Events in History in 1957

Events 1 - 200 of 334

  • Jan 1 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London
  • Jan 1 France returns Saar to becomes the 10th state of German Federal Rep
  • Jan 1 International Geophysical Year begins; ends 6/30/1958 (18-mo year)
  • Jan 1 George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Jan 1 An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA's Operation Harvest.
  • Jan 3 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa

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Jan 5 US President Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Middle East

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 6 Yeshiva Kol Ya'ackov opens in Moscow Russia
  • Jan 9 Checheno-Ingush ASSR reformed in RSFSR
  • Jan 9 Dutch Newspaper Society expels communist daily paper "Truth"
  • Jan 9 Kalmyk Autonomous Region reformed in RSFSR
  • Jan 9 Karachayevo-Cherkess Autonomous Region reestablished in RSFSR

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Jan 10 After Anthony Eden's resignation Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
  • Jan 11 The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • Jan 11 Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber.
  • Jan 12 Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded
  • Jan 13 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate
  • Jan 13 Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee
  • Jan 14 Kripalu Maharaj is named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher)
  • Jan 16 3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights
  • Jan 17 9-county commission recommends creation of BART
  • Jan 18 3 B-52's set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min
  • Jan 19 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Jan 20 Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election
  • Jan 20 Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 22 Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula
  • Jan 22 Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) accused of 30 explosions, arrested
  • Jan 23 Indian nationalist V. K. Krishna Menon begins the longest ever sppeach at the UN on Kashmir- 8 hours over 2 days
  • Jan 25 FBI arrests Jack & Myra Sobel, charged with spying for USSR
  • Jan 26 Dutch Pacifist Socialist Party forms
  • Jan 26 India annexes Kashmir

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Jan 29 Graham Greene's "Potting Shed" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 30 US Congress accepts "Eisenhower-doctrine"
  • Jan 31 Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
  • Jan 31 Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
  • 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 2 UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
  • Feb 4 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
  • Feb 5 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert
  • Feb 10 Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms
  • Feb 12 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
  • Feb 13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • 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
  • Mar 1 Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor

  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of Canada
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins of the USA
  • Mar 3 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • Mar 4 The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.
  • Mar 5 Eamon de Valera's Fianna Fail-party wins election in Ireland
  • Mar 5 Sgt Bilko satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvis Pelvin)
  • Mar 6 Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK

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Mar 6 Centenary of Dred Scott slavery court decision marked by rediscovery of Scott's grave

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott
  • Mar 8 Israeli troops leave Egypt
  • Mar 8 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 8 Egypt reopens the Suez Canal after Israel withdraws from occupied Egyptian territory
  • Mar 9 8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
  • Mar 12 German DR accepts 22 Russian divisions

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Mar 13 Bloody battles after anti-Batista demonstration in Havana Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Mar 14 Indonesian government of Sastroamidjojo resigns
  • Mar 15 Great Britain becomes the third nation to explode a nuclear bomb
  • Mar 17 Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted

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Mar 17 Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Mar 19 Indians reject Boston's offer of $1 million for Herb Score
  • Mar 20 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it

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Mar 21 Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 22 Earthquake shakes San Francisco
  • Mar 22 Republic of India adopts Saka calendar along with Gregorian
  • Mar 23 US army sells last homing pigeons
  • Mar 25 Treaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Mkt)
  • Mar 28 1st National Curling Championship held
  • Apr 1 Trial begins in Budapest against participants october uprising
  • Apr 1 World's biggest glass oven used

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Apr 3 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Apr 3 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 6 NYC ends trolley car service
  • Apr 6 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Apr 7 Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run
  • Apr 10 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • Apr 10 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
  • Apr 10 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

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Apr 11 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

  • Apr 11 Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically
  • Apr 11 Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
  • Apr 12 Jim Spalding set a 2,088 pin nine-game bowling record
  • Apr 12 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 13 11th Tony Awards: Long Days Journey into the Night & My Fair Lady win
  • Apr 13 Saturday postal delivery in US is temporarily halted due to lack of funds
  • Apr 14 Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women's singles ping pong championship
  • Apr 15 Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
  • Apr 15 Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million
  • Apr 16 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 20 Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
  • Apr 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum
  • Apr 25 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
  • Apr 25 Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • Apr 29 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va
  • May 1 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast
  • May 1 US gives Poland credit of $95 million
  • May 1 Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km

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May 2 Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello

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May 4 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • May 5 Adolf Scharf elected president of Austria
  • May 6 Italian government of Antonio Segni resigns

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May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to John F. Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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May 8 South Vietnamese President, Ngô Đình Diệm, arrives in the United States on a state visit

