May 17th, 1956.

May 17th, 1956, was a Thursday. It was day 138 of 1956. The decade was the 1950s.

64 years, 11 months and 20 days have passed since May 17th, 1956.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Born on May 17th, 1956.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Bob Saget: Comedian / Actor.
  • Sugar Ray Leonard: Boxer.

Top song: May 17th, 1956

The best-selling single on May 17th, 1956 was "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley.

Take me back to May 17th, 1956!

Let's take a stroll 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 currently the President of the United States and Sir Anthony Eden is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "You Bet Your Life", "The Jack Benny Program", "I Love Lucy" and "The Danny Thomas Show".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Crusader Rabbit", "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" and "The Gumby Show".

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 17th, 1956.

  • The Hungarian freedom fighter.

    "The Hungarian freedom fighter" was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1956. This followed the Hungarian Revolution in October and November.

  • 1956 in music.

    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.

  • Movies from 1956.

    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 rise of Elvis Presley.

    Between April, 1965 and December, 1956, a new Rock and Roll singer called Elvis Presley had four top-selling records.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 64 years, 11 months and 20 days have passed since May 17th, 1956.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1956.
  • Leap Year: 1956 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on May 17th, 1956, will be 64 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1956 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 17th, 1956.

  • April 27th, 1956: Boxer Rocky Marciano announces his retirement, having gone undefeated at 49-0.
  • April 30th, 1956: Former US Vice President Alben Barkley dies from a heart attack while giving a speech in Lexington, Virginia.
  • May 1st, 1956: The first episode of the clay animation series "The Gumby Show" is aired.
  • May 1st, 1956: The polio vaccine is made available to the public.
  • May 5th, 1956: Soccer: Manchester City win the 1956 FA Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City.
  • This date: May 17th, 1956

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 17th, 1956, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1956 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 17th, 1956 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Fury - American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • Annie Oakley - 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.
  • Sky King - 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 17th, 1956.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1956.

  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Father Knows Best
  • Lassie
  • Adventures of Superman
  • Crusader Rabbit
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of May.

  • May 17th, 1961: Enya (Irish singer) was born exactly 5 years after this date.
  • May 17th, 1986: Tahj Mowry (Actor) was born exactly 30 years after this date.


National holidays and famous events that fall on the 17th of May.

  • Constitution Day (Norway)

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on May 17th, 1956.

UK Prime Minister.

Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 17th, 1956.

Irish Taoiseach.

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 17th, 1956.

  • A total of 23,730 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,390 weeks have passed.
  • 2,050,272,000 seconds have passed since the May 17th, 1956.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,391,984,000 times.
  • Since May 17th, 1956, the earth has travelled approximately 1,057,940,352,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 341,712,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 176,323,392 steps. That's about 78,366 miles!
  • Since this date, 24,603,264 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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