On This Day

Historical Events in April 1957

  • Apr 1 Trial begins in Budapest against participants october uprising
  • Apr 1 WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, LA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 World's biggest glass oven used

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Apr 3 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 4 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris
  • Apr 6 NYC ends trolley car service
  • Apr 6 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Apr 6 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 7 21st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Doug Ford wins his only Masters, 3 strokes ahead of 3-time champion Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Apr 7 Last of NY's electric trolleys completes its final run

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Apr 9 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Apr 10 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • Apr 10 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
  • Apr 10 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 10 "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb, is released


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Apr 11 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

  • Apr 11 Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically
  • Apr 11 Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
  • Apr 12 Jim Spalding set a 2,088 pin nine-game bowling record
  • Apr 12 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 13 "Shinbone Alley" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Apr 13 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 13 11th Tony Awards: "Long Days Journey into the Night" & "My Fair Lady" win
  • Apr 13 Saturday postal delivery in US is temporarily halted due to lack of funds
  • Apr 14 Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women's singles ping pong championship
  • Apr 15 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Saturday mail delivery restored in the US after Congress gives the Post Office $41 million
  • Apr 15 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley in 2:20:05; course length changed
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dickie Moore has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 5-1 for a 4-1 series victory
  • Apr 16 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Apr 20 Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Apr 21 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Apr 22 All NL baseball teams integrate, John Irwin Kennedy becomes the 1st Black player for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Apr 24 Chicago Cub pitchers walk NL record 9 Reds in 5th inning
  • Apr 25 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
  • Apr 25 Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government
  • Apr 25 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 26 Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens
  • Apr 28 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Montgomery CC: Patty Berg wins her 6th WO by 1 stroke from Wiffi Smith
  • Apr 28 WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 4th National Film Awards (India): "Kabuliwala" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 29 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Virginia