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Historical Events in September 1957

  • Sep 1 Excursion train crashed into a ravine killing 175, injuring 400
  • Sep 1 WAVY TV channel 10 in Portsmouth-Norfolk, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 WHC (now WPXI) TV channel 11 in Pittsburgh, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 1 WTLV TV channel 12 in Jacksonville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 Milwaukee 1st baseman Frank Torre scores 6 runs to tie the MLB record; Braves rout Chicago Cubs 23-10
  • Sep 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 3 Brooklyn Dodgers play their final game in Jersey City, a 3-2 loss v Philadelphia Phillies; 11-4 record in New Jersey
  • Sep 3 KTCA TV channel 2 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn sets an NL record for a left-hander with 41st shut-out; beats Cubs, 8-0
  • Sep 4 Ford Motor Co introduces Edsel

USALittle Rock Crisis

Sep 4 Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to prevent 9 black students from entering a Little Rock's Central High School

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The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista bombs an uprising in Cienfuegos

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Yugoslavia bans Milovan Djilas' book "new class marine officers"

Politician and Writer Milovan Djilas
Politician and Writer
Milovan Djilas

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Sep 5 "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac is published by Viking Press in New York

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • Sep 6 Elvis records "White Christmas", "Silent Night" & "Here Comes Santa Claus"
  • Sep 7 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting

  • Sep 8 Jackie Wilson, releases his 1st solo single "Reet Petite"

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Sep 8 Pope Pius XII encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Sep 8 Juan Manuel Fangio confirms his F1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 2nd in the season ending Italian GP at Monza; takes record 5th title by 15 points from Stirling Moss

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Mal Anderson wins his only Grand Slam event; beats Ashley Cooper 10-8, 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • Sep 8 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-3, 6-2 for the first of her 2 home singles crowns
  • Sep 9 "Diana" by Paul Anka reaches #1
  • Sep 9 Nashville's new Hattie Cotton Elementary School dynamited

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Sep 9 US President Eisenhower signs 1st civil rights bill since Reconstruction

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Sep 10 "Mask & Gown" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Sep 12 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus visits US
  • Sep 14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • Sep 14 UN resolution deplores & condemns USSR invasion of Hungary
  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 15 "Bachelor Father" with John Forsythe premieres

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 15 Konrad Adenauer's CDU wins parliamentary election in West Germany

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • Sep 15 SF Seals (Pacific Coast League) play their last game
  • Sep 16 Coup in Thailand (Premier Songgram deposed)
  • Sep 16 LA City Council approves 300-acre site in Chavez Ravine for Dodgers
  • Sep 17 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 Scott Crossfield takes X-15 up for 1st powered flight

  • Sep 17 Thailand military coup under marshal Sarit Thanarat

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Sep 17 Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • Sep 17 The North East Humanists group is founded in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Sep 18 US Western TV drama "Wagon Train" premieres
  • Sep 18 Electric train joining in Amsterdam-Brussels
  • Sep 19 1st underground nuclear explosion at Las Vegas Nevada
  • Sep 19 Dalida is the 1st artist to be awarded a gold record in France for 300,000 sales of "Bambino"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 20 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 21 "Perry Mason" TV series based on the character by author Erle Stanley Gardner, starring Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Sep 21 German sail training ship Pamir sails Atlantic Ocean
  • Sep 21 Olav V becomes king of Norway
  • Sep 21 Pote Sarasin forms government in Thailand
  • Sep 22 Western "Maverick" premieres on ABC television starring James Garner
  • Sep 22 Duke Snider's 39th & 40th home runs are last hit at Ebbets Field

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 23 "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets reaches #1

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Sep 23 Milwaukee Braves clinch NL pennant by beating Cards 4-2
  • Sep 23 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 White mob forces 9 black students enrolled at Little Rock's Central High School in Arkansas to withdraw
  • Sep 23 President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders US troops to support integration of nine black students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas
  • Sep 24 Brooklyn Dodgers play last game at Ebbets Field, defeat Pirates 2-0
  • Sep 24 Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona

Film PremierJailhouse Rock Premieres

Sep 24 "Jailhouse Rock" single released by Elvis Presley (Billboard Song of the Year 1957)

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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  • Sep 25 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central High School in Arkansas
  • Sep 25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • Sep 25 Soviet 7 year plan (1959-1965) announced
  • Sep 25 18th Venice Film Festival: Influential Indian film "Aparajito" directed by Satyajit Ray is first film to win the Golden Lion and the Critics Award
  • Sep 26 Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 26 Dag Hammarskjöld re-elected secretary-general of UN

Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dag Hammarskjöld
  • Sep 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 27 American MLB San Francisco Giants rent Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals Stadium until Candlestick Park is built in 1960
  • Sep 28 "Dollar A Second" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Gisele MacKenzie Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Honeycomb," by Jimmie F. Rodgers hits #1
  • Sep 28 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Velser Tunnels
  • Sep 29 "DuPont Show of the Month" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Paul Winchell Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 Buddy Holly & Crickets released 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"
  • Sep 29 NY Giants play & lose their last game at Polo Grounds (9-1 to Pitts)
  • Sep 29 Passenger train & oil train crash in Gambar West Pakistan, killing 300
  • Sep 29 An explosion at the Mayak plutonium production plant in the Soviet Union spreads radiation over 20,000 square miles (52,000 km2)
  • Sep 30 French government of Mauroy resigns due to Algeria
  • Sep 30 WKYT TV channel 27 in Lexington, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting