The Saarland joins West Germany.
An Irish Republican Army attack on the Brookeborough police barracks in Northern Ireland leads to the deaths of Seán South and Fergal O'Hanlon.
Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini suffers the stroke that leads to his death a little over two weeks later in the United States.
January 2 – The San Francisco and Los Angeles stock exchanges merge to form the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange.
January 3 – Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
January 4 – After 69 years the last issue of Collier's Weekly magazine is published in the United States.
January 5 – Russell Endean becomes the first batsman to be dismissed for having handled the ball in Test cricket.
January 6 – Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the 3rd and final time. He is shown only from the waist up, even during the gospel segment, singing "Peace In The Valley". Ed Sullivan describes Elvis thus: "This is a real decent, fine boy. We've never had a pleasanter experience on our show with a big name than we've had with you. You're thoroughly all right."
January 9 – British Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigns.
January 10 – Harold Macmillan becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
January 11 – The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
January 13 – Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee.
Kripalu Maharaj is named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher) after giving seven days of speeches before 500 Hindu scholars.
American screen actor Humphrey Bogart dies aged 57 in California after a long battle with cancer.
January 15 – Release, in Japan, of the film Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's reworking of Macbeth.
January 16 – The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool as a jazz club.
Dwight D. Eisenhower is privately sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula (captured from Egypt on October 29, 1956).
The New York City "Mad Bomber", George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut, and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
January 21 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower is publicly sworn in.
January 23 – Ku Klux Klan members force truck driver Willie Edwards to jump off a bridge into the Alabama River; he drowns as a result.
January 26 – The Ibirapuera Planetarium (the first in the Southern Hemisphere) is inaugurated in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
January 31 – Three students on a junior high school playground in Pacoima, California, are among the 8 persons killed following a mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet, in the skies above the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, U.S.
February 2 – President Iskander Mirza of Pakistan lays the foundation-stone of the Guddu Barrage across the Indus River near Sukkur.
France prohibits U.N. involvement in Algeria.
The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, logs its 60,000th nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional Nautilus described in Jules Verne's 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It is decommissioned on March 3, 1980.
A coal gas explosion at the giant Bishop coal mine in Bishop, Virginia, kills 37 men.
February 6 – The Soviet Union announces that Swedish envoy Raoul Wallenberg had died in a Soviet prison "possibly of a heart attack" on July 17, 1947.
February 10 – The Confederation of African Football is founded at a meeting in Khartoum.
February 15 – Andrei Gromyko becomes foreign minister of the Soviet Union.
The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m., is abolished in the United Kingdom.
Ingmar Bergman's film The Seventh Seal opens at cinema in Sweden.
February 17 – A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri, kills 72 people.
Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is executed by the British colonial government.
The last person to be executed in New Zealand, Walter James Bolton, is hanged at Mount Eden Prison for poisoning his wife.
February 23 – The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc opens in Dakar.
February 25 – The Boy In The Box is discovered along a sidewalk in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The murder victim is described as Caucasian in appearance and 4 to 6 years old; the case is never solved.
February 28 – Gaston, a French comic strip, is introduced.
U Nu becomes Prime Minister of Burma.
Arturo Lezama becomes President of the National Council of Government of Uruguay.
Sud Aviation forms from a merger between SNCASE (Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Sud Est) and SNCASO (Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Sud Ouest).
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is published in the United States.
March 3 – Net als toen sung by Corry Brokken (music by Guus Jansen, lyrics by Willy van Hemert) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 (held at Frankfurt) for the Netherlands.
March 4 – Standard & Poor's first publishes the S&P 500 Index in the United States.
United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the independent nation of Ghana.
Zodi Ikhia founds the Nigerien Democratic Front (FDN) in Niger.
March 7 – The United States Congress approves the Eisenhower Doctrine on assistance to threatened foreign regimes.
March 8 – Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal.
March 10 – Floodgates of The Dalles Dam are closed, inundating Celilo Falls and ancient Indian fisheries along the Columbia River in Oregon.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa and charges him with bribery.
The Anglo-Jordanian Treaty of 1948 expires.
March 14 – President Sukarno declares martial law in Indonesia.
March 17 – 1957 Cebu Douglas C-47 crash: Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others are killed in a plane crash.
March 20 – The French news magazine L'Express reveals that the French army tortures Algerian prisoners.
The Treaty of Rome (Patto di Roma) establishes the European Economic Community (EEC; predecessor of the European Union) between Italy, France, West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Copies of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems (first published November 1, 1956) printed in England are seized by United States Customs Service officials in San Francisco on the grounds of obscenity. On October 3, in People v. Ferlinghetti, a subsequent prosecution of publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the work is ruled not to be obscene.
March 26 – 22-year-old Elvis Presley buys Graceland on 3734 Bellevue Boulevard (Highway 51 South) for $US100,000. He and his family move from the house on 1034 Audubon Drive.
