Category Archives: 1950s

Jayne Mansfield performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1957)


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(Sunday, May 26, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Jayne Mansfield played the violin on tonight’s live edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading Jayne Mansfield performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1957)

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers first national speech 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1957)


Video: 'Martin Luther King Jr. 'Give Us the Ballot' May 17, 1957'

(Friday, May 17, 1957, afternoon EDT) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 28, delivered his first national speech, titled “Give Us the Ballot,” advocating voting rights for African-Americans, during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. delivers first national speech 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 17 1957)

‘Nights of Cabiria’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1957)


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(Saturday, May 11, 1957)Nights of Cabiria, an Italian drama film about a good-hearted prostitute who dreams of finding a great lot in life, but constantly has her hopes dashed by evil, conniving men, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Federico Fellini, the film starred Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray and Amedeo Nazzari.

President Eisenhower welcomes South Vietnamese President Diem for state visit this hour 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1957)


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(Wednesday, May 8, 1957, noon EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Cold War) — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower personally received South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem today at the National Airport in Washington, D.C., as the South Vietnamese president arrived aboard Eisenhower’s plane, the Columbine III, a silver Constellation, on a state visit to the U.S. Continue reading President Eisenhower welcomes South Vietnamese President Diem for state visit this hour 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1957)

Anti-communist crusader Sen. Joseph McCarthy dies 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 2 1957)


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(Thursday, May 2, 1957, 6:02 p.m. EDT; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin), whose reckless anti-communist investigations made him the most controversial public figure of America’s postwar years, died tonight at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland of a liver ailment at the age of 47. Continue reading Anti-communist crusader Sen. Joseph McCarthy dies 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 2 1957)

Elvis Presley records ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in Hollywood 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 30 1957)


Video: 'Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock [Alternate Takes 3-5]'

(Tuesday, April 30, 1957, 10:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m. PDT) — Elvis Presley recorded the song “Jailhouse Rock,” the title song to his next movie, today at Radio Recorders recording studio in Los Angeles, California.

The song as recorded by Presley is #67 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”


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