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • May 10 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon
  • May 10 Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow
  • May 11 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia

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May 15 18,000 people at Madison Sq Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • May 15 1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)
  • May 16 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae
  • May 16 US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton Conn
  • May 16 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade
  • May 17 Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)
  • May 17 School desegregation law, Brown v Board of education
  • May 19 Adone Zoli forms Italian government
  • May 21 French government of Mollet resigns
  • May 22 South Africa's government approves race separation in universities
  • May 24 Anti-American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
  • May 24 Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia
  • May 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 29 Algerian rebels kill 336 collaborators
  • May 29 Laos government of prince Suvanna Phuma resigns
  • May 31 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • Jun 1 Don Bowden becomes 1st American to run a 4 minute mile (3:58.7)

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Jun 2 US TV interviews Nikita Khrushchev

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Jun 4 1st commercial coal pipeline placed in operation
  • Jun 4 May & Cowdrey make 411 stand v WI Ramadhin bowls 98 overs
  • Jun 5 NY narcotics investigator, Dr Herbert Berger, urges AMA to investigate use of stimulating drugs by athletes
  • Jun 9 First ascent of Broad Peak (the world's 12th highest mountain).
  • Jun 10 John Diefenbacker (C) elected PM of Canada
  • Jun 11 12 die in a train crash in Vroman Colo
  • Jun 12 Paul Anderson of US back-lifts a record 2850 kg (6,270 lbs)
  • Jun 13 Mayflower II from Plymouth, England, reaches Plymouth, Mass
  • Jun 14 42.0 cm rain falls on East St Louis, Illinois (state record)
  • Jun 14 Edouard Carpentier beats Lou Thesz to become NWA wrestling champion
  • Jun 15 42.01 cm (16.54") of rainfall, East St Louis, Ill (state record)
  • Jun 15 Yanks trade Billy Martin & Ralph Terry for Ryne Duran
  • Jun 16 French offensive in Algeria
  • Jun 17 "So Rare" by Jimmy Dorsey Orch peaks at #2
  • Jun 17 Tuskegee boycott begins (Blacks boycotted city stores)
  • Jun 18 John Diefenbacker (C) takes office as PM of Canada
  • Jun 21 Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister

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Jun 21 Louis St. Laurent resigns as Prime Minister of Canada, ending the longest uninterrupted run at the federal level in Canadian history

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent
  • Jun 21 7th Berlin International Film Festival: "12 Angry Men" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 22 Kansas City stops using streetcars in it's transit system
  • Jun 24 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States
  • Jun 27 Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
  • Jun 27 The British Medical Research Council publishes a report suggesting a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
  • Jun 28 Reds' fans stuff ballot box, electing 8 Reds as All Star starters

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Jun 29 Malenkov, Molotov, Kaganowitsj & Sjepilov leave USSR communist party

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Jul 1 International Geophysical Year begins (until Dec 31, 1958)
  • Jul 2 1st submarine designed to fire guided missiles launched, Grayback
  • Jul 2 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Le pelerinage De Lourdes
  • Jul 4 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts temporary tax increase
  • Jul 5 Tom Graveney of England scores 258 v West Indies at Trent Bridge

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Jul 6 Harry S. Truman Library forms in Independence, Missouri

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jul 7 Heavy storm ravages Belgian coast
  • Jul 8 Irish premier Eamon de Valera arrests Sinn Fein leaders
  • Jul 9 Discovery of element 102 (Nobelium) announced
  • Jul 12 1st President to fly in helicopter-Dwight Eisenhower
  • Jul 12 US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
  • Jul 14 Soviet steamer "Eshghbad" sinks in Caspian Sea, drowning 270
  • Jul 15 Dutch Super Constellation crashes near New Guinea, 56 die
  • Jul 15 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

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Jul 16 US Marine Major John Glenn sets transcontinental speed record (03:28:08)

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • Jul 19 1st rocket with nuclear warhead fired, Yucca Flat, Nevada
  • Jul 19 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 24 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 25 Monarchy in Tunisia abolished in favor of a republic
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 26 USSR launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile
  • Jul 26 Carlos Castillo Armas, Dictator and President of Guatemala, is assassinated by a palace guard with leftist sympathies
  • Jul 27 St James' Theatre in London closes
  • Jul 28 Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, kill 992.
  • Jul 29 International Atomic Energy Agency forms by UN
  • Jul 29 Jack Paar's Tonight show premieres
  • Aug 1 1st commercial building heated by Sun (Albuquerque NM)
  • Aug 1 US & 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" made its debut
  • Aug 5 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 Juan-Manuel Fangio, wins his last auto World Championship at 46
  • 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)