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Dow Finsterwald accepts the 1958 PGA Championship title.
Following his major victory at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa., Dow Finsterwald Sr. is introduced as the 1958 PGA Champion by Harold Sargent. (The PGA of America)

50 Years Ago: 1958

Important Dates

    Bobby Fischer plays chess with John Collins
  • January 8: 14-year-old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.
  • January 12: NCAA adds two-point conversion to football scoring.
  • January 18: Willie O'Ree becomes the first black player to appear in an NHL game when he skates for the Boston Bruins.
  • January 28: Hall of Fame baseball player Roy Campanella is involved in an automobile accident that ends his career and leaves him paralyzed.
  • February 6: Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest-paid player in major league baseball.
  • February 11: Ruth Carol Taylor is the first African American woman hired as a flight attendant.
  • February 17: The comic strip "BC" first appears.
  • March 22: Elizabeth Taylor is divorced for the third time, this time from Mike Todd.
  • March 24: The U.S. Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming The King of Rock & Roll into U.S. private #53310761.
  • March 26: The Bridge on the River Kwai wins Academy Award as Best motion picture of the year.
  • March 26: Best actor in a leading role Oscar goes to Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Kwai.
  • March 26: Best actress in a leading role Oscar goes to Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve.
  • April 6: Arnold Palmer wins the Masters for his first major championship.
  • April 15: The first Major League Baseball regular season game ever played in California as the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 at San Francisco's Seals Stadium.
  • April 28: Hal Sutton, former PGA Champion, is born.
  • May 30: The bodies of unidentified soldiers killed in action during World War II and the Korean War are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • June 2: Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles hits into the first of his record four career triple plays.
  • June 14: Tommy Bolt wins the 58th U.S. Open at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla.
  • July 7: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into United States law.
  • July 7: First International House of Pancakes (IHOP) opens in Toluca Lake, Calif.
  • July 13: Peter Thomson wins the 87th British Open at Royal Lytham.
  • July 14: Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi army overthrow the monarchy.
  • July 20: Dow Finsterwald wins the 40th PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club.
  • Dwight Eisenhower hands over the NASA commissions.
  • July 29: The U.S. Congress formally creates NASA.
  • August 18: Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in the 13th round for the world heavyweight boxing title.
  • September 5: The first color video recording on magnetic tape is performed.
  • September 14: Two rockets designed by German engineer Ernst Mohr reach the upper atmosphere.
  • September 29: The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that Little Rock, Ark., schools must integrate.
  • October 6: U.S. nuclear sub USS Seawolfe remains underwater for a record 60 days.
  • October 9: Pope Pius XII dies.
  • October 26: PanAm completes the first transatlantic airline jet trip, from New York to Paris.
  • December 19: The first radio broadcast from space with President Dwight D. Eisenhower saying, "To all mankind, America's wish for peace on earth and good will to men everywhere."
  • December 28: The Baltimore Colts beat The New York Giants 23-17 in overtime to win the NFL Championship, a game that will come to be known as "The Ice Bowl."

How Much Did it Cost?

    3 cent stamp commemorating the Boy Scouts.
  • First-class stamp: $0.03 ($0.04 as of 8/1/58)
  • Average cost of a new house: $12,750
  • Average monthly rent: $92
  • Average income: $4,650
  • New Ford car: $1,967-$3,929
  • McDonald's hamburger: $.15 (cheeseburger, $.20)
  • Milk: $1.01 per gallon
  • Gas: $.24 per gallon
  • Bread: $.19 per loaf
  • Sugar: $.89 per pound
  • Coffee: $.93 per pound
  • Bacon: $.62 per pound
  • Eggs: $.28 per dozen
  • Hamburger: $.57 per pound
  • Chef Boy-Ar-Dee spaghetti, 15 1/2 .oz can.: $.19
  • Swiss Steak: $.75 per pound
  • Libby Tomato Juice, 5 (46 .oz) cans: $1.00
  • Kraft Carmels, 1-pound package: $.37
  • Uncle Ben�s Rice, 14-oz box: $.19
  • Sunkist Oranges, 5 lbs.: $.49
  • Cantaloupe: $.05 per pound
  • Celery: $.04 per pound
  • Tuition at Harvard: $1,250 per year
  • Nathan's Hot Dog: $.25 each
  • Roundtrip airfare London to New York: $453

Who Won It?

  • World Series: N.Y. Yankees defeated Milwaukee Braves (4-3)
  • NBA Championship: St. Louis Hawks defeated Boston (4-2)
  • Stanley Cup: Montreal defeated Boston (4-2)
  • Wimbledon: Women -- Althea Gibson defeated A. Mortimer (8-6 6-2); Men -- Ashley Cooper defeated N. Fraser (3-6 6-3 6-4 13-11)
  • Kentucky Derby: Tim Tam
  • NCAA Basketball Championship: Kentucky defeated Seattle (84-72)
  • NCAA Football Championship: LSU (AP, UPI) (11-0-0) and Iowa (FW) (8-1-1)
  • World Cup: Brazil defeated Sweden (5-2)
  • Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army, halfback
  • Davis Cup: U.S. defeats Australia (3-2)
  • CFL Grey Cup: Winnepeg Blue Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35-28


  • Billboard debuts its Hot 100 chart; Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" boasts the first No. 1 record.
  • Colorado's Marilyn Van Derbur is crowned Miss America.
  • The computer modem is invented.
  • The Hula Hoop invented by Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin.
  • With $600 borrowed from his mother, 18-year-old Frank Carney opens the first Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kan.
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