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1957 Trivia

<< - 1956
World Series Champions:
Milwaukee Brewers
NFL Champions:
Detroit Lions
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
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
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Lana Turner
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.

Nerd News:

Fortran, an early computer language, is created.

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 Habit:

Everybody was flying those discs invented by Frederick Morrison, called 'Pluto Platters,' later renamed the 'Frisbee' nad not a planet that had been discovered 27 years earlier.

'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)
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)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1957 include:
Andy Williams, Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox, Chuck Berry, Chuck Willis, Clyde McPhatter, The Coasters, Debbie Reynolds,The Dell-Vikings, The Diamonds, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rodgers, Johnny Mathis, Little Richard, Nat 'King' Cole, Patti Page, Paul Anka, Perry Como, The Platters, Ricky Nelson, Sam Cooke, Steve Lawrence, Tab Hunter, Tommy Sands

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1957:
December 8, 1956 - February 8, 1957: Guy Mitchell - Singing The Blues

February 9, 1957 - March 1, 1957: Elvis Presley - Too Much

March 2, 1957 - March 29, 1957: Tab Hunter - Young Love

March 30, 1957 - April 5, 1957: Buddy Knox - Party Doll

April 6, 1957 - April 12, 1957: Perry Como - Round And Round

April 13, 1957 - June 7, 1957: Elvis Presley - All Shook Up

June 8, 1957 - July 12, 1957: Pat Boone - Love Letters In The Sand

July 13, 1957 - August 30, 1957: Elvis Presley - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

August 31, 1957 - September 13, 1957: Debbie Reynolds - Tammy

September 14, 1957 - September 27, 1957: Paul Anka - Diana

September 28, 1957 - October 4, 1957: The Crickets - That'll Be The Day

October 5, 1957 - October 18, 1957: Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb

October 19, 1957 - October 25, 1957: The Everly Brothers - Wake Up Little Susie

October 26, 1957 - December 6, 1957: Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock / Treat Me Nice

December 7, 1957 - December 27, 1957: Sam Cooke - You Send Me

December 28, 1957 - January 10, 1958: Pat Boone - April Love