1957 History Events: What Happened in 1957

In a variety of ways, 1957 will be remembered. For example, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was published in literature. This work was an important work of the Beat genre, and it depicts the start of the American Counterculture movement. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s most renowned work, was also released in this year. This was clearly Rand’s biggest and most significant work, and it was notoriously polarising.

This year was also significant for theatre, film, and television. On Broadway, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story premiered. In the United States, the films Loving You and Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley were released. His first leading part came in the first of the two films. This was also the year that The Bridge on the River Kwai had its UK debut. In 1958, the picture went on to win Best Picture at the 30th Academy Awards. Cinderella, by Rogers and Hammerstein, was broadcast live on CBS. The Nutcracker, a ballet by Tchaikovsky, was broadcast for the first time on American television this year on CBS’s The Seven Lively Arts. The first season of Leave It to Beaver aired in 1957. With its idealised image of American suburban life, the show would become a cultural icon.

There were also several significant cultural events this year. Elvis Presley purchased Graceland, his renowned house in Memphis, Tennessee, in this year. This year, the Brooklyn Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles, bringing the storied franchise to the Golden State. Paul McCartney and John Lennon initially met in Liverpool, England, in 1957. The meeting took place three years prior to the formation of The Beatles.

This was the year when the Soviets launched Sputnik 2 into space. The first animal to circle the Earth, a dog named Laika, was launched on this mission.

Continue reading to discover more about the events of 1957.


(January 23, 1957)
The rights to American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison's flying disc are sold to the Wham-O toy manufacturer, which later renames it the "Frisbee."


(February 10, 1957)
Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the beloved Little House series of children's novels, died at the age of 90.

(March 06, 1957)
Ghana is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to declare independence from the British.

(May 06, 1957)
I Love Lucy's final episode aired; the highly popular show starring Lucille Ball was regarded as one of television's hallmark sitcoms.

(June 21, 1957)
Ellen Fairclough is sworn in as the first female Cabinet Minister in Canadian history.


(July 14, 1957)
Rawya Ateya takes her place in the Egyptian National Assembly, being the first woman in the Arab world to do so.

(July 19, 1957)
The novel The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh, which is primarily autobiographical, was released.

(July 29, 1957)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is formed.

(August 31, 1957)
Malaysia Independence Day. photo source:


Happy Birthday! (September 01, 1957)
Gloria Estefan, Cuban-American singer-songwriter and actress. photo source:

(October 01, 1957)
This is the first time In God we trust has appeared on paper currency in the United States. photo source:

(October 04, 1957) The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, which went into orbit around the Earth as the first man-made satellite. photo source:

(November 03, 1957)
Sputnik 2 was launched by the Soviet Union, and it contained the dog Laika, the first living thing to be propelled into space and orbit Earth. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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1956 History Events: What Happened in 1956

1958 History Events: What Happened in 1958