Historical Events in 1957

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  • 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.
  • 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 8 SF Public Library's bookmobile initiated in front of City Hall
  • 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, was 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.

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
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

  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
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
  • Apr 1 Trial begins in Budapest against participants october uprising
  • Apr 1 WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, LA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 World's biggest glass oven used
  • Apr 3 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London
  • Apr 3 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 4 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris
  • Apr 6 NYC ends trolley car service
  • Apr 6 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Apr 6 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • Apr 7 21st Masters Golf Tournament: Doug Ford wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 7 Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run

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Apr 9 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Apr 9 Suez Canal cleared for all shipping
  • Apr 10 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • Apr 10 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
  • Apr 10 Suez canal reopens for all traffic
  • Apr 10 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

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Apr 11 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

  • Apr 11 Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically
  • Apr 11 Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
  • Apr 12 Jim Spalding set a 2088 pin nine-game bowling record
  • Apr 12 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 13 "Shinbone Alley" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Apr 13 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 13 11th Tony Awards: Long Days Journey into the Night & My Fair Lady win
  • Apr 13 Due to lack of funds, Saturday postal delivery in US is temporarily halted
  • Apr 14 Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women's singles ping pong championship
  • Apr 14 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • Apr 15 Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
  • Apr 15 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 16 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 20 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Conn in 2:20:05
  • Apr 20 Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
  • Apr 21 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum
  • Apr 22 All NL teams intergates, John Irwin Kennedy is 1st black on Phillies
  • Apr 24 Chicago Cub pitchers walk NL record 9 Reds in 5th inning
  • Apr 25 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
  • Apr 25 Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government
  • Apr 25 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • Apr 28 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Apr 28 WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 4th National Film Awards (India): "Kabuliwala" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 29 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va
  • 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
Gangster
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