What Happened in July 1956

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Western Golf Open

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jul 1 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jul 1 Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
  • Jul 2 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Jul 2 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • Jul 4 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
  • Jul 4 US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
  • Jul 5 France raises tobacco tax 20% due to war in Algeria

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 70th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-2 4-6 7-5 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jul 6 85th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 286 at Hoylake England
  • Jul 6 Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honor to outstanding pitcher
  • Jul 6 Indians' Jim Busby hits a grand slam in two consecutive at bats
  • Jul 7 63rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton (63 61)
  • Jul 7 Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
  • Jul 7 Fritz Moravec reaches the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).
  • Jul 8 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
  • Jul 8 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Dick Clark's 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • Jul 10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Wash DC
  • Jul 10 650,000 US steel workers go on strike
  • Jul 10 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 10 Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, South Africa, a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC
  • Jul 13 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 14 Boston Red Sox Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • Jul 15 Beverly Hanson/Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
  • Jul 15 Iharos runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • Jul 16 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million
  • Jul 16 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes part of Russian SFSR
  • Jul 16 King Faisal of Iraq begins visit to England
  • Jul 16 Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent
  • Jul 18 Erno Gero succeeds Matyas R├íkosi as party leader of Hungary
  • Jul 19 US refuse to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 France recognizes Tunisian independence
  • Jul 20 Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Jul 21 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • Jul 21 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak
  • Jul 23 Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 23 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jul 23 The Loi Cadre is passed by the French Republic in order to order French overseas territory affairs.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow" premieres in London

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • Jul 24 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jesey City
  • Jul 25 38th PGA Championship: Jack Burke at Blue Hill CC Boston
  • Jul 25 Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Stockholm
  • Jul 25 Jordan attacks UN Palestine force
  • Jul 26 Egypt seizes the Suez Canal
  • Jul 27 Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia's 1st innings at Manchester
  • Jul 28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • Jul 29 11th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jul 29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 30 US motto "In God We Trust" authorized
  • Jul 31 Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for match

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Bill Caudill, baseball player
  • Jul 1 Lorna Patterson, Whittier California, actress (Airplane, Pvt Benjamin)
  • Jul 1 Alan Ruck, American actor (Spin City), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 2 Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jul 2 Jerry Hall, Mesquite Tx, model/Mrs Mick Jagger (Batman, Freejack)
  • Jul 2 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Eddie Edwards, South Africa, tennis star
  • Jul 3 Montel Williams, TV talk show host (Montel)
  • Jul 3 Don Vito, American Viva La Bam castmember
  • Jul 5 James Lofton, NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders)
  • Jul 5 Patsy Pease, American actress
  • Jul 6 John Jorgenson, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 6 Matt Bahr, NFL kicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants)
  • Jul 6 Casey Sander, American actor
  • Jul 7 Bill Lagattuta, news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours, Eye to Eye), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 8 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 8 Russell Christian, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 9 Tom Hanks, American actor (Bossom Buddies, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), born in Concord, California

Actor Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
  • Jul 10 Tom McClintock, American politician
  • Jul 11 Sela Ward, Meridian Miss, actress (Hilary-Emerald Point NAS, Sisters)
  • Jul 12 Mel Harris, [Mary Ellen], Bethlehem Pa, actress (Hope-30 Something)
  • Jul 12 Mario Soto, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], Long Island, New York, American bassist (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • Jul 14 Vladimir Kulich, Czech actor
  • Jul 14 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 15 Joe Satriani, American guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • Jul 15 Kathy Kreiner, Canada, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • Jul 15 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division-Transmission) (d. 1980)
  • Jul 16 Tony Kushner, American playwright

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jul 17 Robert Romanus, American actor
  • Jul 18 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress/singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Razor Shines, American baseball player, manager and coach
  • Jul 19 Great [Yoshiaki] Yatsu, wrestler (NJPW/WCCW/WWF)
  • Jul 19 Peter Barton, Valley Stream LI, actor (Powers of Matthew Star)
  • Jul 20 Charlie Magri, world champ flyweight boxer (1983)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 20 Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavian tennis player (French Open-1977), born in Maribor, Yugoslavia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jul 20 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London
  • Jul 20 Jim Prentice, Canadian politician
  • Jul 21 Michael Connelly, American author
  • Jul 22 Michael Spinks, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 22 Mick Pointer, rock drummer (Marillion)
  • Jul 24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • Jul 26 Dorothy Hamill, Riverside Ct, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jul 26 Tommy Rich, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 27 Carol Leifer, American actress
  • Jul 29 Brenda Hocott, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 29 Patti Scialfa, singer (As Long as I Can Be)/Mrs Bruce Springsteen
  • Jul 29 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • Jul 29 Ronnie Musgrove, Former Governor of Mississippi
  • Jul 30 Anita Hill, professor of law, Clarence Thomas' nemesis
  • Jul 30 Delta Burke, actress (Suzanne-Designing Women), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jul 30 Phil Fearon, rocker (Galaxy, Kandidate-I Don't Want to Lose You)
  • Jul 30 Soraida Martinez, American Painter, Creator of Verdadism.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 31 Michael Biehn, American actor (Rampage, Hog Wild, Aliens, Abyss), born in Anniston, Alabama

  • Jul 31 Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts
  • Jul 31 Bill Callahan, American football coach

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 6 Journalist Ben Bradlee (34) weds Antoinette Pinchot

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 7 Gottfried Benn, writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 8 Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, dutch min of Justice (Nobel 54), dies
  • Jul 8 Giovanni Papini, Italian author/poet (Un Uomo Finito), dies at 75
  • Jul 10 Joe Giard, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jul 12 Maurice Lippens, Belgian governor of Congo (1921-23), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 14 Jaroslav Ridky, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 18 Willem J A Kerncamp, Dut overseas minister (Islam & Woman), dies at 57
  • Jul 20 Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • Jul 20 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (b. 1868)
  • Jul 26 Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer, dies at 46
  • Jul 27 J M M Commaille, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa 1910-28), dies
  • Jul 28 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher/graphologist, dies at 83
  • Jul 29 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (Study of Graves), dies at 83