What Happened in September 1957

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Excursion train crashed into a ravine killing 175, injuring over 700, in Kendal, Jamaica
  • Sep 1 WAVY TV channel 10 in Portsmouth-Norfolk, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 WHC (now WPXI) TV channel 11 in Pittsburgh, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 1 WTLV TV channel 12 in Jacksonville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 Milwaukee 1st baseman Frank Torre scores 6 runs to tie the MLB record; Braves rout Chicago Cubs 23-10
  • Sep 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 3 Brooklyn Dodgers play their final game in Jersey City, a 3-2 loss v Philadelphia Phillies; 11-4 record in New Jersey
  • Sep 3 KTCA TV channel 2 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting

Baseball Record

Sep 3 Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn sets an NL record for a left-hander with 41st shut-out; beats Cubs, 8-0

  • Sep 4 Ford Motor Co. introduces Edsel automobile range

Little Rock Crisis

Sep 4 Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to prevent 9 black students from entering a Little Rock's Central High School

Historic Publication

Sep 5 "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac is published by Viking Press in New York

Historic Event

Sep 5 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista bombs an uprising in Cienfuegos

Historic Event

Sep 5 Yugoslavia bans Milovan Djilas' book "new class marine officers"

  • Sep 6 Elvis records "White Christmas", "Silent Night" & "Here Comes Santa Claus"
  • Sep 7 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 8 Jackie Wilson, releases his 1st solo single "Reet Petite"

Sports History

Sep 8 Juan Manuel Fangio confirms his F1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 2nd in the season ending Italian GP at Monza; takes record 5th title by 15 points from Stirling Moss

Catholic Encyclical

Sep 8 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical on motion pictures, radio and television

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Mal Anderson wins his only Grand Slam event; beats Ashley Cooper 10-8, 7-5, 6-4

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-3, 6-2 for the first of her 2 home singles crowns

  • Sep 9 "Diana" by Paul Anka reaches #1
  • Sep 9 Nashville's new Hattie Cotton Elementary School dynamited

Historic Event

Sep 9 US President Eisenhower signs 1st civil rights bill since Reconstruction

  • Sep 10 "Mask & Gown" opens at John Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances
  • Sep 12 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus visits US
  • Sep 14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • Sep 14 UN resolution deplores & condemns USSR invasion of Hungary
  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Election of Interest

Sep 15 Konrad Adenauer's CDU wins parliamentary election in West Germany

  • Sep 15 SF Seals (Pacific Coast League) play their last game
  • Sep 15 US TV series "Bachelor Father" with John Forsythe premieres
  • Sep 16 Coup in Thailand (Premier Songgram deposed)
  • Sep 16 LA City Council approves 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for Dodgers
  • Sep 17 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 Scott Crossfield takes X-15 up for 1st powered flight
  • Sep 17 Thailand military coup under marshal Sarit Thanarat
  • Sep 17 The North East Humanists group is founded in Newcastle upon Tyne

Film & TV History

Sep 17 Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

  • Sep 18 Electric train joining in Amsterdam-Brussels
  • Sep 18 US Western TV drama "Wagon Train" premieres
  • Sep 19 1st underground nuclear explosion at Las Vegas Nevada
  • Sep 19 Dalida is the 1st artist to be awarded a gold record in France for 300,000 sales of "Bambino"

Music Premiere

Sep 20 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco

Television Premiere

Sep 21 "Perry Mason" TV series based on the character by author Erle Stanley Gardner, starring Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV

  • Sep 21 German sail training ship Pamir sails Atlantic Ocean
  • Sep 21 Olav V becomes king of Norway
  • Sep 21 Pote Sarasin forms government in Thailand
  • Sep 22 Duke Snider's 39th & 40th home runs are last hit at Ebbets Field
  • Sep 22 Western "Maverick" premieres on ABC television starring James Garner

#1 in the Charts

Sep 23 "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets reaches #1 in the US

  • Sep 23 Milwaukee Braves clinch NL pennant by beating Cards 4-2
  • Sep 23 President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders US troops to support integration of nine black students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas
  • Sep 23 White mob forces 9 black students enrolled at Little Rock's Central High School in Arkansas to withdraw
  • Sep 23 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 Brooklyn Dodgers play last game at Ebbets Field, defeat Pirates 2-0
  • Sep 24 Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona
  • Sep 25 18th Venice Film Festival: Influential Indian film "Aparajito" directed by Satyajit Ray is first film to win the Golden Lion and the Critics Award
  • Sep 25 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central High School in Arkansas
  • Sep 25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • Sep 25 Soviet 7 year plan (1959-1965) announced

Election of Interest

Sep 26 Dag Hammarskjöld re-elected secretary-general of UN

Music Premiere

Sep 26 Leornard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 732 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

