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Events of 1957
- January 1 - The Saarland joins West Germany.
- January 1 - An Irish Republican Army attack on the Brookeborough police barracks leads to the deaths of Seán South and Fergal O'Hanlon.
- January 2 - The San Francisco and Los Angeles stock exchanges merge to form the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange.
- January 3 - Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
- January 4 - After 69 years the last issue of Collier's Weekly Magazine is published.
- January 9 - British Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigns.
- January 10 - Harold Macmillan becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- January 11 - The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
- January 20 - Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States.
- January 22 - Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula (captured from 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 26 - The Ibirapuera Planetarium (the first in the Southern Hemisphere) is inaugurated in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
- January 31 - Three students on a junior high school playground in Pacoima, California are among the 8 persons killed following a mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet, in the skies above the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles.
- February 2 - President Iskander Mirza of Pakistan lays the foundation-stone of the Guddu Barrage across the river Indus near Sukkur.
- February 4 - France prohibits U.N. involvement in Algeria.
- February 4 - The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), logs its 60,000th nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional Nautilus described in Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".
- February 15 - Andrei Gromyko becomes foreign minister of the Soviet Union.
- February 18 - Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
- February 23 - The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc opens in Dakar.
- March 1 - U Nu becomes Prime Minister of Burma.
- March 1 - Arturo Lezama becomes President of the National Council of Government of Uruguay.
- 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 nation of Ghana.
- March 7 - The United States Congress approves the Eisenhower Doctrine.
- March 8 - Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal.
- March 10 - Floodgates of The Dalles Dam are closed, inundating Celilo Falls and ancient Indian fisheries along the Columbia River in Oregon.
- March 13 - The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests Jimmy Hoffa and charges him with bribery.
- March 14 - President Sukarno declares martial law in Indonesia.
- March 17 - Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others are killed in a plane crash.
- March 20 - The French newspaper L'Express reveals that the French army tortures Algerian prisoners.
- March 25 - The Treaty of Rome (patto di Roma) establishes the European Economic Community (EEC) (see European Union).
- April 1 - The first new conscripts join the Bundeswehr.
- April 5 - The Communist Party of India wins the elections in Kerala, making E. M. S. Namboodiripad its first chief minister.
- April 9 - Egypt reopens the Suez Canal to all shipping.
- April 12 - The United Kingdom announces that Singapore will gain self-rule January 1, 1958.
- April 12 - Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl, printed in England, is seized by U.S. customs officials on the grounds of obscenity.
- May 2 - Vincent Gigante fails to assassinate mafioso Frank Costello in Manhattan.
- May 15 - Operation Grapple: At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb, which fails to detonate properly.
- May 16 - Paul-Henri Spaak becomes the new Secretary General of NATO.
- May 24 - Anti-American riots erupt in Taipei, Taiwan.
- June 9 - Broad Peak, on the China-Pakistan border, is first ascended.
- June 15 - Oklahoma celebrates its semi-centennial statehood. A brand new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere is buried in a time capsule (to be opened 50 years later on June 15, 2007).
- June 21 - John Diefenbaker becomes Canada's 13th prime minister.
- June 25 - The United Church of Christ is formed in Cleveland, Ohio by the merger of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
- June 27 - Hurricane Audrey demolishes Cameron, Louisiana, killing 400 people.
- July 11 - His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan becomes the 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims at age 20. His grandfather Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan III appoints Prince Karim in his will.
- 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, with Habib Bourguiba its first president. * July 28 - The 6th World Festival of Youth and Students, a high point of The Thaw, kicks off in Moscow.
- July 28 - Heavy rains and mudslides at Isahaya, western Kyushu, Japan kill 992.
- July 28 - A strong earthquake shakes Mexico City and Mexican port city Acapulco.
- July 29 - The International Atomic Energy Agency is established.
- August 21 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces a 2-year suspension of nuclear testing.
- August 28 - United States Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) sets the record for the longest filibuster with his 24-hour, 18-minute speech railing against a civil rights bill.
- 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 Malaya.
- September 1 - 175 die in Jamaica's worst railway disaster.
- September 4 - Governor Orville Faubus of Arkansas calls out the US National Guard, to prevent Black students from enrolling in Central High School in Little Rock.
- September 4 - The Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel on what the company proclaims as "E Day".
- September 21 - Olav V becomes King of Norway on the death of Haakon VII.
- September 21 - The sailing ship Pamir sinks off the Azores in a hurricane.
- September 24 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops to Arkansas to provide safe passage into Central High School for the Little Rock Nine.
- October 4 - Space Age - Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.
- October 4 - Canada's Avro Arrow is unveiled to the public.
- October 9 - Neil H. McElroy is sworn in as United States Secretary of Defense.
- October 10 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant.
- October 11 - The Jodrell Bank Radio telescope opens in Cheshire, UK.
- October 11 - The orbit of the last stage of the R-7 Semyorka rocket (carrying Sputnik I) is first successfully calculated on an IBM 704 computer by teams at The M.I.T. Computation Center and Operation Moonwatch, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- October 21 - Two trains collide in Turkey; 95 die.
- October 21 - The U.S. military sustains its first combat fatality in Vietnam, Army Capt. Hank Cramer of the 1st Special Forces Group.
- October 23 - Morocco begins its invasion of Ifni.
- October 25 - Mafia boss Albert Anastasia is assassinated in a barber shop, at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City.
- October 27 - Celal Bayar is re-elected president of Turkey.
- October 31 - Toyota begins exporting vehicles to the U.S., beginning with the Toyota Crown and the Toyota Land Cruiser
- November 1 - The Mackinac Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages at the time, opens to traffic connecting Michigan's 2 peninsulas.
- November 3 - Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2, with the first animal in space (a dog named Laika) on board.
- November 7 - Cold War: In the United States, the Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.
- November 13 - Gordon Gould invents the laser.
- November 13 - Flooding in the Po River valley of Italy leads to flooding also in Venice.
- November 14 - Apalachin Meeting: American Mafia leaders meet in Apalachin, New York at the house of Joseph Barbara; the meeting is broken up by a curious patrolman.
- November 15 - A plane crash in the Isle of Wight leaves 43 dead.
- November 15 - Yugoslavia announces the end of economic boycott of Franco's Spain (althought not reinstitutes diplomatic relations).
- November 16 - Oklahoma celebrates its 50th anniversary of statehood. Notre Dame beats the Oklahoma Sooners 7-0 to end the Sooners record 47 straight college football winning streak.
- November 25 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower has a stroke.
- November 30 - Indonesian president Sukarno survives a grenade attack at the Cikini School in Jakarta, but 6 children are killed.
- December 1 - In Indonesia, Sukarno announces the nationalization of 246 Dutch businesses.
- December 4 - The Lewisham train disaster in the UK leaves 92 dead.
- December 5 - All 326,000 Dutch nationals are expelled from Indonesia.
- December 6 - First U.S. attempt to launch a satellite fails, the rocket blowing up on the launch pad.
- December 20 - The Boeing 707 airliner flies for the first time.