Historical Events in February 1957

  • Feb 1 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
  • Feb 1 Felix Wankel's first working prototype DKM 54 of the rotary Wankel engine was running at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany
  • Feb 1 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam
  • Feb 1 MLB club owners accept new 5-year pension plan proposed by the players, but reject request to increase minimum salary from $6,000 to $7,500
  • Feb 2 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Feb 2 UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
  • Feb 4 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)

Music Concert

Feb 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Piano Concert

  • Feb 11 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting

Election of Interest

Feb 11 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

  • Feb 12 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed

Conference of Interest

Feb 13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans with Martin Luther King Jr. as President

  • Feb 14 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • Feb 15 Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister

Film Release

Feb 16 Swedish film classic "The Seventh Seal" directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Max Von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot is released

  • Feb 16 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television close down between 6 and 7 pm, abolished in the United Kingdom
  • Feb 17 A fire at a home for the elderly in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • Feb 20 Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 v England, 13 wkts for match
  • Feb 21 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • Feb 22 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • Feb 22 Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958
  • Feb 23 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
  • Feb 23 The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar

Music History

Feb 25 Buddy Holly and the Crickets record their smash hit "That'll Be the Day" in Clovis, New Mexico

  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • Feb 27 Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals
  • Feb 27 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)