When Elvis was king, a look back at 1956

In 1956,

Bach: The Goldberg Variations was released;

Five US missionaries were killed by the Huaorani people of Ecuador;

The Winter Olympics were held in Cortina d’Ampezzo;

Elvis Presley released, “Heartbreak Hotel,”

Doris Day’s released her signature song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be),”

Morocco and Tunisia declared independence from France,

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 500 for the first time,

My Fair Lady opened on Broadway,

Marty was named the best film of 1955

Pakistan became the first Islamic republic,

As the World Turns debuted on CBS,

Grace Kelly married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco;

Rocky Marciano retired without losing a boxing match in his career;

The United Methodist Church allowed women to become clergy for the first time,

The first Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast;

Elvis Presley performed a controversial version of “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show;

The Summer Olympics were held in Melbourne;

Gamal Abdel Nasser became the 2nd President of Egypt;

Marilyn Monroe married Arthur Miller;

President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act;

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed their last comedy show together;

In God we trust” became the US National motto;

Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show;

The hard disk drive was introduced by IBM;

Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series;

13-year-old chess prodigy Bobby Fischer defeated grandmaster Donald Byrne in The Game of the Century;

Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal;

The Huntley-Brinkley Report debuted on NBC;

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg was published;

Hungary attempted to leave the Warsaw Pact;

The United States Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling in Browder v. Gayle, holding bus segregation in Alabama was unconstitutional;

Dwight Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson for the second time to win reelection as President of the United States;

Floyd Patterson became world heavyweight champ;

The “Million Dollar Quartet” played together in Memphis;

Japan joined the United Nations;

To Tell the Truth debuted on CBS;

Bob Barker made his television debut;

Mel Gibson, Davis Caruso, Imelda Staunton, Bill Maher, Geena Davis, Mimi Rogers, Johnny Rotten, Nathan Lane, Aileen Wuornos, Tim Daly, Bryan Cranston, Dana Delany, Steve Ballmer, Ray Combs, Diamond Dallas Page, Andy Garcia, Lars von Trier, Dan Patrick, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Saget, Patricia Cornwell, Kenny G., Joe Montana, Randy Jackson, Anthony Bourdain, Chris Isaak, Tom Hanks, Sela Ward, Tony Kushner, Charlie Crist, Dorothy Hamill, Delta Burke, Jim Neidhart, Bruce Greenwood, Rusty Wallace, Adam Arkin, Joan Allen, Paul Molitor, David Copperfield, Gary Cole, Linda Hamilton, Christoph Waltz, Danny Boyle, Carrie Fisher, Dwight Yoakam, Rita Wilson, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Richard Curtis, Warren Moon, Bo Derek, Dale Jarrett, William Fichtner, and Larry Bird were born;

While Sir Alexander Korda, H.L. Mencken, A.A. Milne, Connie Mack, Fred Allen, Edward Arnold, Jean Hersholt, Jackson Pollock, Bela Lugosi, Alfred Kinsey, Babe Zaharias, Art Tatum, and Tommy Dorsey died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1956:

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Back when Ronald Reagan was most famous for being the 33rd Governor of California, A look back at 1975

In 1975:

Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac,

Wheel of Fortune debuted,

Space Mountain opened at the Magic Kingdom,

Margaret Thatcher became the leader of the Conservative Party,

Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico,

The Vietnam War ended with the Fall of Saigon,

Junko Tabei became the first woman to climb Mount Everest,

Cape Verde, Comoros, São Tomé and Príncipe, Angola, and East Timor became independent countries,

Jimmy Hoffa was reported missing,

Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC,

The Louisiana Superdome opened,

Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Sara Jane Moore each attempted to assassinate US President Gerald Ford,

Elizabeth Ann Seton became the first US-born Roman Catholic saint,

Patty Hearst was arrested for her involvement with the Symbionese Liberation Army,

Fawlty Towers premiered on British television,

Carlton Fisk’s 12th inning home run propeled the Boston Red Sox to a win in game 6 of the World Series, but the Red would go on to win the Series,

The Sex Pistols played their first gig and Iron Maiden was formed.

Danica McKeller, Bradley Cooper, Sara Gilbert, Big Boi, Natalie Imbruglia, Drew Barrymore, Chelsea Handler, Eva Longoria, will.i.am, Fergie, Zach Braff, Tiki Barber, Johnny Galecki, David Beckham, Enrique Iglesias, Ray Lewis, Andre 3000, Daniel Tosh, Russel Brand, Angelina Jolie, 50 Cent, Jack White, Judy Greer, Alex Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Michael Bublé, Jimmie Johnson, Jason Sudekis, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Tara Reid, David Ortiz, Dierks Bientley, and Tiger Woods were born,

While P.G. Wodehouse, George Stevens, Susan Hayward, Aristotle Onassis, Fredric March, Ozzie Nelson, Rod Serling, Casey Stengel, and Francisco Franco died.

These are my top ten films released in 1975:

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Kubrick’s Order

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One night, unlucky boxer Davey hears screams coming from the home of his attractive neighbor Gloria.

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Best of the 1980s

ImageThe Shining (1980)

Writer Jack Torrance takes a job as a winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel which was built on a Native American burial ground. Haunted by the numerous evil spirits which populate the hotel, Jack slowly loses his mind and unsuccessfully attempts to kill his wife, Wendy and young son, Danny.

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The Tabloid ran a story about the Air in Room 237

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Gilles is an artist in France in the 1970s.  His friends are left-leaning political activists who expect him to join their protests.  He has sympathy for their views, but their insistence he dedicate everything to the cause conflicts with his artistic commitment.

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