Historical Events in December 1957

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Dec 1 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Dec 2 1st US large scale nuclear power plant opens, Shippingport, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 2 Sam Cooke's single "You Send Me" reaches #1
  • Dec 2 1958 NFL Draft: King Hill from Rice first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 2 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • Dec 3 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
  • Dec 4 First edition of "Chase's Annual Events" published
  • Dec 4 2 commuter trains collide in heavy fog killing 92 (St John's, England)
  • Dec 5 William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 NYC is first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)

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Dec 5 President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Dec 6 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up
  • Dec 6 AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
  • Dec 6 Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
  • Dec 6 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia
  • Dec 7 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year

  • Dec 9 1st Japanese ambassador to Israel
  • Dec 12 Maj Adrian Drew flies 1,943 kph in F-101 Voodoo
  • Dec 12 US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)
  • Dec 12 Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Peyton Palace" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • Dec 14 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • Dec 14 "Rumple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Dec 16 Sir Feroz Khan Noon replaces Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar as Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Dec 17 US successfully test-fires Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile

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Dec 17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 17 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Englishmen Billy Wright and Duncan Edwards
  • Dec 18 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania
  • Dec 19 "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances

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Dec 20 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Dec 21 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
  • Dec 22 KWRB (now KFNE) TV channel 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY (ABC) begins
  • Dec 23 Test Cricket debut for Wally Grout & Bobby Simpson v South Africa

MurderMurder of Interest

Dec 25 Ed Gein found insane of murder

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • Dec 26 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
  • Dec 28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • Dec 28 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Dec 28 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 29 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
  • Dec 30 Israeli government of Ben-Gurion, resigns
  • Dec 31 AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy