On This Day

Historical Events in May 1957

  • May 1 Flevo Boys Football Club is established in Emmeloord, the Netherlands

Radio Premiere

May 1 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast

  • May 1 US gives Poland credit of $95 million
  • May 1 Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km

Historic Event

May 2 Eugene O'Neill's stage drama "A Moon for the Misbegotten" premieres at the Bijou Theatre, NYC; runs for 68 performances

Assassination Attempt

May 2 Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters

Film Release

May 2 Hammer Film Productions releases its 1st color horror title - "The Curse of Frankenstein" starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

  • May 4 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
  • May 4 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show

Historic Event

May 4 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

  • May 5 Adolf Scharf elected president of Austria

Historic Event

May 6 Italian government of Antonio Segni resigns

  • May 6 Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV

Historic Event

May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to John F. Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)

  • May 7 Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald

Historic Event

May 8 South Vietnamese President, Ngô Đình Diệm, arrives in the United States on a state visit

  • May 10 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon

Music Premiere

May 10 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow

  • May 11 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
  • May 14 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 432 performances

Historic Event

May 15 Evangelist Billy Graham launches his "crusade" in front of 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden in NYC

UK Tests a Hydrogen Bomb

May 15 Operation Grapple: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb near Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean

Catholic Encyclical

May 16 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae

  • May 16 US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton, Connecticut

Sports History

May 16 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade

  • May 17 Prayer Pilgrimage, biggest civil rights demonstration to date (DC)
  • May 17 School desegregation law, Brown v Board of education

Cannes Film Festival

May 17 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or

Sports History

May 18 82nd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2

  • May 19 Adone Zoli forms Italian government
  • May 21 French government of Guy Mollet resigns
  • May 22 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 22 Red Sox set AL record by smashing 4 HRs in 6th inning in 11-0 win
  • May 22 South Africa's government approves race separation in universities
  • May 24 Anti-American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
  • May 24 Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia
  • May 25 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • May 27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format
  • May 28 NL approves baseball's Brooklyn Dodgers' & NY Giants' move to the US west coast
  • May 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 28 WPSD TV channel 6 in Paducah, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 Algerian rebels kill 336 collaborators
  • May 29 Laos government of prince Suvanna Phuma resigns
  • May 29 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants & Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast
  • May 30 Test Cricket debut for Rohan Kanhai v England at Edgbaston
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Sam Hanks wins in his thirteenth attempt; first driver to win a $100,000 single-race payday

Sports History

May 30 European Cup Final, Madrid: Alfredo Di Stéfano and Francisco Gento score as defending champions Real Madrid beats Fiorentina, 2-0

  • May 31 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)