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1957 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1957 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Quick Facts from 1957:

  • World Changing Event: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first space satellite, starting the Space Race.
  • The Top Song was All Shook Up by Elvis Presley
  • Influencial Songs include: The Banana Boat Song (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte and Wake Up Little Suzie by The Everly Brothers
  • The Movies to Watch include An Affair to Remember, Jailhouse Rock, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, 12 Angry Men, A Face in the Crowd, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Pal Joey, The Spirit of St. Louis, Old Yeller, and The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Rock Hudson
  • Notable books include: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Price of 45 RPM single record in 1957: 79 cents
    Burger King Whopper: 37 cents
  • US Life Expectancy: Males: 66.4 years, Females: 72.7 years
  • Wham-O Company produced the 1st Frisbee, called the “Pluto Platter” until 1958.
  • The Three-Point Seatbelt was invented by Volvo’s Nils Bohlin. Volvo let other car companies use the patent at no charge.
  • The Funny TV Lady: Lucille Ball
    The Funny Late Show Host: Steve Allen
  • The Baseball Hit(s): Richie Ashburn hit Alice Roth with a foul ball, breaking her nose, then hit her again her while she was on the stretcher.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1957:
Mary, Susan, Linda, Debra, Karen, Michael, James, David, Robert, John

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Carroll Baker, Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Doris Day, Diana Dors, Anita Ekberg, Annette Funicello, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Bettie Page, Elizabeth Taylor, Mamie Van Doren

Leading Men and Sex Symbols:
Elvis Presley, Harry Belafonte

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Nikita Khrushchev

Miss America:
Marian McKnight (Manning, SC)

Miss USA:
Mary Leona Gage (Maryland)/ Charlotte Sheffield (Utah)

The Scandal:
James Vicary announced that he invented subliminal advertising at a Fort Lee, New Jersey movie theater. He flashed the words: “Hungry? Eat Popcorn” and “Thirsty? Drink Coke” very fast betwen film frames. Food and beverage sales increased significantly. In 1962, he said he made the whole thing up.

Ppp Culture News:
Fortran, an early computer language, was created.

In 1948, Swiss engineer George de Mestral took his dog on a hike. When he got home, he noticed there were many burrs on the dog. He examined one under the microscope. He noticed that the burrs had small hooks that enabled them to cling to the soft fur. De Mestral got the US patent (#3,009,235) for Velcro in 1955, an upgrade from his earlier 1955 patent (#2,717,437)

Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes accidentally invented bubble wrap while trying to create plastic wallpaper.

Laika, a Russian dog, was the first living creature to be sent into space, in Sputnik 2. Sadly, she did not make it back alive.

The Habits:
Everybody was flying those discs invented by Frederick Morrison, called ‘Pluto Platters,’ later renamed the ‘Frisbee.’
‘Frisbee’ was actually a pie company in Connecticut. The locals used to toss the empty pie plates, hence the name.
Wham-O bought the rights to the product from Frederick.

The cool kids were watching Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’

1st appearances & 1957’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Dream Pets, Careers Game , Sea-Monkeys, Wham-O Flying Saucer (frisbee)

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Around the world in 80 Days (presented in 1957)

Broadway Show – The Music Man (Musical) Opened on December 19, 1957 and Closed: April 15, 1961

Popular and Notable Books From 1957:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Below the Salt by Thomas B. Costain
Blue Camellia by Frances Parkinson Keyes
By Love Possessed by James Gould Cozzens
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Compulsion by Meyer Levin
Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson
From Russia, with Love by Ian Fleming
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! by Max Shulman
The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
Syntactic Structures by Noam Chomsky

1957 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Gunsmoke (CBS)
2. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
3. Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC)
4. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
5. I’ve Got A Secret (CBS)
6. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (ABC)
7. General Electric Theatre (CBS)
8. The Restless Gun (NBC)
9. December Bride (CBS)
10. You Bet Your Life (NBC)

1957 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 29, 1956 – February 8, 1957:
Singing The Blues – Guy Mitchell

February 9 – February 15:
Don’t Forbid Me – Pat Boone

February 16 – March 29:
Young Love – Tab Hunter

March 30 – April 19:
Butterfly – Andy Williams

April 20 – June 2:
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley

June 3 – July 14:
Love Letters In The Sand – Pat Boone

July 15 – September 1:
Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley

September 2 – October 6:
Tammy – Debbie Reynolds

October 7 – October 20:
Honeycomb – Jimmie Rodgers

October 21 – November 3:
Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers

November 4 – December 8:
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

December 9 – December 29:
You Send Me – Sam Cooke

December 30, 1957 – January 3, 1958:
April Love – Pat Boone

World Series Champions: Milwaukee Braves
NFL Champions: Detroit Lions
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadians
U.S. Open Golf: Dick Mayer
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies): Malcolm Anderson/Althea Gibson
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Lew Hoad/Althea Gibson
NCAA Football Champions: Auburn & Ohio State
NCAA Basketball Champions: North Carolina
Kentucky Derby: Iron Liege

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