1950s Pop History – 1957

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PRICES for 1957

What A Year It Was! 1957
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Note: Music History and Song Lists for 1957 are located HERE


There are 47,200,000 TV sets in use in 39,500,000 homes
General Foods Corp. introduces TANG breakfast beverage crystals.
Barry Gordy, Jr. invests $700 to found “Motown Records.” And the rest, as they say… is history.
Velcro is patented by George de Mestral of Switzerland.
Greyhound inaugurates the “It’s such a comfort to take the bus and leave the driving to us” ad campaign.
The 13-year-old Bobby Fisher becomes a chess champion.
Major John Glenn, Jr. sets an air speed record by traveling from California to New York in a jet in 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 8.4 seconds.
 It’s here! The Pink Flamingo! Read the story!
Houston, we have a problem…Sputnik is launched.
AFL-CIO votes to expel the Teamsters, which was readmitted in October 1987.
On the Air! You’d find 2,974 AM radio, 530 FM radio and 471 TV Stations.
Music Man, starring Robert Preston, opens on Broadway. Buy the Movie on DVD or Buy the Movie Cast on CD.
West Side Story, the energetic combination of talents, Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Jerome Robbins (choreography) opens on Broadway. Buy the Movie on DVD or Buy the Movie Cast on CD.
Britian becomes the 3rd nation to join the “nuclear club” with the explosion of an atomic weapon.
Anthony Eden resigns and Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister Britain
More news from Merry Ole England. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower at the White House. Talk about your fun crowd…
Ed Gein’s killing and mutilation spree is over as he is arrested. Gein was the inspiration for Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. Read more on Ed Gein.
Eveready produces “AA” size alkaline batteries for use in “personal transistor radios.”
And the winner is…Oscar stuff.
Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK as does Malayasia (formerly Malaya).
Jackie Robinson, perhaps the finest athelete of the century, announced his retirement from baseball
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Elizabeth Taylor’s 2nd divorce (from Michael Wilding) and 3rd marriage (to Mike Todd)
Singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas.
Please Don’t Eat the Daises by Jean Kerr is a book smash!
James Hoffa gains control of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
The Frisbee is renamed and nationally marketed!
One thousand computers are sold. And not one of them had a Windows operating system. Imagine that.
Chairman Mao of China implements his “Great Leap Forward” which places 1 million Chinese in communes.
Chairman Mao of China implements his “Great Leap Forward” which places 1 million Chinese in communes.
On September 4, the last game is played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn as the Dodgers prepare to move to LA. On February 23 of 1960, they tear the stadium down. Days that will live in infamy!
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Wagon Train debuts on TV. The Wagon Train Website. Also, Have Gun Will Travel, Tales of Wells Fargo and Maverick. The Fifties Web Western Section.
The National Geographic announces that it has found the resting place of the H.M.S. Bounty.
American Bandstand goes national with Dick Clark as host. The Fifties Web American Bandstand Pages.
Senator Joseph McCarthy dies of cirrhosis of the liver. Good riddance.
5,000 new products wil hit the supermarket shelves, including YES YES YES – frozen pizza.
At a Miami radio station, new employee Lawrence Harvey Zeiger abruptly adopts a stage name – Larry King – and begins broadcasting.
Theodore Geisel writes Cat in the Hat as Dr. Seuss! Buy:The Cat In The Hat on DVD
I can’t believe it isn’t…Margarine sales take the lead over butter.
Treaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Market)
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