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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 Richard Starkey (later better known as Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Dec 28 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 Israeli government of Ben-Gurion, resigns

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Dec 31 AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian politician (leader of the Christian Democratic Party 2004–2011), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Dec 4 Eric S. Raymond, American open source advocate, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestAndrew Cuomo

Dec 6 Andrew Cuomo, American politician and Governor of New York (2011-), born in NYC, New York

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • Dec 7 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator, born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland
  • Dec 10 Prem Rawat "Guru Maharajji and Maharaji", American-Indian spiritual leader and speaker, born in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
  • 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 Gannett, American newspaper publisher (Gannett), dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French engineer and aviation pioneer who contributed to early heavier-than-air flight in Europe, 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