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
Buddy Holly
  • Dec 2 1st US large scale nuclear power plant 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 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
  • 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

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
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
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 18 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant 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 Wally Grout & Bobby Simpson v South Africa

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian politician
  • Dec 4 Lee Smith, Jamestown LA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Dec 4 Raul Boesel, Brazil, Indy-car racer (CART)
  • Dec 4 Eric S. Raymond, American open source advocate
  • Dec 5 Art Monk, NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 5 Charlene Morett, 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, cricketer (Australian fast bowler 1980-89)
  • 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, Londo, England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire)
  • 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
  • Dec 13 Steve Buscemi, actor (Fargo)
  • Dec 13 Morris Day, American singer (The Time)
  • Dec 13 Jean-Marie Messier, French businessman
  • Dec 14 Gary Ferris, American author
  • 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 Liz Glazowski, playmate (April, 1980), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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), singer/songwriter, born in Barking Essex
  • Dec 20 Mike Watt, US bassist (Rockband Firehose)
  • Dec 20 Joyce Hyser, American actress
  • Dec 20 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer
  • 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
Ray Romano
  • Dec 21 Tom Henke, American baseball player
  • 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
  • Dec 23 Trisha Goddard, English television presenter
  • Dec 24 Ian Burden, S Yorks England, rock bassist (Human League-Only Human)
  • Dec 24 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
  • Dec 24 Diane Tell, Quebec singer
  • 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
  • Dec 27 Connie Chillemi, Eglin AFB FL, golfer (1994 Standard Register-13th)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dec 31 David Allen Ogrin, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd), born in Waukegan, Illinois

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding 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 3 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher, 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 12 Robert Frank Kurka, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 17 Dorothy Sayers, [Atherton Fleming], author (Whose body), dies at 64
  • Dec 19 John Van Druten, English playwright and theatre director, dies at 56
  • Dec 19 John W Van Druten, US stage/screenwriter (I Remember Mama), dies at 56
  • Dec 21 Eric Coates, English viola palyer and composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Norma Talmadge, US 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