What Happened in March 1956

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Mar 2 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France

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Mar 3 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 3 Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • Mar 3 Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • Mar 3 Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • Mar 3 Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
  • Mar 3 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64
  • Mar 5 "King Kong" 1st televised
  • Mar 5 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 9 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
  • Mar 9 Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • Mar 10 General strike in Cyprus protesting exile of archbishop Makarios
  • Mar 10 Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
  • Mar 11 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 12 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
  • Mar 13 NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win
  • Mar 14 Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)
  • Mar 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • Mar 15 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances
  • Mar 15 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • Mar 16 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 16 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 17 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win
  • Mar 19 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75
  • Mar 20 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
  • Mar 20 E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
  • Mar 20 Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (USSR) explodes
  • Mar 20 Tunisia gains independence from France
  • Mar 20 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20 Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp

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Mar 21 28th Academy Awards: "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win

  • Mar 22 "Mr Wonderful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances
  • Mar 22 Death penalty against KPM-director Leon Jungschlaeger
  • Mar 22 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis Jr premieres in NYC
  • Mar 23 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats Iowa 83-71
  • Mar 23 Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
  • Mar 23 Sudan becomes independent
  • Mar 24 110th Grand National: Dave Dick aboard E.S.B. wins
  • Mar 26 Medic Alert Foundation forms
  • Mar 26 Red Buttons debuts on TV in Studio One
  • Mar 27 French commandos land in Algeria
  • Mar 27 US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Balwinder Singh Sandhu, cricketer (Sikh pace bowler 1983 World Cup)
  • Mar 1 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 1 Timothy Daly, Sufferin NY, actor (Joe-Wings, Diner, Made in Heaven)
  • Mar 2 John Cowsill, rock drummer (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Mar 2 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 3 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympics bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mar 3 John F Reid, cricketer (New Zealand batsman of 70's/80's)
  • Mar 3 Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer
  • Mar 4 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist
  • Mar 5 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • Mar 5 Adriana Barraza, Mexican actress
  • Mar 5 Teena Marie, American singer
  • Mar 6 Peter Roebuck, cricketer (Somerset opening batsman & SMH writer)

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Mar 7 Bryan Cranston, American actor (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), born in Canoga Park, California

  • Mar 8 John Kapelos, Canadian actor
  • Mar 8 Laurie Cunningham, English former footballer (d. 1989)
  • Mar 9 Shashi Tharoor, Indian author & United Nations Under-Secretary General
  • Mar 9 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State University American football coach
  • Mar 9 David Willetts, UK Shadow Secretary for Education (Conservative)
  • Mar 10 Janet Anderson, West Sunbury PA, LPGA golfer (1982 US Women's Open)
  • Mar 10 Mitchell Lichtenstein, American actor; son of Roy Lichtenstein
  • Mar 11 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)
  • Mar 11 D. J. MacHale, American author and television writer
  • Mar 11 Rob Paulsen, American voice actor
  • Mar 12 Dale Murphy, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 13 Dana Delany, American actress (Colleen McMurphy-China Beach, Exit to Eden), born in NYC, New York

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Mar 13 Jamie Dimon, American business executive and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, born in NYC, New York

CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon
CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Jamie Dimon
  • Mar 14 Natalya Dmitriyevna Kuleshova, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Mar 14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Mar 14 Colin Ayre, British football player
  • Mar 15 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 16 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Mar 17 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • Mar 17 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • Mar 18 "The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • Mar 18 Ingamar Stenmark, Sweden, slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
  • Mar 18 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Mar 19 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • Mar 19 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • Mar 20 Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
  • Mar 21 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norway, marathoner (Olympic-4th-1984, Bost-86, 89)
  • Mar 22 Lena Olin, actress (Enemies A Love Story), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 22 Lyndsay Stephen, Donnybrook WA, Australian golfer
  • Mar 22 Generosa Ammon, widow of Ted Ammon (d. 2003)
  • Mar 23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • Mar 23 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)
  • Mar 23 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • Mar 24 Ijaz Faqih, cricketer (Pakistan off-spin all-rounder in 5 Tests 80-88)
  • Mar 25 Sonia M Lannaman, England, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • Mar 25 Matthew Garber, English actor (d. 1977)
  • Mar 26 Charly McClain, country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Kochergina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Mar 27 Brian Kelly, CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 27 Thomas Wassberg, Sweden, 15K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1980)
  • Mar 28 Asoka De Silva, cricket leg-spinner (Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91)
  • Mar 28 Evelin Jahl, German DR, discus thrower (Olympic-2 gold-1976)
  • Mar 28 T A Sekar, Indian cricket pace-bowler (2 Tests 1982-83 little impact)
  • Mar 28 April Margera, Bam Margera's mother
  • Mar 29 Kurt Thomas, US, gymnist (Olympics), actor (Gymkata)
  • Mar 29 Lisa J Allen, TV reporter/lawyer
  • Mar 29 Sue Fogleman, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 30 Bill Butler, Scottish politician
  • Mar 31 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brothers Keeper), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 3 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • Mar 3 Willem H Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79
  • Mar 5 Erich Itor Kahn, composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 11 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 16 Joseph John Richards, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 17 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61

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Mar 17 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel laureate 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies at 58

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • Mar 18 Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • Mar 22 George A L Sarton, Belgian/US historian, dies at 71
  • Mar 24 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 25 Robert Newton, actor (Henry V, Odd Man Out), dies at 50
  • Mar 26 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 27 Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Infante Alfonso of Spain (b. 1941)
  • Mar 31 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)