Life in 1958 – Popular Culture Facts


This page offers an insight into life in 1958 and includes World news, political leaders, prices, population statistics and information about the popular culture of 1958.

The year 1958 began on a Wednesday. It was not a leap year.

1958 In The News

Life in 1958 - Munich Air Disaster 6th February – Munich Air Disaster

2nd March– First overland crossing of Antarctica

26th July– Prince Charles was created Prince of Wales

4th October– French 5th Republic established

16th October– ‘Blue Peter’ was first broadcast

21st December – Charles de Gaulle became President of France


Life in 1958 – Prices

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £2049; USA – $12,750
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.22; USA – $0.24
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.04; USA – $0.19
Gold per ounce:
UK – $35.10, USA – $35.3

Life in 1958 – Population

World Map

World: – 2,947,422,281
Australia: – 9,915,267
Canada: – 17,462,004
China: – 646,703.104
India: – 428,129,408
Soviet Union: 116,259,152
United States: – 174,148,992
United Kingdom: – 51,652,000


Life in 1958 – Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
USA – Volare – Domenico Modugno
AUS – Tom Dooley – The Kingston Trio
CAN – All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers

Best Selling Album:
UK – My Fair Lady – Original Broadway Cast
USA – My Fair Lady – Original Broadway Cast
AUS – No data – Charts began 1966
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
Chuck Berry, Danny and the Juniors, Bobby Day, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters,


On the Bookshelves

BookshelfBooks Published in 1958:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare
The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone
A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

At the Movies

Movies Films1958 Top Movies (USA box office figures):

1. South Pacific – $16.3 million
2. Auntie Mame – $9 million
3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – $7.7 million
4. No Time For Sergeants – $7.5 million
5. Gigi – $6.5 million


Life in 1958 – World Leaders

Dwight Eisenhower
US President Dwight Eisenhower

Australia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – John Diefenbaker
China President – Mao Zedong
India Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru
Soviet Union Leader – Nikita Khruschchev
United States President – Dwight Eisenhower
United Kingdom Prime Minister – Harold MacMillan


Born in 1958

Ellen deGeneres born 1958
Ellen deGeneres

26th January – Ellen DeGeneres (Broadcaster)
8th March – Gary Numan (Singer)
10th March – Sharon Stone (Actress)
3rd April – Alec Baldwin (Actor)
7th June – Prince (Musician)
16th August – Madonna (Singer)

Died in 1958

Imre Nagy executed 1958
Imre Nagy

16th June – Imre Nagy (leader of Hungarian Revolution)
20th June – Kurt Adler (Chemist)
26th August – Ralph Vaughan Williams (Composer)
9th October – Pope Pius XII
15th November – Tyrone Power (Actor)


1958 Sport Highlights

Ashley Cooper Tennis 1958
Ashley Cooper Tennis Champion

Football – Bolton Wanderers won the FA Cup
Cycling – Charly Gaul (LUX) won the Tour de France
Golf – Tommy Bolt won the US Open; Peter Thomson won the British Open
Tennis – Ashley Cooper won the Australian Open, the US Championship and Wimbledon
Baseball – New York Yankees won the World Series
Horse Racing – Kerstin won the Cheltenham Gold Cup; Tim Tam won the Kentucky Derby


Christmas Wishlist

Plastic Hula Hoop 1958

Plastic Hula Hoop
Slinky Dog
Pogo Stick
Hot Wheels Cars
Play Doh
Paper Dolls

What Was New?

CND Peace symbol 1958

CND Peace symbol developed
Pizza Hut was founded in Wichita, Kansas
Stereo recording was developed
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was founded
Silicon chip developed



First published 2020; updated and republished Mar 23 2022 @ 9:35 pm – Updated – Mar 30, 2022 @ 12:18 pm