January 2 - San Francisco and Los Angeles stock exchanges merge.
January 3 - Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
January 4 - After 69 years the last issue of Colliers magazine is published.
January 10 - Harold Macmillan becomes the prime minister of the United Kingdom.
January 13 - Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee.
January 16 - The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool.
January 22 - Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula (they invaded Egypt on
October 29, 1956).
January 22 - The New York City "Mad Bomber," George P. Metesky, is arrested in
Waterbury, Connecticut and is charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
January 23 - Ku Klux Klan members force a truck driver Willie Edwards to jump off
a bridge into an Alabama River - he drowns.
February 4 - France prohibits UN involvement in Algeria.
March 1 - U Nu becomes Prime Minister of Burma.
March 1 - Arturo Lezama becomes President of the National Council of Government
March 1 - Sud Aviation forms from a merger between SNCASE (Société Nationale de
Constructions Aéronautiques du Sud Est) and SNCASO (Société Nationale de
Constructions Aéronautiques du Sud Ouest).
March 6 - United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the
independent Republic of Ghana.
March 8 - Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal.
March 13 - The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa and charges him with bribery.
March 14 - President Sukarno declares martial law in Indonesia.
March 20 - French newspaper L'Express reveals that French army tortures Algerian prisoners.
March 25 - Treaty of Rome (patto di Roma) establishes the European Economic Community
April 1 - The first new conscripts join the Bundeswehr.
April 5 - First elected government of Kerala. CPI won the elections and E. M. S.
Namboodiripad became the first chief minister of united Kerala.
April 12 - United Kingdom announces that Singapore will gain self rule January 1, 1958.
June 9 - First ascent of Broad Peak.
June 15 - Eindhoven University of Technology is founded.
June 21 - John Diefenbaker becomes Canada's thirteenth prime minister.
July - International Geophysical Year begins.
July 16 - United States Marine Major John Glenn flies an F8U supersonic jet from California
to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds setting a new transcontinental speed record.
July 25 - Tunisia becomes a republic.
July 29 - The International Atomic Energy Agency is established.
August 4 - Juan Manuel Fangio, driving for Maserati, wins the Formula One German Grand
Prix, clinching (with 4 wins that season) his record fifth world drivers championship,
including his fourth consecutive championship (also a record); these two records would
endure for nearly half a century.
August 31 - The Federation of Malaya gains independence from the United Kingdom. Tuanku
Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad, Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri
Sembilan becomes the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
September 4 - American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis - Orville Faubus,
governor of Arkansas, calls out the National Guard to prevent black students from
enrolling in Central High School in Little Rock.
September 4 - Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.
October 4 - launch of Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
October 9 - Neil H. McElroy was sworn in as the 6th Secretary of Defense of United States.
October 10 - US President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana,
Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he was refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant.
October 11 - Radio telescope of Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, UK, opened.
October 25 - Assassination of a Mafia boss Albert Anastasia in a barber shop in
Park Sheraton Hotel.
November 1 - Michigan's Mackinac Bridge opened.
November 3 - Sputnik program: The Soviet Union. launches; Sputnik 2. On board is
the first animal to enter space - a dog named Laika (she was kept alive for several days
in space with a sophisticated life-support system).
November 7 - Cold War: In the United States, the Gaither Report calls for more
American missiles and fallout shelters.
November 13 - Flooding in the Po River valley of Italy leads to the flooding also in Venice.
November 14 - Apalachian Conference - At least 60 Mafiosi meet in a convention in
Apalachin, New York at the house of Joseph Barbara. FBI intrudes and many of the
mobsters try to escape.
November 15 - Plane crash in the Isle of Wight - 43 dead.
November 16 - Serial killer Edward Gein murders Bernice Worden of Plainfield, Wisconsin
(this was his last murder).
November 30 - Grenade attack against Indonesian president Sukarno in Cikini School
in Jakarta. Six children killed, Sukarno survives unscathed.
December 4 - Lewisham train disaster in Britain - 92 dead.
December 5 - All Dutch nationals expelled from Indonesia.
December 6 - First US attempt to launch a satellite fails, blowing up on the launchpad.
Project Orion begins, a U.S. program to build a spacecraft powered by nuclear explosions.
Civil Rights Commission established under the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
IBM makes FORTRAN scientific programming language available to customers. It
becomes the most widely used computer language for technical work.Year in topic
1957 in film
The Bridge on the River Kwai.
1957 in literature
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
1957 in music
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel name themselves Tom and Jerry and begin their recording
career, signing with Sid Prosen of Big Records. Their first single, "Hey, Schoolgirl,"
backed with "Dancin' Wild," hit #49 on the Billboard pop charts.
1957 in sports
July 6 - Althea Gibson wins the Wimbledon championships becoming the first
black athlete to do so.
1957 in television
Jack Paar becomes the permanent host for NBC's Tonight Show.Births
January 6 - Nancy Lopez
January 7 - Nicholson Baker
January 7 - Katie Couric
, television host.
January 7 - Julian Solis
, world champion boxer.
January 11 - Maria van den Houten
January 15 - Mario Van Peebles
, actor, director.
January 15 - Julian Sands
January 17 - Elizabeth Laurina van den Houten
January 22 - Mike Bossy
, ice hockey player.
January 23 - Earl Falconer
January 23 - Princess Caroline
February 1 - Paulina (Paula) van den Houten
February 6 - Kathy Najimy
, actress, comedian.
February 6 - Robert Townsend
, comedian, actor, director, producer.
February 8 - Cindy Wilson
, singer, of The B-52's.
February 16 - LeVar Burton
, actor (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation).
February 16 - James Ingram
February 18 - Vanna White
, game show presenter.
February 19 - Falco
, singer (d. 1998).
February 27 - Viktor Markin
, Soviet athlete.
March 10 - Osama bin Laden
March 12 - Steve Harris
, bassist/leader of Iron Maiden.
March 20 - Spike Lee
, film director, actor.
March 29 - Christophe Lambert
March 30 - Paul Reiser
April 4 - Aki Kaurismäki
, Finnish film director.
April 9 - Seve Ballesteros
, Spanish golfer.
April 29 - Daniel Day-Lewis
May 6 - Theodora Johanna Bergijk
May 7 - Sinjin Smith
, volleyball player.
May 10 - Sid Vicious
, bassist of The Sex Pistols (d. 1979).
May 26 - Margaret Colin
May 27 - Siouxsie Sioux
, lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees.
May 28 - Kirk Gibson
, baseball player.
June 5 - Hermance Marguerite van den Houten
June 8 - Scott Adams
, cartoonist, creator of Dilbert.
June 11 - Jamaaladeen Tacuma
, jazz musician.
June 12 - Javed Miandad
June 19 - Anna Lindh
, Swedish politician and minister of foreign affairs (d. 2003).
July 20 - Adriana van den Houten
July 26 - Nana Visitor
, actress (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
August 3 - Petronella Geertruid Aleida van den Houten
August 9 - Melanie Griffith
, actress (Working Girl, The Bonfire of the Vanities).
August 24 - Stephen Fry
, English comedian, author, and actor.
August 27 - Bernhard Langer
, German golfer.
August 28 - Daniel Stern
September 1 - Gloria Estefan
September 12 - Rachel Ward
October 3 - Herman van den Houten
November 7 - Christopher Knight
, actor (The Brady Bunch).
November 15 - Kevin Eubanks
November 20 - Cornelia Helena van den Houten
November 24 - Denise Crosby
, actress (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
December 9 - Donny Osmond
December 10 - Michael Clarke Duncan
, actor (Armageddon, The Green Mile).
December 13 - Steve Buscemi
, actor (Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, The Sopranos).
December 13 - Jean-Marie Messier
, french businessman.
December 20 - Billy Bragg
December 21 - Tom Henke
, baseball relief pitcher.
December 21 - Ray Romano
, actor, comedian (Everybody Loves Raymond).
December 30 - Matt Lauer
, NBC newscaster.Walter Moers
- German comic artist and writer.Eugene Spafford
- American computer scientist.Deaths
January 5 - Christina Bekkering
January 14 - Humphrey Bogart
, actor (b. 1899).
February 8 - John von Neumann
, Hungarian-American mathematician (b. 1903).
February 9 - Miklós Horthy
, Hungarian admiral and longtime Regent (b. 1868).
February 10 - Laura Ingalls Wilder
, author (b. 1867).
February 18 - Henry Norris Russell
February 25 - George "Bugs" Moran
, Chicago gangster.
March 11 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd
March 16 - Constantin Brancusi
March 17 - Ramon Magsaysay
, President of the Philippines.
March 25 - Max Ophüls
, director, writer.
May 2 - Joseph McCarthy
, US senator.
May 9 - Ezio Pinza
, opera singer.
May 14 - Marie Vassilieff
May 16 - Eliot Ness
, federal agent.
May 31 - Leopold Staff
, Polish poet (b. 1878).
June 27 - Malcolm Lowry
, novelist (b. 1909).
July 4 - Judy Tyler
July 24 - Sacha Guitry
, French playright, actor and director.
July 27 - Adriana van den Houten
July 28 - Edith Abbott
, social worker, educator, and author (b. 1876).
July 29 - Frans Anton van Burgh
August 7 - Oliver Hardy
, American actor.
August 19 - David Bomberg
August 20 - Johannes Cornelis Dubbelman
September 1 - Dennis Brain
, French horn player.
September 20 - Jean Sibelius
September 21 - Haakon VII
September 22 - Toyoda Soemu
, Japanese admiral in World War II.
October 25 - Edward Plunkett
, Baron Dunsany, Irish author.
November 24 - Diego Rivera
November 30 - Beniamino Gigli
, tenor.Joyce Cary
Winner of Eurovision Song Contest 1957: Corry Brokken
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