What Happened in 1957

Significant Events

  • Feb 27 Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals
  • Jul 12 US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
  • Aug 31 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain
  • Sep 24 President Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools
  • Oct 4 USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite
  • Oct 10 A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, England becomes the world's first major nuclear accident
  • Nov 3 USSR launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika), 1st animal in orbit
  • Dec 18 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania
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Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

On December 20, 1957


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Baseball player Richie Ashburn fouls and hits fan Alice Roth twice in the same game at bat playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, 1st hit breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher

On August 17, 1957

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