1956 Hit Parade

Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport opened.

The National Automobile Show was reestablished after sixteen years.

Popular films included
    The King and I
starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr
Lust For Life starring Anthony Quinn
Anastasia starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner
Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean
Around the World in Eighty Days starring David Niven and Shirley MacLaine.

Fiction included Nelson Algren’s A Walk on the Wild Side, John Barth’s The Floating Opera, Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day, Edwin O’Connor’s The Last Hurrah, Grace Metallious’s Peyton Place, William Brinkley’s Don’t Go Near The Water, and Patrick Dennis’s Auntie Mame.

Popular songs included Den Martin’s “Memories Are Made of This,” The Platters’ “The Great Pretender,” Kay Starr’s “Rock and Roll Waltz,” Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” Perry Como’s “Hot Diggity,” and Morris Stoloff’s “Moonglow” and the “Theme from Picnic.”

Elvis Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender.

Prince Rainier of Monaco married the film actress Grace Kelly.

Disc Jockey Alan Freed starred in three movies, Rock around the Clock, Rock, Rock, Rock and Don’t Knock the Rock.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh opened.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum began construction.

The Joffrey Ballet Company was founded by Robert Joffrey.

April 2: “As The World Turns” debuted on CBS and became the #1 daytime serial.

April 20:  T.S. Eliot delivers his speech, “The Frontiers of Criticism” at the University of Minnesota Baseball Museum.

June 29:  The Federal Aid Highway Act was passed by Congress.

August 10:  Jackson Pollack is killed in a drunk-driving accident.

August 13: CBS, NBC, and ABC all covered the Chicago Democratic Convention.

October 20:  Johnny Cash released “I Walk the Line.”

October 29:  Maria Callas made her New York debut at the Metropolitan in Norma.

November: CBS first used videotape, killing syndication through the kinescope.

November 7:  A Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill opened at New York’s Helen Hayes Theater.

November 11:  The U.S. Census Bureau reported that women outnumbered men in the United States by 1.381 million.