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Cover of the media guide for Auburn University's 1957 national championship team featuring, Phil Neel's first published drawing of "Aubie"

1957 was the 86th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.


The Central Park Theatre was rented to the North Alabama Citizens Council and used for meetings of the Ku Klux Klan of the Confederacy in 1957.

Civil Rights movement








Johnny High
Alan Hunter






Dorothy Sebastian


"Moon Winx" sign, installed in 1957





1957 saw the debut of the "frisbie" flying disc, Ford's "Edsel" sedan, Boeing's 707 airliner, and the S&P 500 Index. Dwight Eisenhower began his second term as President. Jimmy Hoffa was charged with bribery. Elvis Presley bought the "Graceland" mansion. "Around the World in 80 Days" won "Best Picture" at the Academy Awards. The USSR launched its first "Sputnik" orbital satellites. The Brooklyn Dodgers announced their move to Los Angeles. Hurricane Audrey killed 400 people in Louisiana. The International Atomic Energy Agency was established. "American Bandstand" began airing nationally on ABC. The new nations of Ghana and Malaysia were recognized. Olav V succeeded Haakon VII as King of Norway. The laser was invented by Gordon Gould.

Books published in 1957 included Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Notable films of 1957 included "The Three Faces of Eve", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "West Side Story" and "The Music Man" debuted on Broadway. Canadian diplomat Lester Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Milwaukee Braves defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 in the 1957 World Series.

Notable 1956 births included television personalities Katie Couric, Leeza Gibbons and Matt Lauer; comedians Andrew Dice Clay, Stephen Fry, Steve Harvey, Jan Hooks, Denis Leary, Jon Lovitz, Bernie Mac, Paul Reiser and Ray Romano; presenter Vanna White; Princess Caroline of Monaco; comic creators Scott Adams and Frank Miller; golfers Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Payne Stewart; actors LeVar Burton, Daniel Day-Lewis, Melanie Griffith, Frances McDormand and John Turturro; musicians Nick Cave, Gloria Estefan, Donny Osmond, Siouxsie Sioux, Sid Vicious and Hans Zimmer; Al Quaeda founder Osama bin Laden; New York governor Andrew Cuomo; filmmakers Brad Bird, Cameron Crowe and Spike Lee. Deaths that year included authors Laura Ingalls Wilder and Gabriela Mistral; actors Humphrey Bogart and Oliver Hardy; designer Christian Dior; explorer Richard Byrd; artist Diego Rivera; federal agent Eliot Ness; imam Aga Khan III; musicians Jimmy Dorsey and Arturo Toscanini; and filmmakers Louis B. Mayer, William Cameron Menzies and Charles Pathé.

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