On This Day

December 1957 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 1st US large scale nuclear power plant for peacetime use opens, Shippingport, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 4 First edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published
  • Dec 4 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John's, England)
  • Dec 5 William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 NYC is first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Dec 6 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up
  • Dec 6 AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
  • Dec 6 Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
  • Dec 7 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 9 1st Japanese ambassador to Israel
  • Dec 12 Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo
  • Dec 12 US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)
  • Dec 12 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
  • Dec 16 Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Dec 17 US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile
  • 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
  • Dec 21 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war

MurderMurder of Interest

Dec 25 Ed Gein found not guilty by reason of insanity for a series of murders

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • Dec 28 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Dec 30 Israeli government of Ben-Gurion, resigns
  • Dec 31 AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian politician
  • Dec 4 Eric S. Raymond, American open source advocate, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 7 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
  • Dec 10 Prem Rawat, known also as Guru Maharaj Ji and Maharaji, American Indian spiritual leader and speaker
  • Dec 12 Robert Lepage, French Canadian playwright, born in Quebec, Canada
  • Dec 13 Jean-Marie Messier, French businessman, born in Grenoble, France
  • Dec 15 Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • Dec 22 Susan Powter, Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author (The Susan Powter Show), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 22 Carole James, Canadian politician, born in Dukinfield, United Kingdom
  • Dec 24 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, born in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Manfred Sakel, Polish neurophysiologist and psychiatrist, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher, dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Dorothy L. Sayers, English novelist (The Nine Tailors), dies at 66
  • Dec 19 John Van Druten, English playwright (I Remember Mama, I am a Camera) and theater director, dies at 56
  • Dec 25 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, US landscape architect and advocate for wildlife conservation, dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., American landscape architect, dies at 87