The School Year 57-58 ... The First Year

1957 The year when

         John George Diefenbaker (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada) was Prime Minister of Canada, taking over from the Honourable Louis St. Laurent on 21 June 1957.  John Diefenbaker was first elected to the House of Commons in 1940. He was a lawyer by profession and practised in Saskatchewan. John Diefenbaker was born in Neustadt, Ontario, on September 18, 1895, and died in Ottawa, Ontario, on August 16, 1979.

         Lester B. Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize.

         Sputnick Launched by Russians On October 4, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into space. The satellite, with a diameter of 22 inches, marked the beginning of the Space Age.

         Federal Troops Integrated Schools in Little Rock on 25 September.  After local authorities refused to implement court-ordered desegregation, President Eisenhower ordered federal troops to do the job. He stated: "The Federal Constitution will be upheld by me, by every means at my command."

         Rome Treaty, Common Market Established On March 25, the Rome Treaty was signed by France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The treaty established the European Economic Community, otherwise known as the Common Market.

         The year they buried a 1957 Plymouth on 15 June to be unearthed in 50 Years countdown at More details can be found at