Hastings Highlights
  • Junior Senior Prom held in Hastings High School gym, May 17th
  • Our class graduates from Hastings High School on May 29th
  • The J.M. McDonald Planetarium opens its doors on September 11th
  • The Good Samaritan Village is established


Nebraska Highlights

Roman L. Hruska

Carl T. Curtis

Victor E. Anderson
  • Nebraska Shrine Bowl is organized.  To date, more than 2 million dollars have been raised through the Nebraska Shrine Bowl to support Shriners' Hospitals.
  • Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate go on their killing spree

  • UFO sighting is reported 5 miles west of Grand Island NE, Hwy 2

National Highlights

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Richard M. Nixon
Vice President
  • The U.S. is in the worst recession since World War II, approximately 5.5 million people are out of work
  • Unemployment in the U.S. is 6.8%
  • Minimum Wage/Hour in the U.S. $1.00/hour
  • Average income in the U.S. $4,650
  • There is a 55.9% business failure rate in the U.S.
  • DOW average 583
  • Gross National Profit is $468.3 billion
  • The price of 1st class U.S. postage is raised to 4 cents (first increase in 26 years)
  • 31.3% of all domestic passenger travel was by railroad; 27.7% by bus; and 38% by air.
  • U.S. launches its first satellite, Explorer I; NASA is established
  • Pan Am introduced 707 trans-Atlantic jet service across the Atlantic
  • Douglas introduces DC-8 which made its maiden flight
  • The nuclear submarine U.S.S. Nautilus makes the first underwater crossing of the North Pole
  • U.S. Troops land in Lebanon
  • Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France
  • Egypt and Sudan form the United Arab Republic
  • The John Birch Society, a radical anit-Communist organization, is created in the U.S.
  • Mao Tse-tung starts "Great leap forward" movement in China
  • UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
  • The National Association of Broadcasters bans subliminal ads
  • The book Dr. Zhivago is published in the U.S. and banned in the USSR.
  • The "Cha Cha" becomes a dance craze in the U.S
  • Crest toothpaste inaugurates the "Look, Ma! No Cavities!" ad campaign

New businesses and products 1958
Popular Songs of 1958
  • Pizza Hut
  • American Express
  • Chevrolet Impala is introduced
  • Rice-a-Roni
  • Sweet 'n Low
  • Barbie doll introduced & is an instant success
  • Hula Hoops become a national craze




  1. "At the Hop" ... Danny and the Juniors
  2. "Don't I Beg of You" ... Elvis Presley
  3. "Tequila" ... The Champs
  4. "Twilight Time" ... The Platters
  5. "Witch Doctor" ... David Seville
  6. "All I Have to Do is Dream" ... Everly Brothers
  7. "The Purple People Eater" ... Sheb Wooley
  8. "Hard Headed Woman" ... Elvis Presley
  9. "Poor Little Fool" ... Ricky Nelson
  10. "Volare" ... Domenico Modugno


Top Movies of 1958

Academy Awards
  1. "The Bridge on the River Kwai
  2. "Peyton Place"
  3. "Sayonara"
  4. "No Time for Sergeants"
  5. "The Vikings"
  6. "Search for Paradise"
  7. "South Pacific"
  8. "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
  9. "Raintree Country"
  10. "Old Yeller"
  • Best Picture: "Gigi"
  • Best Director: Vincente Minnelli ... "Gigi"
  • Best Actor: David Niven ... "Separate Tables"
  • Best Director: Vincente Minnelli ... "Gigi"Actor: David Niven ... "Separate Tables"
  • Best Actress: Susan Hayward ... "I Want to Live!"




Grammy Awards

Tony Awards

  • Record of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto (Volare)"...
    Domenico Modugno
  • Song of the Year: "Nel Blu Dipinto (Volare)"..
    Domenico Modugno
  • Album Of the Year: "The Music from Peter Gunn" Henry Mancini
  • Male Vocalist: Perry Como..."Catch A Falling Star"
  • Female Vocalist: Ella Fitzgerald..."Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook"
  • Best Play: "Sunrise at Campobello" ... Dore Schary
  • Best Musical: "The Music Man"
  • Best Actor in a play: Ralph Bellamy ... "Sunrise at Campobello"
  • Best Actress in a play: Helen Hayes ... "Time Remembered"
  • Best Actor in a musical: Robert Preston ... "The Music Man"
  • Best Actress in a musical: Thelma Ritter  & Gwen Verdon tie... "New Girl in Town"



Best Selling Fiction Books

Best Selling Nonfiction Books

  1. "Doctor Zhivago"... Boris Pasternak.
  2. "Anatomy of a Murder"... Robert Traver
  3. "Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov"
  4. "Around the World with Auntie Mame"... Patrick Dennis
  5. "From the Terrace"... John O'Hara
  6. "Eloise at Christmastime"... Kay Thompson
  7. "Ice Palace"... Edna Ferber.
  8. "The Winthrop Woman"... Anya Seton
  9. "The Enemy Camp"... Jerome Weidman
  10. "Victorine"... Frances Parkinson Keyes
  1. "Kids Say the Darndest Things! "... Art Linkletter.
  2. "Twixt Twelve and Twenty"...Pat Boone
  3. "Only in America"... Harry Golden.
  4. "Masters of Deceit"... J. Edgar Hoover
  5. "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"... Jean Kerr
  6. "Better Homes and Gardens Salad Book"
  7. "The New Testament in Modern English,      translated" ... J. P. Phillips
  8. "Aku-Aku"... Thor Heyerdahl
  9. "Dear Abby"... Abigail Van Buren
  10. "Inside Russia Today"...John Gunther


Prime-Time the new fall lineup:

Most Popular Television Shows


  • The Gary Moore Show
  • The Andy Williams Show
  • The Donna Reed Show
  • 77 Sunset Strip (starring Efrem Zimbalist. Jr.)
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive ( starring Steve McQueen)
  • Peter Gunn starring (Craig Stevens)
  • The Rifleman ( starring Chuck Connors)



  1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
  2. Wagon Train (NBC)
  3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
  4. The Rifleman (ABC)
  5. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
  6. Maverick (ABC)
  7. Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC)
  8. The Real McCoys (ABC)
  9.  I've Got a Secret CBS)
  10. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (ABC)

1958 Cost of Living

House: $18,000   Bread: 19 /loaf
Car: $2,200   Celery: 04 /lb.
Tuition at Harvard: $1,250/year Sunkist Oranges: 49 /5lbs.
 Roundtrip airfare London to New York $453 Cantaloupe: .05 /lb.
  Gas: 24 /gallon Milk: $1.01/gallon