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Snapshot of Yesterday (Pt I)

TIME CAPSULE: 1956-7


POLITICS
US PRESIDENTDwight "I Like IKE" D. Eisenhower
COLD WARNikita Khrushchev
ECONOMICS
NEW HOME$11,700
NEW CAR$2,050
AVERAGE INCOME  (Annual)$4,450
MINIMUM WAGE  (Hour)$1.00
GAS  (Gal)$0.22
MILK  (Gal)$0.97
BREAD  (Loaf)$0.18
POSTAGE STAMP$0.03
FILM
GIANTRock Hudson
GUYS & DOLLSFrank Sinatra
THE KING AND IYul Brynner
TELEVISION
•  Bert Parks begins hosting the Miss America Pageant,
    ...now televised direct to your living room.
•  Dick Clark makes his 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand.
•  The Sitcom is first introduced to US network broadcast television.
•  Charles Van Doren unseats long-running champion Herbert Stempel
    ... on the Quiz Show Twenty-One.
AM KIDS SHOWSThe Howdy Doody Hour
The Mickey Mouse Club
AFTERNOON KIDS SHOWSLassie
Rin Tin Tin
DAYTIME GAME SHOWSThe Price is Right
DAYTIME SOAPSAs the World Turns
YOUNG ADULTAmerican Bandstand
SITCOMSI Love Lucy
The Honeymooners
PRIMETIME DRAMAThe Adventures of Superman
Dragnet
Gunsmoke
MUSIC
•  Elvis Presley releases his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel,
    …and makes his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  Rock & Roll Dance Craze sweeps the nation.
CHUCK BERRYTwist
ELVIS PRESLEYHeatbreak Hotel
LERRY LEE LEWISGreat Balls of Fire
LITERATURE
KIDSCurious George
Dr. Seuss
Old Yeller
Nancy Drew
BEATNIKHowl  (Allen Ginsberg)
On the Road  (Jack Kerouac) 
NON CONFORMISTAtlas Shrugged  (Ayn Rand)
Catcher in the Rye  (J.D. Salinger)
FICTIONJames Bond
PULITZERProfiles in Courage  (JFK)
NON-FICTIONDiary of Anne Frank
POP CULTURE
•  Play-Doh first demonstrated for children.
  Mr Potato Head makes his first appearance.  
  Barbie makes her debut on the toy market.
•  Dear Abbey first appears in column syndicate
FASHION TRENDSLetter Jackets
Bowling Shirts
Poodle Skirts
Davy Crockett Hats
FADSAnt Farms
Fuzzy Dice
TOYSScrabble
Yahtzee
TECHNOLOGY
IBM1st 5MB Hard Disc
SPUTNIK1st Satellite to orbit Earth
BETTE NESMITH GRAHAMWhite-Out
MOMENTS IN HISTORY
•  University of Alabama refuses admittance to, 
    …and then expels first black student accepted.
•  Nat King Cole attacked by whites on stage of Birmingham theater.
•  Alabama Bus segregation laws declared illegal by US Supreme Court.
•  US tests 1st airborne hydrogen bomb
•  Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco.