Category Archives: 1950s

Rock star Jerry Lee Lewis secretly marries 13-year-old cousin 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 12 1957)


Video: 'Jerry Lee Lewis & Myra Gale Brown (Tradução)'

(Thursday, December 12, 1957, 1:10 p.m. CST) — Rock star Jerry Lee Lewis, 22, secretly married 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, his first cousin once removed, today in Hernando, Mississippi, before his divorce from his second wife, Jane Mitchum, was completed. Continue reading Rock star Jerry Lee Lewis secretly marries 13-year-old cousin 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 12 1957)

Pearson claims JFK’s ‘Profiles in Courage’ book was ghostwritten by aide 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1957)


Video: 'American Experience The Kennedys 1' ('Profiles' controversy at 1:10:21)

(Saturday, December 7, 1957, 10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) — Journalist Drew Pearson claimed Senator John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Profiles in Courage was “ghostwritten for him” by Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen during a live interview on tonight‘s The Mike Wallace Interview program on ABC-TV (click here to watch the interview, the Kennedy reference begins at 12:25). Continue reading Pearson claims JFK’s ‘Profiles in Courage’ book was ghostwritten by aide 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1957)

America’s first attempt to launch a satellite fails 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1957)


Video: 'Vanguard TV3 Rocket Launch Explosion'

(Friday, December 6, 1957, 16:44:34 UTC; during the Cold War) — America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit around the Earth failed today as Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch pad before crashing down and exploding. Continue reading America’s first attempt to launch a satellite fails 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1957)

First full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime uses 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 2 1957)


Video: 'POWER AND PROMISE THE STORY OF SHIPPINGPORT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT 28792'

(Monday, December 2, 1957, 4:30 a.m. EST) — The Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the world’s first full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime uses, began operations today in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles from Pittsburgh. Continue reading First full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime uses 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 2 1957)

Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke make national TV debuts on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1957)


Video: 'Buddy Holly & His Crickets "That'll Be The Day" on The Ed Sullivan Show'

(Sunday, December 1, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” and Sam Cooke sang “You Send Me” and “For Sentimental Reasons” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke make national TV debuts on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1957)

‘The “Chirping” Crickets’ by The Crickets released 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 27 1957)


Video: 'The "Chirping" Crickets' (12 videos)

(Wednesday, November 27, 1957)The “Chirping” Crickets, the self-titled debut album from the American rock and roll band The Crickets, led by Buddy Holly, was released today in the U.S. by Brunswick Records. Continue reading ‘The “Chirping” Crickets’ by The Crickets released 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 27 1957)

Caroline Kennedy born 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 27 1957)


Video: '"KENNEDYS DON'T CRY" (1975)' (Kennedy's christening at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, December 13, 1957, at 26:02)

(Wednesday, November 27, 1957, 8:15 a.m. EST)Caroline Kennedy, the first child of U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy, was born Caroline Bouvier Kennedy today at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Continue reading Caroline Kennedy born 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 27 1957)

President Eisenhower suffers a slight stroke 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 25 1957)

(Monday, November 25, 1957, 4:00 p.m. EST) — Just hours after greeting King Mohammed V of Morocco at National Airport in Washington, President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a mild stroke late today as he found he could not complete his sentences while speaking to his secretary. Continue reading President Eisenhower suffers a slight stroke 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 25 1957)