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1957 Newspaper Headlines

Our 1957 newspaper articles tell tales of natural disasters, musical innovations, celebrity gossip, and political dramas. Some key 1957 events include the reopening of the Suez canal, Harold Macmillan becoming the British prime minister, and “Sputnik 1”, the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth, launching. 1957 newspapers are a wonderful way to celebrate this interesting year in history. Understand how those who were present at the time reacted to the events, and how the events shaped the world.

DateEvent
10th January 1957Harold MacMillan becomes Prime Minister, replacing Anthony Eden, who resigns.
16th January 1957The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool. Brian Epstein is introduced to the Beatles here in 1961 and over the next two years, the famous group makes 292 appearances at the club.
20th January 1957Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States.
16th February 1957 The Toddlers' Truce is abolished in the United Kingdom. This was a controversial idea that had prevented television from broadcasting between the hours of 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.
6th March 1957United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the independent nation of Ghana.
8th March 1957Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal.
25th March 1957The Treaty of Rome establishes the European Economic Community (EEC).
26th March 195722-year-old Elvis Presley buys Graceland on Bellevue Boulevard for $100,000. He and his family soon relocate to the property.
12th April 1957The United Kingdom announces Singapore will gain self-rule on 1st January 1958.
17th April 1957Suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams is found not guilty of murder at the Old Bailey.
24th April 1957Sir Patrick Moore presents the first episode of “The Sky at Night“, a popular BBC television programme for astronomy enthusiasts.
15th May 1957Operation Grapple: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb at Malden Island in the Pacific. It fails to detonate properly.
15th May 1957Stanley Matthews plays his final international football game, ending a record English international career of almost twenty-three years.
6th July 1957John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the very first time, at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles.
2nd October 1957David Lean's film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” opens in the United Kingdom.
4th October 1957The Soviet Union launches ‘Sputnik 1‘, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.
21st October 1957Two trains collide in Turkey, killing ninety-five people.
4th December 1957The Lewisham train disaster leaves ninety-two people dead.
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