What Happened in October 1956

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Johnny Heckmann rides 7 winners at Chicago Hawthorne Horse track
  • Oct 1 Zestienhoven airport at Rotterdam official opens
  • Oct 2 1st atomic power clock exhibited-NYC
  • Oct 3 Sal Maglie & Dodgers defeat Yanks 6-3 in opening game of World Series
  • Oct 4 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

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Oct 5 Yogi Berra becomes 4th Yank to hit a World Series grand slam

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

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Oct 5 "The Ten Commandments", directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner opens in the US

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Actor Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
  • Oct 6 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 6th Iron quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 6 Dr Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine
  • Oct 7 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
  • Oct 8 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • Oct 9 10th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 1-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 10 Fazal Mahmood takes 13-114 for match v Aus, Karachi
  • Oct 10 On Skowron's grand slammer NY Yanks beat Dodgers 9-0 in series game 7
  • Oct 11 1st Pakistan v Australia Test 95 runs scored on 1st day
  • Oct 11 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • Oct 11 AL Pres Will Harridge bars Wash Senators move to West Coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners
  • Oct 12 Marga Klompe becomes first Dutch women elected minister
  • Oct 13 WAGM TV channel 8 in Presque Isle, ME (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins
  • Oct 14 Charles Ives' overture "Robert Browning" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 14 Patty Berg wins LPGA Arkansas Golf Open
  • Oct 15 Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • Oct 15 William J. Brennan, Jr. is appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Oct 15 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series

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Oct 16 "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Oct 17 England's 1st large scale nuclear power station opens
  • Oct 17 Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 17 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • Oct 20 58°F (15°C), Esperanza Station, Antarctica (Antarctic record high)
  • Oct 20 Hannes Lindemann begins journey across Atlantic in a 17' craft
  • Oct 21 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • Oct 22 France intercept Moroccan plane, arrest Ben Bella
  • Oct 22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • Oct 22 A concrete girder weighing 200 tons kills 48 in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Oct 23 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast
  • Oct 23 Thousands of Hungarians protest against the government and Soviet occupation. (The Hungarian Revolution is crushed on November 4).
  • Oct 24 AP names Cin manager Birdie Tebbets as NL Manager of the Year
  • Oct 24 Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary
  • Oct 24 Margaret Towner becomes first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA)
  • Oct 25 White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez replaces him
  • Oct 26 UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
  • Oct 26 Vietnam promulgates its constitution
  • Oct 28 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Luctuosissimi eventus
  • Oct 29 Chet Huntley & David Brinkley, NBC News, team up
  • Oct 29 International zone of Tangier returns to Morocco
  • Oct 29 Israeli paratroopers drop into Sinai to open Straits of Tiran
  • Oct 30 Israel captures Egyptian military post at El-Thamad
  • Oct 30 Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961
  • Oct 31 Rear Adm GJ Dufek becomes 1st American to land an airplane at South Pole
  • Oct 31 Britain & France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
  • Oct 31 Brooklyn, NY ends streetcar service

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Leslie Burr-Howard, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Oct 1 Theresa May, British politician (C), Prime Minister (2016-), born in Eastbourne, England
  • Oct 2 Freddie Jackson, US R&B singer/songwriter (Rock Me Tonight)
  • Oct 2 Murphy Morobe, South Afr UDF leader (spent 3 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • Oct 3 Hart Bochner, actor (Aron-East of Eden, Supergirl, Die Hard), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 3 Peter Frechette, Warwick RI, actor (Paint it Black, George-Profiler)
  • Oct 4 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goaltender (PSV)

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Oct 4 Sherri Turner, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda LPGA Champ), born in Greenville South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • Oct 6 Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist
  • Oct 7 James Van Patten, American actor (Bo-Chisholms), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 7 Julio Pezua, Pervian-American jockey
  • Oct 8 Stephanie Zimbalist, actress (Remington Steele, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 8 Janice E Voss Ford, South Bend Ind, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 63, 83, 94)
  • Oct 8 Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ
  • Oct 8 Jeff Lahti, American baseball player
  • Oct 8 Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 8 Larry Crane, Seymour, Indiana, American rocker (John Mellencamp band)
  • Oct 10 Melissa Belote, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1972)
  • Oct 10 Mark Gordon, American film producer
  • Oct 11 Nicanor Duarte Frutos, President of Paraguay
  • Oct 12 David Vanian, British singer, (The Damned)
  • Oct 13 Anura Ranasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman in 3 Tests 1982)
  • Oct 13 Chris Carter, American television producer

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Oct 14 Beth Daniel, American LPGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open), born in Charleston, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Oct 16 James H Newman, Trust Territory of Pacific, PhD/Astronaut (STS 51, 69)
  • Oct 16 Johnny Chavis, American football coach

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Oct 17 Mae Jemison, 1st African American woman in space (STS 47), born in Decatur, Alabama

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • Oct 17 Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch ass. secretary of Social Affairs (VVD)

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Oct 18 Martina Navratilova, Czech tennis star (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Oct 18 Craig Bartlett, American animator
  • Oct 18 Jim Talent, Des Peres, Missouri, American politician (Rep-R-Missouri)
  • Oct 19 Nino DeFranco, rocker (DeFranco Family)
  • Oct 19 Sue Barker, tennis pro (French Open 1976)
  • Oct 19 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach
  • Oct 19 Sunny Deol, Indian actor
  • Oct 19 Didier Theys, Belgian racing driver
  • Oct 20 Danny Boyle, English film director
  • Oct 21 Carrie Fisher, Beverly Hills, actress (Princess Lelia-Star Wars)
  • Oct 22 Frank DiPino, American baseball player
  • Oct 23 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Oct 23 Darrell Pace, archer (Oly-2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 23 Dwight Yoakam, Pikeville Ky, country singer (Honky Tonk Man)
  • Oct 24 Dale Maharidge, American author
  • Oct 25 Matthias Jabs, rock guitarist (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • Oct 25 Danny Gans, American entertainer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Oct 26 Stephen Gumley, Australian businessman
  • Oct 26 Rita Wilson, American actress

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Oct 27 Patty Sheehan, American LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open), born in Middlebury, Vermont

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Oct 27 Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer

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Oct 28 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran (2005-13), born in Aradan, Iran

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Oct 28 Dave Wyndorf, American singer (Monster Magnet)
  • Oct 29 Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Oct 30 Juliet Stevenson, Essex England, actress (Secret Rapture, Life Story)
  • Oct 30 Leslie Webb, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 30 Tim Roemer, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • Oct 31 Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 6 South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 13 MLB player Roger Maris (22) weds high school sweetheart Pat Carvell at St. Anthony Padua Church

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36
  • Oct 2 George Bancroft, actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • Oct 6 Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
  • Oct 7 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor (b. 1886)
  • Oct 8 Dirk Koster, literary (New noises), dies at 69
  • Oct 9 Marie Doro, American actress (b. 1882)
  • Oct 16 Jules Rimet, president of FIFA (b. 1873)
  • Oct 17 Anne Crawford, British film actor (b. 1920)
  • Oct 19 Isham Jones, American musician (b. 1894)
  • Oct 24 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • Oct 25 Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67
  • Oct 26 Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer, dies at 60

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Oct 30 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), dies at 83

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja