On This Day

What Happened in December 1957

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • Dec 2 1st US large scale nuclear power plant for peacetime use opens, Shippingport, Pennsylvania
  • 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 2 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 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

Sport awardDavis Cup

Dec 6 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Peyton Palace" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 17 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Englishmen Billy Wright and Duncan Edwards
  • Dec 17 The largest trade in NHL history at the time in terms of quantity; Chicago Black Hawks move Nick Mickoski, Jack McIntyre, Bob Bailey & Hec Lalonde to Detroit Red Wings for Earl Reibel, Billy Dea, Bill Dineen & Lorne Ferguson
  • Dec 18 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant for only peacetime use begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania
  • Dec 19 "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the 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 all-time great Australian wicketkeeper Wally Grout and future captain and coach Bobby Simpson, 1st Test v South Africa in Johannesburg

MurderMurder of Interest

Dec 25 Ed Gein found not guilty by reason of insanity for a series of murders

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 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 50-14; Lions score 2 touchdowns in each quarter
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian politician
  • Dec 4 Lee Smith, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Jamestown, Louisiana
  • Dec 4 Raul Boesel, Brazil, Brazilian Indy-car racer (CART), born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • Dec 4 Eric S. Raymond, American open source advocate, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 5 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • Dec 5 Charlene Morett, American field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 6 Luis Mariano Delis Fournier, Cuba, discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Dec 7 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, Australian cricket player, fast bowler (1980-89) and coach of Pakistan, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dec 7 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • Dec 7 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
  • Dec 8 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - Love Bites), born in London, England
  • Dec 9 Donny Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Dec 10 Paul Hardcastle, British composer and musician (Don't Waste My Time, Just for Money), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 10 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor, (d. 2012)
  • Dec 10 Prem Rawat, known also as Guru Maharaj Ji and Maharaji, American Indian spiritual leader and speaker
  • Dec 12 Cy Curnin, English rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire), born in Wimbledon, England
  • Dec 12 Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 12 Robert Lepage, French Canadian playwright, born in Quebec, Canada
  • Dec 13 Steve Buscemi, American actor (Fargo), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Morris Day, American singer (The Time), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 13 Jean-Marie Messier, French businessman, born in Grenoble, France
  • Dec 15 Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 15 Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • Dec 15 Yuuichi Nagashima, Japanese voice actor
  • Dec 15 Tim Reynolds, German guitarist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Dec 17 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Dec 17 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), born in Roppongi, Tokyo d. 1985)
  • Dec 18 John Webster, Canadian rocker (Red Rider)
  • Dec 19 Doug Johnson, rock keyboardist (Loverboy-Get Lucky)
  • Dec 19 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Dec 19 Cyril Collard, French film director (d. 1993)
  • Dec 19 John Gulager, American film director and actor (He Was a Quiet Man), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 20 Billy Bragg, English rocker (It Says Here, Ideology), born in Barking, Essex
  • Dec 20 Mike Watt, US bassist (Rockband Firehose), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Dec 20 Joyce Hyser, American actress, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 20 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer, born in Pyla, Cyprus
  • Dec 21 Lisa Gerritsen, American actress (Bess-The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestRay Romano

Dec 21 Ray Romano, American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age), born in Queens, New York

Actor Ray Romano
Actor
Ray Romano
  • Dec 21 Tom Henke, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Dec 22 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Dec 22 Susan Powter, Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author (The Susan Powter Show), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 22 Carole James, Canadian politician, born in Dukinfield, United Kingdom
  • Dec 23 Dan Bigras, Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Dec 23 Trisha Goddard, English television presenter & actress, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 24 Ian Burden, English musician (Human League-Only Human), born in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • Dec 24 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, born in Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • Dec 24 Diane Tell, Quebec singer, born in Québec City, Canada
  • Dec 25 Jan Rot, Dutch composer/writer (Wrong Nights)
  • Dec 25 Jillie Mack, Mrs Tom Selleck/actress (Magnum PI)
  • Dec 25 Shane MacGowan, punk rock musician (Pogues-Red Roses For Me), born in Pembury, Kent
  • Dec 25 Chris Kamara, English footballer and commentator
  • Dec 26 Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster, born in Barnstaple, United Kingdom
  • Dec 27 James Sanford, US runner (world record 50m indoor)
  • Dec 28 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer
  • Dec 29 Brad Grey, American film and TV producer, Chairman of Paramount Pictures, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 29 Paul Rudnick, American screenwriter & playwright, born in Piscataway, New Jersey
  • Dec 30 Matt Lauer, American TV host (Today Show 1997-2017), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Patricia Kalember, actress (Georgie Whitsig-Sisters), born in Schnectady, New York

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 12 Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Dec 28 "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Dec 29 "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires), dies at 73
  • Dec 2 Manfred Sakel, Polish neurophysiologist and psychiatrist, dies at 57
  • Dec 2 Leslie Henson, English comedian and actor (Lady Luck, Funny Face, Harvey), dies at 66
  • Dec 3 Frank Gannett, American newspaper publisher (Gannett), dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), dies at 56
  • Dec 9 Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
  • Dec 10 Maurice McLoughlin, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-13), dies at 67
  • Dec 12 Robert Frank Kurka, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 17 Dorothy L. Sayers, English novelist (The Nine Tailors), dies at 66
  • Dec 19 John Van Druten, English playwright (I Remember Mama, I am a Camera) and theater director, dies at 56
  • Dec 21 Eric Coates, English viola palyer and composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Norma Talmadge, American actress (Within the Law, Sign on Bay), dies at 60
  • Dec 25 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, US landscape architect and advocate for wildlife conservation, dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), dies at 93
  • Dec 25 Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., American landscape architect, dies at 87
  • Dec 26 Artur Malawski, Polish composer, dies at 53
  • Dec 27 Alan Bridge, actor (Hail the Conquering Hero), dies at 66
  • Dec 29 Tom Richmond, cricketer (Notts leg-spinner took 2-86 in Eng Test), dies at 67