On This Day

Historical Events in November 1957

  • Nov 1 KVII TV channel 7 in Amarillo, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KXGN TV channel 5 in Glendive, Montana (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WICZ TV channel 40 in Binghamton, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan, world longest suspension bridge between anchorages opens
  • Nov 2 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto, Ohio
  • Nov 2 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history

Space Dog Laika Launched to her Death

Nov 3 Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard, a mostly-Siberian husky, the 1st animal in space

  • Nov 4 2nd Soviet Earth-satellite launched
  • Nov 5 Mrs Nellie McGrail wins $574,658 on a 2½ cent soccer pool ticket
  • Nov 6 "Rumple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Nov 6 Felix Gaillard becomes premier of France
  • Nov 7 Phillies pitcher Jack Sanford wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 7 WEEQ (now WWTO) TV channel 35 in La Salle, IL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 7 Cold War: The Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.
  • Nov 8 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • Nov 10 NFL record crowd (102,368), '49ers vs Rams in LA
  • Nov 10 Cleveland Browns' Don Paul sets club record for longest fumble return with a 89-yard run (and TD), beating Pittsburgh 24-0
  • Nov 11 Demolition begins on cable car barn at California & Hyde, San Francisco

Pro Wrestling

Nov 14 Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion

Sports History

Nov 14 Milwaukee Brave Hank Aaron wins NL MVP

  • Nov 14 The Apalachin Meeting outside Binghamton, New York is raided by law enforcement, and many high level Mafia figures are arrested
  • Nov 15 US sentences Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years & $3,000
  • Nov 16 "Copper & Brass" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances

NBA Record

Nov 16 Celtics center Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds as Boston beats Philadelphia Warriors, 111-89 at Boston Gardens

Murder of Interest

Nov 16 American murderer and bodysnatcher Ed Gein kills his last victim

  • Nov 16 University of Oklahoma Football NCAA win streak ends at 47 after losing 7-0 to Notre Dame at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

All Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll

Nov 16 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the "Six-Five Special", is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

  • Nov 17 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, West Virginia (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 18 Tunisia refuses Russian weapons
  • Nov 19 Antonin Novotny appointed president of Czechoslovakia

Theater Premiere

Nov 20 Morton Wishengrad's dramatic play "Rope Dancers", starring Art Carney, Siobhán McKenna, and Theodore Bikel, premieres at Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 189 performances

Sports History

Nov 22 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 2nd time

Music Concert

Nov 22 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC

  • Nov 22 Simon & Garfunkel appear on "American Bandstand" as "Tom & Jerry"

Sports History

Nov 24 Cleveland Browns' fullback Jim Brown sets club record of 237 yds rushing

Historic Event

Nov 25 US President Dwight Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech

  • Nov 26 WCVB TV channel 5 in Boston, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Little Rock Crisis

Nov 27 US Army withdraws from Little Rock, Arkansas after Central High School integration

Theater Premiere

Nov 28 "Look Homeward, Angel" play based on the book by Thomas Wolfe adapted by Ketti Frings and starring Anthony Perkins premieres in NYC

Sports History

Nov 28 Warren Spahn of the Braves wins Cy Young Award

  • Nov 29 NY Mayor Robert Wagner forms a committee to replace Dodgers & Giants
  • Nov 30 "Happy Hunting" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 413 performances
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tiger-Cats take out their 2nd title; beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 32-7

Assassination Attempt

Nov 30 Assassination attempt on Indonesian President Sukarno, kills 8

  • Nov 30 22nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 40-0 in Birmingham