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1958 was the 87th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.


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The European Union came into existence in 1958 with the implementation of the Treaty of Rome. Sputnik fell to earth after four months in orbit. Bobby Fischer won the US Chess Championship at 14. The peace symbol was designed. Elvis Presley joined the U.S. Army. Krushchev became premier of the Soviet Union. Expo '58 in Brussels featured the Atomium. Brazil won the 1958 World Cup. Alaska became a U.S. state. Charles became Prince of Wales. The Smurfs debuted in Belgium. Pope John XXIII succeeded Pope Pius XII after his death. Numerous former French colonies in Africa became independent nations.

Notable 1958 births include those of Ellen DeGeneres, Ice-T, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Gary Oldman, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Pfeiffer, Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Kevin Bacon, Jeff Foxworthy, and Andrea Bocelli. Deaths in 1958 included W. C. Handy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pope Pius XII, and Tyrone Power. Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Top grossing films included The Bridge on the River Kwai, Peyton Place. South Pacific, and King Creole. Gigi won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's was published, as were Vladimir Nabakov's Lolita and Ian Fleming's Dr. No. The Kingston Trio and the Everly Brothers shared space on the pop charts with the Chipmunks and Elvis Presley. The New York Yankees won the World Series over the Milwaukee Braves.

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