What Happened in May 1957

Historical Events

  • May 1 Flevo Boys soccer team forms in Emmeloord
  • May 1 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast
  • May 1 US gives Poland credit of $95 million
  • May 1 Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km

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May 2 Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters

Gangster Frank Costello
Frank Costello
  • May 4 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
  • May 4 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show

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May 4 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • May 5 Adolf Scharf elected president of Austria
  • May 5 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 6 Italian government of Segni resigns
  • May 6 Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV

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May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to John F. Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 7 Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald
  • May 10 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon
  • May 10 Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow
  • May 11 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
  • May 12 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Smokey Golf Open
  • May 14 "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances
  • May 14 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" premieres in NYC

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May 15 18,000 people at Madison Sq Garden-Billy Graham launched a crusade

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • May 15 1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)
  • May 16 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae
  • May 16 US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton Conn
  • May 16 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade
  • May 17 Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)
  • May 17 School desegregation law, Brown v Board of education
  • May 17 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 18 82nd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19 Adone Zoli forms Italian government
  • May 21 French government of Mollet resigns
  • May 22 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 22 Red Sox set AL record by smashing 4 HRs in 6th inning in 11-0 win
  • May 22 South Africa's government approves race separation in universities
  • May 24 Anti-American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
  • May 24 Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia
  • May 25 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • May 26 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open
  • May 27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format.
  • May 28 NL approves Brooklyn Dodgers' & NY Giants' move to west coast
  • May 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 28 WPSD TV channel 6 in Paducah, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 Algerian rebels kill 336 collaborators
  • May 29 Laos government of prince Suvanna Phuma resigns
  • May 29 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants & Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast
  • May 30 Test Cricket debut for Rohan Kanhai v England at Edgbaston
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Sam Hanks wins in 3:41:14.238 (218.229 km/h)
  • May 30 2nd European Cup: Real Madrid beats Fiorentina 2-0 at Madrid
  • May 31 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Dick Swett, (Rep-D-New Hampshire)
  • May 1 Paul D Ronney, ScD/astronaut (STS 83 alt), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Rick Darling, cricketer (accident-prone/dashing Aussie opener 1978-79)
  • May 1 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • May 1 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • May 2 Domonic L Pudwill Gorie, Lake Charles LA, USN/astronaut (sk: STS-91)
  • May 3 Cactus Moser, Montrose Co, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • May 3 Rod Langway, Formosa, NHL defenseman (Mont Canadiens, Wash Caps)
  • May 4 Peter Sleep, cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90)
  • May 5 Richard E Grant, Swaziland, actor (Posse, Bram Stoker's Dracula)
  • May 5 Lisa Eilbacher, Saudi-American actress (Beverly Hills Cop), born in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
  • May 5 Thereza Bazaar, rocker (Dollar-Love's Gotta Hold on Me)
  • May 5 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
  • May 7 Shauna McDonald Brown, TV producer
  • May 7 [Christopher St John] "Sinjin" Smith, volleyballer (Oly-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 7 Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 8 Deana Deardruff, US, 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • May 8 Jeff Wincott, actor (Night Heat), born in Toronto, Ontario

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May 8 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • May 9 Fred Markham, 1st man to pedal a bike 65 mph
  • May 9 John Stuper, baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • May 10 Phil Mahre, alpine slalom skier (Oly-gold/silver-80, 84), born in Yakima, Washington

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May 10 Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious
  • May 10 Steve Mahre, twin alpine slalom skier (Oly-Silver-80, 84), born in Yakima, Washington
  • May 11 Luca Urbani, MD/astronaut (STS 78-alt), born in Rome, Italy
  • May 12 Lou Whitaker, American MLB 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 1978 AL Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 13 Claudie Andre-Deshays, France, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-24)
  • May 13 Eloise Broady, playmate (Apr, 1988), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 13 Alan Ball, American screenwriter, director, and producer
  • May 13 Andrea Klump, German terrorist
  • May 14 William G Gregory, Lockport NY, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 67)
  • May 14 Leon White, American professional wrestler
  • May 15 Juan José Ibarretxe, Basque Lehendakari (Prime Minister)
  • May 15 Kevin Von Erich, American professional wrestler
  • May 16 Joan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Oly-gold-1984)
  • May 17 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • May 18 Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)
  • May 19 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • May 19 Sophia Crawford, actress (Power Rangers), born in London, England
  • May 21 Judge Reinhold, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • May 21 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • May 21 Bruce Buffer, American Mixed Martial Arts Announcer
  • May 21 Nadine Dorries, British politician
  • May 21 Renée Soutendijk, Dutch actress
  • May 22 Lisa Murkowski, American politician
  • May 22 Gary Sweet, Australian actor
  • May 23 Jimmy McShane, Pop singer (Baltimora-Tarzan Boy)
  • May 23 Mark Arnold, American actor
  • May 24 John G Rowland, (Rep-R-CT, 1985- )
  • May 25 Hillary Bailey Smith, actress (Nora-One Life to Live), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 25 Edward Lee, American writer
  • May 26 Margaret Colin, actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby)
  • May 26 François Legault, French Canadian politician
  • May 26 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • May 26 Pontso S.M. Sekatle, Lesotho academic and politician
  • May 27 Bruce Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1976)
  • May 27 Duncan Goodhew, English 100m breast stroke swimmer (Oly-Gold-1980), born in London, England
  • May 27 Siouxsie Sioux, [Susan Ballion], Kent England (Siouxsie & Banshees)
  • May 28 Kirk Gibson, Mich, outfield (Tigers, Dodgers, 1988 NL MVP)
  • May 28 Walter R Tucker, (Rep-D-California)
  • May 28 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach
  • May 29 Jeb Hensarling, American politician
  • May 30 Allison Roe, marathoner (NYC-1981), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 30 Chris Van Jaarsveld, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)
  • May 30 Michael Clayton, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 31 Jim Craig, North Easton Mass, hockey goalie (oly-gold-1980)
  • May 31 Stephen Jones, British milliner

Famous Weddings

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May 25 NFL coach Chuck Noll (25) weds first wife Marianne Noll

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Grant Mitchell, actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82

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May 2 Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • May 2 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, composer, dies at 53
  • May 5 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74
  • May 8 Johannes C B "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter, dies at 75
  • May 9 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • May 9 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67
  • May 12 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian/US actor (Grand Illusion), dies at 71
  • May 12 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • May 14 Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (b. 1884)
  • May 16 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Edwin St Hill, cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • May 30 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Black Ecstacy), dies
  • May 31 Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878)