What Happened in November 1957

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 KVII TV channel 7 in Amarillo, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KXGN TV channel 5 in Glendive, Montana (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WICZ TV channel 40 in Binghamton, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan, world longest suspension bridge between anchorages opens
  • Nov 2 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto, Ohio
  • Nov 2 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history

Space Dog Laika Launched to her Death

Nov 3 Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard, a mostly-Siberian husky, the 1st animal in space

  • Nov 4 2nd Soviet Earth-satellite launched
  • Nov 5 Mrs Nellie McGrail wins $574,658 on a 2½ cent soccer pool ticket
  • Nov 6 "Rumple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Nov 6 Felix Gaillard becomes premier of France
  • Nov 7 Phillies pitcher Jack Sanford wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 7 WEEQ (now WWTO) TV channel 35 in La Salle, IL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 7 Cold War: The Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.
  • Nov 8 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Nov 10 NFL record crowd (102,368), '49ers vs Rams in LA
  • Nov 10 Cleveland Browns' Don Paul sets club record for longest fumble return with a 89-yard run (and TD), beating Pittsburgh 24-0
  • Nov 11 Demolition begins on cable car barn at California & Hyde, San Francisco

Pro Wrestling

Nov 14 Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion

Sports History

Nov 14 Milwaukee Brave Hank Aaron wins NL MVP

  • Nov 14 The Apalachin Meeting outside Binghamton, New York is raided by law enforcement, and many high level Mafia figures are arrested
  • Nov 15 US sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years & $3,000
  • Nov 16 "Copper & Brass" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances

NBA Record

Nov 16 Boson Celtics' center Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds as Boston beats Philadelphia Warriors, 111-89 at Boston Gardens

Murder of Interest

Nov 16 American murderer and bodysnatcher Ed Gein kills his last victim

  • Nov 16 University of Oklahoma Football NCAA win streak ends at 47 after losing 7-0 to Notre Dame at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

All Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll

Nov 16 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the "Six-Five Special", is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

  • Nov 17 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, West Virginia (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 18 Tunisia refuses Russian weapons
  • Nov 19 Antonin Novotny appointed president of Czechoslovakia

Theater Premiere

Nov 20 Morton Wishengrad's dramatic play "Rope Dancers", starring Art Carney, Siobhán McKenna, and Theodore Bikel, premieres at Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 189 performances

Sports History

Nov 22 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 2nd time

Music Concert

Nov 22 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC

  • Nov 22 Simon & Garfunkel appear on "American Bandstand" as "Tom & Jerry"

Sports History

Nov 24 Cleveland Browns' fullback Jim Brown sets club record of 237 yds rushing

Historic Event

Nov 25 US President Dwight Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech

  • Nov 26 WCVB TV channel 5 in Boston, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Little Rock Crisis

Nov 27 US Army withdraws from Little Rock, Arkansas after Central High School integration

Theater Premiere

Nov 28 "Look Homeward, Angel" play based on the book by Thomas Wolfe adapted by Ketti Frings and starring Anthony Perkins premieres in NYC

Sports History

Nov 28 Milwaukee Braves' future HOF pitcher Warren Spahn wins Cy Young Award

  • Nov 29 NY Mayor Robert Wagner forms a committee to replace Dodgers & Giants
  • Nov 30 "Happy Hunting" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 413 performances
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tiger-Cats take out their 2nd title; beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 32-7

Assassination Attempt

Nov 30 Assassination attempt on Indonesian President Sukarno, kills 8

  • Nov 30 22nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 40-0 in Birmingham

