Category Archives: 1950s

Elvis Presley debuts on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 9 1956)


Video: 'Don't be Cruel 1956'

(Sunday, September 9, 1956, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Elvis Presley debuted tonight’s live edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show, performing remotely from a CBS studio in Hollywood, where the singer was filming his first motion picture. Continue reading Elvis Presley debuts on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 9 1956)

President Eisenhower accepts Republican presidential nomination 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 23 1956)


Video: 'Eisenhower and Nixon 1956 Acceptance Speeches'

(Thursday, August 23, 1956, 6:18 p.m. PDT) — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower of Kansas accepted the Republican nomination for President tonight at the 1956 Democratic National Convention meeting at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Continue reading President Eisenhower accepts Republican presidential nomination 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 23 1956)

‘Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel’ by Elvis Presley peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago today (Aug 18 1956)


Video: 'Elvis Presley - Hound Dog (Audio)'

(Saturday, August 18, 1956)“Hound Dog”/Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for 11 weeks (Aug. 18/25 Sept. 1/8/15/22/29, Oct. 6/13/20/27, 1956). Continue reading ‘Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel’ by Elvis Presley peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago today (Aug 18 1956)

Adlai Stevenson accepts Democratic presidential nomination 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 17 1956)


Video: '1956 Adlai Stevenson Democratic Convention Acceptance speech'

(Friday, August 17, 1956, at about 11:00 p.m. EDT) — Former Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois accepted the Democratic nomination for President tonight at the 1956 Democratic National Convention meeting at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago. Continue reading Adlai Stevenson accepts Democratic presidential nomination 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 17 1956)

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.