What Happened in March 1957

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances
  • Mar 1 KTWO TV channel 2 in Casper, WY (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 1 Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor
  • Mar 3 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Markham & Jones (GRB)
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins (USA)
  • Mar 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 3 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • Mar 3 2nd Eurovision Song Contest: Corry Brokken for Netherlands wins singing "Net als toen" in Frankfurt
  • Mar 4 The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.
  • Mar 5 Eamon de Valera's Fianna Fail-party wins election in Ireland
  • Mar 5 Sgt Bilko satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvis Pelvin)
  • Mar 6 Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Centenary of Dred Scott slavery court decision marked by rediscovery of Scott's grave

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott
  • Mar 8 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • Mar 8 Israeli troops leave Egypt; Suez Canal re-opened for minor ships
  • Mar 8 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 9 8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
  • Mar 9 4th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats South Carolina, 95-75
  • Mar 10 Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
  • Mar 12 German DR accepts 22 Russian divisions

BattleBattle of Interest

Mar 13 Bloody battles after anti-Batista demonstration in Havana Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Mar 14 Indonesian government of Sastroamidjojo resigns
  • Mar 15 Great Britain becomes the third nation to explode a nuclear bomb
  • Mar 16 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win
  • Mar 16 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 16 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating NY Rangers 14-1
  • Mar 17 Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Mar 18 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
  • Mar 19 Indians reject Boston's offer of $1 million for Herb Score
  • Mar 20 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 22 Earthquake gives SF shakes
  • Mar 22 Republic of India adopts Saka calendar along with Gregorian
  • Mar 23 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Kansas 54-53 (3 OTs)
  • Mar 23 US army sells last homing pigeons
  • Mar 25 NBA modifies the free-throw rule
  • Mar 25 Treaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Mkt)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 27 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

  • Mar 28 1st National Curling Championship held
  • Mar 30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony
  • Mar 30 111th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard Sundew wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jon Carroll, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band-Afternoon Delight), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 4 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Mar 4 Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver
  • Mar 5 Mark E Smith, English rock vocalist (Fall-Fall in a Hole)
  • Mar 5 Tim Holden, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • Mar 7 Robert Harris, English TV reporter and journalist
  • Mar 8 Cynthia Rothrock, actress (Lady Dragon, Honor & Glory), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 8 Ruth Wysocki, American 800m/1500m runner, born in Alhambra, California
  • Mar 8 Billy Childs, composer/pianist
  • Mar 8 Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Clive Burr, East Ham, London, drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 9 Faith Daniels, news anchor (CBS-TV)
  • Mar 9 Jeff Senior, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 9 Jon Engen, US biathelete (Olympics-1994), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 9 Mark Mancina, American composer
  • Mar 9 Mona Sahlin, Swedish politician
  • Mar 10 Adolfo Horta, Camaguey Cuba, HW boxer (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Mar 10 Shannon Lee Tweed, St Johns NF, playmate (Nov 1981)/actress (Meatballs 3)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 10 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2011)

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Mar 10 Matt Knudsen, American actor
  • Mar 11 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2016)
  • Mar 11 Cheryl Lynn, American singer
  • Mar 11 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Jerry Levine, New Brunswick NJ, actor (Born on 4th of July)
  • Mar 12 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 12 Steve Harris, hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden-Gypsy's Kiss), born in London, England
  • Mar 13 Steve Lake, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 John Hoeven, American politician, governor of North Dakota
  • Mar 14 Andrew Robinson, British author
  • Mar 14 Tad Williams, American author
  • Mar 15 Park Overall, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 15 David Silverman, American animator
  • Mar 15 Víctor Muñoz, Spanish football manager
  • Mar 16 Pearl Moore, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • Mar 17 Robin Cousins, England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Mar 17 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 18 Christer Fuglesang, physicist/astronaut (Mir backup), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 18 Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Mar 18 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)
  • Mar 19 Blake Passey, horse trainer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 20 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Director Spike Lee
Spike Lee
  • Mar 20 Theresa Russell, [Paup], SD California, actress (Black Widow, Razor's Edge)
  • Mar 20 Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
  • Mar 20 David Foster, Australian woodchopper
  • Mar 21 Sabrina Le Beauf, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 22 Stephanie Mills, singer/actress (Wiz)
  • Mar 23 Amanda Plummer, actress (Hotel New Hampshire, Dollmaker), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 23 Teresa Ganzel, actress (Teachers Only, Duck Factory), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 23 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
  • Mar 24 Scott J Horowitz, PhD/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 75, 82), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 Jim Uhls, American screenwriter
  • Mar 26 Leeza Gibbons, SC, TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Leeza)
  • Mar 26 Walter Rohlfing, Dusseldorf, WLAF defensive line coach (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 27 Billy MacKenzie, rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch)
  • Mar 27 Nicholas Hawkins, British politician (Conservatives 1992-2005)
  • Mar 28 Harvey Glance, Pheonix City Ala, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Mar 29 Christopher Lambert, actor (Highlander, Subway, Greystoke, Why Me)
  • Mar 30 Elena V Kondakova, Moscow Russia, cosmonaut (STS 84)
  • Mar 30 Paul Reiser, actor (My 2 Dads, Diner, Aliens, Mad About You), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 30 Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM 20, STS 84)
  • Mar 31 Marc McClure, San Mateo California, actor (Ross-California Fever)
  • Mar 31 Mary Cadorette, East actress (Vicky-3's a Crowd), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 31 Patrick G Forrester, Lt Col Army/astronaut, born in El Paso, Texas

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (41) weds mafia enforcer Louis McKay

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Wyndham Lewis, British author (b. 1882)
  • Mar 8 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 11 Richard E. Byrd, American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), dies at 68

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • Mar 12 Harry Dean, cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), dies
  • Mar 12 Josephine Hull, actress (Harvey), dies at 71
  • Mar 13 Lena Ashwell, Engl actress/theatrical manager (Kingsway), dies at 84
  • Mar 14 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (b. 1938)
  • Mar 15 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • Mar 16 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67
  • Mar 16 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian sculptor (b. 1876)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 17 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines, dies in a plane crash at 49

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Mar 23 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 Fud Livingston, composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 25 Max Ophüls, German director and writer (b. 1902)
  • Mar 26 Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • Mar 29 Joyce A L Cary, English writer (Horse's Mouth), dies at 68
  • Mar 31 Gene Lockhart, NYC actor (Going My Way), dies at 65