Radio Hits of 1956

1956 Sports

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: Oklahoma
NCAA Basketball Champions: San Francisco
Kentucky Derby: Needles

Fashion Icons:

Brigitte Bardot, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner.

Other Facts

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.
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.
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.
"Takes a licking and keeps on ticking" -Times (watches)
Reading Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.
"You’re in good hands with Allstate" -Allstate
Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Hungarian Freedom Fighter
Miss America: Sharon Ritchie (Denver, CO)
Miss USA: Carol Morris (Iowa)
Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Yahtzee, Ticklebee Game , Play-Doh (color, actual white came out in 1958), Ant Farm.
What Was On TV:
I Love Lucy (CBS), The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS), General Electric Theatre (CBS), The $64,000 Question (CBS), December Bride (CBS), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (CBS), I've Got A Secret (CBS), Gunsmoke (CBS), The Perry Como Show (NBC), The Jack Benny Show (CBS)


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Born In 1956

Tom Hanks

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Mel Gibson

Paula Zahn

Lisa Hartman

Kim Cattrall

David Copperfield

Dwight Yoakum

Sugar Ray Leonard

Latoya Jackson

Montel Williams

Larry Bird

Linda Hamilton

Garth Brooks

Geena Davis

Bill Maher