What Happened in April 1957

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Trial begins in Budapest against participants october uprising
  • Apr 1 WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, LA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 World's biggest glass oven used

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Apr 3 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Apr 3 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 4 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris
  • Apr 6 NYC ends trolley car service
  • Apr 6 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Apr 6 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • Apr 7 21st Masters Golf Tournament: Doug Ford wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 7 Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run

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Apr 9 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Apr 10 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • Apr 10 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
  • Apr 10 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

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Apr 11 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

  • Apr 11 Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically
  • Apr 11 Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
  • Apr 12 Jim Spalding set a 2,088 pin nine-game bowling record
  • Apr 12 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 13 "Shinbone Alley" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Apr 13 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 13 11th Tony Awards: Long Days Journey into the Night & My Fair Lady win
  • Apr 13 Saturday postal delivery in US is temporarily halted due to lack of funds

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Apr 13 "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb, is released

  • Apr 14 Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women's singles ping pong championship
  • Apr 14 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • Apr 15 Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
  • Apr 15 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 16 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 20 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Conn in 2:20:05
  • Apr 20 Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
  • Apr 21 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum
  • Apr 22 All NL teams intergates, John Irwin Kennedy is 1st black on Phillies
  • Apr 24 Chicago Cub pitchers walk NL record 9 Reds in 5th inning
  • Apr 25 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
  • Apr 25 Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government
  • Apr 25 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • Apr 28 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Apr 28 WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 4th National Film Awards (India): "Kabuliwala" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 29 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 David Gower, cricketer (elegant England left-handed batsman 1978-92)
  • Apr 1 Donald William Hammond, Frederick MD, PGA golfer (1986 Bob Hope)
  • Apr 1 Peter Deutsch, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • Apr 3 Charles Jones, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Apr 4 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • Apr 4 Paul Downton, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's)
  • Apr 4 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor
  • Apr 4 Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish film director
  • Apr 4 Kelso, American racehorse (d. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star)
  • Apr 6 Maurizio Damilano, Italian speed walker (30K World Record)
  • Apr 6 Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut
  • Apr 7 Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter and producer (Climie Fisher - Love Changes), born in London
  • Apr 7 Kim Kap-su, South Korean actor
  • Apr 8 Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • Apr 9 Ednita Nazario, Ponce PR, spanish singer

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Apr 9 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), born in Pedrena, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 9 Brian Alexander, British broadcaster
  • Apr 9 Martin Margiela, Belgian fashion designer, born in Genk, Belgium
  • Apr 10 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Steve Gustafson, American musician
  • Apr 10 Aliko Dangote, Nigerian Chairman and CEO of the Dangote Group, born in Kano, Kano State
  • Apr 11 Everton Mattis, cricketer (WI batsman early 80's)
  • Apr 11 John Castellanos, actor (John Silva-Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 12 Vince Gill, country singer (When I Call Your Name), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • Apr 13 Gary Kroeger, Cedar Falls Iowa, comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog)
  • Apr 13 Saundra Santiago, actress (Gina-Miami Vice), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 13 Wayne Lewis, keyboardist, (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 13 Dallas Moir, Scottish cricketer
  • Apr 13 Amy Goodman, American activist, host of Democracy Now
  • Apr 14 Lothaire Bluteau, Canadian actor
  • Apr 14 Richard Jeni, American comedian (d. 2007)
  • Apr 14 Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer
  • Apr 15 Evelyn Ashford, 100m runner (Oly-4 gold-1976, 84), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 17 Byron Cherry, actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 17 Nick Hornby, English author
  • Apr 19 Belinda Lipscomb, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Apr 19 Bo[as] Watson, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Apr 19 Mukesh Ambani, Indian businessman and chairman of Reliance Industries, born in Aden, Yemen
  • Apr 20 Graeme Fowler, cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s)
  • Apr 20 Richenel, [Hubertus R Baars], singer/performer (Turn My Page)
  • Apr 21 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 21 Edward Leslie, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 22 Alan Campbell, Homestead Fla, actor (E Z-3's a Crowd)
  • Apr 22 Ethel White, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • Apr 22 Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister
  • Apr 23 Jan Hooks, Decatur Georgia, comedienne actress (SNL, Designing Women)
  • Apr 23 Kathleen Lynch, Motueka NZ, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • Apr 24 David J, British musician
  • Apr 24 Boris Williams, British musician
  • Apr 25 Eric Bristow, "Crafty Cockney
  • Apr 27 Michel Barrette, Canadian actor and stand-up comedian
  • Apr 28 Leopold Eyharts, French cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26, TM-28/27)
  • Apr 28 Wilma Landkroon, Dutch singer
  • Apr 29 Richie C Robertson, rock bassist/vocalist (Fabulous Poodles)

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Apr 29 Daniel Day-Lewis, English actor (Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York), born in London

  • Apr 29 Mark Kendall, American guitarist
  • Apr 29 Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast (d. 2003)
  • Apr 30 Duane G Carey, American major USAF/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 30 Aviva Chomsky, American historian, daughter of Noam Chomsky

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Gheorge Tatarescu, premier Romania (1933-37, 39-40), dies
  • Apr 4 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (b. 1909)
  • Apr 8 Frank Chester, cricketer (distinguished 1-armed Engl Test ump), dies
  • Apr 15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch SDAP minister (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Ignatius Roy D Campbell, British poet (Garcia Lorca), dies at 54
  • Apr 23 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), dies at 89
  • Apr 24 Andries CD de Graeff, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1926-31), dies at 84
  • Apr 26 Gichin Funakoshi, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo (b. 1868)
  • Apr 27 Mario A Gianini, creator (maraschino cherry), dies
  • Apr 28 Heinz "Pritzl" Bär, German fighter pilot (b. 1913)
  • Apr 29 Otallo Morales, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80