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 tonight on CBS-TV, The Ed Sullivan Show 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)
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.
Video: 'Oddity Archive: Episode 70 - The DuMont Network'
(Monday, August 6, 1956, 9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) — The DuMont Television Network, one of the world’s pioneer commercial television networks, went off the air tonight with the conclusion of a boxing match after a decade of operations.
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)
(Saturday, August 4, 1956) — “My Prayer” by The Platters peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Top 100 chart for two weeks (Aug. 4/11, 1956).
(Saturday, August 4, 1956) — “Rip It Up” by Little Richard peaked at #17 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for one week.
(Saturday, July 28, 1956) — “I Almost Lost My Mind” by Pat Boone peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Most Played in Jukeboxes chart for four consecutive weeks (July 28, Aug. 4/11/18, 1956).
(Saturday, July 28, 1956) — “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” by Elvis Presley peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for one week.
It was Presley’s second of 18 number one hits on the national pop charts (1956-1969).
(Saturday, July 28, 1956) — “Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps peaked at #7 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for three weeks.
The song is listed as #103 on
Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Video: 'Andrea Doria'
(Wednesday, July 25, 1956, at around 11:10 p.m. EDT) — The Italian liner SS collided with the Swedish passenger ship Andrea Doria 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)