What Happened in December 1957

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Dec 2 1st US large scale nuclear power plant opens (Shippingport Penn)
  • Dec 2 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • Dec 2 1958 NFL Draft: King Hill from Rice first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 3 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
  • Dec 4 First edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published
  • Dec 4 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John's, England)
  • Dec 5 William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 NYC is first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)

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Dec 5 President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Dec 6 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up
  • Dec 6 AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
  • Dec 6 Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
  • Dec 7 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 9 1st Japanese ambassador to Israel
  • Dec 12 Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo
  • Dec 12 US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)
  • Dec 12 Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart
  • Dec 14 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • Dec 14 "Rumple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Dec 16 Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • Dec 17 US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile

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Dec 17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 18 World's 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA
  • Dec 19 "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances

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Dec 20 Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Dec 21 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
  • Dec 22 KWRB (now KFNE) TV channel 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY (ABC) begins
  • Dec 23 Test Cricket debut for Wally Grout & Bobby Simpson v South Africa

MurderMurder of Interest

Dec 25 Ed Gein found insane of murder

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • Dec 26 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
  • Dec 28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • Dec 28 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Dec 28 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 29 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
  • Dec 30 Israeli government of Ben-Gurion, resigns
  • Dec 31 AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian politician
  • Dec 4 Lee Smith, Jamestown LA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Dec 4 Raul Boesel, Brazil, Indy-car racer (CART)
  • Dec 4 Eric S. Raymond, American open source advocate
  • Dec 5 Art Monk, NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 5 Charlene Morett, Darby Pa, field hockey left wing (Oly-bronze-1984)
  • Dec 6 Luis Mariano Delis Fournier, Cuba, discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1980)
  • Dec 7 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, cricketer (Australian fast bowler 1980-89)
  • Dec 7 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • Dec 7 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
  • Dec 8 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - Love Bites), born in London, England
  • Dec 9 Donny Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
  • Dec 10 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor, (d. 2012)
  • Dec 10 Prem Rawat, known also as Guru Maharaj Ji and Maharaji, American Indian spiritual leader and speaker
  • Dec 12 Cy Curnin, Londo, England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire)
  • Dec 12 Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 12 Robert Lepage, French Canadian playwright
  • Dec 13 Steve Buscemi, actor (Fargo)
  • Dec 13 Morris Day, American singer (The Time)
  • Dec 13 Jean-Marie Messier, French businessman
  • Dec 14 Gary Ferris, American author
  • Dec 15 Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 15 Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • Dec 15 Yuuichi Nagashima, Japanese voice actor
  • Dec 15 Tim Reynolds, Wiesbaden, Germany, guitarist (Dave Matthews Band)
  • Dec 17 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Dec 18 John Webster, Canadian rocker (Red Rider - Light in the Tunnel)
  • Dec 19 Doug Johnson, rock keyboardist (Loverboy-Get Lucky)
  • Dec 19 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Dec 19 Liz Glazowski, playmate (April, 1980), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 19 Cyril Collard, French film director (d. 1993)
  • Dec 19 John Gulager, American film director
  • Dec 20 Billy Bragg, English rocker (It Says Here, Ideology), singer/songwriter, born in Barking Essex
  • Dec 20 Mike Watt, US bassist (Rockband Firehose)
  • Dec 20 Joyce Hyser, American actress
  • Dec 20 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer
  • Dec 21 Joshua Mostel, actor (Delta House, At Ease), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 21 Lisa Gerritsen, actress (Bess-The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 21 Ray Romano, American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age), born in Queens, New York
  • Dec 21 Tom Henke, American baseball player
  • Dec 22 Lynne Thigpen, actress (Nancy-Love Sidney), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Ricky Ross, British rock vocalist (Deacon Blue-Raintown)
  • Dec 22 Susan Powter, diet guru/author/talk show host (Susan Powter Show)
  • Dec 22 Carole James, Canadian politician
  • Dec 23 Dan Bigras, Canadian singer
  • Dec 23 Trisha Goddard, English television presenter
  • Dec 24 Ian Burden, S Yorks England, rock bassist (Human League-Only Human)
  • Dec 24 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
  • Dec 24 Diane Tell, Quebec singer
  • Dec 25 Jan Rot, Dutch composer/writer (Wrong Nights)
  • Dec 25 Jillie Mack, Mrs Tom Selleck/actress (Magnum PI)
  • Dec 25 Shane MacGowan, punk rock musician (Pogues-Red Roses For Me), born in Pembury, Kent
  • Dec 25 Chris Kamara, English footballer and commentator
  • Dec 26 Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster
  • Dec 27 Connie Chillemi, Eglin AFB FL, golfer (1994 Standard Register-13th)
  • Dec 27 James Sanford, US runner (world record 50m indoor)
  • Dec 28 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer
  • Dec 29 Brad Grey, American film producer
  • Dec 29 Paul Rudnick, American screenwriter/playwright
  • Dec 30 Matt Lauer, TV host (Today Show)
  • Dec 30 Patricia Kalember, Schnectady NY, actress (Georgie Whitsig-Sisters)
  • Dec 31 David Allen Ogrin, Waukegan IL, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 12 Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Dec 28 "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Dec 29 "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Harrison Ford, silent screen actor (Rubber Tires), dies at 73
  • Dec 2 Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (b. 1902)
  • Dec 3 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher, dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Reginald Sheffield, actor (Second Chance), dies at 55
  • Dec 9 Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
  • Dec 12 Robert Frank Kurka, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 17 Dorothy Sayers, [Atherton Fleming], author (Whose body), dies at 64
  • Dec 19 John W Van Druten, US stage/screenwriter (I Remember Mama), dies at 56
  • Dec 21 Eric Coates, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Norma Talmadge, US actress (Within the Law, Sign on Bay), dies at 60
  • Dec 25 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, US landscape architect and advocate for wildlife conservation, dies at 87
  • Dec 26 Artur Malawski, composer, dies at 53
  • Dec 27 Alan Bridge, actor (Hail the Conquering Hero), dies at 66
  • Dec 29 Tom Richmond, cricketer (Notts leg-spinner took 2-86 in Eng Test), die