  • Sep 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 27 American MLB San Francisco Giants rent Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals Stadium until Candlestick Park is built in 1960
  • Sep 28 "Dollar A Second" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Gisele MacKenzie Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie F. Rodgers hits #1
  • Sep 28 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Velser Tunnels
  • Sep 29 "DuPont Show of the Month" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "The Paul Winchell Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 An explosion at the Mayak plutonium production plant in the Soviet Union spreads radiation over 20,000 square miles (52,000 km2)
  • Sep 29 Buddy Holly & the Crickets release 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"
  • Sep 29 NFL NY Giants play their last game at Polo Grounds, 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh
  • Sep 29 Passenger train & oil train crash in Gambar, West Pakistan, killing 300
  • Sep 30 French government of Mauroy resigns due to Algeria
  • Sep 30 WKYT TV channel 27 in Lexington, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach (Barcelona, Panathinaikos), born in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

Gloria EstefanGloria Estefan (65 years old)

Sep 1 Cuban-American singer (Miami Sound Machine - "Conga"), born in Havana, Cuba

  • Sep 1 Phil Johnstone, British songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer (Robert Plant), born in Hitchin, England (d. 2021)
  • Sep 2 Steve Porcaro, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Toto, 1977-87, 2010-19 - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 2 Tony Alva, American skateboarder
  • Sep 3 Erhan Önal, Turkish soccer central defender (12 caps; FC Bayern Munich, Standard Liège, Galatasaray), born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2021)
  • Sep 3 Garth Ancier, American television executive
  • Sep 4 Khandi Alexander, American actress, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 4 Patricia Tallman, American actress, born in Pontiac, Illinois
  • Sep 5 Peter Winnen, Dutch bicycle road athlete, born in Ysselsteyn German war cemetery, Netherlands
  • Sep 6 Gwyn Evans, Welsh rugby union fullback (12 caps Wales, 2 caps British & Irish Lions; Maesteg RFC) and coach (Italy 1977-78), born in Maesteg, Wales
  • Sep 6 Joe Smyth, American country singer ("Betty's Bein' Bad"), born in Portland, Maine
  • Sep 6 José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal (2005-11) indicted for corruption, born in Porto, Portugal
  • Sep 6 Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor-General of Canada, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Sep 6 Paul Harrhy, Welsh actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), born in South Wales (d. 1996)
  • Sep 7 Margot Chapman, American singer (Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Sep 7 Melvin Edward Mays, American felon (one of FBI's most wanted, arrested 1995 for conspiracy to commit terror on behalf of Libya)
  • Sep 8 Heather Thomas, American actress (Jody-Fall Guy, Coed Fever), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Sep 9 Gabriele Tredozi, Italian engineer
  • Sep 9 Pierre-Laurent Aimard, French concert pianist, born in Lyon, France
  • Sep 10 Brian Fitzpatrick, American actor (Loving - "Rick Alden"), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 Carol Decker, British rock singer (T'Pau - "China In Your Hand"), born in Huyton, Merseyside, England
  • Sep 10 Kate Burton, American actress (Ice Storm, Grey's Anatomy), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sep 10 Siobhan Fahey, Irish rock singer and musician (Bananarama - "Venus"; Shakespears Sister - "Stay"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 11 Jeff Sluman, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1988; 6 PGA Tour titles), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 11 Jon Moss, English rock drummer (Culture Club - "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"), born in Wandsworth, South London
  • Sep 12 Hans Zimmer, German film score composer (The Lion King), born in Frankfurt
  • Sep 12 Rachel Ward, English-Australian actress (Thorn Birds), born in Cornwell, Oxfordshire, England
  • Sep 13 Bongbong Marcos [Ferdinand Marcos Jr], Philippine politician (President of the Philippines 2022-), born in Santa Mesa, Manila
  • Sep 13 John G. Trueschler, American politician (member of the Maryland House of Delegates), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 13 Mark Wiebe, American golfer (British Senior Open 2013), born in Seaside, Oregon
  • Sep 13 Vinny Appice, American rock drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 14 Jerry Don Gleaton, American baseball player, born in Brownwood, Texas
  • Sep 14 Kepler Wessels, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
  • Sep 14 Tim Wallach, American MLB player (Montreal Expos 1980-1992), born in Huntington Park, California
  • Sep 15 Fulton Allem, South African golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • Sep 15 Paweł Pawlikowski, Polish filmmaker (Cold War), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Sep 16 David McCreery, Irish footballer (Newcastle United), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 16 Keith Connor, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Anguilla, West Indies
  • Sep 17 David Bintley, British dancer choreographer and ballet director, born in Huddersfield, England
  • Sep 17 William De Acutis, American actor (9½ Weeks, Other People's Money), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1991)
  • Sep 19 Dennis Cowan, British rocker (The Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • Sep 19 Richard M. Linnehan, American astronaut (STS 78, sk: 90), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Sep 19 Rusty Egan, British new wave drummer (Rich Kids; Midge Ure; Visage), born in London, England
  • Sep 20 Alannah Currie, New Zealander rock xylophone player and vocalist (Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 20 Arn Anderson, American wrestler (ECW/SMW/WCW/NWA/WWF), born in Rome, Georgia
  • Sep 20 Rich DiSilvio, American new media developer & artist
  • Sep 20 Vladimir Tkachenko, Ukrainian-Russian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Sep 21 Ethan Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Sep 21 Kevin Rudd, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2013), born in Nambour, Queensland
  • Sep 21 Lynette Love, US tai kwan do champ 1987/(Olympics 1988)
  • Sep 21 Mark Levin, American radio host and author (The Mark Levin Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 22 Giuseppe Saronni, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia), born in Novara, Italy
  • Sep 22 Johnette Napolitano, American rocker (Concrete Blonde), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 22 Lynn Herring, American actress (Lucy Coe-General Hospital), born in Enid, Oklahoma
  • Sep 22 Mark Johnson, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980, Pitts, NJ), born in Madison, Wisconsin

