What Happened in January 1957

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London
  • Jan 1 France returns Saar to becomes the 10th state of German Federal Rep
  • Jan 1 International Geophysical Year begins; ends 6/30/1958 (18-mo year)
  • Jan 1 George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Jan 1 An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA's Operation Harvest.
  • Jan 1 43rd Rose Bowl: #3 Iowa beats #10 Oregon State, 35-19
  • Jan 1 23rd Sugar Bowl: #11 Baylor beats #2 Tennessee, 13-7
  • Jan 1 23rd Orange Bowl: #20 Colorado beats #19 Clemson, 27-21
  • Jan 3 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa
  • Jan 4 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • Jan 4 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000

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Jan 5 Dodgers' Jackie Robinson announces his retirement rather than be traded to the NY Giants

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Jan 5 US President Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Jan 6 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 6 Yeshiva Kol Ya'ackov opens in Moscow Russia
  • Jan 9 British premier Anthony Eden resigns
  • Jan 9 Checheno-Ingush ASSR reformed in RSFSR
  • Jan 9 Dutch Newspaper Society expels communist daily paper "Truth"
  • Jan 9 Kalmyk Autonomous Region reformed in RSFSR
  • Jan 9 Karachayevo-Cherkess Autonomous Region reestablished in RSFSR
  • Jan 10 Anthony Eden resigns & Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minster of Great Britain

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Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Jan 11 The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • Jan 11 Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber.
  • Jan 12 Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded
  • Jan 13 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate

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Jan 13 Mickey Wright wins Sea Island Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jan 13 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 19-10
  • Jan 13 Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee

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Jan 13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Jan 14 Kripalu Maharaj is named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher)
  • Jan 15 Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
  • Jan 15 7th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 109-97 at Boston
  • Jan 16 3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights
  • Jan 16 Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1st appearance
  • Jan 17 9-county commission recommends creation of BART
  • Jan 18 3 B-52's set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min
  • Jan 19 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Jan 20 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 20 Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election
  • Jan 20 Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 21 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula
  • Jan 22 Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) accused of 30 explosions, arrested
  • Jan 23 Indian nationalist V. K. Krishna Menon begins the longest ever sppeach at the UN on Kashmir- 8 hours over 2 days
  • Jan 25 FBI arrests Jack & Myra Sobel, charged with spying for USSR
  • Jan 26 Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres
  • Jan 26 Dutch Pacifist Socialist Party forms
  • Jan 26 India annexes Kashmir
  • Jan 26 Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves
  • Jan 27 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Jan 28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • Jan 28 45th Women's Australian Championships: Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 45th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Neale Fraser (6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

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Jan 29 Graham Greene's "Potting Shed" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 30 US Congress accepts "Eisenhower-doctrine"
  • Jan 31 Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
  • Jan 31 Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
  • Jan 1 Evangelos Venizelos, Greek lawyer, professor and politician
  • Jan 2 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • Jan 3 Frank Dicopoulos, actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 3 Bojan Križај, Slovenian skier
  • Jan 4 Patty Loveless, [Ramey], Pikeville Ky, singer (Blue Side of Town)
  • Jan 5 Vincent Calloway, Kentucky, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jan 5 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Jan 6 C Michael Foale, Louth England, astronaut (STS 45, 56, 63, 84/86)

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Jan 6 Nancy Lopez Knight, Torrance California, pro golfer (1981 Dinah Shore)