March 27 – The 29th Academy Awards ceremony is held in Hollywood. Around the World in 80 Days wins Best Picture.
March 31 – Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the team's only musical written especially for television, is telecast live and in color by CBS in the United States, starring Julie Andrews in the title role. The production is seen by millions, but this 1957 version is not to be telecast again for more than 40 years, when a kinescope of it is shown.
April – IBM sells the first compiler for the Fortran scientific programming language.
April 1 – The first new conscripts join the Bundeswehr.
April 5 – The Communist Party of India wins the elections in Kerala, making E. M. S. Namboodiripad its first chief minister.
April 9 – Egypt reopens the Suez Canal to all shipping.
April 12 – The United Kingdom announces that Singapore will gain self-rule on January 1, 1958.
The Distant Early Warning Line is handed over by contractors to the U.S. and Canadian military.
White Rock secedes from Surrey, British Columbia, following a referendum.
April 17 – Suspected English serial killer Dr. John Bodkin Adams is found not guilty of murder at the Old Bailey.
April 24 – First broadcast of BBC Television astronomy series The Sky at Night in the U.K., presented by Patrick Moore. This will run with the same presenter until his death in December 2012.
April 24–25 – 1957 Fethiye earthquakes on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
May 2 – Vincent Gigante fails to assassinate mafioso Frank Costello in Manhattan.
May 3 – Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, New York, to Los Angeles.
Operation Grapple: At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb, which fails to detonate properly.
Stanley Matthews plays his final international game, ending an English record international career of almost 23 years.
May 16 – Paul-Henri Spaak becomes the new Secretary General of NATO.
May 22 – A 42,000-pound hydrogen bomb accidentally falls from a bomber near Albuquerque.
May 24 – Anti-American riots erupt in Taipei, Taiwan.
May 30 – Real Madrid beats Fiorentina 2-0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid to win the 1956–57 European Cup (football).
June 1 – Three-year-old thoroughbred Gallant Man wins the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.
June 9 – Broad Peak, on the China-Pakistan border, is first ascended.
June 15 – Oklahoma celebrates its semi-centennial statehood. A brand new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere is buried in a time capsule (to be opened 50 years later on June 15, 2007).
June 15 – Gallant Man wins the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in record time.
June 20 – Toru Takemitsu's Requiem for Strings is first performed, by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
June 21 – John Diefenbaker becomes the 13th Prime Minister of Canada.
June 25 – The United Church of Christ is formed in Cleveland, Ohio, by the merger of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
June 27 – Hurricane Audrey demolishes Cameron, Louisiana, U.S., killing 400 people.
The International Geophysical Year begins.
The University of Waterloo is founded in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Hugh Everett III publishes the first scientifically founded many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Production of the Citroën Traction Avant automobile, begun in 1934, ceases.
July 6 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney first meet as teenagers at a garden fete at St. Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool, England, at which Lennon's skiffle group, The Quarrymen, is playing, 3 years before forming The Beatles.
July 9 – Elvis Presley's Loving You opens in theaters.
July 11 – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan becomes the 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims at age 20. His grandfather Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan III appoints Prince Karim in his will.
July 14 – Rawya Ateya takes her seat in the National Assembly of Egypt, thereby becoming the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world.
July 16 – United States Marine Major John Glenn flies an F8U supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds, setting a new transcontinental speed record.
July 25 – Tunisia becomes a republic, with Habib Bourguiba its first president.
The 6th World Festival of Youth and Students, a high point of the Khrushchev Thaw, kicks off in Moscow.
Heavy rains and mudslides at Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, kill 992.
A strong earthquake shakes Mexico City and Mexican port city Acapulco.
July 29 – The International Atomic Energy Agency is established.
August 4 – Juan Manuel Fangio, driving for Maserati, wins the Formula One German Grand Prix, clinching (with 4 wins this season) his record 5th world drivers championship, including his 4th consecutive championship (also a record); these 2 records endure for nearly half a century.
August 5 – American Bandstand, a local dance show produced by WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, joins the ABC Television Network.
August 21 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces a 2-year suspension of nuclear testing.
August 28 – United States Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) sets the record for the longest filibuster with his 24-hour, 18-minute speech railing against a civil rights bill.
August 31 – The Federation of Malaya gains independence from the United Kingdom, subsequently celebrated as Malaysia's National Day. Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan, Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan becomes the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya. The country's new Constitution came into force on August 27.
September 1 – 175 die in Jamaica's worst railway disaster.
September 3 – The Wolfenden report on homosexuality is published in the United Kingdom.
African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68): Little Rock Crisis – Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas calls out the National Guard of the United States to prevent African-American students from enrolling in Little Rock Central High School.
The Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel on what the company proclaims as "E Day".
