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1957 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1957 – An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA’s Operation Harvest.
- January 31, 1957 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- March 9, 1957 – A magnitude 8.3 earthquake in the Andreanof Islands, Alaska triggers a Pacific-wide tsunami causing extensive damage to Hawaii and Oahu.
- April 15, 1957 – White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.
- June 4, 1957 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous Power of Nonviolence speech at the University of California, Berkeley.
- June 10, 1957 – John Diefenbaker leads the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to a stunning upset in the Canadian federal election, 1957, ending 22 years of Liberal Party rule.
- June 24, 1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
- August 5, 1957 – American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.
- August 31, 1957 – The Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- November 3, 1957 – Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter orbit, a dog named Laika.
Who Were Born On 1957?
- January 17, 1957 – Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
- February 18, 1957 – Vanna White, American game show presenter
- February 27, 1957 – Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator
- April 30, 1957 – Aviva Chomsky, American historian, daughter of Noam Chomsky
- May 7, 1957 – Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
- May 21, 1957 – Judge Reinhold, American actor
- September 20, 1957 – Rich DiSilvio, American new media developer & artist
- October 15, 1957 – Mira Nair, Indian director
- October 18, 1957 – Catherine Ringer, French singer and songwriter (Les Rita Mitsouko)
- November 30, 1957 – Joël Champetier, French Canadian author