What Happened In 1956?
56 Trivia Questions and Answers for 1956 History
1. What was Elvis Presley’s first nationwide released single; also his first number one record?
2. Norma Jean Mortenson changed her name to what?
3. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, this Broadway Show opened in March 1956…
My Fair Lady
4. What was the highest-grossing film of 1956?
The Ten Commandments
5. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1956?
6. How much did a Gallon of Milk cost 1956?
7. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1956?
Don’t Go Near the Water by William Brinkley
8. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1956?
Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
9. What was the average annual household income in 1956?
10. This Hollywood Star became Princess of Monaco when she got married… who was she?
11. Who did Grace Kelly marry to become a princess?
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
12. Retiring in 1956, this Heavyweight boxing champion never lost a professional match.
Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969)
13. NBC introduced this icon in Spring, 1956.
The NBC Peacock
14. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1956?
In 1956, The Montreal Canadiens won over the Detroit Red Wings (4 games to 1)
15. What was the name of Doris Day’s most popular song?
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
16. Que Sera, Sera was featured in what Alfred Hitchcock film?
The Man Who Knew Too Much
17. How many people lived in the United States in 1956?
The population was an estimated 168,903,031 people.
18. How many people lived in the World in 1956?
The estimated world population in 1956 was 2,811,572,031 people.
19. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1956?
20. Who was President of the United States in 1956?
Dwight D. Eisenhower (January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961)
21. In June 1956, The International Criminal Police Organization took on what official name?
22. This musical, starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, won Yul Brynner an Oscar for best actor. What musical?
The King and I
23. On September 9, 1956, who appeared, from the waist up, on The Ed Sullivan Show?
24. Elvis’ earlier appearance, in June 1956, on a big TV star’s program, was the reason for the “waist up” (because of his “suggestive” movements) appearance on Ed Sullivan. Name that other big TV star program.
The Milton Beryl Show (Uncle Miltie)
25. Who threw the only perfect game in World Series history, in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers?
Baseball pitcher Don Larsen, of the New York Yankees.
26. This theatrical film eventually became one of the most widely viewed films of all time, first broadcast on CBS in 1956.
The Wizard of Oz
27. Two long-running television game shows debuted in 1956 that mentioned “Truth” in the title. Name one of them.
To Tell The Truth OR Truth or Consequences
28. How much did a dozen eggs cost in 1956?
29. Who won the 1956 World Series?
In 1956, The New York Yankees won, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers (4 games to 3)
30. Recorded in Sun Studios and peaking at #2 on the charts for Carl Perkins, it was Mr. Perkins’ biggest hit. Name that song.
Blue Suede Shoes
31. Ernest Borgnine won his Best Actor Oscar for his role in this film, about a socially awkward butcher.
32. Samuel J. Seymour passed away on April 2, 1956, and was the last surviving witness to a significant American event. Can you name the event?
Samuel James Seymour (March 28, 1860 – April 12, 1956) was the last surviving person who had been in Ford’s Theatre the night of the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.
33. Name the fashion item invented by Nicholas McKay and his wife Helen in 1956.
The Lint Roller (remover)
34. What was the average price of a cup of coffee in 1956?
35. Who were the Time Magazine Men of the Year in 1956?
“The Hungarian Freedom Fighter”
36. Based on similar dice-based games, this popular game was marketed under WHAT moniker by entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe in 1956?
37. This American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement died in an alcohol-related car accident in 1956.
Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956)
38. This traveling entertainment show stopped performing under a “big tent” in 1956. Name that troupe.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
39. Nicknamed “Dragon Lady”, this high altitude reconnaissance aircraft was used by the CIA, then the US Air Force.
U-2 (Lockheed U-2 spyplane)
40. His given name was Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, but he is better known with another name as the winningest and longest-lasting MLB manager. Can you name him?
41. Name the Roger Vadim film that made Brigitte Bardot a sex symbol.
And God Created Woman
42. Name the 13-year-old boy who beat chess grandmaster Donald Byrne. They called it “The Game (chess) of the Century”.
43. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1956?
$0.30 per gallon
44. Who was the American Vice-President in 1956?
Richard Nixon (January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961)
45. What was the Top-Rated TV Show in the 1955/1956 season?
The $64,000 Question (CBS)
46. In 1956, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 66.7 years, Women – 72.9 years.
47. What company used the slogan: “Does She or Doesn’t She?”?
Miss Clairol hair coloring
48. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1956: Oprah Winfrey, Ron White, Larry Bird, or Carrie Fisher?
Oprah Winfrey (born January 29, 1954)
49. A joint resolution of Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower made WHAT our national motto?
In God We Trust
50. What company used the slogan: “It Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking”?
51. Name the comedy duo that stopped performing together at At New York City’s Copacabana nightclub, on July 24, 1956.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
52. Who signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, creating the Interstate Highway System in the United States?
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
53. Who was the Pope in 1956?
Pope Pius XII, March 2, 1939 – October 9, 1958
54. Two long-running soap operas began on April 2, 1956. Name one of them.
As the World Turns or The Edge of Night
55. What company used the slogan: “Finger-Lickin’ Good”?
Kentucky Fried Chicken
56. This NBC broadcast was a recreation of the 1954 Broadway musical with all its original cast members. Name that musical show.
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Who was the star on both Broadway and the Television special that aired on NBC?
2. Who were the 1956 NFL Champions?
New York Giants
3. This once-major television network made it’s final broadcast in 1956. Name that network.
The DuMont Television Network
4. In 1956, General Electric/Telechron introduced the model 7H241. The idea became standard in American households. What was it.
“The Snooz Alarm”, the first snooze alarm clock.
5. This annual song contest began in 1956. Pop band Abba won the contest in 1974. Name that international song competition…
Eurovision Song Contest
6. Who were the 1956 NBA Champions?
For the 1955-56 Season, Champion Philadelphia Warriors won 4 games to 1 over the Fort Wayne Pistons
7. Produced by AMPEX and a format known as 2″ Quadruplex, this recording product set the standard until the did=gital age. What was this product aclled?
8. Presented in March 1956, what was the name of Elvis Presley’s first gold album?
9. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1956?
10. On March 12, 1956, what did The Dow Jones Industrial Average do?
It closed above 500 for the first time. (Rising 2.40 points, or 0.48%, to 500.24.)