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July 9th, 1956.

July 9th, 1956, was a Monday. It was day 191 of 1956. The decade was the 1950s.

65 years, 3 months and 17 days have passed since July 9th, 1956.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On this day.

What happened on July 9th, 1956?

  • Dick Clark takes over as the new host of the music-performance TV series "American Bandstand".

Born on July 9th, 1956.

People who were born on this exact date.

Top song: July 9th, 1956

The best-selling single on July 9th, 1956 was "The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant.

Play the top hits from 1956.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1956. Take a trip back to the days of Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Kay Starr and The Platters.

Take me back to July 9th, 1956!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 9th, 1956 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In music, the song "The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Humphrey Bogart would be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Lone Ranger", "Sky King" and "The Danny Thomas Show". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Father Knows Best", "Captain Kangaroo" and "Mighty Mouse Playhouse". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Foto-Electric Baseball, Tiny Tears (doll), Colorforms and Mr. Potato Head.

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 July 9th, 1956.

  • The rise of Elvis Presley.

    The rise of Elvis Presley.

    Between April, 1955 and December, 1956, Elvis Presley burst onto the rock n' roll scene with four top-selling records.

  • Movies from 1956.

    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.

  • 1956 in music.

    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.

  • The Hungarian freedom fighter.

    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.

  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars.

    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.

  • Rock and roll.

    Rock and roll.

    In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.

  • Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    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 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.

  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing.

    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.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    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.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    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.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    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 are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their socks. This was because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers wanted to prevent the floors from being scuffed.

  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism.

    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 economy is booming.

    The economy is booming.

    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.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    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.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    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%.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 65 years, 3 months and 17 days have passed since July 9th, 1956.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 28 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 July 9th, 1956, will be 65 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1956 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 9th, 1956.

  • June 13th, 1956: Real Madrid beat Reims 4-3 in the final of the European Cup.
  • June 20th, 1956: 74 people die after Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Flight 253 crashes off the coast of New Jersey.
  • June 21st, 1956: The biopic film "The Eddy Duchin Story" is released.
  • June 28th, 1956: The musical film "The King and I" is released in movie theaters.
  • June 29th, 1956: Construction of the United States Interstate Highway System is authorized.
  • June 30th, 1956: 128 people lose their lives after two aircraft collide over the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
  • This date: July 9th, 1956
  • July 13th, 1956: Elvis Presley releases his version of the song "Hound Dog".
  • July 17th, 1956: The romantic musical comedy film "High Society" is released in movie theaters.
  • July 26th, 1956: Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser causes international outcry after he nationalizes the Suez Canal.
  • July 30th, 1956: The phrase "In God We Trust" becomes the national motto of the United States.
  • August 6th, 1956: The DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast and winds up operations after years of financial struggles.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 9th, 1956, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1956 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 9th, 1956 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

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.

TV shows from July, 1956.

Fury
Fury
American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley
American Western series that fictionalizes the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Sky King
Sky King
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

Cars in 1956.

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).

Cars in 1956.

Kids' TV shows on July 9th, 1956.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1956.

The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show

Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

Lassie
Lassie

Adventures of Superman
Adventures of Superman

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1956.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1956.

Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy

Play-Doh
Play-Doh

Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures

Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head

Feed the Elephant
Feed the Elephant

Colorforms
Colorforms

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)

Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops

Toy Guns
Toy Guns

Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out July 9th, 1962 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 9th.

O. J. Simpson

American Football player.
Born on July 9th, 1947
He turned 9 on this day in 1956.

Jordan Belfort

Former stockbroker.
Born on July 9th, 1962
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Jack White

Musician.
Born on July 9th, 1975
He was born exactly 19 years after this date.

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on July 9th, 1956.

UK Prime Minister.

Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 9th, 1956.

Irish Taoiseach.

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 9th, 1956 was most likely conceived around October 17th, 1955.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 9th, 1956 is close to April 1st, 1957.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 9th, 1956.

  • A total of 23,850 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,407 weeks have passed.
  • 2,060,640,000 seconds have passed since the July 9th, 1956.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,404,080,000 times.
  • Since July 9th, 1956, the earth has travelled approximately 1,063,290,240,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 343,440,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 177,215,040 steps. That's about 78,762 miles!
  • Since this date, 24,727,680 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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