On This Day

What Happened in March 1957

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances
  • Mar 1 KTWO TV channel 2 in Casper, WY (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 1 Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor
  • Mar 3 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Markham & Jones of Great Britian
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of Canada
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins of the USA
  • Mar 3 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • Mar 3 2nd Eurovision Song Contest: Corry Brokken for Netherlands wins singing "Net als toen" in Frankfurt
  • Mar 4 The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 5 Eamon de Valera's Fianna Fail-party wins election in Ireland

President of Ireland Éamon de Valera
President of Ireland
Éamon de Valera
  • Mar 5 Sgt Bilko satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvis Pelvin)
  • Mar 6 Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Centenary of Dred Scott slavery court decision marked by rediscovery of Scott's grave

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott
  • Mar 8 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • Mar 8 Israeli troops leave Egypt
  • Mar 8 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

  • Mar 8 Egypt reopens the Suez Canal after Israel withdraws from occupied Egyptian territory
  • Mar 9 8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
  • Mar 9 4th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats South Carolina, 95-75
  • Mar 10 Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
  • Mar 12 German DR accepts 22 Russian divisions

BattleBattle of Interest

Mar 13 Bloody battles after anti-Batista demonstration in Havana Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Mar 14 Indonesian government of Sastroamidjojo resigns

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Mar 16 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • Mar 16 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 7th Titleholders title by 3 strokes from amateur Anne Quast
  • Mar 16 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating NY Rangers 14-1
  • Mar 16 England clinches its 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship, the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup with a 16-3 win over Scotland at Twickenham, London
  • Mar 17 Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Mar 18 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
  • Mar 19 Indians reject Boston's offer of $1 million for Herb Score
  • Mar 20 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 22 Earthquake shakes San Francisco
  • Mar 22 Republic of India adopts Saka calendar along with Gregorian

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 22 "All Shook Up" single released by Elvis Presley

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Kansas, 54-53 (3 OT); Wilt Chamberlain of Kansas 4th player to be named tournament MOP despite not playing for the championship team

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 23 US army sells last homing pigeons
  • Mar 25 NBA modifies the free-throw rule
  • Mar 25 Treaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Market)

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 27 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

  • Mar 28 1st National Curling Championship held
  • Mar 30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony
  • Mar 30 111th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard 20/1 bet Sundew wins by 8 lengths from Wyndburgh

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jon Carroll, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band-Afternoon Delight), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Johnny Ray, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1988; Silver Slugger Award 1983; Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels), born in Chouteau, Oklahoma
  • Mar 4 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver
  • Mar 5 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), born in Broughton, Lancashire, England (d. 2018)
  • Mar 5 Tim Holden, American politician (Rep-D-Pennsylvania 1993-2013), born in St. Clair, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 6 Edward "Eddie" Deezen, American actor (Grease, I Wanna Hold Your Hand), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • Mar 7 Robert Harris, British TV reporter, journalist and author (Fatherland, Enigma), born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Mar 8 Cynthia Rothrock, actress (Lady Dragon, Honor & Glory), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 8 Ruth Wysocki, American 800m/1500m runner, born in Alhambra, California
  • Mar 8 Billy Childs, composer/pianist
  • Mar 8 Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Clive Burr, English drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • Mar 9 Faith Daniels, American television news anchor (CBS-TV), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 9 Jon Engen, American biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 9 Mark Mancina, American composer (Speed, Bad Boys, Moana), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 9 Mona Sahlin, Swedish politician, leader of Swedish Social Democratic Party, born in Sollefteå, Västernorrland County, Sweden
  • Mar 10 Adolfo Horta, Camaguey Cuba, HW boxer (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Mar 10 Shannon Lee Tweed, Canadian actress and Playboy playmate (Nov 1981, Playmate of the Year 1982), born in St Johns, Newfoundland

Person of interestOsama bin Laden

Mar 10 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2011)

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Mar 10 Matt Knudsen, American actor
  • Mar 11 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2016)
  • Mar 11 Cheryl Lynn, American singer
  • Mar 11 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 11 Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, born in Kerman, Iran (d. 2020)
  • Mar 12 Jerry Levine, American actor (Born on 4th of July), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 13 Steve Lake, American baseball player, born in Inglewood, California
  • Mar 13 John Hoeven, American politician, governor of North Dakota, born in Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Mar 14 Andrew Robinson, British author
  • Mar 14 Tad Williams, American author
  • Mar 15 Park Overall, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 15 David Silverman, American animator (The Simpsons), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 15 Víctor Muñoz, Spanish football manager
  • Mar 16 Pearl Moore, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • Mar 17 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 18 Christer Fuglesang, physicist/astronaut (Mir backup), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 18 Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Mar 18 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)

Person of interestSpike Lee

Mar 20 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
  • Mar 20 Theresa Russell, [Paup], actress (Black Widow, Razor's Edge), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 20 Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
  • Mar 20 David Foster, Australian woodchopper
  • Mar 21 Sabrina Le Beauf, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 22 Stephanie Mills, singer/actress (Wiz)
  • Mar 23 Amanda Plummer, American actress (Hotel New Hampshire, Dollmaker), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 23 Teresa Ganzel, actress (Teachers Only, Duck Factory), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 23 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
  • Mar 24 Scott J Horowitz, PhD/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 75, 82), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 Jim Uhls, American screenwriter
  • Mar 26 Leeza Gibbons, SC, TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Leeza)
  • Mar 27 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • Mar 27 Nicholas Hawkins, British politician (Conservatives 1992-2005)
  • Mar 28 Harvey Glance, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Phenix City, Alabama
  • Mar 29 Christopher Lambert, French-American actor (Highlander, Subway, Greystoke, Why Me), born in Great Neck, New York
  • Mar 30 Elena V Kondakova, cosmonaut (STS 84), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 30 Paul Reiser, American actor (My 2 Dads, Diner, Aliens, Mad About You), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 30 Yelena Vladimirovna Kondakova, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM 20, STS 84)
  • Mar 31 Marc McClure, San Mateo California, actor (Ross-California Fever)
  • Mar 31 Mary Cadorette, East actress (Vicky-3's a Crowd), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 31 Patrick G Forrester, Army Lt Colonel and astronaut, born in El Paso, Texas

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (41) weds mafia enforcer Louis McKay

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Wyndham Lewis, English author (Tarr, Apes of God) and co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, dies at 74
  • Mar 8 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestRichard E. Byrd

Mar 11 Richard E. Byrd, American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), dies at 68

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • Mar 12 Harry Dean, English cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), dies at 72
  • Mar 12 Josephine Hull, American actress (Harvey), dies at 71
  • Mar 13 Lena Ashwell, British actress and theatrical manager who was the 1st to organize large-scale entertainment for WWI troops at the front, dies at 84
  • Mar 14 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (b. 1938)
  • Mar 15 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • Mar 16 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67
  • Mar 16 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81
7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Mar 23 Patrick Abercrombie, English architect and town planner, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 25 Max Ophüls, German director (The Earrings of Madame de...), dies at 54
  • Mar 26 Édouard Herriot, French politician (served 3 times as Prime Minister of France), dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Christopher Morley, American author (Kitty Foil), dies at 66
  • Mar 29 Joyce Cary, English writer (Horse's Mouth), dies at 68
  • Mar 31 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way), dies at 65