What Happened in December 1957

Historical Events

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

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

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5th President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 6th 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up
  • 6th AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
  • 6th Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
  • 7th Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • 9th 1st Japanese ambassador to Israel
  • 12th Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo
  • 12th US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)
  • 12th 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
  • 14th "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • 14th "Rumple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 16th Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • 17th US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile

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

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

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

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

MurderMurder of Interest

25th Ed Gein found insane of murder

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

12th 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
  • 28th "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 29th "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

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