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.
10th January 1957
Harold MacMillan becomes Prime Minister, replacing Anthony Eden, who resigns.
16th January 1957
The 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 1957
Dwight 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.
8th March 1957
Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal.
26th March 1957
22-year-old Elvis Presley buys Graceland on Bellevue Boulevard for $100,000. He and his family soon relocate to the property.
12th April 1957
The United Kingdom announces Singapore will gain self-rule on 1st January 1958.
17th April 1957
Suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams is found not guilty of murder at the Old Bailey.
15th May 1957
Operation Grapple: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb at Malden Island in the Pacific. It fails to detonate properly.
15th May 1957
Stanley Matthews plays his final international football game, ending a record English international career of almost twenty-three years.
6th July 1957
John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the very first time, at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles.
2nd October 1957
David Lean’s film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” opens in the United Kingdom.
4th October 1957
The Soviet Union launches ‘Sputnik 1‘, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.
4th December 1957
The Lewisham train disaster leaves ninety-two people dead.
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