September 5 – The first edition of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road goes on sale in the United States.
September 7 – NBC introduces an animated version of its famous "living color" peacock logo.
The Civil Rights Act of 1957 is enacted, establishing the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Catholic Memorial School opens its doors for the first time in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 14 – Have Gun – Will Travel premieres on CBS.
Olav V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father Haakon VII.
The sailing ship Pamir sinks off the Azores in a hurricane.
Perry Mason premiers on CBS.
September 23 – The Academy Award-winning movie The Three Faces of Eve is released.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops to Arkansas to provide safe passage into Little Rock Central High School for the "Little Rock Nine".
Camp Nou, home-stadium of FC Barcelona, officially opened in Barcelona, Spain.
September 26 – Leonard Bernstein's musical West Side Story makes its first appearance on Broadway and runs for 732 performances.
September 29 – The Kyshtym disaster occurs at the Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant in Russia.
Which? magazine is first published by The Consumers' Association in the United Kingdom.
The Africanized bee is accidentally released in Brazil.
October 2 – David Lean's film The Bridge on the River Kwai opens in the U.K.
Space Age – Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.
The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow delta wing interceptor aircraft is unveiled.
The sitcom Leave It to Beaver premieres on CBS in the United States.
October 9 – Neil H. McElroy is sworn in as United States Secretary of Defense.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Delaware, restaurant.
Windscale fire: Fire at the Windscale nuclear reactor on the north-west coast of England releases radioactive material into the surrounding environment, including iodine-131.
The Jodrell Bank radio telescope opens in Cheshire, England.
The orbit of the last stage of the R-7 Semyorka rocket (carrying Sputnik I) is first successfully calculated on an IBM 704 computer by teams at The M.I.T. Computation Center and Operation Moonwatch, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
October 12 – Ayn Rand's fourth, last and longest novel, Atlas Shrugged, is published in the United States.
October 16 – Antônio Vilas Boas, a Brazilian farmer, claims to have been abducted by extraterrestrials; the first famous alien abduction case.
Two trains collide in Turkey; 95 die.
The U.S. military sustains its first combat fatality in Vietnam, Army Capt. Hank Cramer of the 1st Special Forces Group.
October 23 – Morocco begins its invasion of Ifni.
October 25 – Mafia boss Albert Anastasia is assassinated in a barber shop, at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City.
October 27 – Celâl Bayar is re-elected president of Turkey.
October 31 – Toyota begins exporting vehicles to the United States, beginning with the Toyota Crown and the Toyota Land Cruiser.
The Mackinac Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages at this time, opens in the United States to connect Michigan's two peninsulas.
The first (westbound) tube of the Hampton Roads Bridge–Tunnel linking Norfolk and Hampton, Virginia opens at a cost of $44 million.
November 3 – Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2, with the first animal to orbit the Earth (a dog named Laika) on board; there is no technology available to return it to Earth.
November 7 – Cold War: In the United States, the Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.
November 8 – Film Jailhouse Rock opens across the U.S. to reach #3, and Elvis Presley continues to gain more notoriety.
Gordon Gould invents the laser.
Flooding in the Po Valley of Italy leads to flooding also in Venice.
November 14 – Apalachin Meeting: American Mafia leaders meet in Apalachin, New York at the house of Joseph Barbara; the meeting is broken up by a curious patrolman.
1957 Aquila Airways Solent crash: A flying boat crash on the Isle of Wight leaves 45 dead.
Yugoslavia announces the end of an economic boycott of Francoist Spain (although it does not reinstitute diplomatic relations).
Serial killer Edward Gein murders his last victim, Bernice Worden of Plainfield, Wisconsin, U.S.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower has a stroke.
Adnan Menderes of the Democrat Party forms the new government of Turkey (23rd government,last government formed by DP and Menderes).
November 30 – Indonesian president Sukarno survives a grenade attack at the Cikini School in Jakarta, but six children are killed.
December 1 – In Indonesia, Sukarno announces the nationalization of 246 Dutch businesses.
December 4 – The Lewisham rail crash in London leaves 92 dead.
December 5 – All 326,000 Dutch nationals are expelled from Indonesia.
December 6 – The first U.S. attempt to launch a satellite fails when the Vanguard rocket blows up on the launch pad.
December 10 – Canadian diplomat Lester B. Pearson receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his peacekeeping efforts in the United Nations.
December 18 – The Bridge on the River Kwai is released in the U.S. It goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Additional Oscars go to Alec Guinness (Best Actor) and David Lean (Best Director), among others. This is Lean's first Oscar for directing.
December 19 – Meredith Willson's classic musical The Music Man, starring Robert Preston, debuts on Broadway.
December 20 – The Boeing 707 airliner flies for the first time.
December 22 – The CBS afternoon anthology series The Seven Lively Arts presents Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker on U.S. television for the first time, although heavily abridged.
