May 1957 calendar

May 1957

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1957.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1957: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1957?


  • 01 May 1957 Flevo Boys soccer team forms in Emmeloord
  • 02 May 1957 Vincent Gigante fails to assassinate mafioso Frank Costello in Manhattan.
  • 03 May 1957 Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, New York, to Los Angeles, California.
  • 04 May 1957 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2.
  • 05 May 1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 06 May 1957 Last broadcast of I Love Lucy on CBS-TV
  • 07 May 1957 Maj Johnson, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight to 17.28 miles
  • 10 May 1957 Dmitri Sjostakovitsch 2nd Piano concert, premieres in Moscow
  • 11 May 1957 Gabriel Paris forms Government of Colombia.
  • 12 May 1957 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian/US actor (Grand Illusion), dies at age 71.
  • 14 May 1957 New Girt in Town opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 432 performances
  • 15 May 1957 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden - Billy Graham launched a crusade
  • 16 May 1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae
  • 17 May 1957 School desegregation law, Brown vs. Board of education
  • 18 May 1957 83rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2.
  • 19 May 1957 Adone Zoli forms Italian Government.
  • 21 May 1957 French Government of Mollet resigns.
  • 22 May 1957 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 24 May 1957 Anti-American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 25 May 1957 Shinbone Alley closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 26 May 1957 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open.
  • 27 May 1957 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format.
  • 28 May 1957 WPSD TV channel 6 in Paducah, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 29 May 1957 New York City Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast.
  • 30 May 1957 Real Madrid wins second Europe Cup 1 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 31 May 1957 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 01 May 1957 A Vickers VC.1 Viking crashes while attempting to return to Blackbushe Airport in Yateley, killing 34.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1957?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - All Shook Up
  2. - Little Darlin'
  3. - Round And Round
  4. - Love Letters In The Sand
  5. - Party Doll

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Cumberland Gap
  2. - Butterfly
  3. - Young Love
  4. - Rock-A-Billy
  5. - The Banana Boat Song


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1957?

The Lion And The Throne by Catherine Drinker Bowen

The Lion And The Throne


Sir Edward Coke was probably the most prominent jurist during Queen Elizabeth's reign and King James's reign. This is because he was the primary author of the Petition of Right.

Too Much, Too Soon by Diana Barrymore and Gerold Frank

Too Much, Too Soon


Book by Diana Barrymore, Gerold Franck

The Nun'S Story by Kathryn Hulme

The Nun'S Story


The story of the nun

The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque

The Black Obelisk


The Black Obelisk, by the same author as All Quiet on The Western Front, is a classic novel about the troubled aftermath of World War I in Germany.

The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop

The Day Christ Died


"This book is about the most dramatic day of history, the day Jesus of Nazareth was killed.