Category Archives: 1950s

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ wins Best Motion Picture at 29th Academy Awards 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1957)


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(Wednesday, March 27, 1957, 7:30-10:38 p.m. PST)Around the World in 80 Days, an American epic adventure-comedy film about a Victorian gentleman who bets that he can beat the world’s record for circling the globe, won five Oscars tonight at the 29th Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Continue reading ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ wins Best Motion Picture at 29th Academy Awards 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1957)

Elvis Presley purchases Graceland mansion 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 19 1957)


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(Monday, March 19, 1957, 10:00 a.m. CST) — Rock star Elvis Presley, 22, today purchased Graceland, a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee, for the amount of $102,500. Continue reading Elvis Presley purchases Graceland mansion 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 19 1957)

‘Playhouse 90’ and ‘Caesar’s Hour’ big winners at Emmy Awards 60 years ago this hour (Mar 16 1957)

(Saturday, March 16, 1957, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PST) — Drama and comedy split honors tonight at the 9th Primetime Emmy Awards with the comedy feature Caesar’s Hour winning five of the major honors and the dramatic one-time performance of Requiem for a Heavyweight won an equal number (if an award to Playhouse 90, producer of Requiem, is counted, the dramatic play was the top winner, with six Emmys). Continue reading ‘Playhouse 90’ and ‘Caesar’s Hour’ big winners at Emmy Awards 60 years ago this hour (Mar 16 1957)

Ghana becomes first Sub-Saharan country to gain independence from Britain 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 6 1957)


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(Wednesday, March 6, 1957, starting at midnight GMT) — The British Gold Coast and British Togoland today became the independent state of Ghana, the first sub-Saharan African nation to become independent of European colonization. Continue reading Ghana becomes first Sub-Saharan country to gain independence from Britain 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 6 1957)

‘With a Little Bit O’ Luck’ from ‘My Fair Lady’ performed on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 3 1957)


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(Sunday, March 3, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Stanley Holloway, Gordon Dilworth and Rod McLennan performed “With a Little Bit O’ Luck” from from My Fair Lady on tonight’s live edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City.

Buddy Holly and the Crickets record ‘That’ll Be The Day’ 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 1957)


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(Monday, February 25, 1957)“That’ll Be The Day,” a song written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison was re-recorded today by Holly and his new band, the Crickets at Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Continue reading Buddy Holly and the Crickets record ‘That’ll Be The Day’ 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 1957)

‘The Seventh Seal’ opens in Sweden 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 16 1957)


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(Saturday, February 16, 1957)The Seventh Seal, a Swedish drama-fantasy film about a medieval knight who challenges Death to a chess game to save himself and his friends, opened today in Sweden.

Directed by Ingmar Bergman, the film starred Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré and Åke Fridell.