Mao Zedong admits that 800,000 "class enemies" have been summarily liquidated in China between 1949 and 1954.
Expected date for Operation Dropshot, an all-out U.S. war with the Soviet Union, triggered by a Soviet takeover of Western Europe, the Near East and parts of Eastern Asia which does not materialize, as prepared for by the United States Department of Defense in 1949.
Gruppe SPUR, an artistic collaboration, is founded in Germany.
The so-called 'mound of Midas', the Great Tumulus near Gordium, is excavated.
Three new neo-grotesque sans-serif typefaces are released: Folio (designed by Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum), Neue Haas Grotesk (designed by Max Miedinger) and Univers (designed by Adrian Frutiger); all will be influential in the International Typographic Style of graphic design.
January 1 – Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
January 3 – Bojan Križaj, Slovenian alpine skier
January 4 – Charles Allen, British television magnate
January 6 – Nancy Lopez, American golfer
Nicholson Baker, American novelist
Katie Couric, American television host
Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish ice hockey goaltender
Julian Solís, Puerto Rican boxer
David Lang, American composer
Dwight Clark, American football player
January 9 – Bibie, Ghanaian singer
Bryan Robson, English footballer
Claude Criquielion, Belgian bike racer (d. 2015)
January 12 – John Lasseter, American director, writer and animator
Lorrie Moore, American writer
Daniel Scioli, Argentine politician and sportsman
Anchee Min, Chinese writer
Wu Chengzhen, Chinese Buddhist abbess
Mario Van Peebles, African-American actor and director
Patrick Dixon, British business guru and author
January 16 – Ricardo Darín, Argentinian actor
Steve Harvey, American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor and author; host of Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots, and Family Feud
January 21 – Greg Ryan, American soccer coach
Mike Bossy, Canadian hockey player
Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (d. 1993)
Godfrey Thoma, Nauruan politician
January 23 – Princess Caroline of Monaco
January 24 – Adrian Edmondson, British comedian
January 26 – Richard Portnow, American actor
Frank Miller, American comic book writer
Janick Gers, British heavy metal guitarist
January 29 – Grażyna Miller, Polish poet
January 30 – Payne Stewart, American golfer (d. 1999)
February 2 – Phil Barney, French singer
February 4 – Elaine Carbines, Member of the Australian Labor Party
February 5 – Jackie Woodburne, Australian actress
February 6 – Kathy Najimy, American actress and comedian
February 8 – Cindy Wilson, American rock singer (The B-52's)
February 9 – Gordon Strachan, Scottish footballer and manager
February 11 – Mitchell Symons, British writer
February 14 – Soile Isokoski, Finnish lyric soprano
February 15 – Shahriar Mandanipour, Iranian writer
February 16 – LeVar Burton, American actor
February 17 – Loreena McKennitt, Canadian singer, composer, harpist
Vanna White, American game show presenter
Marita Koch, German athlete
Falco, Austrian rock musician (d. 1998)
Ray Winstone, British actor
February 20 – Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
February 23 – Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (d. 2009)
Adrian Smith, British heavy metal guitarist
Viktor Markin, Russian athlete
Rob de Castella, Australian long-distance runner
Danny Antonucci, Canadian creator of the Cartoon Network show Ed, Edd n Eddy
Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
Ian Smith, New Zealand cricketer
John Turturro, American actor, writer and director
March 3 – Eric Walters, Canadian author
Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver
Clive Burr, British heavy metal drummer (d. 2013)
Mitsuko Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer
March 9 – Mona Sahlin, Swedish politician
Osama bin Laden, Saudi-born founder of al-Qaeda (d. 2011)
Hans-Peter Friedrich, German politician
March 12 – Marlon Jackson, American singer
March 13 – David Peaston, American singer
Joaquim de Almeida, Portuguese actor
Park Overall, American film and television actress
March 17 – Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
March 18 – György Pazdera, Hungarian rock bassist (Pokolgép)
Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
John Grogan, American journalist and non-fiction writer
Spike Lee, American film director and actor
Theresa Russell, American actress
Teresa Ganzel, American comedian and actress
Lucio Gutiérrez, 41st President of Ecuador
March 24 – Jack Edwards, American play-by-play announcer
March 26 – Leeza Gibbons, American television personality
March 29 – Christopher Lambert, French actor
Paul Reiser, American comedian and actor
Ian Shelton, Canadian astronomer who discovered SN 1987A
Alan Duncan, British politician
Terry Klassen, Canadian voice actor and voice director
J. Karjalainen, Finnish rock musician
Denise Nickerson, American child actress
April 2 – Giuliana De Sio, Italian actress
April 4 – Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish film director
