The decade of the 1950’s was marked by the baby boom, the Cold War, the Iron Curtain, Hollywood blacklists, drive-in movies, suburban build ups, rock and roll, nuclear proliferation, and the space race.
People survived the decade without cable TV, satellite communications, the Internet, GPS devices, PC’s, laptops, CD’s, cell phones, hand held media devices, VCR’s, DVD’s, digital cameras and host of other gadgets.
Here is a brief look at some people and events from the year 1956.
On November 6, 1956 President Eisenhower was reelected defeating Democratic challenger Adlai Stevenson.
Congressman Sam Rayburn (Democrat) from Texas was Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The annual unemployment rate for 1956 was 4.1%
The Hungarian revolution began on October 23, 1956.
The New York Yankees won the World Series defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in four out of seven games. In Game 5, Yankee Don Larsen pitched an historic perfect game.
In April of 1956, Rocky Marciano retired as the undefeated heavyweight boxing champion. In November of 1956, Floyd Patterson became the new heavyweight champ.
In January, the Winter Olympics began in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; the Summer Games commenced on November 22, 1956 in Melbourne, Australia.
Arts and Entertainment
The 28thAcademy Awards were hosted by Jerry Lewis on March 21, 1956. The Best Picture Award for 1955 went to, “Marty.”
In 1956 the prime time Emmy for comedy went to, “The Phil Silvers Show”. In the drama category the prime time Emmy went to, “Producers’ Showcase”. “Toast of the Town” won the prime time Emmy for best variety show.
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner was, “Andersonville”, written by MacKinlay Kantor.
In March of 1956, “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway.
In April of 1956 ,the first episode of “As the World Turns” was broadcasted on CBS-TV.
On April 19, 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainer III of Monaco.
On June 29, 1956, Marilyn Monroe wed Arthur Miller.
On July 24, 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made their last performance as a team at the Copacabana in New York.
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