What Happened in 1956 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 574

  • 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 Rákosi 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
  • Aug 1 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 3 Willie Williams of US sets 100 meter record at 10.1
  • Aug 4 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Aug 4 Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
  • Aug 5 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open
  • Aug 5 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 7 British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
  • Aug 7 Dynamite transport explodes in Colombia; about 1200 die
  • Aug 8 Fire & explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium
  • Aug 8 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
  • Aug 9 1st state-wide state-supported educational TV network, Alabama
  • Aug 9 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
  • Aug 10 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • Aug 11 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
  • Aug 11 Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Aug 12 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 12 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 13 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 16 Adlai E Stevenson nominated as US Democratic presidential candidate
  • Aug 16 Indians' Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4
  • Aug 17 Federal Constitutional Court bans the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in West Germany
  • Aug 17 One of the largest demonstrations in South Africa's history, 20,000 women marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings to present petition against carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister
  • Aug 18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 18 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1
  • Aug 19 Fay Crocker wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Republicans convene at Cow Palace
  • Aug 21 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 Elvis Presley begins filming "The Reno Brothers" (Love Me Tender)

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 22 President Eisenhower & VP Nixon renominated by Republican convention in SF

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 24 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Wash DC
  • Aug 25 To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • Aug 26 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 26 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • Aug 27 Curt Robert of Columbus (Intl League) hits 4 HRs in 7 inning game
  • Aug 28 England retain cricket Ashes, Jim Laker 46 wickets in the series
  • Aug 28 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Aug 29 French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • Aug 30 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Aug 30 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
  • Aug 30 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opens.
  • Sep 1 Indian state of Tripura becomes a territory
  • Sep 1 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 Collapse of a rail bridge under a train kills 120 (India)
  • Sep 2 Orioles trailing Red Sox 8-0 come back to win 11-10 in 9 innings
  • Sep 2 Washington-Jackson cable line replaced by bus service

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 708

  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 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

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