Category Archives: 1950s

Phil Silvers fills in for injured Ed Sullivan 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 12 1956)


Video: 'The Ed Sullivan Show - Vol. 2 (Hosted by Burt Reynolds)' (August 6, 1956, at 57:51)

(Sunday, August 12, 1956, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Comedian Phil Silvers hosted The Ed Sullivan Show tonight on CBS-TV, filling in for Ed Sullivan, 54, who was injured in a head-on collision on Aug. 6, 1956, in Seymour, Connecticut. Continue reading Phil Silvers fills in for injured Ed Sullivan 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 12 1956)

Abstract painter Jackson Pollock dies in automobile accident on Long Island, New York 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 11 1956)


Video: 'Mini Bio: Jackson Pollock'

(Saturday, August 11, 1956, 10:15 p.m. EDT)Jackson Pollock, an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement, died tonight in a single-car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible on Long Island, New York, while driving under the influence of alcohol. He was 44 years old.

TV host Ed Sullivan injured in head-on collision 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 6 1956)


Video: 'The Ed Sullivan Show - Vol. 2 (Hosted by Burt Reynolds)' (August 6, 1956, at 57:31)

(Monday, August 6, 1956, at about 2:00 a.m. EDT) — Television host Ed Sullivan, 54, narrowly escaped with his life early today when the car he was driving crashed head-on into another automobile on a narrow, winding country road in Seymour, Connecticut. Continue reading TV host Ed Sullivan injured in head-on collision 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 6 1956)

Trans-Atlantic passenger liners collide in a heavy fog off New England coast 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 25 1956)


Video: 'Andrea Doria'

(Wednesday, July 25, 1956, at around 11:10 p.m. EDT) — The Italian liner SS Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm late tonight while approaching the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts (bound for New York City), and began sinking (The Andrea Doria capsized and sank the following morning). Continue reading Trans-Atlantic passenger liners collide in a heavy fog off New England coast 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 25 1956)