What Happened in February 1957

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
  • Feb 1 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam
  • Feb 1 Felix Wankel's first working prototype DKM 54 of the rotary Wankel engine was running at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany
  • Feb 2 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Feb 2 UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
  • Feb 3 Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • Feb 4 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
  • Feb 5 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert
  • Feb 10 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 10 Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms
  • Feb 11 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 11 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • Feb 12 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
  • Feb 13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • Feb 14 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • Feb 15 Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister
  • Feb 16 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, abolished in the United Kingdom
  • Feb 17 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 17 A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • Feb 20 Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 v England, 13 wkts for match
  • Feb 21 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • Feb 22 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • Feb 22 Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958
  • Feb 23 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
  • Feb 23 The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 25 Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • Feb 27 Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals
  • Feb 27 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)
  • Feb 28 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 28 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Donna Adamek, Duarte California, bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81)
  • Feb 2 Laurie Mann, current DPS curator/geek
  • Feb 2 Sandra Joyce Cagle, American model and playmate (Feb 1980), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 3 Michele Greene, actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Feb 4 Don Davis, American composer
  • Feb 4 Evan Wolfson, American attorney and activist
  • Feb 5 Craig Wilson, Beeville TX, US water polo goalie (Olym-silver-84, 88)
  • Feb 6 Jerry Marotta, rocker (Orleans-Love Takes Time)
  • Feb 6 Kathy Najimy, actress (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet)
  • Feb 6 Robert Townsend, comedian/actor (Hollywood Shuffle, Ratboy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Simon Phillips, Drummer of Toto (band)
  • Feb 7 Carney Lansford, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Damaso Garcia, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 9 Gordon Strachan, soccer player
  • Feb 9 Mohammed Valli Moosa, South African leader (UDF)
  • Feb 10 Debbie Brinkley, Tasmania, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
  • Feb 10 Pranab Roy, cricketer (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982)
  • Feb 13 Doris King, vocalist (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb 13 Thelston Payne, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1986)
  • Feb 13 Denise Austin, American fitness expert
  • Feb 14 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano
  • Feb 14 Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV VJs
  • Feb 15 Bienvenida Buck, Spanish lover of Peter Harding, born in Velencia Spain
  • Feb 15 Charles Edward Pevensey Tennant, aristocrat
  • Feb 15 Jake E Lee, rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
  • Feb 15 Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • Feb 16 LeVar Burton, Landstuhl Germany, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation)
  • Feb 17 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
  • Feb 18 Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Oly-gold-1980)
  • Feb 18 Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune)
  • Feb 18 Bruce Rauner, American politician, Governor of Illinois (2015-), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 19 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 19 Falco, [John Hoelcel], rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus)
  • Feb 19 Johann Hoelzel Falco, musician
  • Feb 19 Ray Winstone, British actor
  • Feb 20 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • Feb 24 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Feb 25 Jane Ackroyd, British sculptor
  • Feb 25 Stuart "Woody" Wood, Scot, guitarist (Bay City Rollers-Saturday Night)
  • Feb 26 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Oly-gold-1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 26 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 26 David Muldrow Beasley, American politician
  • Feb 27 Timothy Spall, actor (1871, Life is Sweet, Crusoe, Remembrance)
  • Feb 27 Adrian Smith, heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High)
  • Feb 27 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete
  • Feb 27 Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator
  • Feb 28 Cindy Wilson, American rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Feb 28 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • Feb 28 Ian Stanley, keyboardist
  • Feb 28 Jeff Woodland, Australian golfer (1991 Dakota Dunes Open), born in Papua, Indonesia
  • Feb 28 John Turturro, actor (Brain Donor, Color of Money, Jungle Fever), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Phil Gould, rock percussionist (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Feb 28 Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to producer Mike Todd (47)

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 9 Actor Richard Harris (26) weds socialite Elizabeth Rees (20)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Friedrich von Paulus, German field marshall (Stalingrad), dies at 66
  • Feb 2 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • Feb 4 Joseph Hardaway, creator of Bugs Bunny, dies at 66
  • Feb 4 Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican illustrator, dies
  • Feb 5 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • Feb 7 Rudolph Reti, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 8 John von Neumann, mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • Feb 10 Laura Ingalls Wilder, US author (Little House on Praries), dies at 90
  • Feb 12 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 16 Leslie Hore-Belisha, [Lord Halifax], British min of Transport, dies at 63
  • Feb 18 Henry N Russell, co-author (temperature-luminosity graph), dies
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 18 Joseph G. Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49

  • Feb 19 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
  • Feb 22 Harry Sothern, actor (Dr Huer-Buck Rogers), dies at 72
  • Feb 23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • Feb 23 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, dies at 67
  • Feb 25 Kurt von Wolfurt, composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Mark Aldanov, [Mark A Landau], Russian/French chemist, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 25 Bugs Moran, American gangster, dies of lung cancer in prison at 65

Gangster Bugs Moran
Bugs Moran