What Happened in April 1956

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank & Damn Yankees win
  • Apr 1 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
  • Apr 2 Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
  • Apr 2 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • Apr 3 Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated
  • Apr 3 German war criminals Hinrichsen/Ruhl/Siebens/Viebahn freed
  • Apr 3 Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
  • Apr 4 Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • Apr 5 In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister.
  • Apr 6 Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
  • Apr 7 10th NBA Championship: Ph Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 7 Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco
  • Apr 8 20th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Burke Jr wins, shooting a 289
  • Apr 8 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
  • Apr 8 M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
  • Apr 10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
  • Apr 10 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 11 French government decides to send 200,000 reservists to Algeria
  • Apr 11 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • Apr 12 Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon
  • Apr 13 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • Apr 14 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • Apr 15 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 16 1st solar powered radios go on sale
  • Apr 17 Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
  • Apr 17 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • Apr 17 USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
  • Apr 17 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
  • Apr 18 Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
  • Apr 19 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • Apr 19 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14

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Apr 21 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Apr 22 Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • Apr 24 AL ump Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
  • Apr 25 Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London
  • Apr 26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • Apr 27 Burma Premier U Nu's Volksliga voor Vrijheid loses election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Apr 28 Last French troop leave Vietnam
  • Apr 28 Reds Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs
  • Apr 29 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • Apr 29 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • Apr 2 Farrukh Zaman, lefty cricket spinner (bowled 10 overs Pak v NZ 1976)
  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panama, spanish singer/actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot)
  • Apr 3 Boris Miljkovic, Serbian director
  • Apr 4 Evelyn Hart, prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet)
  • Apr 4 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
  • Apr 4 Tom Herr, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer
  • Apr 5 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 6 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • Apr 6 Mudassar Nazar, cricketer (son of Nazar Mohammad Pakistani bat)
  • Apr 7 Gail Lee Hirata, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 7 Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • Apr 7 Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor
  • Apr 8 Christine Boisson, French actress
  • Apr 8 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
  • Apr 9 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 12 Alexander Briley, vocalist (YMCA-Village People)
  • Apr 12 Andy Garcia, Cuba, actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die)
  • Apr 12 Doris EHP Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien)
  • Apr 12 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer
  • Apr 12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 13 Michael Nikolay, German DR, gymnist (Olympics)
  • Apr 13 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand rally driver (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 Gregory J Harbaugh, astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Michael Cooper, NBA star (LA Lakers)
  • Apr 16 David M Brown, Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Apr 16 Marty Dickerson, golfer (1994 ShopRite Classic-22nd), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Apr 16 Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier
  • Apr 17 Faye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • Apr 17 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars)
  • Apr 17 Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], California, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • Apr 18 David Wayne Edwards, Neosho MO, PGA golfer (1980 Walt Disney)
  • Apr 18 Eric Roberts, Miss, actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies)
  • Apr 18 John James, actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 18 Melody Thomas Scott, actress (Nikki-Young & Restless)
  • Apr 18 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress
  • Apr 18 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress
  • Apr 19 Lori West, LPGA golfer (1994 State Farm-5th), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 19 Sue Barker, English tennis star
  • Apr 20 Beatrice Ask, Swedish politician
  • Apr 21 Rick DeMont, US, 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • Apr 21 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • Apr 22 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • Apr 23 Peter Teravainen, Plymouth MA USA, Australian golfer
  • Apr 25 Jaroslava Schallerová, Hungarian actress
  • Apr 26 Koo Stark, [Kathleen Dee-Anne], photographer/actress (Emily)
  • Apr 27 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 27 Bryan Harvey, American musician
  • Apr 28 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 28 Paul S Lockhart, Amarillo Tx, Major USAF/astronaut
  • Apr 28 Jimmy Barnes [James Swan], Australian singer-songwriter (For the Working Class Man), born in Glasgow
  • Apr 29 Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • Apr 29 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer
  • Apr 30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese baritone
  • Apr 30 Lars von Trier, Danish film director (Dancer in the Dark), born in Kongens Lyngby

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Actress Vera Miles (25) weds actor Gordon Scott (29)

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 18 Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 23 Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Albert MLA de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo, dies at 82
  • Apr 2 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • Apr 2 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • Apr 3 T Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
  • Apr 10 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • Apr 19 Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • Apr 19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • Apr 19 Leon N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52
  • Apr 20 Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
  • Apr 20 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 21 Charles MacArthur, American writer (b. 1895)
  • Apr 24 Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • Apr 24 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • Apr 29 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78