United States and American History: 1956

About the history of the United States in 1956, Peyton Place is published, Elvis is big, Ginsberg publishes Howl, Eisenhower reelected, Polio vaccine discovered.


--Grace Metalious' novel, Peyton Place, about sexual intrigue in a small town, became a best seller.

--Elvis Presley's songs "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" were the hits of the year.

--Allen Ginsberg's book of poetry, Howl, was published. Ginsberg wrote: "I have seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness."

Aug. 1 A polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk was made available on a mass basis.

--President Eisenhower said: "We've done some damn good things--in the economy, especially, and overseas too--Iran and Guatemala...."

Nov. 6 Eisenhower defeated Adlai E. Stevenson in the presidential election.

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