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January 1st, 1958.

January 1st, 1958, was a Wednesday. It was day 1 of 1958. The decade was the Fifties.

64 years, 11 months and 0 days have passed since January 1st, 1958.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on January 1st, 1958?

  • Johnny Cash performs a concert at San Quentin State Prison.
  • The European Economic Community (EEC) is established.
Birthdays

Born on January 1st, 1958.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: January 1st, 1958

The best-selling single on January 1st, 1958 was "April Love" by Pat Boone.

Play the top singles from the year 1958.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1958. Take a trip back to the days of Elvis Presley, The Champs, Sheb Wooley and The Everly Brothers.

Take me back to January 1st, 1958!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 1st, 1958, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's New Years Day, the official start of the year 1958. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Others are nursing hangovers from the night before.

In music, the song "April Love" by Pat Boone is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States, and Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are sporting chemise dresses, sheaths, sack dresses and straight-cut suits. Short boxy jackets and shift dresses are also beginning to become popular. Meanwhile, a lot of men are sporting a "Teddy Boy" style that involves leather jackets, greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. Men are also wearing formal suits as daywear.

Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. It's 1958, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from singers such as Domenico Modugno, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, David Seville, Perez Prado, Billy Vaughn, Perry Como and The Champs. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Buddy Holly would be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "You Bet Your Life", "The Danny Thomas Show", "Wagon Train" and "Casey Jones". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "The Gumby Show" and "Colonel Bleep". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Tonka trucks, Tiny Tears (doll), BAS-KET Miniature Basketball and Wooly Willy.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 1st, 1958.

  • Movies from 1958.

    Movies from 1958.

    The most popular movies in 1958 were South Pacific, Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, No Time for Sergeants, Gigi, The Vikings and The Young Lions.

  • 1958 in music.

    1958 in music.

    The radio stations in 1958 were dominated by artists such as Domenico Modugno, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, David Seville, Perez Prado, Billy Vaughn, Perry Como and The Champs.

  • Charles de Gaulle.

    Charles de Gaulle.

    Charles de Gaulle was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1958. De Gaulle was appointed as the Prime Minister of France in 1958 after the collapse of the Fourth Republic.

  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.

  • Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids were a popular college prank during this period of time. The prank involved large groups of male students "raiding" the living quarters of their female counterparts. Panties were then stolen as proof that the raid had been successful. These "raids" became popular during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.

  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing.

    During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear wide unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts". These skirts consisted of a solid color that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    During the 1950s, "DA haircuts" were popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed back hair style that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Ducks Ass", which is what many people liked to call the style.

  • Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.

  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism.

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.

  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming.

    During the 1950s, the world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 64 years, 11 months and 0 days have passed since January 1st, 1958.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1958.
  • Leap Year: 1958 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on January 1st, 1958 will be 64 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1958 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around January 1st, 1958.

  • December 4th, 1957: 90 people are killed when two trains collide near Lewisham in London.
  • December 12th, 1957: Jerry Lee Lewis marries his 13-year-old cousin.
  • December 14th, 1957: The first episode of "The Ruff and Reddy Show" is aired on NBC.
  • December 16th, 1957: It is publicly announced that Elvis Presley is being drafted into the US army.
  • December 29th, 1957: NFL: The Detroit Lions defeat the Cleveland Browns by 59-14 to win the 1957 NFL Championship Game.
  • This date: January 1st, 1958
  • January 21st, 1958: Charles Starkweather begins his spree killings in Nebraska and Wyoming.
  • January 28th, 1958: Baseball player Roy Campanella is paralyzed in a car accident.
  • January 31st, 1958: The United States launches its first satellite "Explorer 1".
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1st, 1958, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1958 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 1st, 1958 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 1st, 1958.

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Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1958.

TV shows from January, 1958.

Decoy
Decoy
Crime drama about undercover police officer Casey Jones.

Casey Jones
Casey Jones
American Western series starring Alan Hale.

Maverick
Maverick
American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Legal drama series.

Wagon Train
Wagon Train
American western series.

Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
American western series.

Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.

Fury
Fury
American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

Sky King
Sky King
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

Cars in 1958.

1958 saw the introduction of cars such as the Rambler American, the Chevrolet Impala, the Rover P5, the Mercedes-Benz W128, the Ford Galaxie and the Renault Caravelle.

Cars in 1958.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on January 1st, 1958.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1958.

The Ruff and Reddy Show
The Ruff and Reddy Show

Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver

The Woody Woodpecker Show
The Woody Woodpecker Show

Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash

Colonel Bleep
Colonel Bleep

Tom Terrific
Tom Terrific

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show

Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

The Mickey Mouse Club
The Mickey Mouse Club

Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

Lassie
Lassie

Adventures of Superman
Adventures of Superman

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1958.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1958.

Metal House robots
Metal House robots

The Frisbee
The Frisbee

Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy

Play-Doh
Play-Doh

Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Colorforms
Colorforms

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)

Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops

Toy Guns
Toy Guns

Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1958.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 1st, 1964 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 1st.

J. Edgar Hoover

The first Director of the FBI. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1895
He turned 63 on this day in 1958.

Verne Troyer

Actor. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1969
He was born exactly 11 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January.

  • New Year's Day
USA

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on January 1st, 1958.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 1st, 1958 was most likely conceived around April 10th, 1957.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1st, 1958 is close to September 24th, 1958.

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Stats for January 1st, 1958

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 1st, 1958.

  • A total of 23,710 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,387 weeks have passed.
  • 2,048,544,000 seconds have passed since the January 1st, 1958.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,389,968,000 times.
  • Since January 1st, 1958, the Earth has travelled approximately 1,057,048,704,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 341,424,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 176,174,784 steps. That's about 78,300 miles!
  • Since this date, 24,582,528 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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