April 5 – Ivan Corea, Sri Lankan autism campaigner
April 7 – Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter (Climie Fisher)
April 8 – Henry Cluney, Irish musician
April 9 – Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (d. 2011)
April 10 – Ülle Kaljuste, Estonian actress
Michael Card, American Christian musician
Ian Stuart, singer for white power skinhead band Skrewdriver (d. 1993)
Jim Lauderdale, bluegrass musician
April 12 – Suzzanne Douglas, American actress
April 14 – Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer
April 17 – Susan Roman, Canadian voice actress
April 18 – Genie, American feral child
Jesse Orosco, American baseball player
Herbert Wetterauer, German artist and author
Faustin-Archange Touadéra, 8th President of the Central African Republic
April 22 – Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland
Jan Hooks, American actress and comedian (d. 2014)
Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
Patrik Ouředník, Czech writer
April 25 – Eric Bristow, English darts player
April 27 – Michel Barrette, Canadian actor and stand-up comedian
April 28 – Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez, Cuban-born experimental filmmaker
April 29 – Daniel Day-Lewis, English-born actor
May 2 – Michael Coyle, American composer
William Clay Ford, Jr., American automobile executive
Jo Brand, English comedian
May 5 – Richard E. Grant, English actor
May 6 – Mbah Surip, Indonesian singer (d. 2009)
May 10 – Sid Vicious, English rock bassist (Sex Pistols) (d. 1979)
May 14 – Daniela Dessi, Italian opera singer (d. 2016)
May 15 – Juan José Ibarretxe, Basque Lehendakari (Prime Minister)
May 16 – Joan Benoit, American Olympic gold medal-winning marathon runner
May 17 – Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish rock singer and songwriter (Leevi and the Leavings) (d. 2003)
Michael Cretu, Romanian–German musician (Enigma)
Frank Plasberg, German journalist and television presenter
Yoshihiko Noda, 62nd Prime Minister of Japan
Stewart Nozette, American astronomer
Judge Reinhold, American actor
Renée Soutendijk, Dutch actress
Albert Boonstra, Dutch swimmer
Shinji Morisue, Japanese gymnast
Gary Sweet, Australian actor
May 23 – Jimmy McShane (aka Baltimora), Northern Irish dancer (d. 1995)
May 24 – Walter Moers, German comic artist and writer
May 24 – John Rowland, U.S. Republican politician, Governor of Connecticut
Pontso Sekatle, Lesotho academic and politician
Dan Roodt, South African author and politician
May 27 – Siouxsie Sioux, British rock singer (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
May 28 – Kirk Gibson, American baseball player
Jeb Hensarling, American politician; U.S. Representative (R-TX)
Ted Levine, American film and television actor
Bobby Hamilton, racing driver (d. 2007)
June 1 – Dorota Kędzierzawska, Polish film director
June 3 – Horst-Ulrich Hänel, German field hockey player
June 6 – Jessica Diamond, American artist
June 7 – Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican singer and songwriter
Scott Adams, American cartoonist (Dilbert)
Sonja Vectomov, Czech/Finnish sculptor
June 10 – Hidetsugu Aneha, Japanese architect
Timothy Busfield, American actor
Javed Miandad, Pakistani cricketer
Ciro Pessoa, Brazilian musician (Titãs, Cabine C), journalist, screenwriter and poet
Debbie Arnold, British actress and voice artiste
Maxwell Fraiser, African-British rapper for Faithless, DJ
June 15 – Seppo Pääkkönen, Finnish actor
June 19 – Anna Lindh, Swedish politician (d. 2003)
June 21 – Luis Antonio Tagle, Filipino cardinal, Archbishop of Manila
June 23 – Frances McDormand, American actress
Lance Nethery, Canadian ice hockey player
Georgi Parvanov, President of Bulgaria
June 29 – Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Turkmen politician, 2nd President of Turkmenistan
July 1 – Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish ice hockey player
July 2 – Bret Hart, Canadian professional wrestler
Ken Ober, American actor and game show host (d. 2009)
July 5 – Doug Wilson, Canadian ice hockey
Marc Almond, English singer
Kelly McGillis, American actress
July 10 – Cindy Sheehan, American anti-war activist
July 12 – Götz Alsmann, German television presenter, musician and singer
Lília Cabral, Brazilian actress
Cameron Crowe, American writer and film director
July 17 – Fern Britton, British television presenter
July 18 – Nick Faldo, British golfer
July 21 – Jon Lovitz, American comedian and actor
July 23 – Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (d. 2004)
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Uzbek politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Uzbekistan and 2nd President of Uzbekistan
Robbie Grey, English rocker, and lead singer and guitarist for Modern English
Yuen Biao, Hong Kong actor
Nana Visitor, American actress
Hansi Müller, German footballer
Matt Osborne, American professional wrestler (d. 2013)
July 29 – Nellie Kim, Russian gymnast
July 31 – Shan Goshorn, Cherokee artist
Mojo Nixon, American singer, lyricist and actor
Butch Vig, American record producer and drummer (Garbage)