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jan 7 Katie Couric, [Katherine], Arlington VA, TV news host (Today)
  • Jan 7 Kristen Meadows, actress (Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 7 Nicholson Baker, American novelist
  • Jan 7 Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Jan 7 Reena Roy, Indian actress
  • Jan 8 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer and choreographer
  • Jan 9 Phil Lewis, lead singer of L.A. Guns
  • Jan 10 Robert Thompson, Nike golfer (1990 Boise Open-2nd), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 10 Greg Walden, U.S. Congressman from Oregon
  • Jan 11 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Bryan Robson, English footballer and manager
  • Jan 12 John Lasseter, American animation director
  • Jan 13 Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic-bronze-1984)
  • Jan 13 Don Snow, rocker (Squeeze)
  • Jan 13 Mark Francis O'Meara, Goldsboro NC, PGA golfer (1984 Greater Milw)
  • Jan 13 Lorrie Moore, American writer
  • Jan 14 Suzanne Danielle, English actress
  • Jan 14 Anchee Min, Chinese writer
  • Jan 15 Mario Van Peebles, Mexico, actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)
  • Jan 15 Patrick Dixon, English entrepreneur
  • Jan 17 Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 17 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality
  • Jan 17 Ann Nocenti, American comic book writer
  • Jan 17 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 18 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist/keyboardist (Thompson Twins-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Jan 19 Mickael Virtue, rock keyboardist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Jan 19 Ottis "O J" Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • Jan 19 Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rican politician
  • Jan 20 Leonard C Clements, Cherry Point NC, PGA golfer (1994 Bob Hope-2nd)
  • Jan 21 Geena [Virginia] Davis, Wareham Mass, actress (Beetlejuice, Fly)
  • Jan 21 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • Jan 21 Shaukat Dukanwala, cricketer (Baroda off-spinner, UAE World Cup 1996)

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Jan 22 Mike Bossy, NHL forward (NY Islanders), 1st 50 goals in 50 game, born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 22 Francis Wheen, English writer and journalist
  • Jan 22 Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (d. 1993)
  • Jan 23 Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi, daughter of Princess Grace and Prince Rainer, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Jan 23 Lou Schuler, American fitness journalist
  • Jan 24 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian
  • Jan 25 Edmund Theodore Sylvers, rocker (Sylvers)
  • Jan 25 Jeff Gossett, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 25 Jenifer Lewis, actress (Girl 6, Meteor Man, Sister Act)
  • Jan 25 Martha Elizabeth Thomsen, Moses Lake Wash, playmate (May, 1980)
  • Jan 25 Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish politician
  • Jan 25 Andrew P. Harris, American politician
  • Jan 26 Ashok Malhotra, cricketer (Indian batsman in 7 Tests 1982-84)
  • Jan 26 Shivlal Yadav, cricketer (Indian off-spinner 102 Test wickets 1979-87)
  • Jan 27 Frank Miller, US, comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)
  • Jan 28 Harley Jane Kozak, actress (Arachnophobia, Necessary Roughness)

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Jan 28 Nick Price, Durban South Africa, PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic)

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Price
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Price
  • Jan 28 Frank Skinner English comedian
  • Jan 29 Irlene Mandrell, Corpus Christi Tx, country singer (Mandrell Sisters)
  • Jan 29 Jac Bico, Dutch guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • Jan 29 Grazyna Miller, Italian poet, translator, and journalist

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Jan 30 William Payne Stewart, Springfield Missouri, PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney)

  • Jan 31 Shirley F Babashoff, California, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 10 Poet T. S. Eliot (68) marries his 2nd wife editor Esmé Valerie Fletcher (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 19 Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 31 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 2nd divorce from actor Michael Wilding

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Ruth Draper, US elocutionist, dies at 67 or 72
  • Jan 1 Seán South and Fergal O'Hanlon are killed in the Brookeborough Raid.
  • Jan 4 Theodor Korner von Siegringen, Austrian pres (1951-57), dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Al White, choreographer (NBC Comedy Hour), dies
  • Jan 9 Mary Carr Moore, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Gabriela Mistral, Chilean poet (Nobel Prize 1945), dies at 67
  • Jan 11 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • Jan 14 Humphrey Bogart, actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies at 57
  • Jan 16 Alexander Cambridge, gov-gen (South African 1923-31/Canada 1940-5), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • Jan 19 József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • Jan 20 James Connolly, 1st Oly winner (1896) since Barasdates (369 CE), dies
  • Jan 21 Arthur L Bowley, English statistician/economist, dies at 87
  • Jan 23 Willie Edwards, US African American, murdered by KKK at 25
  • Jan 24 Daniel Taylor, cricketer (bro of Herbie, 2 Tests for S Af 1914), dies
  • Jan 25 Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 25 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)
  • Jan 28 Fred Stein, TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88
  • Jan 30 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian min of Foreign Affairs (1938-39), dies at 65