Sunday May 20, 1956

US date format: 5/20/1956, UK date format: 20/5/1956

It was Sunday, under the sign of Taurus (see birth chart on May 20, 1956). The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Anthony Eden (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Greg Massialas and Douglas Preston. In UK No Other Love by Ronnie Hilton was in the top 5 hits. The Searchers, directed by John Ford, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956 while Harry Of Monmouth by A.M. Maughan was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Panorama.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Saint Austregisilus
  • Saint Lucifer
  • Saint Theodore of Pavia
  • Saint Bernardine of Siena
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Events

  • Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll.
  • Jordan government of Samir resigns.
  • In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;

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Movies

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The Searchers

The Searchers

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Country: United States of America

The Killing

The Killing

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Country: United States of America

Great Day in the Morning

Great Day in the Morning

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

Starring: Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Alex Nicol

Good-bye, My Lady

Good-bye, My Lady

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Sidney Poitier

The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

Directed by: Mark Robson

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

Country: United States of America

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Music charts

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Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - No Other Love
  2. - The Poor People Of Paris
  3. - A Tear Fell
  4. - Rock And Roll Waltz
  5. - Lost John / Stewball

TV Series

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Panorama

Panorama

Lui e lei

Lui e lei

Scaramouche

Scaramouche

Directed by: George Sidney

Double Cross

Double Cross

Directed by: Armand Gazarian

Énigmes de l'histoire

Énigmes de l'histoire

Days to next May 20

If May 20, 1956 is your birthday you're 64 years, 2 months, 18 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 9 months, 13 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Comfort Me With Apples by Peter De Vries

Comfort Me With Apples

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A laugh-out-loud novel about teenage pretensions and adult delusions from an author whom the New York Times has called “a Balzac of the station wagon set” Chick Swallow and his best

Harry Of Monmouth by A.M. Maughan

Harry Of Monmouth

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Paperback

The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor

The Last Hurrah

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O'Connor's 1956 account of big-city politics, inspired by the career of longtime Boston Mayor James M. Curley, portrays its Irish-American political boss as a demagogue and a rogue who nonetheless deeply understands his constituents.

The Cross Of Iron by Willi Heinrich

The Cross Of Iron

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very good reading copy--ships quick--pit51

The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power Of Positive Thinking

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An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr.


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