On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1957

Historical Events

  • Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo
  • US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Cy Curnin, English rock vocalist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero"), born in Wimbledon, England
  • Robert Lepage, French Canadian playwright, born in Quebec, Canada
  • Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California

Famous Weddings

Jerry Lee Lewis

American piano playing singer Jerry Lee Lewis (21) weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown (13) while still married to his 2nd wife Jane Mitcham; legalize marriage in 1958; divorce in 1970

Famous Deaths

  • Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), dies of leukemia at 35
1957 Highlights

About December 12, 1957

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 6 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Mary's Boy Child - Harry Belafonte