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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1956?


Events

  • 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

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Searchers

The Searchers

Release year: 1956

Directed by: John Ford

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

Country: United States of America

The Killing

The Killing

Release year: 1956

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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

Country: United States of America

The Catered Affair

The Catered Affair

Release year: 1956

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Starring: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Fitzgerald

Good-bye, My Lady

Good-bye, My Lady

Release year: 1956

Directed by: William A. Wellman

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

The Proud Ones

The Proud Ones

Release year: 1956

Directed by: Robert D. Webb

Starring: Robert Ryan, Virginia Mayo, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Middleton

Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 1956?
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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

A Night To Remember by Walter Lord

A Night To Remember

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The classic minute-by-minute account of the sinking of the Titanic, in a 50th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains

Love Or Perish by Smiley Blanton

Love Or Perish

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Love Or Perish [Paperback] [May 26, 2012] Blanton, Smiley

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

How To Live 365 Days A Year

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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.

Sickles The Incredible by W.A. Swanberg

Sickles The Incredible

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Book by Swanberg, W. A.