August 4 – John Wark, Scottish footballer
August 5 – Clayton Rohner, American actor
August 6 – Jim McGreevey, 52nd Governor of New Jersey
August 7 – Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast
August 9 – Melanie Griffith, American actress
August 10 – Juli Básti, Hungarian actress
August 11 – Richie Ramone, American rock drummer (Ramones)
August 14 – Peter Costello, Australian politician
August 15 – Željko Ivanek, Slovenian-American actor
Tim Farriss, Australian rock guitarist (INXS)
Laura Innes, American actress and director
August 17 – Robin Cousins, British figure skater
Carole Bouquet, French actress
Denis Leary, American comedian and actor
Harald Schmidt, German actor, writer, columnist, comedian and television entertainer
August 19 – Li-Young Lee, Indonesian-born poet
August 20 – Finlay Calder, Scottish rugby player
August 22 – Steve Davis, British snooker player
August 24 – Stephen Fry, British comedian, author and actor
August 25 – Simon McBurney, British actor, writer and theatre director
Dr. Alban, Nigerian-born Swedish singer
Uzo, Nigerian-American film producer and director
August 27 – Bernhard Langer, German golfer
Ivo Josipović, President of Croatia
Rick Rossovich, American actor
Daniel Stern, American actor
Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist, philosopher
Grzegorz Ciechowski, Polish musician (d. 2001)
Shirō Sagisu, Japanese composer
August 30 – Manu Tuiasosopo, American football player
August 31 – Ingrid Washinawatok, Native American activist (d. 1999)
September 1 – Gloria Estefan, Cuban-born American singer
Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish athlete
John McInerney, British-German singer-songwriter (Bad Boys Blue)
Ricardo Montaner, Argentine-born Venezuelan singer
Heather Thomas, American actress and activist
Preben Elkjær Larsen, Danish footballer
Jeh Johnson, American politician, 4th Secretary of Homeland Security.
Rachel Ward, English-born actress
Hans Zimmer, German composer
September 13 – Vinny Appice, American drummer
September 15 – Brad Bird, American animator and director
September 16 – David McCreery, Irish footballer
September 19 – Chris Roupas, Greek-American basketball player
September 20 – Sabine Christiansen, German journalist and television presenter
Ethan Coen, American film director, producer, screenwriter and editor
Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia
September 22 – Nick Cave, Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter and actor
September 26 – Luigi De Canio, Italian footballer and football manager
September 27 – Peter Sellars, American theatre director
September 28 – Luis Cluzeau Mortet, Uruguayan composer and musician
September 29 – Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian
September 30 – Fran Drescher, American actress
October 4 – Aleksandr Tkachyov, Soviet gymnast
October 5 – Bernie Mac, American stand-up comedian and actor (d. 2008)
Michael W. Smith, Christian musician
Jayne Torvill, British ice skater
October 8 – Ewan Stewart, Scottish actor
October 10 – Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese manga artist
October 11 – Dawn French, British comedian
October 14 – Kenny Neal, American guitarist
October 15 – Stacy Peralta, American director and skateboarder
October 21 – Wolfgang Ketterle, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
Martin Luther King III, American human rights advocate and community activist, son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King
October 25 – Nancy Cartwright, American voice actress
Julie Dawn Cole, English actress
Bob Golic, American football player
October 27 – Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwanese film director
October 29 – Dan Castellaneta, American voice actor (Homer Simpson from 'The Simpsons')
October 30 – Richard Jeni, American comedian (d. 2007)
Brian Stokes Mitchell, American actor and singer
Robert Pollard, American musician
Shirley Phelps-Roper, American political and religious activist
November 3 – Dolph Lundgren, Swedish actor and martial artist
November 4 – Tony Abbott, 28th Prime Minister of Australia
November 5 – Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (d. 1984)
Klaus Kleinfeld, German business executive
Lori Singer, American actress and musician
November 7 – Christopher Knight, American actor
November 13 – Roger Ingram, American jazz musician, author, educator, trumpet designer
November 14 – Gregg Burge, American tap dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)
November 15 – Kevin Eubanks, American jazz guitarist
November 17 – Debbie Thrower, English TV news presenter
November 18 – Olivia Heussler, Swiss photojournalist
November 19 – Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (d. 2000)
John Eriksen, Danish footballer (d. 2002)
Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria
November 24 – Denise Crosby, American actress
November 26 – Matthias Reim, German singer-songwriter
Kenny Acheson, Irish race car driver
Caroline Kennedy, American author, attorney and daughter of 35th President John F. Kennedy
