What Happened in July 1957

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 International Geophysical Year begins (until Dec 31, 1958)
  • Jul 1 WRLP TV channel 32 in Greenfield/Keene/Brat, Massachusetts (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 1st submarine designed to fire guided missiles launched, Grayback

Catholic Encyclical

Jul 2 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Le pelerinage De Lourdes

  • Jul 4 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts temporary tax increase
  • Jul 5 England cricket batsman Tom Graveney scores a brilliant 258 in the drawn 3rd Test v West Indies at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 5 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: South African Bobby Locke wins his 4th Open by 3 strokes from defending champion Peter Thomson of Australia

Music Concert

Jul 6 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at St. Peter's, Woolton's Parish Church in Liverpool, introduced by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson becomes the first black female athlete to win Wimbledon beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2

Historic Event

Jul 6 Harry S. Truman Library forms in Independence, Missouri

  • Jul 7 Heavy storm ravages Belgian coast
  • Jul 8 Baseball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick

Historic Event

Jul 8 Irish premier Eamon de Valera arrests Sinn Féin leaders

Conference of Interest

Jul 8 First Pugwash Conference, the "Thinkers Lodge" held on nuclear disarmament at Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada, founded by Joseph Rotblat and hosted by Cyrus Eaton

  • Jul 9 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 9 Discovery of element 102 (Nobelium) announced

Historic Event

Jul 12 1st President to fly in helicopter-Dwight Eisenhower

  • Jul 12 US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
  • Jul 14 Soviet steamer "Eshghbad" sinks in Caspian Sea, drowning 270
  • Jul 15 Dutch Super Constellation crashes near New Guinea, 56 die
  • Jul 15 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 19 1st rocket with nuclear warhead fired, Yucca Flat, Nevada
  • Jul 19 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

Jul 20 44th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins first of 5 general classification titles

Sports History

Jul 21 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)

  • Jul 21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Miami Valley GC: Lionel Hebert wins 2 & 1 from Dow Finsterwald; last time event played under match-play format
  • Jul 24 KTVC TV channel 6 in Ensign, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 24 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 25 Monarchy in Tunisia abolished in favor of a republic
  • Jul 25 Peter Loader takes a cricket hat-trick for England v WI at Headingley
  • Jul 25 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

Sports History

Jul 26 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200

  • Jul 26 USSR launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile
  • Jul 26 Carlos Castillo Armas, Dictator and President of Guatemala, is assassinated by a palace guard with leftist sympathies
  • Jul 27 St James' Theatre in London closes
  • Jul 28 MLB Chicago White Sox outfielder Jim Landis strikes out 5 times in a loss to the Orioles in Baltimore
  • Jul 28 Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, kill 992

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 29 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 29 International Atomic Energy Agency formed by UN

Film & TV History

Jul 29 Jack Paar's "The Tonight show" premieres on NBC


Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (NHL NJ Devils), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 1 Grant Dalton, New Zealand sailor (Whitbread Round the World Race) and head of Team New Zealand in the America's Cup, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 1 Sean O'Driscoll, Irish soccer midfielder and manager (Rep Ireland 3 caps, Bournemouth FC), born in Wolverhampton, England
  • Jul 2 Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Canadian WWF champion, born in Alberta
  • Jul 2 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways")
  • Jul 3 Faye Resnick, American TV personality and author (Nicole Brown Simpson-Private Diary), born in Brentwood, California
  • Jul 4 Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand, the youngest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, born in Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall Dusit Palace, Bangkok
  • Jul 5 David Hanson, British Labour politician, born in Liverpool
  • Jul 5 David Pinkney, British Touring car racer, born in Bridlington, England
  • Jul 5 Doug Wilson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottaw, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 6 Mario Martinez, US Olympic weightlifter (Olympic-4th-1988), born in Salinas, California
  • Jul 6 Ron Duguay, Canadian hockey player (NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 7 Jonathan Dayton, American film director, born in Alameda County, California
  • Jul 7 Berry Sakharof, Turkish-born Israeli guitarist (Minimal Compact), born in İzmir, Turkey
  • Jul 8 Clyde Butts, Guyanan cricketer (West Indies off-spinner late eighties), born in Perseverance, Guyana
  • Jul 9 Marc Almond, English vocalist (Soft Cell - "Tainted Love"), born in Southport, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 9 Kelly McGillis, American actress (Top Gun, Accused, Witness), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jul 9 Tim Kring, American writer and producer, born in El Dorado County, California
  • Jul 9 Paul Merton, British writer, actor and comedian (Room 101), born in Parsons Green, London
  • Jul 10 Cindy Sheehan, American anti-war and political activist, born in Inglewood, California
  • Jul 11 Michael Rose, Jamaican Grammy award-winning reggae singer (Black Uhuru, 1977-84 - Anthem), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jul 11 Vince Williams, actor (Hamp-Guiding Light)
  • Jul 11 Peter Murphy, English singer and musician (Bauhaus), born in Northamptonshire, England
  • Jul 12 Buddy Foster, American child actor (Hondo, Mayberry RFD), born in Virginia
  • Jul 12 Rick Douglas Husband, Amarillo Texas, USAF mjr/astronaut
  • Jul 13 Cameron Crowe, American journalist (Rolling Stone), film director (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire), and screenwriter (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Palm Springs, California
  • Jul 13 Phil Margera, father of Bam Margera
  • Jul 14 Peter Webb, NZ cricketer (batsman against West Indies 1980)
  • Jul 15 Kate Kellaway, English literary critic
  • Jul 15 (Lyman) "Mac" McAnally, American session and touring country music singer-songwriter, and musician (Coral Reefer Band), born in Red Bay, Alabama
  • Jul 16 Alan Donnelly, British Labour Party politician, born in Jarrow, England
  • Jul 16 Włodzimierz Smolarek, Polish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland (d. 2012)
  • Jul 16 Alexandra Marinina, Russian writer (Igra Na Chuzhom Pole), born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Jul 17 Bruce Crump, American rock drummer (Molly Hatchet), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Nick Faldo

Jul 18 Nick Faldo, English golfer (US Masters 1989, 90, 96; British Open 1987, 90, 92), born in Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire

  • Jul 20 Donna Dixon, American actress, former beauty queen, and wife of actor Dan Aykroyd (Couch Trip; Bossom Buddies), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jul 20 Merlina DeFranco, Canadian pop singer (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat, It's A Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • Jul 20 Gernot Wolfgang, Austrian contemporary composer (Dance Of The Polar Bears; Yugoslavian Railroad Song), born in Bad Gastein, Austria
  • Jul 21 Jon Lovitz, American actor (SNL: League of Their Own: The Critic), born in Tarzana, California
  • Jul 21 Stefan Lofven, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (2014-18), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 22 Dave Stieb, American MLB pitcher (7-time All Star, Blue Jays), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Jul 22 Andrey Boreyko, Polish-Russian conductor (Jena Philharmonic, 1998-2003; Winnipeg Symphony, 2001-06; National Orchestra of Belgium, 2012-17; Naples (Florida) Philharmonic, 2014-22); Warsaw Philharmonic, since 2019), born in Saint Petersburg, USSR
  • Jul 23 Larry Stefanki, American tennis star, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Jul 23 Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (Submission), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • Jul 24 Pam Tillis, American country singer (Melancholy Child), born in Plant City, Florida
  • Jul 24 Robbie Grey, English rock singer (Modern English - "I Melt With You")
  • Jul 24 Walter "Wattie" Buchan, Scottish punk rock singer (The Exploited), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 25 Bogdan Musioł, German bobsledder (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Świętochłowice, Silesia, Poland
  • Jul 25 Daniel W. Bursch, NASA astronaut (STS 51, 68, 77), born in Bristol, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 25 Ray Billingsley, American comic strip cartoonist (Curtis), born in Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • Jul 25 Roger Clinton Jr., American actor and lounge singer, President Clinton's half-brother, born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Jul 26 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jul 26 Nana Visitor, American actress (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), born in NYC, New York

Wayne Grady

Jul 26 Wayne Grady, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1990), born in Brisbane, Queensland

  • Jul 26 Yuen Biao, Hong Kong actor and martial artist, born in Castle Peak Road, Hong Kong
  • Jul 26 Hart Hanson, American television writer and producer, born in Burlingame, California
  • Jul 27 Hansi Muller, German footballer, born in Stuttgart
  • Jul 27 Matt Osborne, American professional wrestler, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • Jul 27 Bill Engvall, American "Blue Collar" comedian ("Here's Your Sign"), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jul 29 Nellie Kim, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Shurab, Tajik SSR
  • Jul 29 Alessandra Marc [Judith Borden], American operatic soprano (Turandot), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jul 29 Virginia Maria "Ginni" Rometty, American chairwoman, president and CEO of IBM, born in Chigago, Illinois
  • Jul 30 Bert Oosterbosch, Dutch cyclist, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • Jul 30 Bill Cartwright, American basketball center, coach (3-time NBA champion, Chicago Bulls), born in Lodi, California
  • Jul 30 Mark Tymchyshyn, American actor (Gavin-As The World Turns), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 30 Nery Pumpido, Argentine footballer (played in World Cup 1986, 90), born in Monje, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jul 30 Clint Hurdle, American baseball player and manager, born in Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Jul 31 Dirk Blocker, American actor (Ryan's Four, Brooklyn Nine Nine), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 31 Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jul 31 Daniel Ash, British punk rock singer-songwriter (Bauhaus), born in Northampton, England
  • Jul 31 Leon Durham, American baseball 1st baseman, outfielder (Chicago Cubs; MLB All Star 1982-83, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 28 "Wuthering Heights" actress Merle Oberon (46) weds Italian industrialist Bruno Pagliai

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Jul 5 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • Jul 3 Judy Tyler [Judith Mae Hess], American actress (Jailhouse Rock, Bop Girl Goes Calypso) and Miss Stardust (1949), dies in car crash with 2nd husband Gregory Lafayette (19) at 24
  • Jul 3 Dolf Luque, Cuban Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1919, 33; MLB wins leader & MLB ERA leader 1923; Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants), dies at 66
  • Jul 4 Gregory Lafayette (19) dies from injuries sustained in a car crash that killed his wife, actress Judy Tyler (24), the day earlier
  • Jul 5 Charles Sherwood Noble, American-born inventor
  • Jul 8 Grace Goodhue Coolidge, American First Lady (1923-29), dies at 78
  • Jul 8 Henry Février, French composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 William Adlington Cadbury, English chocolate maker, dies at 89
  • Jul 9 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, Soviet-Russian pianist, and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 9 Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), dies
  • Jul 10 Sholem Asch, Polish-Jewish novelist and playwright (East River, Three Cities), dies at 77

Aga Khan III

Jul 11 Aga Khan III, Pakistani 48th Shia Iman, dies at 79

  • Jul 15 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Jul 15 Marie C of Zeggelen, author (Dessajongen), dies at 87
  • Jul 15 James M. Cox, American politician (b. 1870)
  • Jul 15 Vasily Maklakov, Russian orator and liberal politician (b. 1869)
  • Jul 19 Curzio Malaparte [Kurt E Suckert], Italian author (Kaputt), dies at 59
  • Jul 20 Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
  • Jul 21 Bernard Spooner, US inventor (bulletproof jacket), dies
  • Jul 21 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies
  • Jul 23 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian Prince and writer (The Leopard), dies at 61
  • Jul 24 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), dies at 72
  • Jul 26 Carlos Castillo Armas, Dictator and President of Guatemala (1954-57), assassinated by a palace guard with leftist sympathies at 42
  • Jul 28 Edith Abbott, American social worker and educator (University of Chicago Social Sciences), dies at 80
  • Jul 30 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76