Historical Events in December 1957

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Dec 1 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Dec 2 1st US large scale nuclear power plant opens (Shippingport Penn)
  • Dec 2 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • Dec 2 1958 NFL Draft: King Hill from Rice first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 3 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
  • Dec 4 First edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published
  • Dec 4 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John's, England)
  • Dec 5 William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 NYC is first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)

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Dec 5 President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Dec 6 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up
  • Dec 6 AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
  • Dec 6 Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
  • Dec 7 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 9 1st Japanese ambassador to Israel
  • Dec 12 Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo
  • Dec 12 US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)
  • Dec 12 Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart
  • Dec 14 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • Dec 14 "Rumple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Dec 16 Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • Dec 17 US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile

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Dec 17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 18 Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA, the world's 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity
  • Dec 19 "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances

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Dec 20 Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Dec 21 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
  • Dec 22 KWRB (now KFNE) TV channel 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY (ABC) begins
  • Dec 23 Test Cricket debut for Wally Grout & Bobby Simpson v South Africa

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Dec 25 Ed Gein found insane of murder

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • Dec 26 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
  • Dec 28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • Dec 28 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Dec 28 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 29 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
  • Dec 30 Israeli government of Ben-Gurion, resigns
  • Dec 31 AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy