Category Archives: 1950s

Former U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley dies 60 years ago this hour (Apr 30 1956)

Video: 'Vice President Alben W. Barkley's Last Words'

(Monday, April 30, 1956, 5:15 p.m. EST)Alben W. Barkley, the 35th Vice President of the United States (1949-1953, under President Harry S. Truman), died today of a heart attack today while addressing a student political convention at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He was 78 (click here to watch Barkley’s final speech and the ambulance that took him away for treatment).

‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters!’ premieres in New York 60 years ago today (Apr 26 1956)

Video: 'Godzilla, King of the Monsters!' trailer

(Wednesday, April 26, 1956)Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, a Japanese-American science fiction kaiju horror film in which nuclear tests awaken a prehistoric monster, premiered today at Loew’s State theater in New York City.

Directed by Terry Morse and Ishiro Honda, the film starred Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Haruo Nakajima and Katsumi Tezuka.

‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by Elvis Presley peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago today (Apr 21 1956)

(Saturday, April 21, 1956)“Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presleys peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for eight consecutive weeks (Apr. 21/28, May 5/12/19/26, June 2/9, 1956).

It was Presley’s first of 18 number one hits on the chart (1956-1969).

In 2004, it was ranked #45 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

‘Lucy’s Italian Movie’ episode airs on ‘I Love Lucy’ 60 years ago this hour (Apr 16 1956)

Video: 'Lucy grape fight scene'

(Monday, April 16, 1956, 9:00-9:30 p.m. EST) — En route to Rome by train, Lucy is spotted by a famous Italian cinema director and chosen to play a part in his new movie Bitter Grapes on tonight’s episode of the CBS sitcom television series I Love Lucy.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode number 18 on its “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.

First practical videotape recorder demonstrated in Chicago 60 years ago today (Apr 14 1956)

(Saturday, April 14, 1956) — Ampex Corp. demonstrated the first practical videotape recorder (in a format known as 2″ Quadruplex) today at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters (NARTB) convention in Chicago. Continue reading First practical videotape recorder demonstrated in Chicago 60 years ago today (Apr 14 1956)