Historical Events in 1957

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

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Jan 5th 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 5th 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 6th Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

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

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Jan 10th 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 11th The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • Jan 11th Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber.
  • Jan 12th Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded
  • Jan 13th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate

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Jan 13th Mickey Wright wins Sea Island Golf Open

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

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Jan 13th "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 14th Kripalu Maharaj is named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher)
  • Jan 15th Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
  • Jan 15th 7th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 109-97 at Boston
  • Jan 16th 3 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights
  • Jan 16th Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles' 1st appearance
  • Jan 17th 9-county commission recommends creation of BART
  • Jan 18th 3 B-52's set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min
  • Jan 19th USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Jan 20th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 20th Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election
  • Jan 20th Morton Gould's "Declaration" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 21st KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22nd Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula
  • Jan 22nd Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) accused of 30 explosions, arrested
  • Jan 25th FBI arrests Jack & Myra Sobel, charged with spying for USSR
  • Jan 26th Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres
  • Jan 26th Dutch Pacifist Socialist Party forms
  • Jan 26th India annexes Kashmir
  • Jan 26th Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves
  • Jan 27th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Jan 28th "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • Jan 28th 45th Women's Australian Championships: Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28th 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 29th Graham Greene's "Potting Shed" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 30th US Congress accepts "Eisenhower-doctrine"
  • Jan 31st Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
  • Jan 31st 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 1st 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
  • Feb 1st Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam
  • Feb 1st 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 2nd "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Feb 2nd UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
  • Feb 3rd Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • Feb 4th 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
  • Feb 5th Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert
  • Feb 8th SF Public Library's bookmobile initiated in front of City Hall
  • Feb 10th Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 10th Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms
  • Feb 11th KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 11th NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • Feb 12th Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
  • Feb 13th Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • Feb 14th Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • Feb 15th Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister
  • Feb 16th The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, was abolished in the United Kingdom.
  • Feb 17th Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 17th A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
  • Feb 18th Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • Feb 20th Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 v England, 13 wkts for match
  • Feb 21st Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • Feb 22nd Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • Feb 22nd Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958
  • Feb 23rd "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
  • Feb 23rd The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar.

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 25th Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • Feb 27th Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals
  • Feb 27th Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)
  • Feb 28th Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 28th 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 17th 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 18th WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
  • Mar 19th Indians reject Boston's offer of $1 million for Herb Score
  • Mar 20th Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

  • Mar 28th 1st National Curling Championship held
  • Mar 30th 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony
  • Mar 30th 111th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard Sundew wins
  • Apr 1st Trial begins in Budapest against participants october uprising
  • Apr 1st WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, LA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1st World's biggest glass oven used
  • Apr 3rd Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London
  • Apr 3rd USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 4th Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris
  • Apr 6th NYC ends trolley car service
  • Apr 6th USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Apr 6th Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • Apr 7th 21st Masters Golf Tournament: Doug Ford wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 7th Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run

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Apr 9th Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Wash DC

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

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Apr 11th Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

  • Apr 11th Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically
  • Apr 11th Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
  • Apr 12th Jim Spalding set a 2088 pin nine-game bowling record
  • Apr 12th USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 13th "Shinbone Alley" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Apr 13th 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 13th 11th Tony Awards: Long Days Journey into the Night & My Fair Lady win
  • Apr 13th Due to lack of funds, Saturday postal delivery in US is temporarily halted
  • Apr 14th Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women's singles ping pong championship
  • Apr 14th Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • Apr 15th Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
  • Apr 15th KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15th Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million
  • Apr 16th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 16th USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 20th 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Conn in 2:20:05
  • Apr 20th Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
  • Apr 21st Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 21st Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum
  • Apr 22nd All NL teams intergates, John Irwin Kennedy is 1st black on Phillies
  • Apr 24th Chicago Cub pitchers walk NL record 9 Reds in 5th inning
  • Apr 25th 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
  • Apr 25th Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government
  • Apr 25th WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 26th Jamestown, Va 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • Apr 28th Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Apr 28th WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28th 4th National Film Awards (India): "Kabuliwala" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 29th 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va
  • May 1st Flevo Boys soccer team forms in Emmeloord
  • May 1st Larry King's 1st radio broadcast
  • May 1st US gives Poland credit of $95 million
  • May 1st Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

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

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May 4th Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

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

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

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