Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #29 1956

(Thank you Chaotic Home for the great graphic!)

The Year 1956...It Was A Very Good Year

For my parents anyway -- they look happy (they have NO CLUE as to the headache I will be in about 13 years....) Anyway, I'm not too sure what I was thinking. Maybe I was worried my head would never pop out of that cone shape. But it did -- less than a year later! See?





The baby daughter of Frank and Rose appeared a month early in December of 1956. So without further baby pictures, here's 13 things about 1956!






#1. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon are President and Vice President.






#2. The minimum wage is $0.75/hour. Most Americans make about $1.00 per hour and the average yearly income hovers at $4,454.00.




#3. A new car will set you back about $2,100; a new home about $22,000.



#4. A gallon of milk is $0.97; a loaf of bread $0.18; a dozen eggs $.80.

#5. A first class postage stamp is $0.03 and a gallon of gas is (hold your breath here) $0.25.

#6. Zenith introduces the first wireless remote control for televisions and the first videotape recorder is demonstrated.

#7. Richard Doll, MD, 37, an Oxford physician presents research linking cigarette smoking with lung cancer. The London Times did not publish his research.


#8. The Andrea Doria, a luxurious Italian oceanliner, sinks off Nantucket Island, Massachusetts after colliding with the SS Stockholm. 52 lives are lost.



#9. Japan becomes a member of the United Nations.

#10. President Eisenhower signs the Joint Resolutions of the US Congress making "In God We Trust" the US National Motto. He also authorizes the phrase "One Nation Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.



#11. Elvis Presley appears on Ed Sullivan on September 9, 1956 for the first time. His second album "Elvis Presley" goes gold.




#12 "The Wizard of Oz" is shown on TV for the first time. TV shows debuting in 1956 include: As the World Turns, Edge of Night, NFL on CBS, the Dinah Shore Show and the Steve Allen Show.



#13. John F. Kennedy publishes his Pulitizer Prize winning book, "Profiles in Courage", written the year before while he recuperates from an operation to repair a spinal problem. The book in part, is reportedly dictated to his wife, Jackie, who remained at his side.

33 comments:

Lori said...

That was 10 years before I was born;) The good ole'days. Happy TT. Great list.

losthemisphere said...

You'll have to forgive me, I was born in the 70's...

DK said...

Lara - good to meet you! You arrived on the planet just a few months before I did ('58) I love the photos and the list. Thanks for this snapshot of a terrific year!
DK
http://aflyoverblog.typepad.com

Melli said...

Verrrrrrrrrrrry interesting - especially since I came along just a year later! Nice job!

Adelle said...

Very interesting. My DH was born in '56 and of course says it was a very good year! lol Happy T13!

Nicholas said...

I wonder if people complained when gas went up from 25c to 26c !

Ann Bruce said...

I'm not holding my breath. I'm wincing.

SJ Reidhead said...

Let's face it, you helped to inspire my TT this week!

SJR
The Pink Flamingo
http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog

Winter said...

Unfortunately, I knew that about the prices, even though I was born several years later in 60. Happy TT!

Amanda said...

I kind of sad when you read this and then you look at prices today. Too bad our salaries can't increase without everything else increasing. We'd all be rich!

SandyCarlson said...

Those were the days! If I could travel back in time, I would go back to hear Elvis when he was young.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Now I have to remember who it was; it might have been SandyCarlson, above me, but I ran into another Manilow fan last night while making rounds and immediately thought of you. I told you guys needed to meet.

I'm hoping today's better. It's going to be yet another long one, I can tell you that! Thanks for the hugs; I needed them!

Ivanhoe said...

Thank you for the trip to the history. I was not born yet, but I like the gas prices! :o))))
Happy TT!

fullbodytransplant said...

Great idea, good year.

Such an entertaining stroll through history!

marcia said...

Good post and 3 years later i was born :)

Open Grove Claudia said...

How fun to learn a bit more about you - gosh your parents look fun and happy. Did they stay that way?

Happy TT!

Nicole said...

That's a fun list! ...though I really didn't want to know how much the price of gas has changed.

Happy TT!

storyteller said...

Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I actually remember most of these events as I was 11 years old in 1956 ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Whoa, look at those prices... Can you say inflation? *cringe* Happy TT!

Darla said...

The prices look great--but the wages, not so much. :)

Chris said...

Fun list, but gee some of those are really depressing. $22k for a new house, .03 for a stamp and $1 an hour. *sigh*

Happy TT!

No Nonsense Girl said...

Happy TTT Lara! :)

Nap Warden said...

Wasn't born yet...I love seeing how much things cost back then:)

Zenmomma said...

Great idea for a TT. I was born in 1960 so I can relate to the era.

Monday through Sunday said...

Interesting! I was born 17 years later!

auria cortes said...

how cute are you???? delicious baby pics.

Vixen said...

I want to buy a house in 1956. I need a time transport machine. Must get hubs on that.

verabear said...

interesting facts on your birth year. For mine, 1981, Pope John Paul II visited Manila. There plenty of babies of my batch who were named John Paul, Juan Paolo, Johanna Paula, etc. :)

Tink said...

I'm from 1968, but this was an interesting list for me nevertheless!
Thanks for visiting my grandmothers TT.

Danica/Dream said...

These are great facts! Love the pictures

Malcolm said...

It was somewhat depressing looking at those prices. However, it probably balanced out based on the avg. income.

Celticlibrarian said...

Sorry it took so long for me to stop by, Lara, but here I am at last. I had no idea that ATWT started in '56. Great idea for a TT. May I borrow it someday? (Not '56 necessarily, you understand.)

Happy Belated TT!

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