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Nov. 14th, 2004 @ 05:51 pm And that's the way it was.
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Stolen from kristine_smith

In 1957 (the year you were born)

Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

First civil rights bill since Reconstruction to protect blacks' voting rights is approved by Congress

Hurricane "Audrey" destroys Cameron, Louisiana killing 390 people

National Guardsmen bar nine black students from entering previously all white Central High School in Little Rock

Russians launch Sputnik I, first earth orbiting satellite

The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa and charges him with bribery

Vanna White, Osama bin Laden, Sid Vicious, and Melanie Griffith are born

Milwaukee Brewers win World Series

Detroit Lions win NFL championship

Montreal Canadiens win Stanley Cup

On the Road by Jack Kerouac is published

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is published

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

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AZ Burrowing Owl
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Date:November 15th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC)
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Wow, quite a year!

The books and the births are especially interesting.
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Date:November 15th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)
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Dude! You stole my year!

We've got pretty cool natal year - both The Cat in the Hat and Sputnik making their first bows.
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Date:November 15th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)
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It got me thinking and I went searching to see what else was going on. I found this stuff:
It was the year Sputnik I and II were launched.
It was the year schools in Little Rock Arkansas were forcibly integrated.
Eisenhower was starting his second term as US President.
Elvis was doing his thing.
The Cold War was in full swing.
The 57 Chevy was the car of choice.
Joe McCarthy(held Senate Communism hearings) died, as did Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie author).
The country of Ghana won its independence.
The country of Malaya attained sovereignty.
Hank Aaron was the National League's most valuable player.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was organized.
Richfield Oil established Alaska's first commercially viable oil production on the Swanson River.
Steve Allen was the host of "The Tonight Show."
The Teamsters Union was expelled from the AFL-CIO due to charges of corruption.
"West Side Story" opened on Broadway.
The International Geophysical Year (57 - 58) brought about a great amount of research into the environment.
The International Atomic Energy Agency was established to oversee the development and spread of nuclear technology and materials.
In the Middle East, the Suez Canal was closed due to conflicts.
Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn starred in Funny Face.
"I Love Lucy" was in its last year on TV. (Original episodes)
The "European Economic Community" (EEC) was established.
Willy Brandt became mayor of WestBerlin.
Humphrey Bogart died.
Daniel Bovet won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research into antihistamines.
"Bloom County" cartoonist Berkeley Breathed was born.
Antarctica explorer Richard Byrd died.
Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat.
Mao Tse Tung was in power in China
Juan Batista was in control in Cuba.
John Diefenbaker was Prime Minister of Canada.
US Congress passed the Civil Rights Act.
"Papa Doc" Francois Duvalier was elected President of Haiti.
Anthony Eden resigned as Prime Minister of England and was replaced by Harold MacMillan.
Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected President of Egypt.
The first commercial nuclear reactor was opened in Shippingport, PA.
The "Everly Brothers" released their hit single Wake Up Little Susie.

(Above list stolen from http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/9925)
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Date:November 15th, 2004 02:54 am (UTC)
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It wasn't a big year in SF, but some good stuff appeared. Fritz Leiber had "The Big Time", Nevil Shute's nuclear holocaust novel "On the Beach" came out, and Fred Pohl, Philip K. Dick, C.L. Moore, A.E. Van Vogt, Hal Clement, Arthur Clarke, Robert Heinlein, James Blish and Isaac Asimov all had novels come out, although none of them were titles that turn up on the All-Time SF Classics lists.

Wait, here's one SFnal event: "1957 - Damon Knight and Lester del Rey (who'd worked together at the Milford Conferences) launch "Science Fiction Forum" for professional writers. It leads to the later creation of SFWA: Science Fiction Writers of America".