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958 Michael Jackson was born. He was an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, businessman and philanthropist. He died on June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles, California.

September 1958
September 1958

Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clement Walker (August 18, 1934 - December 31, 1972) tied the record of 3 triples in a game on September 9th, 1958.

He was a great example of a Puerto Rican. He died in one of his humanitarian trips and was an outstanding professional baseball player:

  • Major League Baseball right fielder
  • Played with Pittsburgh Pirates
  • National League most valuable player
  • An All-Star player
  • Batting Champion
  • Gold Glove winner
  • 3,000th major league hits

What Roberto Clemente Meant to Baseball

October 1958
October 1958

NASA

In the wake of the Sputniks, events moved quickly toward the development of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. On October 1st, 1958 in the U.S. NASA officially begins in 4 laboratories and with 8,000 employees.

History of NASA 1958-1973

The Tokyo Tower

On October 14, 1958 Japan completed the construction work of the Tokyo Tower. The design is based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is located in Minato; painted in white and international orange according to aviation regulations.

Tokyo Tower Remembered 1957-58

November 1958
November 1958
A markerJerusalem Reservoir -
Water Reservoir
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Jerusalem's reservoir

On November 18, 1958 Jerusalem's new reservoir was opened, ending a long history of water problems that made more vulnerable to siege.

Jerusalem Dam
Jerusalem Dam
December 1958
December 1958

Christmas Don't Be Late

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Ross Bagdasarian Sr created the American Alvin and the Chipmunks animated music group for a novelty record in 1958. The song "Christmas Don't be Late" reached number one on the charts in December of 1958 staying there for four weeks. The characters were:

  • Alvin
  • Simon
  • Theodore
  • David Seville

Alvin and the Chipmunks with David

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

A long way...

Lastheart and froggy213 2013
Lastheart and froggy213 2013

Final Words

This hub, written in 2013, fifty five years after 1958, makes me wonder what is the future knitting. It really comforts to read:

Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?"

Find more about Chronology of World History. We would like to read about your own birth year. You will understand that when you came to this world two families gained a family member beyond history's events.

A day is a day; is a day to repair, construct and fix with love whatever has happened. Make your future better embracing those that made you be part of this world, and let's put all our efforts to give our children a peaceful and loving place to live in.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

Wow, a lot happened on the year of your birth? Good hub, voting up.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I love history and found this hub of yours absolutely delightful, Lastheart. My 1st birthday was in April 1958. Voted up and right up my street :)


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

History is full of daily events. Thanks Froggy for the inspiration.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

MartieCoetser thanks! Happy to know about others that are interested in history.. You were in the same boat I was...Lol.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well my dear, I wasn't born in 1958...I was already ten years old and I remember everything in this hub very clearly....so I must not be too old yet, right? :) Good job...very interesting.

blessings always

bill


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

billybuc thanks! This is funny, I was interacting in facebook with you just now, and at the same time posting back and forward about "old". We will never be old, not us for sure. Old is something on a shelve. We will always have something to do.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This was very interesting and would be a good thing for us all to do whether we made a hub of it or not. I really enjoyed finding out about your year! ^


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Very interesting thank you. Now I am starting to think about my childhood. But, remembering what happened during your childhood is a big difference.

Wow!

Voted up!


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Jackie Lynnley thanks! It is a great exercise, since you are a writer it would be interesting to read what you search.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Michele Travis thanks! Yes, that is exactly one of the points, the differences behind the history of our birth year. Waiting to read yours.

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