According to the Gallup organization, 1957 was the happiest year ever recorded in the United States of America.Well, there's an easy explanation for that! Moi!
—The Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson
Here are more fun facts from 1957:
- Eisenhower Doctrine calls for aid to Mideast countries that resist armed aggression from Communist-controlled nations (Jan. 5). (That went well.)
- The "Little Rock Nine" integrate Arkansas high school. Eisenhower sends troops to quell mob and protect the students after Gov. Orval Faubus defies federal order (Sept. 24). (How many more years did it take?)
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03 (Plus, mail was delivered twice—TWICE—a day!)
- Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" debuts on Broadway and brings violence to the stage. (My favorite musical!)
- Eugene O'Neill's "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" is produced posthumously and wins both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize. (My favorite play!)
- Columbia University professor Charles Van Doren becomes a media sensation by winning $129,000 on the quiz show "Twenty One." (I had nothing to do with giving him the answers! Nothing!)
- Leave It to Beaver premieres on CBS, ushering in an era of television shows that depict the ideal American. (Well, that explains a lot about me right there. Personally, I'd have to say that "Father Knows Best" was head and shoulders above "Leave It to Beaver.")
- Soviet Union inaugurates the "Space Age" by launching Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite. A month later Sputnik II carries a dog into orbit, making that dog the first living being to enter space. (Dec. 6, 1957, we launch a rocket carrying a satellite. It rises two feet before toppling over.)
Buddy Holly. So not my fault.
Movies in 1957 rocked! I had impeccable taste for a zero-year-old!
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- Twelve Angry Men
- Peyton Place
- Witness for the Prosecution
ORN: Spinning, Saturday.
Obligatory sigh: Sigh.