On This Day

August 1957 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 1st commercial building heated by Sun (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Aug 1 US and Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • Aug 3 British offensive against imam Galeb Ben Ali of Oman
  • Aug 5 Comic strip "Andy Capp" makes its debut
  • Aug 5 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 7 Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957
  • Aug 8 USSR offers Syria economic/military aid
  • Aug 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 15 David Simons reaches 30,942 m in Man High 2 balloon
  • Aug 15 USAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter
  • Aug 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 19 US Major David Simons reaches 30,933m in a balloon
  • Aug 20 USAAF balloon breaks an altitude record at 102,000' (310,896 m)
  • Aug 21 1st launching in Baikonur, Kazakhstan (R7 "Semiorka"-rocket)
  • Aug 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 25 Prince Suvanna Phuma forms government in LAOS, with Pathet Lao
  • Aug 26 USSR announces successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile
  • Aug 27 Hickory Smoke wins Hambletonian Stakes
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 27 The Constitution of Malaysia comes into force
  • Aug 28 US Senator James Thurmond (Rep, SC) begins 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill
  • Aug 29 Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hr filibuster against civil rights
  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 30 US senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24hrs 27m against civil rights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 4 Robert E Andrews, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • Aug 4 Brooks D. Simpson, American historian
  • Aug 5 Pavel V Vinogradov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26, Commander of the International Space Station 2013), born in Magadan, Soviet Union
  • Aug 6 Jim McGreevey, American politician
  • Aug 11 Masayoshi Son, Korean-Japanese chief executive of SoftBank Mobile and chairman of Sprint Corporation, born in Tosu, Saga
  • Aug 16 Phil Murphy, American financier and politician, Governor of New Jersey (2018-), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • Aug 19 Li-Young Lee, Indonesia-born American poet
  • Aug 21 Janice Thomas, WBL guard (NY Stars)

Person of interestAi Weiwei

Aug 28 Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and activist (Sunflower Seeds, Remembering), born in Beijing, China

Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist and Activist
Ai Weiwei

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Harvey Glatmin, 1st bondage-photo victim, executed [or 8/18/59]
  • Aug 3 John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer
  • Aug 4 Washington Luís, President of Brazil (1926-30), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • Aug 16 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • Aug 19 David Bomberg, English painter, dies at 66
  • Aug 19 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (b. 1898)
  • Aug 21 Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (b. 1888)
  • Aug 23 Eugène Schueller, French chemist, founder of L'Oréal, dies at 76
  • Aug 25 Leo Perutz, Austrian writer and mathematician, dies at 74
  • Aug 26 Umberto Saba, Italian writer, dies at 74