Edda Heiðrún Backman, Icelandic actress, singer, director and artist (d. 2016)
November 30 – Colin Mochrie, Scottish-born Canadian comedian
December 3 – Maxim Korobov, Russian businessman & politician
December 4 – Eric S. Raymond, American open source software advocate
Adrian Borland, English musician and producer (The Sound) (d. 1999)
Thomas Brinkman, American politician
Andrew Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York
Peter O'Mara, Australian jazz guitarist and composer
Donny Osmond, American pop singer
Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (d. 2012)
Paul Hardcastle, English musician
December 13 – Steve Buscemi, American actor
Chō, Japanese voice actor and actor
Laura Molina, American artist, musician and actress
Masako Natsume, Japanese model and actress (d. 1985)
Doug Parker, Canadian voice actor and voice director
December 19 – Kevin McHale, American basketball player
Billy Bragg, British singer
Joyce Hyser, American actress
Anna Vissi, Greek singer
Tom Henke, American baseball player
Ray Romano, American actor and comedian
December 24 – Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
December 25 – Shane MacGowan, Irish singer and songwriter (The Pogues)
Matt Lauer, American newscaster
Joanna Pacuła, Polish actress
Emily Alemika, Nigerian Professor of Law
January 4 – Theodor Körner, Austrian statesman, president of the Republic (b. 1873)
January 10 – Gabriela Mistral, Chilean writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)
January 13 – A. E. Coppard, English writer (b. 1878)
January 11 – Jack Gilbert Graham, American mass murderer (executed) (b. 1932)
January 14 – Humphrey Bogart, American actor (b. 1899)
January 16 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor (b. 1867)
January 20 – James Connolly, American athlete (b. 1868)
Helene Costello, American actress (b. 1906)
William Eythe, American actor (b. 1918)
José Linhares, 15th President of Brazil (b. 1886)
February 1 – Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal (b. 1890)
Walther Bothe, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
John von Neumann, Hungarian-born mathematician (b. 1903)
John Axon, English railwayman and hero, in rail accident (b. 1900)
Miklós Horthy, Austro-Hungarian admiral and regent of the Kingdom of Hungary (b. 1868)
February 10 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (b. 1867)
February 16 – Josef Hofmann, Polish-born pianist and composer (b. 1876)
Walter James Bolton, uxoricide, last person to be executed in New Zealand (b. 1888)
Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan rebel leader, executed (b. 1920)
Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (b. 1877)
February 19 – Märta Torén, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
February 23 – Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
Bugs Moran, American gangster (b. 1893)
B. P. Schulberg, American film producer (b. 1892)
March 5 – William Cameron Menzies, American film production designer (b. 1896)
March 6 – Alexander Godley, British general (b. 1867)
March 7 – Wyndham Lewis, English painter (b. 1882)
March 8 – János Esterházy, Hungarian politician in Czechoslovakia (b. 1901)
March 11 – Richard E. Byrd, American explorer (b. 1888)
March 12 – Josephine Hull, American actress (b. 1886)
March 14 – Eugenio Castellotti, Italian racing driver (car crash) (b. 1930)
March 16 – Constantin Brâncuși, Romanian sculptor (b. 1876)
March 17 – Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines (air crash) (b. 1907)
March 25 – Max Ophüls, German film director and writer (b. 1902)
Laura Bowman, American actress, singer (b. 1881)
Joyce Cary, Irish author (b. 1888)
March 31 – Gene Lockhart, Canadian actor (b. 1891)
April 3 – Ned Sparks, Canadian character actor (b. 1883)
April 4 – E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (b. 1909)
April 5 – Alagappa Chettiar, Indian philanthropist (b. 1909)
April 8 – Dorothy Sebastian, American actress (b. 1903)
April 15 – Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
April 16 – Johnny Torrio, Italian-American gangster (b. 1882)
April 23 – Roy Campbell, South African poet (b. 1901)
April 26 – Elinor Fair, American actress (b. 1903)
May 1 – Grant Mitchell, American actor (b. 1874)
May 2 – Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1908)
May 7 – Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer (b. 1877)
May 9 – Ezio Pinza, Italian bass (b. 1892)
May 12 – Erich von Stroheim, Austrian actor and director (b. 1885)
Michael Fekete, Hungarian-born Israeli mathematician (b. 1886)
Robert "Fuzzy" Theobald, American admiral (b. 1884)
May 14 – Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (b. 1884)
May 16 – Eliot Ness, American policeman (b. 1903)
May 29 – James Whale, English film director (b. 1889)
May 31 – Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878)
Feliksas Baltušis-Žemaitis, Lithuanian military leader (b. 1897)
Luisa Casati, Italian patron of the arts (b. 1881)
Russell Hicks, American actor (b. 1895)
Robert Alton, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1906)
Jimmy Dorsey, American jazz musician (b. 1904)
