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Major Events of 1958

1958 (Roman Numerals: MCMLVIII) was the 58th year of the 20th century. 1958 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Wednesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1958.
News Events of 1958

United States launches Explorer I (first US satellite).

USA creates National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

US nuclear submarine, Nautilus, travels to North Pole.

Bobby Fischer, aged 14, wins the United States Chess Championship.


A revolution in Iraq overthrows the monarchy.

Central African Republic and Guinea become independent from France.

The Lego Company patents the design of its building bricks.

The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time.

Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit.

The Dutch Reformed Church accepts women ministers.

Fictional character Paddington Bear debuts.

Egypt and Syria merge to form the United Arab Republic (which lasts until 1961).

Sports in 1958
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