The 1956 National Convention of the Democratic Party in Chicago, Illinois. Former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess, taking seats at the convention.Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, taking her seat. Democratic Party National Chairman, Paul M. Butler standing behind and below the podium as convention prepares to get underway. Amphitheater is filled with seated delegates, as they are called to order. Delegates standing and applauding, following the keynote speech of Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee,who touches the Tennessee delegate identification pole as it is thrust toward him.. Delegates waving poles displaying their respective State Names.
United states Navy submarine SSN-571, the USS Nautilus, introduced in 1956. The nuclear powered USS Nautilus submarine underway at sea in United States. Men at controls as the first nuclear submarine is tested. SSN-571 in New York Harbor with Manhattan Island skyline of New York City in background. Next scene shows the guided cruise missile SSM-N-8 Regulus, also introduced in 1956, being fired from a ship, and an aerial view is seen of the Regulus guided missile in flight.
An Italian motor scooter with a number plate reading 'NY 06 13409, 1956'. A coffee house in New York City serves espresso coffee and pastries. People seated at restaurant. Italian paintings on display in a Manhattan Gallery. Italian movie La Strada shows at the Translux theater; view of marquee. Norma performed at Metropolitan Opera. Italian stage production "The Best House in Naples" playing the Plymouth Theater. Italian books, magazines and newspapers at a shop and newstand. Close up of pigeon birds at Times Square and view of Times Square area, roads, and theatres. Sign at Times Square advertises Buitoni Italian sauces and spaghetti, next to one announcing that Judy Garland would appear, in person, at the RKO Palace Theater in an all star variety show beginning September 26 (1956). People peer through restaurant window to watch man cooking Naples-style spaghetti. Shops selling Italian food products are shown. Stores display signs such as: "Gusto Ravioli Company" ; "Manganaro Grosseria Salumeria"; "Latticini Freschi." Bakery truck displays sign reading: "Stella D' Oro." Italian-American participation in politics is illustrated by banner across a street reading: "Elect Joe Nobile Auditor."
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's plans for 1956 are still a secret after a press conference in Key West, Florida. President Eisenhower speaks at an informal press conference. Newsmen question him about his plans for 1956. The President parries newsmen 's questions and smiles.
Activities at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington DC, on Memorial Day, 1956. A sign on base gatehouse reads "Bolling Air Force Base". Numerous cars enter the base for the activities. Aircraft parked for static display at the Bolling Air Force Base. A C-119 aircraft on taxi strip. A large crowd of civilians walk among the aircraft. A line of visitors waits to board a B-36 bomber.They climb up a ramp set by the cockpit. A girl walks under the belly of the B-36.
A sign by a jet aircraft identifies it as an F-101 Voodoo fighter.
The 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Democratic nominee for President Adlai Stevenson speaks into a microphone and expresses his gratefulness to the delegates for electing him as the Presidential nominee. He speaks about the importance of the Vice Presidential candidate. He says that the Vice Presidential nominee must be chosen through a free process of the convention.