June 13 – Irving Baxter, American athlete (b. 1876)
June 15 – Princess Norina Matchabelli, Italian perfumier (b. 1880)
June 17 – Dorothy Richardson, English feminist writer (b. 1873)
June 21 – Johannes Stark, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874)
June 26 – Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
Hermann Buhl, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1924)
Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (b. 1909)
Richard Mohaupt, German composer and Kapellmeister (b. 1904)
Judy Tyler, American actress (b. 1932)
July 8 – Grace Coolidge, First Lady of the United States (b. 1879)
July 11 – Aga Khan III, 48th Nizari Imam (b. 1877)
George Cleveland, Canadian actor (b. 1885)
Vasily Maklakov, Russian liberal politician and parliamentary orator (b. 1869)
James M. Cox, Democratic candidate for President of the United States in the election of 1920 (b. 1870)
July 23 – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer (b. 1896)
Metodija Andonov-Čento, Macedonian statesman (b. 1902)
Sacha Guitry, Russian-born playwright, actor and director (b. 1885)
Edith Abbott, American social worker, educator and author (b. 1876)
Isaac Heinemann, German-born Israeli scholar and professor of classical literature (b. 1876)
August 5 – Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
August 7 – Oliver Hardy, American actor (b. 1892)
August 16 – Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
August 19 – David Bomberg, Vorticist painter (b. 1890)
August 20 – Julio Lozano Díaz, President of Honduras (b. 1885)
August 21 – Mait Metsanurk, Estonian writer (b. 1879)
August 30 – Harold Gatty, Australian aviator (b. 1903)
September 1 – Dennis Brain, English French horn player (b. 1921) (car crash)
September 2 – Bobby Myers, American NASCAR driver (b. 1927)
September 9 – Muhammad al-Muqri, grand vizier of Morocco (b. ?1844)
September 16 – Qi Baishi, Chinese painter (b. 1864)
September 20 – Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (b. 1865)
September 21 – Haakon VII of Norway (b. 1872)
September 22 – Toyoda Soemu, Japanese admiral (b. 1885)
September 28 – Luis Cluzeau Mortet, Uruguayan composer and musician (b. 1888)
October 3 – Lőrinc Szabó, Hungarian poet (b. 1900)
October 19 – Vere Gordon Childe, Australian archaeologist (b. 1892)
October 20 – Jack Buchanan, British actor (b. 1891)
Christian Dior, French fashion designer (b. 1905)
Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African artist (b. 1886)
Albert Anastasia, American gangster (b. 1902)
Edward Plunkett, Baron Dunsany, Irish author (b. 1878)
October 26 – Gerty Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)
October 27 – Giovanni Battista Caproni, Italian aeronautical, civil and electrical engineer, aircraft designer and industrialist (b. 1886)
October 29 – Louis B. Mayer, American film studio mogul, former head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (b. 1885)
November 2 – Ted Meredith, American Olympic athlete (b. 1891)
Charles Brabin, American director and screenwriter (b. 1882)
Laika, Soviet space dog
Wilhelm Reich, Austrian psychoanalyst (b. 1897)
Shoghi Effendi, Bahá'í leader (b. 1897)
William Haywood, British architect (b. 1876)
November 7 – Hasui Kawase, Japanese painter and printmaker (b. 1883)
November 11 – Masao Maruyama, Japanese general (b. 1889)
November 17 – Cora Witherspoon, American actress (b. 1890)
November 18 – Rudolf Diels, German Nazi civil servant and Gestapo chief (b. 1900)
November 24 – Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (b. 1886)
Raymond Griffith, American actor (b. 1895)
William V. Pratt, American admiral (b. 1869)
November 26 – Billy Bevan, Australian actor (b. 1887)
November 29 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian composer (b. 1897)
November 30 – Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (b. 1890)
December 2 – Harrison Ford, American silent film actor (b. 1884)
December 4 – John Lavarack, Australian general, Governor of Queensland (1946-1957) (b. 1885)
December 8 – Reginald Sheffield, English actor (b. 1901)
December 10 – Maurice McLoughlin, American tennis champion (b. 1890)
December 10 – Napoleon Zervas, Greek WW II Resistance leader (b. 1891)
December 11 – Musidora, French actress (b. 1889)
December 17 – Dorothy L. Sayers, British crime writer, poet, playwright and essayist (b. 1893)
December 21 – Eric Coates, English composer (b. 1886)
December 24 – Norma Talmadge, American actress (b. 1893)
Alfred Walton Hinds, 17th Naval Governor of Guam (b. 1874)
Charles Pathé, French film pioneer (b. 1863)
Stanley Vestal, American writer, poet and historian (b. 1877)
Physics – Chen-Ning Yang, Tsung-Dao Lee
Chemistry – Lord Alexander R. Todd
Physiology or Medicine – Daniel Bovet
Literature – Albert Camus
Peace – Lester Bowles Pearson
1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (dominical letter F) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1957th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 957th year of the 2nd millennium, the 57th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1950s decade.