On This Day

What Happened in February 1957

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
  • Feb 1 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam
  • Feb 1 Felix Wankel's first working prototype DKM 54 of the rotary Wankel engine was running at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany
  • Feb 1 MLB club owners accept new 5-year pension plan proposed by the players, but reject request to increase minimum salary from $6,000 to $7,500
  • Feb 2 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Feb 2 UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
  • Feb 4 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Piano Concert

  • Feb 11 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 11 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • Feb 12 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Feb 13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans with Martin Luther King Jr. as President

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • Feb 14 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • Feb 15 Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister
  • Feb 16 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, abolished in the United Kingdom

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 16 Swedish film classic "The Seventh Seal" directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Max Von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot is released

Actor Max Von Sydow
Actor
Max Von Sydow
Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman

  • Feb 17 A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • Feb 20 Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 v England, 13 wkts for match
  • Feb 21 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • Feb 22 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • Feb 22 Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958
  • Feb 23 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
  • Feb 23 The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • Feb 27 Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals
  • Feb 27 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)
  • Feb 28 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 28 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Donna Adamek, American bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81), born in Duarte, California
  • Feb 2 Laurie Mann, current DPS curator/geek
  • Feb 3 Michele Greene, actress (Abby Perkins-LA Law), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Feb 4 Don Davis, American composer
  • Feb 4 Evan Wolfson, American attorney and activist
  • Feb 5 Craig Wilson, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympic silver 1984, 88), born in Beeville, Texas
  • Feb 6 Jerry Marotta, American drummer (Orleans-Love Takes Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 6 Kathy Najimy, American actress & activist (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet), born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 6 Robert Townsend, American comedian & actor (Hollywood Shuffle, Ratboy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Simon Phillips, English drummer & record producer (Toto), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 7 Carney Lansford, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Damaso Garcia, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 9 Gordon Strachan, soccer player
  • Feb 9 Mohammed Valli Moosa, South African leader (UDF)
  • Feb 10 Pranab Roy, cricketer (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982)
  • Feb 13 Doris King, American vocalist (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Feb 13 Thelston Payne, West Indian cricketer (WI 1986), born in Foul Bay, Barbados
  • Feb 13 Denise Austin, US fitness instructor & author, born in San Pedro, California
  • Feb 14 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano, born in Posio, Finland
  • Feb 14 Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV VJs, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 15 Bienvenida Buck, Spanish lover of Peter Harding, born in Velencia Spain
  • Feb 15 Jake E Lee, rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
  • Feb 15 Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • Feb 16 LeVar Burton, Landstuhl Germany, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation)
  • Feb 17 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian musician
  • Feb 18 Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 18 Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune)
  • Feb 18 Bruce Rauner, American politician, Governor of Illinois (2015-), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 19 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, American pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 19 Falco [Johann "Hans" H√∂lzel], Austrian rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 19 Ray Winstone, British actor (Scum), born in Homerton, London
  • Feb 20 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • Feb 24 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Feb 25 Jane Ackroyd, British sculptor
  • Feb 25 Stuart "Woody" Wood, Scot, guitarist (Bay City Rollers-Saturday Night)
  • Feb 26 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 26 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Feb 26 David Muldrow Beasley, American politician, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • Feb 27 Timothy Spall, English actor (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Life is Sweet), born in London, England
  • Feb 27 Adrian Smith, English heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High), born in London Borough of Hackney, London
  • Feb 27 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete, born in Ust-Tarksky District, Russia
  • Feb 27 Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 28 Cindy Wilson, American rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Feb 28 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • Feb 28 Ian Stanley, keyboardist
  • Feb 28 John Turturro, actor (Brain Donor, Color of Money, Jungle Fever), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Phil Gould, rock percussionist (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • Feb 28 Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to producer Mike Todd (47)

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 9 Actor Richard Harris (26) weds socialite Elizabeth Rees (20)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad, dies at 66
  • Feb 2 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • Feb 4 Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican illustrator, dies
  • Feb 5 Joseph Ben Hardaway, American storyboard artist, director, and creator of Bugs Bunny, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Feb 5 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • Feb 7 Rudolph Reti, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 8 John von Neumann, mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • Feb 10 Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (Little House on the Prairie), dies at 90
  • Feb 12 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 16 Leslie Hore-Belisha, British politician (Minister of Transport), dies at 63
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36

Person of interestJoseph Gilbert Hamilton

Feb 18 Joseph G. Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49

  • Feb 18 Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Maurice Garin, Italian-born French road bicycle racer (winner of Tour de France in 1903), dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), dies at 72
  • Feb 23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • Feb 23 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, dies at 67
  • Feb 25 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Mark Aldanov, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), dies at 70

Person of interestBugs Moran

Feb 25 Bugs Moran, American gangster, dies of lung cancer in prison at 65

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran