On This Day

What Happened on May 10, 1956

Historical Events

Film release premierCannes Film Festival

9th Cannes Film Festival: "The Silent World" directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d'Or

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
  • KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Bakithi Kumalo, South African session and touring bassist, and composer (Paul Simon - "Graceland"; "Call Me Al"; Mickey Hart's Planet Drum; Harry Belafonte), born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
1956 Highlights

About May 10, 1956

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 5 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus