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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1957 in Film & TV

  • Aug 5 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • Sep 25 18th Venice Film Festival: Influential Indian film "Aparajito" directed by Satyajit Ray is first film to win the Golden Lion and the Critics Award
  • Oct 2 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)

1957 in Music

1957 in Sport

  • Sep 16 LA City Council approves 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for Dodgers

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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