What Happened in August 1957

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 1st commercial building heated by Sun (Albuquerque NM)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Gil Hodges hits his NL record 13th career grand slam (Last by Bkln)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Aug 1 Glen Gorbous throws a baseball a record 136 m (445'10")
  • Aug 1 US & Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • Aug 3 British offensive against imam Galeb Ben Ali of Oman
  • Aug 5 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • Aug 5 Comic strip "Andy Capp" made its debut
  • Aug 5 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 5 Bkln Sports Authority gets an engineering report on 50,000-seat stadium in downtown area for estimated $207 million
  • Aug 7 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 8 USSR offers Syria economic/military aid
  • Aug 9 24th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 22, All-Stars 12 (75,000)
  • Aug 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 11 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • Aug 11 Paul Hindemith's opera "Harmonie der Welt" premieres in Munich
  • Aug 15 David Simons reaches 30,942 m in Man High 2 balloon
  • Aug 15 USAF Capt Joe B Jordan reaches 31,513 m in F-104 jet fighter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Richie Ashburn fouls and hits fan Alice Roth twice in the same time at bat, 1st hit breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Aug 18 Amelia Wershoven sets record of female throwing a baseball (252'4½")
  • Aug 18 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Colonial Golf Open
  • Aug 18 Juan-Manuel Fangio, wins his last auto World Championship at 46
  • Aug 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 19 NY Giants vote 8-1 to move their franchise to SF in 1958
  • Aug 19 US Major David Simons reaches 30,933m in a balloon
  • Aug 20 "Simply Heavenly" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • Aug 20 Chicago White Sox Bob Keegan no-hits Washington Senators, 6-0
  • Aug 20 USAAF balloon breaks an altitude record at 102,000' (310,896 m)
  • Aug 21 1st launching in Baikonur, Kazachstan (R7 "Semiorka"-rocket)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 22 Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Aug 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 24 English soccer player Jimmy Greaves' (17) 1st game for Chelsea
  • Aug 25 Prince Suvanna Phuma forms government in LAOS, with Pathet Lao
  • Aug 26 USSR announces successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile
  • Aug 27 Hickory Smoke wins Hambletonian Stakes
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 27 The Constitution of Malaysia comes into force.
  • Aug 28 US Senator James Thurmond (Rep, SC) begins 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill
  • Aug 29 Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
  • Aug 29 Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hr filibuster against civil rights
  • Aug 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 30 US senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24hrs 27m against civil rights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Glen Gorbous, Canada, longest throw of a regulation baseball (445'10")
  • Aug 1 Laura Johnson, actress (Falcon Crest), born in Burbank, California
  • Aug 1 Taylor Negron [Brad Taylor], American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), born in Glendale, California
  • Aug 2 Anne Leuchars, TV journalist
  • Aug 2 Stephen Kelly Petterson, Smallbore rifle (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 2 Mojo Nixon, American musician and actor
  • Aug 3 Mani Shankar, Indian filmmaker
  • Aug 4 Robert E Andrews, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • Aug 4 Brooks D. Simpson, American historian
  • Aug 4 John Wark, Scottish footballer
  • Aug 5 Andrei Yevgeniyevich Zaitsev, cosmonaut
  • Aug 5 Pavel V Vinogradov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26)
  • Aug 5 Clayton Rohner, American actor
  • Aug 6 Faith Prince, Broadway actress (Guys & Dolls, Carousel), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Aug 6 Bob Horner, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Jim McGreevey, American politician
  • Aug 7 Alexander Dityatin, Leningrad, Russia, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion)
  • Aug 8 Dieuwertje Blok, Dutch TV hostess
  • Aug 8 Nancy Glass, TV broadcaster (American Journal)
  • Aug 9 Melanie Griffith, actress (Working Girl, Milk Money, Now & Then)
  • Aug 11 Richie Ramone, [Richie Beau], rock drummer (Ramones-Pet Semtary)
  • Aug 14 Jackee [Harry], Winston-Salem NC, actress (Sandra-227)
  • Aug 14 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (d. 1986)
  • Aug 15 Zeljko Ivanek, Lujubljana Yugoslavia, actor (Mass Appeal)
  • Aug 16 Tim Farriss, Australian pop guitarist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • Aug 16 Laura Innes, Pontiac, Michigan, American actress and director (ER, The Event)
  • Aug 18 Carole Bouquest, actress (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 18 Denis Leary, american actor/comic (Rescue Me), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 18 Ron Strykert, Australia, rock guitarist (Men At Work-Who Can it Be)
  • Aug 19 Darby Hinton, actor (Israel-Daniel Boone), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 19 Paul-Jan Bakker, cricketer (Hampshire & Netherlands pace bowler)
  • Aug 19 Li-Young Lee, Indonesia-born American poet
  • Aug 19 Ian Gould, England cricketer
  • Aug 20 Cindy Nicholas, Canada, swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times)
  • Aug 20 Mike Dodd, Manhattan Beach CA beach volleyballer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Aug 20 Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
  • Aug 21 Budgie, rock drummer (Slits, Siouxsie & the Banshees-Wild Thing)
  • Aug 21 Janice Thomas, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • Aug 21 Kim Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 22 Holly Dunn, country singer (Daddy's Hands), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Aug 22 Randy Romero, Garden City NY, jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89)
  • Aug 22 Steve Davis, snooker player
  • Aug 23 Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician
  • Aug 24 Jeffrey Daniel, American dancer and singer (Shalamar), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 24 Stephen Fry, English comedian and actor (Blackadder, QI), born in London
  • Aug 25 Sikander Bakht, cricketer (Pakistani change bowler late 70's)
  • Aug 26 Alex Trevino, catcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Aug 26 Dr. Alban, Nigerian-Swedish singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 26 Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete (3 gold medals), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen

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Aug 27 Bernhard Langer, German golfer (two-time Masters champion), born in Anhausen, West Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Aug 28 Daniel Stern, Stamford Ct, actor (City Slickers, Wonder Years)
  • Aug 28 Rick Rossovich, Palo Alto CA, actor (Top Gun, Roxanne, ER)
  • Aug 29 Pim Kops, rock musician (Dike, Bloedend Heart)
  • Aug 29 Therese Hession, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 29 Jerry D. Bailey, American racing jockey
  • Aug 31 Gina Schock, rocker (Gogos-Our Lips Are Sealed)
  • Aug 31 Glenn Tilbrook, rock vocalist/guitarist (Squeeze-Tempted), born in London, England
  • Aug 31 Tom Candiotti, Walnut creek CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Aug 31 Colm O'Rourke, Former Gaelic footballer and Current panelist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Harvey Glatmin, 1st bondage-photo victim, executed [or 8/18/59]
  • Aug 3 John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer
  • Aug 4 Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (b. 1869)
  • Aug 5 Heinrich O Wieland, German chemist (Nobel 1927), dies at 80

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Aug 7 Oliver Hardy, comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • Aug 9 Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • Aug 16 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • Aug 18 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer, dies at 41
  • Aug 19 David Bomberg, English painter (b. 1890)
  • Aug 19 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (b. 1898)
  • Aug 21 Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (b. 1888)
  • Aug 21 Nels Stewart, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • Aug 24 Albert Edward Sammons, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 25 Leo Perutz, Austrian writer and mathematician, dies at 74
  • Aug 26 Umberto Saba, Italian writer, dies at 74