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August 16, 1958

August 16, 1958, was a Saturday. It was 65 years, 9 months, and 13 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Birthdays

Born on August 16, 1958

People who were born on this exact date:

Music charts

Top song: August 16, 1958

The best-selling single on August 16, 1958 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson.

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 16, 1958

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volaré) - Domenico Modugno
  • Little Star - The Elegants
  • My True Love - Jack Scott
  • Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson
  • Just A Dream - Jimmy Clanton And His Rockets
Play the top songs from 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.

Facts

This date was 24,028 days ago. Approximately 801 months have passed. It was the 228th day of 1958, in week 33. The decade was the fifties. People born on this day are currently 65 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. We have gone through approximately 267 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to August 16, 1958

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Saturday, August 16, 1958. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Leo. The work week is over and Saturday has finally come, so people are spending time with their kids, going to bars, attending dances, shopping, and watching sports.

The summer of 1958 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In music, the song "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is 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.

A new plastic toy called the "Hula Hoop" has become the latest fad. The hoop, which can be twirled around your waist and limbs, has exploded in popularity since July. 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 "The Danny Thomas Show", "Fury", "Have Gun - Will Travel", and "Maverick".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Crusader Rabbit", "The Mickey Mouse Club", "Captain Kangaroo", and "Colonel Bleep". Popular toys at the moment include Dimestore soldiers, Foto-Electric Baseball, Toy Guns, and Colorforms.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 16, 1958.

  • The Hula Hoop craze.

    The Hula Hoop craze

    The "Hula Hoop" was so heavily marketed in the United States during July 1958 that it quickly became a fad. Over the course of a few months, over 20 million hula hoops were sold.
  • 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 Time Person of the Year in 1958. De Gaulle had been appointed Prime Minister of France in 1958 after the collapse of the Fourth Republic.
  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars

    Tailfins on cars were 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 at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids took place 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

    Women and young girls were wearing wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts"

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
  • Sock hops.

    Sock hops

    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

    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

    Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets

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

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to August 16, 1958.

  • July 29, 1958: NASA is formally created.
  • August 7, 1958: US playwright Arthur Miller is cleared of his contempt of Congress conviction.
  • August 14, 1958: 99 people die when KLM Flight 607-E crashes off the coast of Shannon Airport in Ireland.
  • This date: August 16, 1958
  • August 29, 1958:
    • The 1958 Notting Hill race riots begin.
    • Cliff Richard and the Drifters release the hit song "Move It".
  • September 10, 1958: American broadway performer Pearl Eaton is found murdered at her apartment in Manhattan Beach.
  • September 12, 1958: Little Rock Nine: The US Supreme Court forces the Arkansas School Board to begin desegregation.
  • September 15, 1958:
    • The final episode of "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" is aired on CBS.
    • 48 people are killed after a commuter train slides off the open Newark Bay lift bridge in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 16, 1958, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1958 was the year of the Dog (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 16, 1958 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

TV series on August 16, 1958

TV audiences were watching the following shows on August 16, 1958:

TV shows from August 1958.

Casey Jones
Casey Jones
Maverick
Maverick
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Wagon Train
Wagon Train
Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Fury
Fury
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
Sky King
Sky King
The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen 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 August 16, 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
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1958

Toys and games that were popular in 1958:

The Hula Hoop
The Hula Hoop
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

Were you born on August 16, 1958?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 16, 1964, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 16.

Vincent Curatola

Vincent Curatola

Actor
Born on August 16, 1953
He turned 5 on this day in 1958.

James Cameron

James Cameron

Movie director
Born on August 16, 1954
He turned 4 on this day in 1958.

Steve Carell

Steve Carell

Actor
Born on August 16, 1962
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Shawn Pyfrom

Shawn Pyfrom

Actor
Born on August 16, 1986
He was born exactly 28 years after this date.

USA

US President

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on August 16, 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 August 16, 1958 was most likely conceived around November 23, 1957.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 16, 1958 is close to May 9, 1959.

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Stats for August 16, 1958

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about August 16, 1958:

  • 24,028 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,432 weeks have passed.
  • 2,076,019,200 seconds have passed since August 16, 1958.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,422,022,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,071,225,907,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 346,003,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 178,537,651 steps. That's roughly 79,350 miles.
  • 24,912,230 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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