On This Day

April 1957 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Trial begins in Budapest against participants of the Hungarian Uprising of October 1956
  • Apr 1 World's biggest glass oven used

Historic Event

Apr 3 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Apr 3 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 6 NYC ends trolley car service
  • Apr 6 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Apr 7 Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run
  • Apr 10 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • Apr 10 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
  • Apr 10 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

Historic Event

Apr 11 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

  • Apr 11 Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically
  • Apr 11 Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
  • Apr 12 Jim Spalding set a 2,088 pin nine-game bowling record
  • Apr 12 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 13 11th Tony Awards: "Long Days Journey into the Night" & "My Fair Lady" win
  • Apr 13 Saturday postal delivery in US is temporarily halted due to lack of funds
  • Apr 14 Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women's singles ping pong championship
  • Apr 15 Saturday mail delivery restored in the US after Congress gives the Post Office $41 million
  • Apr 16 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan

Catholic Encyclical

Apr 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Apr 25 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
  • Apr 25 Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • Apr 29 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Peter Deutsch, American politician (US Representative (D)-Florida, 1993-2005), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 6 Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut
  • Apr 9 Martin Margiela, Belgian fashion designer, born in Genk, Belgium
  • Apr 10 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet, born in East Chicago, Indiana (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Aliko Dangote, Nigerian Chairman and CEO of the Dangote Group, born in Kano, Kano State
  • Apr 13 Amy Goodman, American activist and host of Democracy Now, born in Bay Shore, New York
  • Apr 17 Nick Hornby, English writer (High Fidelity), born in Redhill, Surrey
  • Apr 19 Mukesh Ambani, Indian businessman and chairman of Reliance Industries, born in Aden, Yemen
  • Apr 22 Ethel White, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • Apr 22 Donald Tusk, Polish politician, Prime Minister of Poland (2007-14), President of the European Council 2014-), born in Gdańsk, Poland
  • Apr 28 Leopold Eyharts, French cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26, TM-28/27)
  • Apr 29 Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast (d. 2003)
  • Apr 29 Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, Samoan politician and chieftainess, 1st female Prime Minister of Samoa (2021-), born in Apia, Western Samoa
  • Apr 30 Duane G Carey, American major USAF/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 30 Aviva Chomsky, American historian, daughter of Noam Chomsky

Deaths in History

  • Apr 4 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (b. 1909)
  • Apr 19 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch SDAP minister (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Roy Campbell, South African poet (Garcia Lorca), dies at 54
  • Apr 24 Andries CD de Graeff, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1926-31), dies at 84
  • Apr 26 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, dies at 88
  • Apr 28 Heinz Bär, German fighter pilot, dies at 43