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What Happened in 1957

Important 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 23 President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders US troops to support integration of nine black students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas
  • Oct 4 Soviet Union launches Sputnik I, the 1st artificial Earth satellite into elliptical low Earth orbit
  • Oct 10 A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, England becomes the world's first major nuclear accident
  • Nov 3 Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard, a mostly-Siberian husky, the 1st animal in space
  • Dec 18 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant for only peacetime use begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania

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  • Sep 16 LA City Council approves 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for Dodgers
  • Oct 19 Montreal Canadien Maurice "Rocket" Richard, becomes the 1st NHLer to score 500 goals

Did You Know?

Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service

On December 20, 1957


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Would You Believe?

Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart

On December 12, 1957

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