May 17th, 1956, was a Thursday. It was Day 138 of 1956. The decade was the Fifties.
67 years and 19 days have passed since May 17th, 1956.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on May 17th, 1956 was "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.
Let's take a walk down memory lane.
The date is May 17th, 1956, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1956 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual.
In music, the song "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is the President of the United States, and Sir Anthony Eden is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The Lone Ranger", "The Jack Benny Program", "I Love Lucy", and "Fury".
In fashion, women are sporting chemise dresses, sheaths, sack dresses and straight-cut suits. Short boxy jackets and shift dresses are also beginning to become popular. Meanwhile, a lot of men are sporting a "Teddy Boy" style that involves leather jackets, greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. Men are also wearing formal suits as daywear. Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. It's 1956, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from singers such as Elvis Presley, Nelson Riddle, The Platters, Gogi Grant, Les Baxter, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Kay Starr.
If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Humphrey Bogart would be still alive. Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Adventures of Superman", "Adventures of Pow Wow", "The Mickey Mouse Club", and "Captain Kangaroo". Children are playing with toys such as Dimestore soldiers, Spinning Tops, BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, and Roy Rogers Plastic Figures.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 17th, 1956.
Between April 1955 and December 1956, Elvis Presley burst onto the rock n' roll scene with four top-selling records.
The most popular movies in 1956 were The Ten Commandments, Around the World in 80 Days, Giant, Seven Wonders of the World, The King and I, Trapeze and War and Peace.
The radio stations in 1956 were dominated by artists such as Elvis Presley, Nelson Riddle, The Platters, Gogi Grant, Les Baxter, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Kay Starr.
"The Hungarian freedom fighter" was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1956. This followed the Hungarian Revolution in October and November.
Tailfins on cars were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.
Panty raids were a popular college prank at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids took place during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
Women and young girls were wearing wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.
The world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap, and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.
Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
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Television shows that people were watching in May 1956.
American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
Western drama series.
American Western series that fictionalizes the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.
The Ed Sullivan Show
1956 saw the introduction of cars such as the 1957 Chevrolet, the Mercedes-Benz W105, the Studebaker Hawk, the Volvo Amazon, the Continental Mark II and the Ford F-Series (third generation).
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1956.
The Gumby Show
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Adventures of Pow Wow
Father Knows Best
Winky Dink and You
Adventures of Superman
Tom and Jerry
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1956.
Matchbox toy cars
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Mr. Potato Head
Feed the Elephant
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1956.
This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.
If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 17th, 1962, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 17th.
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National holidays and famous events that fall on the 17th of May.
Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on May 17th, 1956.
Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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