60 YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 1957 begins with the USSR launching Sputnik 1, the Earth’s first artificial satellite. And at the end of the month, the Soviet Union launches Sputnik II, the first spacecraft to carry a living animal - the dog Laika, who died shortly after the launch. A VACCINE is introduced against Asian Flu, which has killed thousands of people around the world.
IT WAS A great year for the herring fishing industry along the east coast. On one night alone the 105 drifters that sailed out of Great Yarmouth brought in an average each of 50 crans, while a further drifters brought in an average haul of 60 crans to Lowestoft. The curers needed about 28,000 barrels of herrings from the 1957 East Anglian season to complete their contract with the Russians. MASSINGHAM- born A S Dick, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, announced that Britain had regained her lead as the number one exporter of cars and commercial vehicles combined, overtaking Western Germany.