What Happened in June 1956

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow
  • Jun 3 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
  • Jun 3 KGUN TV channel 9 in Tucson, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 3 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Pittsburgh Golf Open

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Jun 4 Speech by Khrushchev criticising Stalin made public

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Jun 5 "Milton Berle Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 5 Fed court rules racial segregation on Montgomery buses anti-Const
  • Jun 6 David Marshall, Singapore's first Chief Minister, resigns.
  • Jun 7 Singapore government of Marshall resigns
  • Jun 8 Lim Yem Hock forms Singapore government
  • Jun 8 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 9 Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
  • Jun 10 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm
  • Jun 10 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 13 "Shangri-La" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Jun 13 After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control
  • Jun 13 Parliamentary election: Dutch Democrates 50/KVP 49
  • Jun 13 1st European Cup: Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 4-3 at Paris
  • Jun 14 "New Faces of 1956" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • Jun 16 56th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 281 at Oak Hill CC NY
  • Jun 16 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8
  • Jun 17 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister
  • Jun 18 Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt as British leave Suez Canal

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Jun 19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Jun 20 Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed

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Jun 20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers (no else hits 1 there)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jun 21 Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere
  • Jun 21 German DR frees almost 19,000 prisoners
  • Jun 21 Oriole Connie Johnson beats WS Jack Harshman (1-0) in dual 1 hitters
  • Jun 22 6th Berlin International Film Festival: "Invitation to the Dance" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 "Jimmy Durante Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 23 "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8
  • Jun 23 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president of Egypt

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Jun 24 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 24 2nd LPGA Championship won by Marlene Hagge
  • Jun 24 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 51 die in collision of "Andrea Doria" & "Stockholm" (Cape Cod)
  • Jun 25 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 27 Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings
  • Jun 28 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates Chicago Ill
  • Jun 28 Riots break out in Poznan Poland, 38 die
  • Jun 29 Charles Dumas makes 1st high jump over 7' (2.13 m)-LA, Calif
  • Jun 29 US Federal interstate highway system act signed
  • Jun 29 Dutch PM Drees refuses resignation of queen Juliana (Greet Hofmans)
  • Jun 30 "Pipe Dream" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • Jun 30 "Shangri-La" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 21 performances

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Jun 30 Lenin's politics testament (1923) published in Moscow

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Jun 30 United DC-7 & TWA collide over Grand Canyon killing 128

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Lisa Hartman Black, singer/actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 1 Robin Mattson, actress (Janet Green-All My Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 Mark L Polansky, pilot/astronaut, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Mani Ratnam, Indian film director, screenwriter and producer
  • Jun 2 Malcolm Garrett, English graphic designer
  • Jun 3 Danny Wilde, rocker (Rembrandts)
  • Jun 3 Suren Nalbandyan, USSR, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jun 3 George Burley, Scottish football player and manager
  • Jun 4 John Treacy, marathonr (Olympics-silver-1984)
  • Jun 4 Terry Kennedy, baseball player
  • Jun 4 Martin Adams, English darts player
  • Jun 4 Keith David, American actor
  • Jun 4 John Hockenberry, American journalist
  • Jun 5 Kenny G, saxophonist (Duotones)
  • Jun 5 Richard A Searfoss, Mount Clemons Mich, Astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90)
  • Jun 5 Richard Butler, English singer (Psychedelic Furs)
  • Jun 6 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

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Jun 6 Björn Borg, Swedish tennis champion (Wimbledon 1976-79), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 6 Jay C Buckey, physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 6 Marilyn Jones, actress (Carey-King's Crossing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 7 Robert Dover, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jun 9 Patricia Cornwell, American author
  • Jun 10 Georg Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

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Jun 11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jun 12 Terry Alderman, cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91)
  • Jun 14 Frederick Funk, Takoma Park MD, PGA golfer (1992 Shell Houston Open)
  • Jun 14 Sam Irvin, American director and producer
  • Jun 14 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Copenhagen, Denmark, heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond)
  • Jun 15 Ava Cadell, Budapest Hung, actress (Do or Die)
  • Jun 15 Lance Parrish, baseball player
  • Jun 17 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • Jun 18 Brian Benben, Winchester Va, actor (Dream On, Gangster Chronicles)
  • Jun 19 Doug Stone, American singer
  • Jun 20 Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • Jun 21 Mikhail Burtsev, USSR, sabres (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Jun 21 Rick Sutcliffe, pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs)
  • Jun 22 Derek Forbes, rocker (Simple Minds-Water Front)
  • Jun 22 Green [Gartside], rock vocalist (Scritti Politti-Flesh & Blood)
  • Jun 22 Tim Russ, actor (Tuvoc-Star Trek Voyager), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 22 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • Jun 22 Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistani Politician and Foreign Minister
  • Jun 23 Tony Hill, American football player
  • Jun 24 Joe Penny, English actor
  • Jun 25 Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (d. 2004)
  • Jun 25 Anthony Bourdain, Chef and author
  • Jun 25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, Vryheid, Natal, South African artist
  • Jun 26 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish/South African leader (United Democratic Front)
  • Jun 26 Bernard A Harris Jr, Temple Texas, MD/Astronaut (STS 55, 63)

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Jun 26 Chris Isaak, American rock singer/songwriter (Wicked Game), born in Stockton, California

Singer Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak
  • Jun 27 Jeff Odintz, horse trainer
  • Jun 27 Brad Childress, American football coach
  • Jun 27 Ted Haggard, American evangelical preacher
  • Jun 28 Noel Mugavin, Australian Rules Football player
  • Jun 29 Pedro Guerrero, baseball player
  • Jun 29 Pedro Santana Lopes, former Prime Minister of Portugal
  • Jun 30 Adrian Wright, Sheffield, rock vocalist (Human League-Only Human)
  • Jun 30 David Alan Grier, comedian (In Living Color, Boomerang)
  • Jun 30 Ronald Winans, gospel singer (Winans)

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 6 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Actor Ted Cassidy (23) weds Margaret Helen

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 16 British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.

Poet Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 29 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for 3rd time playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Jean Hersholt, actress (Emma, Grand Hotel, Greed), dies at 69
  • Jun 4 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 4 Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • Jun 6 Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74

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Jun 6 Hiram Bingham, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu), dies at 80

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • Jun 7 Julien Benda, Fren philosopher/writer (La trahison des clercs), dies
  • Jun 8 Marie Laurencin, French painter (b. 1883)
  • Jun 11 Corrado Alvaro, Italian writer (Poesie grigio-verdi), dies at 61
  • Jun 11 Ralph Morgan, actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • Jun 17 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • Jun 19 Lulu [Luise] Strauss und Torney, German poet/writer, dies at 82
  • Jun 19 Thomas J. Watson, American businessman (IBM) (b. 1874)
  • Jun 23 Reyngol'd Moritsevich Glier, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 23 Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (b. 1875)
  • Jun 25 Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations, dies at 77
  • Jun 26 Clifford Brown, US jazz trumpeter (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • Jun 29 Johan[nes F] Bakker Jr, actor, dies at 62