1958 Hit Parade

The geodesic dome by Buckminster Fuller was unveiled in Baton Rouge.

Popular movies included
Gigi starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives
Marjorie Morningstar starring Gene Kelly and Natalie Wood
Separate Tables starring Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth and David Niven
I Want To Live! starring Susan Hayward.

Fiction included Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, John O’Hara’s From the Terrace, and Bernard Malamud’s The Magic Barrel.

Popular songs included Danny and the Juniors’ “At the Hop,” Elvis Presley’s “Don’t” and “Hard-Headed Woman,” McGuire Sisters’ “Sugartime,” Silhouettes’s “Get a Job,” Champs’ “Tequila,” Everly Brothers’ “All I Have To Do Is Dream” and “Bird Dog,” Platters’s “Twilight Time,” Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star, and Laurie London’s “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.”

Alan Freed was arrested for inciting a riot during a rock ‘n’ roll show in Boston.

The first Grammy Award was presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to the song “Volare,” lyrics by Mitchell Paris and music by Dominic Modugno.

Pizza Hut opened its first restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri.

February 25-March 1:  Wood alcohol poisoning killed twenty-seven people in New York City who drank moonshine called King Kong.

March 19:  Kentucky governor Albert B. Chandler signed a bill abolishing daylight savings time in the state.

March 24:  Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army.

October 2:  Leonard Bernstein began his first season as director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.