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1700s to Present


World Historical and Societal Life January 1957

Life in 1957 (MCMLVII): Peter Collier (18491918), an Irish immigrant who left Ireland when he was 17 years old.  He founded a publishing company producing books for the Catholic market. He created Collier's Weekly - "The periodical was founded as Collier's Once a Week in April 1888 as a magazine of "fiction, fact, sensation, wit, humor, news".  The magazine ended in January 1957 after 69 years.


  • January 1 - Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London
  • January 1 - Saarland joins West Germany: France returns Saar to becomes the 10th state of German Federal Rep
  • January 1 - International Geophysical Year begins; ends 6/30/1958
  • January 1 - George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • January 1 - An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA's Operation Harvest.
  • January 2 - Pacific Coast Stock Exchange formed from merging San Francisco and Los Angeles stock exchanges
  • January 3 - Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch
  • January 3 - First electric watch introduced in Lancaster Pa
  • January 4 - "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • January 4 - Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000
  • January 4 - Collier's Weekly magazine publishes its the last issue after 69 years
  • January 5 - Russell Endean becomes the first batsman to be dismissed handled the ball in test match cricket
  • January 5 - Dodgers' Jackie Robinson retires rather than be traded to NY Giants
  • January 5 - Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East
  • January 6 - Elvis Presley makes his seventh and final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • January 6 - Yeshiva Kol Ya'ackov opens in Moscow Russia
  • January 9 - British premier Anthony Eden resigns
  • January 9 - Checheno-Ingush ASSR reformed in RSFSR
  • January 9 - Dutch Newspaper Society expels communist daily paper "Truth"
  • January 9 - Kalmyk Autonomous Region reformed in RSFSR
  • January 9 - Karachayevo-Cherkess Autonomous Region reestablished in RSFSRJanuary 10 - Anthony Eden resigns & Harold Macmillan becomes PM Britain
  • January 10 - Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • January 10 - Anthony Eden resigns - Harold Macmillan becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • January 11 - The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • January 11 - Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber.
  • January 12 - Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded
  • January 13 (or 14) - Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee
  • January 14 - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate
  • January 14 - Mickey Wright wins Sea Island Golf Open
  • January 14 - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 19-10
  • January 15 - Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
  • January 16 - Three B-52s leave California for 1 non-stop round world flights
  • January 16 - Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1 appearance
  • January 16 - The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool
  • January 17 - Nine-county commission recommends creation of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit District, San Francisco California)
  • January 18 - 3 B-52's set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min
  • January 19 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • January 20 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • January 20 - Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election
  • January 20 - Morton Gould's "Declaration," premieres in Washington, DC
  • January 20, 1957, and January 21, 1957 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
    • First time a president was inaugurated for a term limited by the Constitution (22d Amendment).
    • First presidential luncheon, held in the Old Supreme Court Chamber (S-228) in the Capitol.
  • January 21 - KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • January 22 - Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula
  • January 22 - Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) accused of 30 explosions, arrested
  • January 22 - Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula (they captured it from Egypt in a battle 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 23 - Ku Klux Klan members force truck driver Willie Edwards to jump off a bridge into the Alabama River where he drowns.
  • January 25 - FBI arrests Jack & Myra Sobel, charged with spying for USSR
  • January 26 - Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites," premieres
  • January 26 - Dutch PSP, Pacifist Socialistic Party, forms
  • January 26 - India annexes Kashmir
  • January 26 - Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as Pres of Milwaukee Braves
  • January 27 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • January 28 - "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • January 29 - Graham Greene's "Potting Shed," premieres in NYC
  • January 30 - US Congress accepts "Eisenhower-doctrine"
  • January 31 - Liz Taylor's second divorce (Michael Wilding)
  • January 31 - Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
  • January 31 - Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.


 Anyone born in the United States on January 20th or January 21st had to contend with the US Presidential Inauguration (set for January 20th but the 21st if the 20th is a Sunday).  The Twentieth Amendment (Amendment XX) to the United States Constitution moved the beginning and ending of the terms of the President and Vice President from March 4 to January 20th.  See which Presidents affected your birthday.


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