March 1957 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor
  • 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 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • 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 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 12 German DR accepts 22 Russian divisions

BattleBattle of Interest

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 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 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 US army sells last homing pigeons
  • Mar 25 Treaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Mkt)
  • Mar 28 1st National Curling Championship held

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Mar 5 Tim Holden, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • Mar 7 Robert Harris, English TV reporter and journalist
  • Mar 9 Mona Sahlin, Swedish politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 10 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2011)

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Mar 11 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2016)
  • Mar 11 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 13 John Hoeven, American politician, governor of North Dakota
  • Mar 14 Andrew Robinson, British author
  • Mar 14 Tad Williams, American author
  • Mar 15 David Silverman, American animator
  • Mar 16 Pearl Moore, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • Mar 18 Christer Fuglesang, physicist/astronaut (Mir backup), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 20 David Foster, Australian woodchopper
  • Mar 24 Scott J Horowitz, PhD/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 75, 82), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 27 Nicholas Hawkins, British politician (Conservatives 1992-2005)
  • Mar 30 Elena V Kondakova, cosmonaut (STS 84), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 30 Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM 20, STS 84)
  • Mar 31 Patrick G Forrester, Army Lt Colonel and astronaut, born in El Paso, Texas

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Wyndham Lewis, British author (b. 1882)

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Mar 11 Richard E. Byrd, American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), dies at 68

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • Mar 14 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (b. 1938)
  • Mar 15 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • Mar 16 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67
  • Mar 16 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 17 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines, dies in a plane crash at 49

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Mar 23 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 Max Ophüls, German director and writer (b. 1902)
  • Mar 26 Édouard Herriot, French politician (b. 1872)
  • Mar 29 Joyce A L Cary, English writer (Horse's Mouth), dies at 68