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Lyle Lovett, American singer-songwriter (Joshua Judges Ruth; The Road To Ensenada), actor (The Player; The Bridge), and Tecas Cowboy Hall of Fame member,born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 1 Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1988)
  • Nov 1 Murray Pierce, New Zealand rugby union lock (26 caps; Wellington RFU), born in Timaru, Canterbury
  • Nov 2 Carter Beauford, American drummer (Dave Matthews Band), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Nov 3 (Hans) "Dolph" Lundgren, Swedish actor (Rocky IV; Masters of Universe: The Expendables), martial artist, and filmmaker, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nov 3 Steve Johnson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1988; Portland Trail Blazers), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Nov 3 Gary Olsen [Grant], British stage and screen actor (2point4 Children - "Ben"), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • Nov 4 Aleksandr Tkachev, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold team, parallel bars 1980), born in Semiluki, Voronezh Oblast
  • Nov 4 Najee [Jerome Najee Rasheed], American jazz musician, born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 4 Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister (2013-15), born in London, England
  • Nov 4 Elena Kats-Chernin, Russian-Australian classical pianist and composer (Wild Swans), born in Tashkent, USSR (now Uzbekistan)
  • Nov 5 Michael "Mike" Score, British rock guitarist (A Flock Of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)"), born in Beverly, Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 5 David Moyse, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply - "All Out Of Love"), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Nov 5 Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (Voyagers!, Cover-up), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • Nov 6 Klaus Kleinfeld, German industrialist, born in Bremen, Germany
  • Nov 6 Siobhán McCarthy, Irish singer and actress (Roisin Connor-Bad Girls), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Nov 6 Lori Singer, American actress (Fame, V, Footloose), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Nov 7 Christopher Knight, American actor (Peter-Brady Bunch), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 7 Jonathan Palmer, British businessman and Formula One racer, born in Lewisham, London
  • Nov 7 Kathy McMillan, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1976; Boycott Games gold 1980), born in Raeford, North Carolina
  • Nov 7 King Kong Bundy [Christopher Pallies], American pro wrestler (WWF), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • Nov 7 John "Jellybean" Benitez, American musician, songwriter, club DJ, remixer and music producer (The Mexican), born in South Bronx, New York
  • Nov 8 Yohan Gunasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Nov 8 Pearl Thompson, British rock guitarist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Surrey, England
  • Nov 8 Alan Curbishley, English football manager (Charlton Athletic), born in Forest Gate, Essex, England
  • Nov 10 Chris Joyce, British drummer (Simply Red), born in Chorlton, Manchester
  • Nov 12 Gail Castro, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • Nov 12 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser (Storm Chasers),, born in Lakewood, Colorado (d. 2013)
  • Nov 13 Ronald Shusett, author (Project Mankind), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Nov 13 David Frank, American electronic dance musician (The System), songwriter, and record producer, born in Weston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 13 Greg Abbott, American politician, Governor of Texas (2015-), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Nov 14 Frank Affolter, Dutch pianist, songwriter and singer ("If Nobody Does"), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Nov 14 Michael J. Fitzgerald, American technical writer and novelist (Song of Falling Leaves), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2021)
  • Nov 14 Sean Slade, American sound engineer, record producer (Radiohead; Hole), and music educator, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Nov 15 Kevin Eubanks, American jazz bandleader and composer (The Tonight Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 15 Ray McKinnon, American film actor/director
  • Nov 16 Frank Milton "Pete" Higgins II, VP (Microsoft Desktop)
  • Nov 16 Jacques Gamblin, French actor
  • Nov 16 Ingemar Erlandsson, Swedish soccer defender (69 caps; Malmö FF 258 games), born in Glimåkra, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • Nov 17 Debbie Thrower, British journalist and BBC News presenter, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Nov 17 Jim Babjak, American guitarist and songwriter (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), born in Salzburg, Austria
  • Nov 18 Jenny Burton, American R&B singer ("Nobody Loves Me Like You Do": "Bad Habits"), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 18 Seán Mac Falls, Irish-born poet
  • Nov 18 J.C. Watts (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma's 4th district, in office Jan 3, 1995 - Jan 3, 2003
  • Nov 19 George Leary, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Newmarket, Ontario
  • Nov 19 Sharon Farrah, American WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • Nov 19 Ofra Haza, Yemeni-Israeli singer, born in Tel Aviv, Israel (d. 2000)
  • Nov 20 Jimmy Brown, British rock-reggae drummer (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Nov 22 Sharon Bailey, British ska-pop rocker (Amazulu - "Excitable"; "Too Good to Be Forgotten"), born in England
  • Nov 23 Mark Radice, American session and touring musician (Donovan; Aerosmith; Cheap Trick), singer, songwriter, and producer (The Muppets; Sesame Street), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 24 Chris Hayes, American rock guitarist (Huey Lewis & The News, 1980-2001 - “I Want A New Drug”), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 24 Denise Crosby, actress (Tasha-Star Trek: Next Gen), born in Hollywood, California
  • Nov 25 Bob Ehrlich, Jr., former Maryland governor
  • Nov 25 Terry Stotts, American basketball head coach (Portland Trail Blazers 2012-19; Atlanta Hawks 2002-04; Milwaukee Bucks 2005-07), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Nov 27 Caroline Kennedy. American attorney and diplomat ,daughter of JFK & Jackie Kennedy, born in New York City
  • Nov 27 Terri R Adams, educator (teacher in space)
  • Nov 27 Kenny Acheson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • Nov 27 Kevin O'Connell, American sound re-recording mixer (Hacksaw Ridge), born in Long Island, New York
  • Nov 27 Edda Heiðrún Backman, Icelandic stage and screen actress, singer, theater director, and painter (born in Akranes, Iceland (d. 2016)
  • Nov 29 Charles Grant, American actor (Evan Frame-Another World, Bold & Beautiful), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Nov 29 Jennifer Batten, American session and touring rock and jazz guitarist (Michael Jackson; Jeff Beck), born in New York City
  • Nov 30 John Ashton, English guitarist (Psychedelic Furs)
  • Nov 30 Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)
  • Nov 30 Andrew Calhoun, American musician
  • Nov 30 Joël Champetier, French Canadian author
  • Nov 30 Colin Mochrie, Scottish-born Canadian comedian

Famous Weddings

Yuri Gagarin

Nov 7 Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (23) weds Valentina Ivanovna Goryacheva

June Carter Cash

Nov 11 Country singer June Carter Cash (28) weds former football player Edwin Nix


Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Nov 7 Actress Ingrid Bergman (42) divorces Roberto Rossellini after 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Charlie Caldwell, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Williams, Princeton), dies at 56
  • Nov 2 Ted Meredith, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m in world record 1:51.9s 1912), dies at 64
  • Nov 3 Wilhelm Reich, Austria/US psycho analyst (sexual), dies at 60
  • Nov 4 Joseph Canteloube,French composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1897)
  • Nov 7 Roy Worters, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1929; Vezina Trophy 1931; NY Americans), dies at 57
  • Nov 9 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian classical pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 9 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record 1901), dies at 85
  • Nov 12 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Roman Law), dies at 78
  • Nov 14 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, dies at 71
  • Nov 17 Cora Witherspoon, American actress (Quality Street; The Bank Dick), dies at 67
  • Nov 20 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • Nov 20 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist, dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (b. 1873)

Diego Rivera

Nov 24 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and husband of Frida Kahlo, dies at 70

  • Nov 26 Aleksei M Remizov, Russian author (Iveren), dies at 80
  • Nov 26 Billy Bevan, Australian actor (Terror by Night, White Sin), dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Margo Scharten-Antink, Dutch writer (Catherina, Sprotje), dies at 88
  • Nov 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • Nov 30 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (b. 1890)
  • Nov 30 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, dies at 52