1957 in History – What happened in year 1957

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1957 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1957.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1957 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
14 januaryKripalu Maharaj became the fifth Jagadguru, the supreme spiritual leader of Hinduism.
22 januaryNew York City police arrested George Metesky, better known asthe 'Mad Bomber', for planting over 30 bombs over 16 years throughoutthe city.
01 februaryInvented by German mechanical engineer Felix Wankel, the first working prototype of the Wankel rotary engine ran for the first time atthe research and development department of German manufacturer NSUMotorenwerke AG.
18 februaryKenyan independence leader Dedan Kimathi, who spearheaded theMau Mau Rebellion, was executed by British authorities, who saw him as aterrorist.
17 marchA plane crash on the slope of Mount Manunggal killed PhilippinePresident Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
25 marchWest Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg signed the Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community.
06 mayDr. Rajendra Prasad won re-election on May 6, 1957 with 459,698 votes over Chowdhry Hari Ram and Nagendra Narayan Das who got 2,672 and 2000 votes respectively. He is the only President who won two terms of Presidential election of India.
15 mayBritain tested its first hydrogen bomb under Operation Grapple on May 15, 1957 at Malden Island in the Pacific Ocean and henceforth Britain became a thermonuclear power. Britain first test of h-bomb was named as Short Granite.
27 mayIndian Copyright Act was passed. The Copyright Act, 1957 governs the subject of copyright law in India. The history of copyright law in India can be traced back to its colonial era under the British. The Copyright Act 1957 was the first post-independence copyright legislation in India and the law has been amended six times since 1957. The most recent amendment was in the year 2012, through the Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012.
10 juneLed by John Diefenbaker, the Progressive Conservative Party wona plurality of the seats in the Canadian House of Commons in the federalelection, bringing an end to 22 years of Liberal Party rule.
22 juneThe Soviet Union launched an R-12 missile for the first time. Deployments of the R-12 missile in Cuba caused the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. A total of 2335 missiles were produced; however, all were destroyed in 1993 under the Soviet and US Arms Control Treaty.
06 julyAlthea Gibson became the first black tennis player who won the Wimbledon championships. She was an American tennis player and also a professional golfer. This was the first grand slam in the world won by any coloured player in history.
11 julyPrince Karim al-Hussayni succeeded Sultan Mahommed Shah asthe Aga Khan, becoming the 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
14 julyRawya Ateya took her seat in the National Assembly of Egypt tobecome the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world.
25 julyMore than a year after obtaining independence from France,Tunisia abolished its monarchy, the Husainid Dynasty, and became arepublic.
10 augustDr. W.E. Peterson seems hopeful that the invention of “protective milk” can treat various human illnesses such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, and even the common cold. The doctor has been performing tests by injecting bacteria into cow’s udders to fabricate immunity in those who consume the milk. However, not a lot of people have tried this milk.
27 augustThe Constitution of Malaya came into force, three days beforethe Federation of Malaya achieved formal independence from the UnitedKingdom.
31 augustBritish have given over the power to their colony of Malaya, yet it will continue to exist as a member of the British Commonwealth.
02 septemberPresident Ngô Ðình Di?m of South Vietnam became the firstforeign head of state to make a state visit to Australia.
22 septemberFrançois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier was elected President of Haiti asa populist before consolidating power and ruling as a dictator for therest of his life.
24 septemberBarcelona's Camp Nou, currently the largest stadium in Europewith a seating capacity of 99,354, opened.
29 septemberAn explosion at the Soviet nuclear reprocessing plant Mayakreleased 74 to 1850 PBq of radioactive material.
03 octoberA California Superior Court judge ruled that 'Howl', a poem byAllen Ginsberg, was of 'redeeming social importance' and thus notobscene.
04 octoberThe Space Race begins after the Soviet Union launches the first artificial satellite SPUTNIK.
04 octoberSoviet spacecraft Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite toorbit the Earth, was launched by an R-7 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam, Kazakh SSR.
02 novemberPeople of Levelland, Texas conveyed sightings of unidentified flying objects with bright lights. The head of the Interplanetary Space Patrol, Jim Lee then anticipated that the UFOs will soon be coming in huge quantities and the people who doubted this claim, will have no option but to agree.
03 novemberThe Soviet Union launched the Sputnik 2 spacecraft, carryingLaika the Russian space dog as the first living creature from Earth toenter orbit.
20 decemberDecember 20 The first flight of the Boeing 707, the first commercially successful jet airliner, took place.
23 decemberIan Craig of Australia became the youngest Test cricket captain in history.
21 JuneEllen Fairclough was sworn in as Canada's first female cabinet minister.


Famous birthdays in the year 1957:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 OctoberRoberto Azevêdo / Engineer / Brazil
05 SeptemberPeter Winnen / Cyclist / Netherlands
07 MayKristina M. Johnson / Engineer / United States of America
08 JuneScott Adams / Author / United States of America
10 DecemberPrem Rawat / Educator / United States of America
13 SeptemberJohn G. Trueschler / Politician / United States of America
13 January Mary Glindon / Politician / United Kingdom
14 NovemberMichael J. Fitzgerald / Author / United States of America
15 March David Silverman / Director / United States of America
15 March Víctor Muñoz / Footballer / Spain
16 DecemberAntonio Vega / Singer / Spain
16 MayJoan Benoit / Runner / United States of America
18 JuneRichard Powers / Novelist / United States of America
19 AugustChristine Soetewey / Jumper / Belgium
20 March Theresa Russell / Actress / United States of America
21 MayJudge Reinhold / Actor / United States of America
21 AugustFrank Pastore / Baseball Player / United States of America
22 OctoberHenry Lauterbach / Jumper / Germany
26 JulyYuen Biao / Actor / China
27 February Kevin Curran / Writer / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1957:

YearName / Profession / Country
18 JanuaryNafisa Ali / Actress / India
NA NANarendra Karmarkar / Scientist / India
NA NALabh Janjua / Singer / India
27 MayNitin Gadkari / Politician / India
11 FebruaryTina Munim / Actress / India
11 February Tina Ambani / Actress / India
16 DecemberH. D. Kumaraswamy / Politician / India
01 OctoberArchana Ramasundaram / Civil Servant / India
28 JulyAnil Janavijay / Writer / India
14 AugustJohnny Lever / Actor / India
01 JanuaryJackie Shroff / Actor / India
08 JuneDimple Kapadia / Actress / India
15 OctoberMira Nair / Director / India
16 AugustR. R. Patil / Politician / India
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