As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* The Mad Bomber Is Caught... BY PROFILING -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* The Killer Bees Have Escaped! -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Operation Power Flite: The B-52 flies around the world -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
The Mad Bomber Is Caught... BY PROFILINGContributed by Alex Shrugged
No. It's not Bill Ayers. It's George Metesky, a Con-Edison employee who was dismissed after breathing gases during a boiler accident. The doctors said there was nothing wrong with him, so he filed for workman's compensation. The paperwork was late, so his claim was denied. In reaction, he set a pipe bomb at a Con-Edison power plant with a note reading "CON EDISON CROOKS – THIS IS FOR YOU." Thus began 16 years of fear and dread as the Mad Bomber of New York set small bombs in lockers, restrooms, and under movie theater seats to publicize his complaint. After years of no leads, a psychiatrist builds a profile of the bomber. (This is a first.) He is male, older than 35 (and by now over 50). He wears a double-breasted suit (buttoned) and he lives with a female relative. He is unmarried but not a homosexual, and on and on. (Most of the profile is simple logic applied to the data at hand, but if we did this today, people would shout "BUT NOT EVERYONE IS LIKE THAT!" I know. I'm not three-years-old.) The profile is printed in the newspapers, and bingo! A Con-Edison employee matches his description along with several frightening complaint letters on file. George greets the police warmly. Yep. He wears a double-breasted suit (buttoned), and he lives with his two maiden sisters. He is judged nuttier-than-a-fruitcake, and locked up with the criminally insane. In 1973, he will be judged harmless and released. He will remain angry with Con-Edison, but he will keep his vow to bomb no more. He knows how to keep his promises.     
The Killer Bees Have Escaped!Contributed by Alex Shrugged
Not the heavy metal band. The bees from Africa. Last year an apiary was set up a 100 miles south of Sao Paulo, Brazil as an experiment in increasing honey production using African honey bees. (An apiary is a bee hive or group of hives.) Unfortunately, this year 26 queens and their swarms escape into the wild and are not recovered. The bees are aggressive, they swarm more quickly than the European variety, and they will chase you a quarter mile before they give up... if then. They also produce queens a little more quickly than European bees, so when a hive produces a queen it is more likely to produce an African queen before the European one has time to mature. Then it is out with the European and in with the African. The bees have been spreading north at about 100 to 200 miles a year. They will reach Texas by 1990 and California by 1995.   
Operation Power Flite: The B-52 flies around the worldContributed by Southpaw Ben
Between January 16th and January 18th, five B-52 bombers, two of which were spares in case something went wrong with the three main planes, flew around the world, taking off from Castle Air Force Base in California. Refueling multiple times as they went, on of the bombers failed to refuel, forcing it to abort the mission and land early. On January 18th the three main planes landed having flown for 45 hours and 19 minutes, over twice as fast as the first non-stop circumnavigation performed by the Lucky Lady II in 1949. The purpose of the mission was to demonstrate the Air Force's capability to be able to drop a hydrogen bomb anywhere in the world. All crew members of the flight were awarded Distinguished Flying Crosses. 
Notable BirthsI'm not saying there is something WEIRD about 1957 but... sheeesh!
- Osama bin Laden (died 2011, age 54): Founder of al-Qaeda, responsible for the 9-11 attacks. 
- Andrew Cuomo: 56th Governor (D) of New York and son of Mario. 
- And in Entertainment...
- -- LeVar Burton: Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek, and Kunta Kinte in Roots. 
- -- John Lasseter: Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation and director for Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Cars. 
- -- Nancy Cartwright: The voice of Bart Simpson. 
- -- Dan Castellaneta: The voice of Homer Simpson. 
- -- Scott Adams: The creator of the Dilbert comic strip. 
This Year in Film
- The Bridge on the River Kwai: Starring Alec Guinness as a British POW who builds a bridge for the Japanese war effort. (Great movie winning many history awards, but THERE WAS NO BRIDGE over Kwai. I'm nit-picking.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
In Other News
- Felix Wankel gets his prototype engine running: This is the rotary engine that Mazda will eventually picked up. (It backfires, but it puts Mazda on the map.--alexshrugged)
- The "Little Rock Nine" are escorted to school by the 101st Airborne: Eisenhower made segregation happen because a judge said it was his constitutional duty. (Eisenhower will be the last Constitutional President for some time, if ever.--alexshrugged)