May 1956 calendar

May 1956

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 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.

But much more happened on May 1956: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1956?


  • 01 May 1956 The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 02 May 1956 US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus.
  • 03 May 1956 Most Happy Fella opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances
  • 04 May 1956 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
  • 05 May 1956 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
  • 06 May 1956 WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 07 May 1956 New York Giants' Bill White homers in his first at bat.
  • 08 May 1956 John Osbornes Look Back in Anger, premieres in London
  • 09 May 1956 Manaslu, eighth highest mountain in the world, is first ascended.
  • 10 May 1956 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 11 May 1956 Pinky Lee Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 12 May 1956 East Pakistan is struck by cyclone and tidal waves.
  • 13 May 1956 Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • 16 May 1956 Kraft Theater presents an act from Profiles in Courage
  • 18 May 1956 Mickey Mantle hits homerun from both sides of plate for record third time.
  • 19 May 1956 Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning HR, 1st HR in 8 straight games
  • 20 May 1956 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll.
  • 21 May 1956 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 May 1956 Bob Hope Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 23 May 1956 World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco, California.
  • 24 May 1956 Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbana.
  • 25 May 1956 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas
  • 26 May 1956 US Navy aircraft carrier Bennington burns off Rhode Island, killing 103.
  • 27 May 1956 French raid in Algiers
  • 28 May 1956 US President Dwight Eisenhower signs farm bill allowing government to store agricultural surplus.
  • 29 May 1956 WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, Florida (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 30 May 1956 Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee Florida

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1956?
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Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - No Other Love
  2. - I'll Be Home
  3. - The Poor People Of Paris
  4. - A Tear Fell
  5. - Lost John / Stewball


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Country: United States of America

Watch Out for the Automobile

Watch Out for the Automobile

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

Starring: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Oleg Efremov, Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya, Anatoliy Papanov

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Country: United States of America

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Country: United States of America

The Searchers

The Searchers

Directed by: John Ford

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

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in May 1956?
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The Secret Of The Hittites by C.W. Ceram

The Secret Of The Hittites


Hardcover book is good. Tight binding. Very readable.

The Birth Of Britain by Winston S. Churchill

The Birth Of Britain


The Birth of Britain is the first volume of A History of the English Speaking Peoples, the immensely popular and eminently readable four-volume work by Winston Churchill.

How To Live 365 Days A Year by John A. Schindler

How To Live 365 Days A Year


One of the great self-help books of all time, How to Live 365 Days a Year has sold more than 1 million copies and has been translated into 13 languages.

Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight



Meet Eloise, the precocious darling of the Plaza Hotel!Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power Of Positive Thinking


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.