·         Kennedy in 1957 was a junior U.S. Senator nearing the end of his first six-year term, also mounting a senate re-election campaign in Massachusetts. 

·         1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa

·         1957 saw the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and more lights, bigger with more powerful engines and an average car sold for $2,749. The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. Movies included "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai", and TV showed "Perry Mason" and "Maverick" for the first time. The music continued to be Rock and Roll with artists like "Little Richard". The popular toys were Slinkys and Hula Hoops. The continued growth of the use of credit was shown by the fact that 2/3 of all new cars were bought on credit. Some of the areas that would cause problems later were starting to show South Vietnam is attacked by Viet Cong Guerrillas and Troops are sent to Arkansas to enforce anti segregation laws 

·         Egypt - Suez Canal Crisis 1956 – 1957

·         United States — First Frisbee Toy

·         Transcontinental Speed Record

Popular Culture

·         Elvis Presley purchases a mansion in Memphis, Tennessee and calls it Graceland

·         The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool ( Where the Beatles started )

·         The Film Jailhouse Rock premiers with Elvis Presley

·         "American Bandstand" the teenagers chart music show makes its network debut on ABC

Popular Films

·         The Ten Commandments

·         Around the World in Eighty Days

·         12 Angry men

·         Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley

·         The Bridge on the River Kwai

·         The Three Faces of Eve

Popular Books

·         The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss

·         From Russia with Love – Ian Fleming

·         The Guns of Navarone – Alistair MacLean


·         Ultrasound scanning pioneered in Scotland

·         First Nuclear Reactor plant opens for production of electricity in Pennsylvania US

·         The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I,on October 4th the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.

·         Soviets test H Bomb

·         Great Britain tests first hydrogen bomb on the Christmas Island

·         The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter space – a dog named Laika.


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