Life & Times 1958


Average annual income$4,650
New House$30,000
New Car$2,200
Minimum Wage$1.00
Gallon of Gas$.24
Gallon of Milk$1.01
Dozen Eggs$.86
Loaf of Bread$.19
Postage Stamp (ground)$.04


Civil war breaks out in Lebanon; U.S. Marines land at Beirut
Egypt and Syria form the United Arab Republic
14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship
Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate begin their murder spree, killing her parents and sister
The first successful American satellite, Explorer I, is launched into orbit
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska and Hawaii Statehood Acts into law
In Iraq the monarchy is overthrown by Arab nationalists and Abdul Karim Qassimis becomes leader
Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Charles de Gaulle becomes President of France
Governor Orval Faubus orders Little Rock public high schools closed
Little Rock receives the first water from the new Lake Maumelle
Frank Broyles becomes head football coach at The University Of Arkansas
First trans-Atlantic passenger jet service
First heart pacemaker
First stereo records
Elvis Presley drafted
Skateboard invented
Hula Hoop


Anatomy of a Murder - Robert Traver
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
Dr. No - Ian Fleming
Ice Palace - Edna Ferber
Masters of Deceit - J. Edgar Hoover
Our Man in Havana - Graham Greene
Playback - Raymond Chandler


Gigi (Best Picture)
Separate Tables (Best Actor, David Niven)
I Want To Live (Best actress, Susan Hayward)
Auntie Mame
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
A Night To Remember
Touch Of Evil
Witness For The Prosecution
The Defiant Ones
The Inn of Sixth Happiness
The Fly
No Time For Sergeants
The Long, Hot Summer
The Vikings
The Young Lions
The Blob
Thunder Road
The Old Man and the Sea


1 Volare - Domenico Modugno
2 All I Have to Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
3 Don't/I Beg of You - Elvis Presley
4 Witch Doctor - David Seville
5 Patricia - Perez Prado
6 Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn
7 Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como
8 Tequila - Champs
9 It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
10 Return to Me - Dean Martin
11 It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
12 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
13 Bird Dog/Devoted to You - Everly Brothers
14 Get a Job - Silhouettes
15 Little Star - Elegants
16 Twilight Time - Platters
17 Stood Up - Ricky Nelson
18 He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Laurie London
19 Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers
20 At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors
21 Yakety Yak - Coasters
22 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley
23 Rockin Robbin - Bobby Day
24 Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson
25 Wonderful Time Up There - Pat Boone
26 Just a Dream - Jimmy Clanton
27 Sugartime - McGuire Sisters
28 Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio
29 Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
30 Topsy - Cozy Cole
31 Looking Back - Nat King Cole
32 Book of Love - Monotones
33 Tea for Two Cha Cha - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
34 Tears on My Pillow - Little Anthony & the Imperials
35 Short Shorts - Royal Teens
36 Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
37 Lollipop - Chordettes
38 Splish Splash - Bobby Darin
39 Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis
40 My True Love - Jack Scott