February 1958

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The following events occurred in February 1958:

February 1, 1958 (Saturday)Edit

February 2, 1958 (Sunday)Edit

  • The word 'Aerospace' is coined, from the words Aircraft (aero) and Spacecraft (space), taking into consideration that the Earth's atmosphere and outerspace is to be one, or a single realm.
  • Born: Paolo De Castro, Italian professor and politician, in San Pietro in Vernotico.

February 3, 1958 (Monday)Edit

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February 5, 1958 (Wednesday)Edit

  • Gamal Abdel Nasser is nominated as the first president of the United Arab Republic.
  • The Tybee Bomb, a 7,600 pound (3,500 kg) Mark 15 hydrogen bomb, is lost in the waters off Savannah, Georgia
  • In Cape Canaveral, the launching of a second American satellite by the US Navy fails; after sixty seconds, the rocket Vanguard goes off course and has to be destroyed.[4]
  • On France, the parliament votes a framework-law about Algeria, establishing single electoral districts for Frenchmen and Muslims and reaffirming the Algeria's belonging to the French republic.[5] The same evening, a time bomb of unknown origin explodes, without causing victims, in the Palais Bourbon's toilets; the attack is probably the work of far right militants.[6]
  • Born: Fabrizio Frizzi, in Rome, Italian TV presenter (+2018)

February 6, 1958 (Thursday)Edit

February 7, 1858 (Friday)Edit

February 8, SaturdayEdit

  • Syndical congress in Abidjan. The CASL-FO (African confederation of free syndicate) is constituted.[2]
  • As a reprisal to the FLN attacks coming from Tunisian territory, French aviation bombs (without a government's order) the Sakiet Sidi Youssef village, killing 69 persons (21 children). Tunisian government protests and asks for the evacuation of the French bases.[2]
  • Born: Marina Silva, in Rio Branco, Brazilian environmentalist and politician.

February 9, 1958 (Sunday)Edit

  • In San Antonio, the aviator David Farrell, 23 years old, begins the simulation of a space fly in an airtight steel cabin.[1]

February 10, 1958 (Monday)Edit

February 11, 1958 (Tuesday)Edit

  • The strongest ever known solar maximum is recorded.
  • Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Zhou Enlai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  • Ruth Carol Taylor is the first African American woman hired as a flight attendant. Hired by Mohawk Airlines, her career lasts only six months, due to another discriminatory barrier – the airline's ban on married flight attendants.
  • In China, the National People's congress establishes the rules for the pinyin's use.[2]

February 12, 1958 (Wednesday )Edit

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February 14, 1958 (Friday)Edit

February 15, 1958 (Saturday)Edit

  • In San Antonio, Donald Farrel ends his simulation of a space fly. He is tired and slimmer, but in good health and declares to have suffered just from boredom and lack of cigarettes.[1]
  • In Padang (Sumatra) the PRRRI (Pemerintah Revolusioner Republik Indonesia, Revolutionary Government of the Indonesia Republic) is proclaimed by a coalition of militaries and Islamists. The uprising, sustained by USA, is quickly repressed by the Indonesian government, but the guerrilla goes on till 1961.[2]

February 16, 1958 (Sunday)Edit

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February 18, 1958 (Tuesday)Edit

  • The Egyptian president Nasser asks Sudan for the whole territory north of the 22nd parallel, offering in exchange a more Southern little zone. In Uadi Halfa, chief town of the contended land, an Egyptian military unit and an electoral commission are sent, in view of the plebiscite for the UAR. The Sudan foreign minister Mahghoub rejects the Egyptian claim.[1]

February 19, 1958 (Wednesday)Edit

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February 21, 1958 (Friday)Edit

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February 27, 1958 (Thursday)Edit

  • On Italy, the reintroduction of a State examination for the graduates causes hard agitations in the universities. The former Prime Minister Antonio Segni, while he gives a lesson at the Rome University, is violently contested by the students.[1]
  • In Milan, seven robbers, wearing blue coveralls, stop in via Osoppo the Banca Popolare di Milano's van and steal, without firing a shot, 100 million liras cash and 600 ones in negotiable instruments. The hold-up, for its perfect organization and the amount of the loot, gets great emphasis on the Italian press. The most of the gang is arrested on April 1st.[9]
  • In France, the mandatory insurance for the cars is instituted.[5]
  • Dead : Harry Cohn, 64, American producer.

February 28, 1958 (Friday)Edit


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "1958", Wikipédia (in French), 2019-03-03, retrieved 2019-04-04
  3. ^ "Bulganin propone nove argomenti, per una conferenza tra capi di governo". La Stampa. February 4, 1958. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Il Vanguard fatto esplodere dopo sessanta secondi di volo". La Stampa. February 6, 1958. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "1958 en France", Wikipédia (in French), 2018-11-23, retrieved 2019-04-04
  6. ^ "L'énigmatique attentat des toilettes du Palais Bourbon en 1958". enenvor.fr. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  7. ^ Enzo Forcella (February 8, 1958). "Il PCI negli ultimi due anni ha perduto duecentomila iscritti". La Stampa. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "1958 au Canada", Wikipédia (in French), 2016-10-24, retrieved 2019-04-04
  9. ^ "La rapina di via Osoppo, 60 anni fa". Il Post (in Italian). 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2019-04-04.