Throwback Thursday – A Journey Back Into Our History

As the 150 th Anniversary quickly approaches for Chicago State University and the College of Education, we want to utilize this time to remember our rich history while we continue to go onward to a more promising future. Throwback Thursday will provide alumni, friends, students and faculty with fun and informative glimpses into our past. Mark your calendars to visit the alumni page every Thursday to enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Class of 1958:

Class of 1958, Chicago Teachers College  

  • Bethel Baptist Church (Birmingham, Alabama) is bombed by Ku Klux Klan members, killing four girls.
  • Bruce Lee was a national dance champion, winning the 1958 Cha Cha Championship in Hong Kong.
  • The current 50 star US flag was designed in 1958 by Robert Heft as a junior high history project an got a B- for it. The grade was later changed to an A after Heft's design was accepted and adopted by the United States Congress in 1959.
  • A fire at The Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago kills 90 students in 1958.
  • The American Express card was introduced in 1958.
  • Carl Stalling, the composer behind Bugs Bunny, spent 22 years working every day with a 50-piece orchestra at Warner Bros. Studios. He ultimately scored in excess of 600 cartoons at the rate of one score per week between 1936 and 1958.
  • Kitchens were smelling a lot cleaner thanks to the introduction of Mr. Clean in 1958.
  • 1958 NFL Champions - Baltimore Colts.
  • 1958 NBA Champions - St. Louis Hawks.
  • 1958 NBL Champions - New York Yankees.
  • 1958 NHL Champions - Montreal Canadiens.
  • 1958 Number One Rhythm and Blues Song Yakety Yak / Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart – The Coasters.
  • 1958 Number One Pop Song Volare, Domenico Modugno .
  • 1958 Number One Movie (Ticket Sales) Auntie Mame.