May 17th, 1956, was a Thursday. It was day 138 of 1956. The decade was the Fifties.
66 years, 2 months and 29 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.
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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 was 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 during this period of time. The prank involved large groups of male students "raiding" the living quarters of their female counterparts. Panties were then stolen as proof that the raid had been successful. These "raids" became popular during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear wide unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts". These skirts consisted of a solid color that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.
During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
During the 1950s, "DA haircuts" were popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed back hair style that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Ducks 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.
During the 1950s, 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.
During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.
In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
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News stories and other events that happened around May 17th, 1956.
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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
The Mickey Mouse Club
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)
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 17th.
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 on May 17th, 1956.
John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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