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 USAF balloon, manned by David Simons, breaks an altitude record at 102,000 ft (3,1089.6 m), over Minnesota and South Dakota
  • 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

Historic Event

Aug 31 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain


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 7 Martín Espada, American Latino poet (2021 National Book Award), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Aug 21 Janice Thomas, WBL guard (NY Stars)

Ai Weiwei

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


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