WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! is a fascinating look at the headline events and news-making personalities of 1956. Told through compelling pictures and words, this lavish hardcover volume covers all of the year’s biggest stories—the news, entertainment, sports, fashion, fads and people that changed our lives forever. Plus, a generous sampling of vintage ads will whisk you back to the day.
1956 was an exciting year in an amazing decade. Hollywood went big with screen epics like “The Ten Commandments” and “Moby Dick” while “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” chilled movie audiences with the takeover by the pod people. Nat King Cole became the first black performer to host his own prime-time program as Elvis Presley blazed a trail across American TV screens while he topped the pop charts with “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” 13-year-old Frankie Lymon scored a hit with “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews charmed Broadway audiences in “My Fair Lady.” Dwight D. Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon reclaimed the White House in a historic landslide re-election victory. Egypt’s President Nasser seized the Suez Canal, sparking a Middle-East war. Jayne Mansfield was crowned Miss Negligee 0f 1956 and Hollywood actress Grace Kelly married Monaco’s Prince Ranier in a storybook royal wedding. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis acrimoniously ended their 10-year partnership. The Columbus Zoo greeted Colo, the first gorilla born in captivity anywhere in the world. Kentucky Fried Chicken began franchising and Play-Doh was introduced. Jonas Salk’s vaccine became widely available, leading to the elimination of polio. The New York Yankees won their 17th World Series with Mickey Mantle capping his season in a Triple Crown, leading the league in home runs, RBI’s and batting average. And there is so much more!
Wherever you were or weren’t in 1956, WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! will bring a sentimental smile to your face as you relive that very special time.
Our big, classic hardbound yearbook is filled to bursting with stories, photos, and artwork detailing the movies, music, shows, sports, fashion, news, people, places, and events that made 1956 unforgettable. Plus, there is a dedication page to make a unique gift.
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