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 #1 songs in the USA

  1. - Moonglow And Theme From Picnic

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?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1956?

Island In The Sun by Alec Waugh

Island In The Sun


This was first published in 1957. It tells about Santa Marta, a subtropical paradise.

Bay Window Bohemia by Oscar Lewis

Bay Window Bohemia


Bay Window Bohemia: The Brilliang Artistic World Of Gaslit San Fr by Lewis, Oscar

A Night To Remember by Walter Lord

A Night To Remember


A Night to Remember is the classic, minute-by-minute account about the sinking and rescue of the Titanic. First published in 1955, A Night to Remember has remained a timeless classic.

Love Or Perish by Smiley Blanton

Love Or Perish


Love or Perish [Paperback] [May 26, 2012.] Blanton, Smiley

Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy

Profiles In Courage


John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage was written in 1955 by the junior senator of Massachusetts. It served as a clear call to all Americans.