United States and American History: 1958

About the history of the United States in 1958, Nabokov publishes Lolita, the fattest man dies, pacifists are seized trying to sail into atomic bomb testing areas.


--Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita was a best seller.

May 1 Four pacifists attempting to sail into the atomic bomb testing area in the Pacific Ocean to protest the tests were seized in their ship, the Golden Rule, by the Coast Guard.

July 10 The heaviest human being of all time, Robert Earl Hughes, died at Bremen, Ind., at the age of 32. His greatest weight was 1,067 lbs. His coffin was the size of a piano case and had to be lowered into the grave by a crane.

Sept. 22 Sherman Adams, an assistant to President Eisenhower, resigned because he had accepted a freezer from Boston industrialist Bernard Goldfine.

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