1950s Pop History – 1956

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What A Year It Was! 1956
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Note: Music History and Song Lists for 1956 are located HERE


Fifties Pop HistoryPepsodent inaugurates “You’ll wonder where the yellow went” ad campaign
The 1950sThe U.S. Department of Agriculture formulates the four basic food groups. (I’m sure there would have been five – but Chicken McNuggets hadn’t been invented yet.)
Fifties Pop HistoryFederal minimum wage rises to $1.
The 1950sAt a Fourth of July family barbecue, Milton Levine dreams up the idea for the first Ant Farm, complete with live ants
Fifties Pop HistoryYahtzee is born!
The 1950sNate Sherman of Chicago establishes Midas and introduces the muffler guarantee – Hugh Landrum signs agreement to open first Midas Muffler shop in Macon, Georgia.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe Andrea Doria sinks
The 1950s200,000 Soviet troops and tanks crush anti-Communist uprisings in Hungary
Fifties Pop HistoryBudweiser Brewery introduces Busch beer
The 1950sAs the World Turns and Edge of Night premiere.
Fifties Pop HistoryOn the Air! You’d find 2,790 AM radio, 540 FM radio and 442 TV Stations.
The 1950sLos Alamos Laboratory discovers the neutrino, an atomic particle with no electric charge.
Fifties Pop HistoryActress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a highly publicized Monte Carlo wedding on April 19.
The 1950sAt a reception in the Kremlin, Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev tells ambassadors from the West, “History is on our side. We will bury you!”
Fifties Pop HistoryA busy year for Nikita – The Soviet Union sends troops and tanks to occupy Hungary to put down anti-Soviet protests. Why? Hungary is the best place from which to launch mid-range ballistic missiles and Soviets can’t afford to let the natives think independence.
The 1950sChoosy mothers can now choose – Jif Peanut Butter! Some fun facts!
Fifties Pop HistoryDash laundry detergent – gets clothes cleaner than any other product especially made for automatic washers!
The 1950sPresident Eisenhower (R) is re-elected defeating Adlai E Stevenson (D).
Fifties Pop HistoryAnd the winner is…Oscar stuff.
The 1950sBritain abolishes death penality.
Fifties Pop HistoryCerts, the first candy breath mint, is introduced.
The 1950sAnti-protons detected in the atmosphere.
Fifties Pop HistoryIn Sports…
The 1950sAdmiral George Dufek, as part of Operation Deep Freeze, is the first American to land an airplane at the South Pole.
Fifties Pop HistoryMy Fair Lady opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York and enjoyed a run of 2,717 performances over nine years. The original production featured Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza. Buy on Movie DVD
The 1950sWizard of Oz first aired on TV. Buy on Movie DVD
Fifties Pop HistoryElvis Presley makes his television debut on CBS Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show. The Fifties Web Elvis Pages
The 1950sThe Dow Jones Industrial Average marks a new high – 500.24 points.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe after-tax income of the average American is $1700, up $63 from 1955. The average weekly take-home for a worker with three dependents is $74.04.
The 1950sAlbert Woolson, the last Union soldier of the Civil War dies at age 109. The last Confederate soldier, Walter Williams will die in 1959.
Fifties Pop HistoryAnd while we’re on passings…Samuel J. Seymour , the last eyewitness to the death of Abraham Lincoln dies.
The 1950sMarilyn Monroe marries Arthur Miller.
Fifties Pop HistoryFinally, a law is passed allowing the FBI to enter a kidnapping case 24 hours after the abduction. Before, it was local matter.
The 1950sA dollar buys only as much food in 1956 as 41¢ bought in 1939.
Fifties Pop HistoryA big year as momentum builds in the quest for Civil Rights.
The 1950sThe first transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation (Newfoundland-Scotland)
Fifties Pop HistoryAmericans exported 700 million cases of canned goods. And no doubt called it “cuisine.”
The 1950sThe gross national product is $408 billion.
Fifties Pop History650,000 US steel workers go on strike.
The 1950sUnemployment is 4.2%