On This Day

February 1957 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
  • Feb 1 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam
  • Feb 1 Felix Wankel's first working prototype DKM 54 of the rotary Wankel engine was running at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany
  • Feb 1 MLB club owners accept new 5-year pension plan proposed by the players, but reject request to increase minimum salary from $6,000 to $7,500
  • Feb 2 UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
  • Feb 4 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
  • Feb 12 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Feb 13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans with Martin Luther King Jr. as President

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • Feb 15 Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister
  • Feb 17 A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • Feb 20 Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 v England, 13 wkts for match
  • Feb 23 The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar
  • Feb 27 Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Donna Adamek, American bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81), born in Duarte, California
  • Feb 2 Laurie Mann, current DPS curator/geek
  • Feb 4 Evan Wolfson, American attorney and activist
  • Feb 9 Mohammed Valli Moosa, South African leader (UDF)
  • Feb 13 Denise Austin, US fitness instructor & author, born in San Pedro, California
  • Feb 15 Bienvenida Buck, Spanish lover of Peter Harding, born in Velencia Spain
  • Feb 18 Bruce Rauner, American politician, Governor of Illinois (2015-), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 25 Jane Ackroyd, British sculptor
  • Feb 26 David Muldrow Beasley, American politician, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • Feb 28 Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad, dies at 66
  • Feb 2 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • Feb 4 Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican illustrator, dies
  • Feb 5 Joseph Ben Hardaway, American storyboard artist, director, and creator of Bugs Bunny, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Feb 5 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • Feb 8 John von Neumann, mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • Feb 10 Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (Little House on the Prairie), dies at 90
  • Feb 12 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 16 Leslie Hore-Belisha, British politician (Minister of Transport), dies at 63
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36

Person of interestJoseph Gilbert Hamilton

Feb 18 Joseph G. Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49

  • Feb 18 Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 79
  • Feb 23 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, dies at 67
  • Feb 25 Mark Aldanov, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), dies at 70

Person of interestBugs Moran

Feb 25 Bugs Moran, American gangster, dies of lung cancer in prison at 65

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran