What Happened in October 1957

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 B-52 bombers begin full-time flying alert in case of USSR attack
  • Oct 1 First appearance of "In God We Trust" on U.S. paper currency.
  • Oct 2 NY Yankees appear in their 25th World Series
  • Oct 2 New volcanic island appears off Fayal Island Azores

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 2 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Best Picture 1958)

Actor William Holden
William Holden
Actor Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Oct 3 Willy Brandt elected mayor of West Berlin

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Oct 3 Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Oct 4 "Leave It to Beaver" debuts on CBS
  • Oct 4 USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite
  • Oct 4 Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • Oct 5 11th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3 at Montreal
  • Oct 5 12th Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland win, 7½-4½ at Lindrick Golf Club (Rotherham, Yorkshire, England)
  • Oct 5 Yugoslav dissident Milovan Djilos sentenced to 7 years
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 6 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA United Voluntary Services Golf Open
  • Oct 7 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Invitational
  • Oct 8 Brooklyn Dodgers announce move to Los Angeles
  • Oct 8 Procter & Gamble director N McElroy becomes US Secretary of Defense
  • Oct 8 Soviet spy Jack Sobel sentenced to 7 years (NYC)
  • Oct 8 Turkish & Syrian border guards exchange fire
  • Oct 9 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • Oct 10 Braves' Lew Burdette beats Yankees for 3rd time in 1 World Series
  • Oct 10 Milwaukee Braves beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 54th World Series

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Oct 10 US President Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a restaurant in Dover, Delaware

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Oct 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 10 A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, UK becomes the world's first major nuclear accident
  • Oct 12 "Mask & Gown" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Oct 12 "Simply Heavenly" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • Oct 12 First commercial flight between California & Antarctica
  • Oct 12 Canadian Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 13 German Democratic Republic recalls OstMark & issues new currency
  • Oct 14 Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" reaches #1

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Oct 14 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian monarch to open the Parliament of Canada with the Speech from the Throne.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Oct 15 Giants trade Minneapolis franchise to Red Sox for SF Seals-franchises only, not the players
  • Oct 16 Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visits Williamsburg Virginia
  • Oct 16 USAF sends 2 aluminium bullets into space
  • Oct 17 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Oct 17 Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit the White House
  • Oct 17 Dike Marken-Dutch mainland closed

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Oct 17 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • Oct 17 II Tsjoendrigar becomes premier of Pakistan
  • Oct 19 "Damn Yankees" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,022 performances

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Oct 19 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Mont, became 1st NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Oct 20 Karachi A (277-0d) beat Sind A by an innings w/o losing a wkt

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Oct 20 Walter Cronkite begins hosting weekly documentary

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Oct 21 Giants purchase Class-A Phoenix team

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Oct 21 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Oct 21 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • Oct 22 Conrad Adenauer re-elected chancellor of West-Germany
  • Oct 22 KJAC TV channel 4 in Port Arthur-Beaumont, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 23 First test firing of Vanguard satellite launch vehicle, TV-3
  • Oct 24 Cincinnati Redlegs decline to move to Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City
  • Oct 24 The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
  • Oct 25 Russian minister of Defense Zjoekov deposed
  • Oct 26 USSR fires defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov
  • Oct 27 Celal Bayar re-elected president of Turkey
  • Oct 27 WOWL TV channel 15 in Florence, AL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 27 WPTA TV channel 21 in Fort Wayne, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 28 WMVS TV channel 10 in Milwaukee, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 29 Hand grenade explodes in Israel's Knesset (Parliament)
  • Oct 30 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 11th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Oct 30 Soviet Union launches Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika
  • Oct 30 WLWI (now WTHR) TV channel 13 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 30 WYTV TV channel 33 in Youngstown, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 31 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Brad MacDonald, race horse trainer
  • Oct 1 Stelios Mainas, Greek actor
  • Oct 2 John Neuman Cook, PGA golfer (1981 Bing Crosby), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Oct 2 Kimberly Herrin, playmate (March, 1981), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Oct 3 Tim Westwood, Pimp My Ride UK presenter and DJ
  • Oct 4 Christina Smith, playmate (Mar, 1978), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 4 Gregory T Linteris, Demarest NJ, astronaut (sk: STS 83)
  • Oct 4 Alexander Tkachyov, Soviet gymnast
  • Oct 4 Bill Fagerbakke, American actor
  • Oct 4 Kyra Schon, American actress
  • Oct 5 Jeanne Evert, tennis player, Chris' sister
  • Oct 5 Larry Saumell, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • Oct 5 Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness-Baggy Trousers)
  • Oct 5 Mark Geragos, American attorney
  • Oct 5 Bernie Mac, American comedian (d. 2008)
  • Oct 6 Dom Galluscio, race horse trainer
  • Oct 6 Shahzad Altaf, cricketer (UAE off-spinner 1996 World Cup)
  • Oct 7 Jayne Torvill, England, ice skater (Torvill & Dean, Oly-gold-84)
  • Oct 7 Judy Sams, golfer (1994 du Maurier Ltd Classic-38th), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 8 Doug Cox, Guelph Ontario, 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 8 James De Paiva, Hayward California, actor (Max Holden-One Life to Live)
  • Oct 8 Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer
  • Oct 8 Joe Castiglione, American college athletic director
  • Oct 9 Yuri Vladimirovich Usachyov, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-18, TM-23)
  • Oct 9 Don Garber, American sports commissioner
  • Oct 10 Craig Marseilles, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Gold Coast), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 10 Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese artist
  • Oct 11 Dawn French, Welsh comedian and TV actress (Supergrass, French & Saunders, The Vicar of Dibley)
  • Oct 11 Blair Cunningham, rock drummer (Haircut 100), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 11 Jon Moss, rock drummer (Culture Club)
  • Oct 11 Paul Bown, English actor
  • Oct 11 Paul Sereno, American paleontologist
  • Oct 12 Kristen Bjorn, British film director
  • Oct 14 Gregory T Linteris, Demarest NJ, PhD/astronaut (STS 83, 94)
  • Oct 14 Karen Permezel, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 14 Michel Després, Quebec politician
  • Oct 15 Mira Nair, Indian director
  • Oct 15 Stacy Peralta, American director
  • Oct 17 Vincent Van Patten, Belrose NY, actor (Apple's Way, 3 for the Road)
  • Oct 17 Lawrence Bender, American film producer
  • Oct 18 Jon Lindstrom, Medford Ore, actor (Kevin Collins-General Hospital)
  • Oct 18 Doug Isaacson, Alaskan politician
  • Oct 19 Karl Wallingher, Prestatyn Wales, rocker (World Party)
  • Oct 19 Ray Richmond, American columnist and critic
  • Oct 19 Doug Kirby, American author and travel guide
  • Oct 20 Chris Cowdrey, cricketer (son of Colin, captain of England 1988)
  • Oct 20 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • Oct 21 Julian Cope, [Kevin Stapleton], Welsh pop musician (Eve's Volcano)
  • Oct 21 Steve Lukather, US rock singer/guitarist (Toto-Africa)
  • Oct 21 Wolfgang Ketterle, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Oct 23 Louann Fernald playmate (Jun, 1979), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Oct 23 Sue Ertl, American LPGA golfer, born in Ionia, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Ron Gardenhire, German-born American baseball manager
  • Oct 24 John Kassir, American actor and comedian
  • Oct 25 Robbie Macintosh, rock guitarist/vocalist (Pretenders)
  • Oct 26 Bob Golic, American football player
  • Oct 27 Glen Hoddle, English soccer ball player (Tottenham)
  • Oct 27 Jeff East, American actor (Huckleberry Finn, Superman), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 28 Stephen Morris, English pop drummer (Joy Division-Atmosphere)
  • Oct 29 Dan Castellaneta, American voice actor, Best known as the voice of Homer Simpson
  • Oct 30 Aleksandr Ivanovich Lazutkin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
  • Oct 30 Andy Archer, Scottish dramatist
  • Oct 31 Robert Pollard, American rocker
  • Oct 31 Brian Stokes Mitchell, American singer and actor

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 10 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician (b. 1885)
  • Oct 14 Carl Natanael Berg, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 17 John HA Eman, founder of Aruban Peoples Party, dies at 70
  • Oct 19 Vere G Childe, British archaeologist/prehistorian, dies at 65
  • Oct 23 Frederick Burton, actor (One Way Passage), dies at 86

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Oct 23 Christian Dior, French designer (New Look), dies at 52 of a heart attack

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • Oct 25 Henry C van de Velde, Flemish painter/architect, dies at 94
  • Oct 25 Lord Dunsany, [Edward J M D Plunkett], author (Jorkens), dies at 79
  • Oct 25 Maria "Mary" Beekman, actress (Modern Landhaaien), dies at 73

MurderMurder of Interest

Oct 25 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American gangster (Murder Inc), murdered at 55

  • Oct 26 N Kazantzakis, writer, dies
  • Oct 28 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of SF '49ers, dies while watching a game
  • Oct 29 Louis B Mayer, MGM producer, dies at 71
  • Oct 29 Rosemarie Nitribitt, German call girl (b. 1933)
  • Oct 30 Fred Beebe, baseball player (b. 1880)