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1956 Trivia

<< - 1955
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
NFL Champions:
New York Giants
NBA Champions:
Philadelphia Warriors
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Cary Middlecoff
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Ken Rosewall/Shirley J. Fry
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Lew Hoad/Shirley Fry
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
San Francisco
Kentucky Derby:
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Lana Turner
"The Quotes of 1956"

"That'll be the day"
- John Wayne, in 'The Searchers'

"You’re in good hands with Allstate"

"We will bury you."
- Nikita Khrushchev

"Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse"
- James Dean

"Takes a licking and keeps on ticking"
-Times (watches)

"Away go troubles down the drain"
- Roto-Rooter

Time Magazine's Men of the Year: Hungarian Freedom Fighter
Miss America:
Sharon Ritchie (Denver, CO)
Miss USA:
Carol Morris (Iowa)
The Scandals:

Charles Van Doren and Herb Stempel, the leading competitors on TV's quiz show, Twenty-One, admitted to being coached by producers of the show.

Dick Clark took over hosting duties on Bob Horn's Bandstand after Bob allegedly twiddled with female teenage dancers who appeared on his show. They changed the name to American Bandstand.

Nerd News:

Monkee's Mike Nesmith's mother, Bette Nesmith Graham invents "Mistake Out," later renamed Liquid Paper.

October 8, Game 5 of the World Series, NY Yankee right-hander Don Larson pitched a 'perfect game.'

The hovercraft was invented by Christopher Cockerell.

25 people were hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

ALCOHOL-RELATED ARTIST DEATH: Jackson Pollock died in a car accident. His 1948 work, No. 5 sold to David Geffen for $140,000,000.

The Habit:
Reading Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
1st appearances & 1956's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Yahtzee, Ticklebee Game , Play-Doh (color, actual white came out in 1958), Ant Farm
1956 Most Popular TV shows:
1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS)
3. General Electric Theatre (CBS)
4. The $64,000 Question (CBS)
5. December Bride (CBS)
6. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (CBS)
7. I've Got A Secret (CBS)
8. Gunsmoke (CBS)
9. The Perry Como Show (NBC)
10. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1956 include:
Bill Haley and His Comets, Chuck Berry, Dean Martin, Eddie Fisher, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Four Aces, The Four Lads, Frank Sinatra, Gale Storm, Gogi Grant, Guy Mitchell, Joe Turner, Kay Starr, Lawrence Welk, Les Baxter, Little Richard, Little Willie John, The McGuire Sisters, Nat 'King' Cole, Nelson Riddle, Pat Boone, Patti Page, Perry Como, The Platters, Ray Charles, Teresa Brewer

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1956:
November 26, 1955 - January 13, 1956: Tennessee Ernie - Sixteen Tons

January 14, 1956 - February 17, 1956: Dean Martin - Memories Are Made Of This

February 18, 1956 - February 24, 1956: Kay Starr - Rock And Roll Waltz

February 25, 1956 - March 23, 1956: Nelson Riddle - Lisbon Antigua

March 24, 1956 - April 20, 1956: Les Baxter - Poor People Of Paris

April 21, 1956 - June 15, 1956: Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel

June 16, 1956 - July 27, 1956: Gogi Grant - The Wayward Wind

July 28, 1956 - August 3, 1956: Elvis Presley - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

August 4, 1956 - August 17, 1956: The Platters - My Prayer

August 18, 1956 - November 2, 1956: Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog

November 3, 1956 - December 7, 1956: Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender

December 8, 1956 - February 8, 1957: Guy Mitchell - Singing The Blues