Life & Times 1957


Average annual income$4,454
New House$28,000
New Car$2,100
Minimum Wage$1.00
Gallon of Gas$.24
Gallon of Milk$1.00
Dozen Eggs$.82
Loaf of Bread$.19
Postage Stamp (ground)$.03


The Viet Cong begin acts of rebellion in South Vietnam
First non-stop around the world flight
Velcro invented
Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch
New York City "Mad Bomber," George P. Metesky, is charged with planting 30 bombs
FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa and charges him with bribery
Governor Orville Faubus activates the National Guard to prevent black students from enrolling in Central High School
President Eisenhower sends the 101st Airborne Army soldiers to ensure compliance with integration orders
Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel
Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth
Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter space - a dog named Laika
First US attempt to launch a satellite fails, blowing up on the launchpad
Newly constructed Hall High School opens for classes
First frozen pizza marketed
Humphrey Bogard dies of cancer in January
For the first time, U.S. consumption of margarine overtakes that of butter
Frisbees introduced (originally as "Pluto Platters")
The sack dress premiers
American Bandstand premiers August 5 on ABC


Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss
From Russia With Love - Ian Fleming
The Guns of Navarone - Alistair MacLean
Kids Say the Darndest Things! - Art Linkletter
Long Day's Journey Into Night - Eugene O'Neill
On the Beach - Nevil Shute
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Some Came Running - James Jones
Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing - Robert Paul Smith


The Bridge on the River Kwai (Best picture, Best actor, Alec Guinness)
The Three Faces of Eve (Best actress, Joanne Woodward)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
12 Angry Men
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Tammy and the Bachelor
Old Yeller
The Seventh Seal
Spirit of St. Louis
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Wrong Man
Jailhouse Rock
Paths of Glory
Sweet Smell of Success
Peyton Place


1 All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
2 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
3 Little Darlin' - Diamonds
4 Young Love - Tab Hunter
5 So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey
6 Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone
7 Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
8 Young Love - Sonny James
9 Too Much - Elvis Presley
10 Round and Round - Perry Como
11 Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
12 Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
13 Party Doll - Buddy Knox
14 Teddy Bear/Loving You - Elvis Presley
15 Banana Boat Song (Day-O) - Harry Belafonte
16 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
17 A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins
18 Come Go with Me - Dell-Vikings
19 Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers
20 You Send Me - Sam Cooke
21 Searchin' - Coasters
22 School Day - Chuck Berry
23 Gone - Ferlin Husky
24 Diana - Paul Anka
25 A Teenager's Romance - Ricky Nelson
26 The Banana Boat Song - Tarriers
27 Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
28 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis
29 Dark Moon - Gale Storm
30 That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly & The Crickets
31 Butterfly - Charlie Gracie 32 Moonlight Gambler - Frankie Laine
33 Teen-Age Crush - Tommy Sands
34 It's Not For Me To Say - Johnny Mathis
35 Silhouettes - Rays
36 Butterfly - Andy Williams
37 Marianne - Terry Gilkyson
38 I'm Walkin' - Fats Domino
39 Chances Are - Johnny Mathis
40 Send For Me - Nat King Cole