(1957) US Customs Office seizes ‘Howl’As 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem ‘Howl’ arrive in the US from a London publisher, customs officials seize the books on charges of obscenity. Ginsberg and his publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, will fight those charges and win, the trial a publicity bonanza for ‘Howl’ and the cause of free speech.“Howl”, also known as “Howl for Carl Solomon”, is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1954–1955 and published in his 1956 collection Howl and Other Poems. The poem is dedicated to Carl Solomon. Ginsberg began work on “Howl” in 1954. In the Paul Blackburn Tape Archive at the University of California, San Diego, Ginsberg can be heard reading early drafts of his poem to his fellow writing associates. “Howl” is considered to be one of the great works of American literature. It came to be associated with the group of writers known as the Beat Generation.
Author: Allen Ginsberg Written: 1955 Movements: Beat Generation Original language: English
Howl and Other Poems was published in the fall of 1956 as number four in the Pocket Poets Series from City Lights Books. wiki/Howl4.8.d17
(1957) First civilian nuclear power plant goes onlineThe Shippingport Atomic Power Station, in Pennsylvania, is up and running, generating electricity for the first time. The $72 million plant, which is the world’s first large-scale nuclear power facility, will supply power to the Pittsburgh area for 25 years until it’s retired in 1982.The Shippingport Atomic Power Station was the world’s first full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime uses. It was located near the present-day Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station on the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States, about 25 miles from Pittsburgh.
Photograph of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, the first full-scale nuclear power generating station in the United States which began operating in 1957.
(1957) Soviet dog becomes first living creature to orbit EarthA Moscow stray, named Laika, launches into space aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2. The dog is sent into orbit to test the effects of space travel on living animals. Unfortunately, no reentry plan exists and Laika dies during the experiment.Laika was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957.
Born: 1954 Died: Nov 03, 1957 Weight: 13.23 pound (6 kg) Birth place: Moscow
Romanian stamp from 1959 with Laika (the caption reads “Laika, first traveller into Cosmos”)
(1911) 2,000 years of imperial rule begins to crumble in ChinaThe building of railways by foreign powers in China stokes nationalistic fervor, and unfair financial gain for those same foreign powers leads to violent protests. Today’s Wuchang Uprising will start the Xinhai Revolution, the overthrow of more than 2 millennia of imperial rule.The Xinhai Revolution, also known as the Chinese Revolution or the Revolution of 1911, was a revolution that overthrew China’s last imperial dynasty and established the Republic of China. The revolution was named Xinhai because it occurred in 1911, the year of the Xinhai stem-branch in the sexagenary cycle of the Chinese calendar.
Start date: Oct 10, 1911 End date: Feb 12, 1912 Xinhai Revolution in Chinese characters
wiki/Xinhai_Revolution(1957) Fire at England’s Windscale nuclear reactorA fuel cartridge has burst in one of the channels of England’s Windscale nuclear weapon facility and catches fire, sending iodine-131 radioactive contamination into the air. Eleven tons of uranium will be ablaze before the world’s first known nuclear accident is contained two days later.The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The fire took place in Unit 1 of the two-pile Windscale facility on the northwest coast of England in Cumberland. The two graphite-moderated reactors, referred to at the time as “piles”, had been built as part of the British atomic bomb project. Windscale Pile No. 1 was operational in October 1950 followed by Pile No. 2 in June 1951.
Date: Oct 10, 1957 Cutaway diagram of Windscale reactor
(1957) Launch of Soviet’s Sputnik sparks space raceA 184-lb metal sphere streaking through Earth’s low orbit at 18,000-mph sends shockwaves through the geopolitical landscape, as the USSR’s launch of its ‘Sputnik’ satellite makes the Soviet Union the first nation to send a manmade object into orbit, beating the US by three months.Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957. It was a 58 cm diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. Its radio signal was easily detectable even by amateurs, and the 65° inclination and duration of its orbit made its flight path cover virtually the entire inhabited Earth. This surprise success precipitated the American Sputnik crisis and triggered the Space Race, a part of the Cold War. The launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments.
Launched: Oct 04, 1957 Orbital speed: 4.97 miles/s (8 km/s) Orbital height: 359 miles (577 km) Launch vehicle: Sputnik Manufacturer: S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia Launch sites: Gagarin’s Start Some R-7 variants