Category Archives: 1950s

Carl Perkins becomes first country artist to enter R&B chart 60 years ago today (Mar 10 1956)

Video: '1956 HITS ARCHIVE: Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins'

(Saturday, March 10, 1956) — Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” showed up on all three of today’s Billboard best selling retail charts — pop, country and western and rhythm and blues — marking the first time a country and western artist ever scored in all three categories.

Eisenhower says he will seek a second term, confident of health 60 years ago this hour (Feb 29 1956)

Video: 'Eisenhower Decision to Seek Second Term'

(Wednesday, February 29, 1956) — Speaking slowly and in a slightly hoarse voice, President Dwight D. Eisenhower explained tonight why he had agreed this morning to seek a second term in a television report to the nation.

The 65-year-old president frankly told his party tonight, however, that because of his heart attack last Sept. 24, he must restrict his activities in the conduct of his office and in the presidential campaign.

Soviet leader Khrushchev lashes out at Stalin in ‘Secret Speech’ 60 years ago today (Feb 25 1956)

Video: 'Khrushchev Secret Speech'

(Saturday, February 25, 1956) — In a sensational “Secret Speech” to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounced Joseph Stalin today as a brutal despot, painting a graphic picture of a regime of “suspicion, fear, and terror” built up under the former dictator, who died three years ago.

‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ released in U.S. theaters 60 years ago today (Feb 5 1956)

Video: 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 science fiction film + trailer audio eng) - Don Siegel' (16 videos)

(Wednesday, February 5, 1956)Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a science fiction film about soulless pods that take over the inhabitants of a small California town, was released in the U.S. today.

Directed by Don Siegel, the film starred Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan and Carolyn Jones.