August 1957 in history

August 1957 events chronologically

Aug 1 The United States and Canada form the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Aug 5 American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage "baby-boomers" by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network
Aug 21 The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile
Aug 27 Malaysia's constitution comes into force
Aug 28 U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957; he stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator
Aug 31 The Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom

Top 7 most famous people born in August 1957

Aug 9 Melanie Griffith an American actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film Working Girl. She is the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren, and the soon to be ex-wife of actor Antonio Banderas
Aug 18 Denis Leary an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his biting and fast-paced comedic style. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, most recently as Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb's 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man and the voice of Diego in the Ice Age franchise
Aug 19 Cesare Prandelli an Italian football coach and former player. He has managed Parma, Roma, Fiorentina, Italy national football team, and most recently Galatasaray
Aug 22 Steve Davis an English former professional snooker player from Plumstead, London. Known for dominating the sport during the 1980s, when he won the World Championship six times and was ranked world number one for seven consecutive seasons, he is remembered particularly for contesting the 1985 World Championship final with Dennis Taylor, the black-ball conclusion of which attracted a record 18.5 million British viewers. Today, Davis combines his ongoing playing career with his role as a television analyst and commentator for the BBC's snooker coverage
Aug 24 Stephen Fry an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist.
Aug 28 Ai Weiwei a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of "economic crimes"
Aug 28 Ivo Josipović the third President of Croatia, in office since 2010. Josipović entered politics as a member of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia , and played a key role in the democratic transformation of the League of Communists of Croatia into the Social Democratic Party as the author of its first statute. He left politics in 1994, but returned in 2003 as an independent Member of Parliament. In addition to politics, Josipović has also worked as a university professor, legal expert, musician and composer

Top 7 most famous people died in August 1957

Aug 4 Washington Luís a Brazilian politician and the last president of the First Brazilian Republic.
Aug 5 Heinrich Otto Wieland a German chemist. He won the 1927 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research into the bile acids. In 1901 Wieland received his doctorate at the University of Munich while studying under Johannes Thiele. In 1904 he completed his habilitation, then continued to teach at the university and starting in 1907 was a consultant for Boehringer-Ingelheim. In 1914 he became associate professor for special topics in organic chemistry, and director of the Organic Division of the State Laboratory in Munich. From 1917 to 1918 Wieland worked in the service of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physical Chemistry and Elektrochemistry in Dahlem then led by Fritz Haber as an alternative to regular military service. There he was involved in weapons research for instance finding new synthetic routes for mustard gas. He is also credited with the first synthesis of Adamsite
Aug 7 Oliver Hardy an American comic actor famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years, from 1927 to 1951. He was credited with his first film, Outwitting Dad, in 1914. In some of his early works, he was billed as Babe Hardy, using his nickname
Aug 16 Irving Langmuir an American chemist and physicist. His most noted publication was the famous 1919 article "The Arrangement of Electrons in Atoms and Molecules" in which, building on Gilbert Lewis's cubical atom theory and Walther Kossel's chemical bonding theory, he outlined his "concentric theory of atomic structure". Langmuir became embroiled in a priority dispute with Lewis over this work; Langmuir's presentation skills were largely responsible for the popularization of the theory, although the credit for the theory itself belongs mostly to Lewis. While at General Electric, from 1909–1950, Langmuir advanced several basic fields of physics and chemistry, invented the gas-filled incandescent lamp, the hydrogen welding technique, and was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in surface chemistry. The Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research near Socorro, New Mexico, was named in his honor as was the American Chemical Society journal for Surface Science, called Langmuir
Aug 19 David Bomberg an English painter, and one of the Whitechapel Boys.
Aug 24 Ronald Knox an English priest, theologian and author of detective stories. He was also a writer and a regular broadcaster for BBC Radio
Aug 25 Leo Perutz an Austrian novelist and mathematician. He was born in Prague and was thus a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He lived in Vienna until the Nazi Anschluss in 1938, when he emigrated to Palestine