Nick CaveNick Cave (65 years old)

Sep 22 Australian singer-songwriter (Bad Seeds-Murder Ballads), born in Warracknabeal, Victoria

  • Sep 22 Pete Jones, English rocker (Public Image Ltd.), born in Watford, England
  • Sep 22 Phil Blackmar, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 23 Kumar Sanu, Indian playback singer
  • Sep 23 Rosalind Chao, American actress
  • Sep 23 Tony Fossas, Cuba, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Sep 23 Tunch Ilkin, American football offensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1988, 89; Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (Pittsburgh Steelers TV & radio 1998-2020), born in Istanbul, Turkey)d. 2021)
  • Sep 24 Brad Bird, American director (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles), born in Kalispell, Montana
  • Sep 25 Ian Reddington, English actor (Chief Clown-Doctor Who), born in Walkley, Sheffield
  • Sep 27 Bill Athey, cricketer (England batsman in 23 Tests 1980-88)
  • Sep 27 Richard Vagg, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 28 Bill Cassidy, American politician (Senator-R-Louisiana 2015-), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Sep 28 Marc Duret, French actor (Dobermann, Hatred, Big Blue), born in Nice, France

Andrew Dice ClayAndrew Dice Clay (65 years old)

Sep 29 American comedian (Adventures of Ford Fairlane), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Sep 29 Chris Broad, English cricketer (prolific England opening batsman 1984-89), born in Bristol, England
  • Sep 29 Mari Wilson, British pop and jazz singer (Just What I Always Wanted), born in Neasden, London, England
  • Sep 29 Sokratis Malamas, Greek singer and composer, born in Sykia, Greece
  • Sep 29 Tim Flannery, American MLB player (San Diego Padres) and coach, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 30 Fran Drescher, American actress (Cadillac Man, The Nanny), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 30 Gladys Portugues, American atress, Mrs Jean-Claude Van Damme (It's Alive 3), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 30 William Christian, American actor (Derek Frye-All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.

Famous Weddings

Sonny Liston

Sep 3 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston (27) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri

Jean Chretien

Sep 10 Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien (23) weds Aline Chaine (21) in Canada

Patsy Cline

Sep 15 Country music legend Patsy Cline (25) weds linotype operator Charles Dick (23) in Winchester, England

Sophia Loren

Sep 17 Italian actress Sophia Loren (22) weds legally married Italian film producer Carlo Ponti (56), by proxy in Juarez, Mexico; annulled in 1962; remarry in 1966


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), killed in a car wreck at 38
  • Sep 1 Helen Haye [Hay], British stage and silent and sound screen actress (Honour in Pawn; Girl in the Taxi; Spy in Black), dies at 83
  • Sep 2 William Alexander Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (Skotlands Rimur), dies at 90
  • Sep 11 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, dies at 80

Qi BaishiQi Baishi (1864-1957)

Sep 16 Chinese painter famous for whimsical and playful watercolor paintings, dies at 93

  • Sep 17 Jan Eisenloeffel, Dutch goldsmith, dies at 81
  • Sep 19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping, dies at 86

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Sep 20 Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), dies at 91

  • Sep 21 Haakon VII, King of Norway (1905-57), dies at 85
  • Sep 22 Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, dies at 72
  • Sep 28 Albert Ascoli, Italian serologist and chemist (developed anti-tuberculosis vaccine), dies at 80
  • Sep 28 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, Uruguayan composer, dies at 67