On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1957

Historical Events

Sport awardFootball Awards

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

Soccer forward and coach Alfredo Di Stéfano
Soccer forward and coach
Alfredo Di Stéfano
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), born in Roppongi, Tokyo d. 1985)

Famous Deaths

  • Dorothy L. Sayers, English novelist (The Nine Tailors), dies at 66
1957 Highlights

About December 17, 1957

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 10 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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