On This Day

May 1956 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 6 WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Cannes Film Festival

May 10 9th Cannes Film Festival: "The Silent World" directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d'Or

  • May 11 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 21 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Television Finale

May 22 "Bob Hope Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • May 22 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, FL (NBC) 1st broadcast

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Byron Stewart, Baxter Springs Ks, actor (Warren Coolidge-St Elsewhere)
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 7 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host, born in Bassin, Quebec, Canada (d. 2016)
  • May 9 Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress (Saving Hope), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • May 11 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • May 12 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian (Kath & Kim), born in Melbourne, Australia

Homer Simpson

May 12 Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons", born in Springfield

  • May 13 Richard Madeley, British TV presenter, journalist, columnist and novelist (Richard & Judy, The Wright Stuff), born in Romford, Essex

Bob Saget

May 17 Bob Saget, American comedian, actor (Full House), and TV host (America's Funniest Home Video), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)

  • May 17 Sue Carpenter, TV presenter/journalist
  • May 19 Steve Ford, actor (Young & Restless)/son of President Gerald Ford
  • May 20 Dean Butler, American actor
  • May 22 Douglas Heyes Jr., American actor (Captains & Kings, Aspen), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 23 Buck Showalter, American baseball manager (AL Manager of the Year 1994, 2004, 14; NY Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles) and analyst (ESPN, YES network), born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  • May 25 Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese professional wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
  • May 27 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer ("If You Feel the Funk"), and model, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 31 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Japanese actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter), born in Chiba, Japan

Weddings in Film & TV

Anita Ekberg

May 22 Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy; divorce in 1959

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 12 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), dies at 61
  • May 20 Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • May 24 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74