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Birthday Report for August 16th, 1958

BirthStone Peridot BirthSign Leo

Events of the Month for Madonna  

When Madonna entered the world, these stories made the front page of the nation's newspapers: The United States officially recognizes the new regime in Iraq. President Eisenhower presents a Middle East plan at the United Nations and pulls nearly 2,000 troops out of Lebanon. The United States refuses to recognize Red China. In Florida, the first U.S. moon shot is unsuccessful when the rocket explodes at 50,000 feet. The Soviet government agrees to supply Red China with nuclear weapons. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung meet to discuss what they call the threat of world peace from the West.  


Entertainment News for the year Madonna was born

Audiences were applauding these developments in the entertainment industry when Madonna was an infant. The movie theaters offer a great variety this year from the upbeat Auntie Mame and Gigi to the darkness of James Stewart in Vertigo. The music scene is slightly on the silly side this year featuring the Chipmunks The Chipmunk Song, Sheb Wooley and his Purple People Eater and the Coasters with Yakety Yak.

Popular Music when Madonna was born.

When Madonna was rocking in a cradle, these songs were topping the music charts: Back in 1958, the popular songs were: At the Hop performed by Danny & The Juniors; Bird Dog performed by The Everly Brothers; Catch a Falling Star sung by Perry Como; as well as Don't by Elvis Presley. Also topping the musical charts: Get a Job by The Silhouettes; Sugartime by McGuire Sisters; Tequila by The Champs; and the ever popular The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley.

Movie News for the year Madonna was born.

While Madonna was discovering how to stand up, The Academy gave a standing ovation to these movies and actors: 'Gigi'- Directed by Vicente Minnelli won the Best Movie Academy Award in 1958. Also this year, the Academy Award for Best Actor went to David Niven for his role in 'Separate Tables' and the Best Actress Award went to Susan Hayward for her role in 'I Want to Live'.

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