Historical Events in January 1957

  • 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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 10 After Anthony Eden's resignation Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

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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.