On This Day

Historical Events in March 1957

  • Mar 1 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances
  • Mar 1 KTWO TV channel 2 in Casper, WY (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 1 Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor
  • Mar 3 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Markham & Jones of Great Britain
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of Canada
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins of the USA
  • Mar 3 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • Mar 3 2nd Eurovision Song Contest: Corry Brokken for Netherlands wins singing "Net als toen" in Frankfurt
  • Mar 4 The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.

Election of Interest

Mar 5 Eamon de Valera's Fianna Fail-party wins election in Ireland

  • Mar 5 Sgt Bilko satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvis Pelvin)
  • Mar 6 Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK
  • Mar 8 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • Mar 8 Israeli troops leave Egypt
  • Mar 8 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Mar 8 Egypt reopens the Suez Canal after Israel withdraws from occupied Egyptian territory
  • Mar 9 8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
  • Mar 9 4th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats South Carolina, 95-75
  • Mar 10 Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
  • Mar 12 German DR accepts 22 Russian divisions

Historic Publication

Mar 12 Random House and Houghton-Mifflin co-publish "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss

Battle of Interest

Mar 13 Bloody battles in Cuba after the student led "Revolutionary Directorate" attacks the presidential palace in Havana in an unsuccessful attempt to depose dictator Fulgencio Batista

  • Mar 14 Indonesian government of Sastroamidjojo resigns
  • Mar 16 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 7th Titleholders title by 3 strokes from amateur Anne Quast
  • Mar 16 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating NY Rangers 14-1
  • Mar 16 England clinches its 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship, the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup with a 16-3 win over Scotland at Twickenham, London
  • Mar 17 Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted

Plane Crash

Mar 17 Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay

  • Mar 18 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins
  • Mar 19 Indians reject Boston's offer of $1 million for Herb Score
  • Mar 20 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it

Historic Event

Mar 21 Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" premieres in NYC

  • Mar 22 Earthquake shakes San Francisco
  • Mar 22 Republic of India adopts Saka calendar along with Gregorian

Music Single

Mar 22 "All Shook Up" single released by Elvis Presley

Sports History

Mar 23 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Kansas, 54-53 (3 OT); Wilt Chamberlain of Kansas 4th player to be named tournament MOP despite not playing for the championship team

  • Mar 23 US army sells last homing pigeons
  • Mar 25 NBA modifies the free-throw rule
  • Mar 25 Treaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Market)

Academy Awards

Mar 27 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

  • Mar 28 1st National Curling Championship held
  • Mar 30 111th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard 20/1 bet Sundew wins by 8 lengths from Wyndburgh

Television Premiere

Mar 31 Rodgers & Hammerstein's live television musical "Cinderella", starring Julie Andrews, with Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley, premieres on CBS-TV