What Happened in 1956 (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 574 of 574

  • Nov 5 Britain & France land forces in Egypt in reaction to seizure of Suez Canal
  • Nov 5 Dutch Communist Party office of Felix Meritis seized
  • Nov 5 Israel liberates Sharm-el-Sheikh, reopening Gulf of Aqaba
  • Nov 5 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Datis nuperrime

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Nov 5 The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • Nov 6 Holland & Spain withdraw from Olympics in protest against Soviets in Hungary

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 6 US President Eisenhower (R) re-elected defeating Adlai E Stevenson (D)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Nov 8 UN demands USSR leave Hungary
  • Nov 9 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Billy Watson in St Louis, to become NWA champion
  • Nov 10 Gene de Paul/John Meyer's musical "Li'l Abner" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 12 Largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, 1st sighted
  • Nov 13 US Supreme court rules race separation on buses in Alabama unconstitutional
  • Nov 14 Hungarian revolt put down by Soviet invasion
  • Nov 15 "Li'l Abner" opens at St James Theater NYC for 693 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 15 Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender" premieres in NYC

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Nov 17 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • Nov 18 Morocco gains independence
  • Nov 21 Don Newcombe, wins NL MVP & 1st-ever Cy Young Award
  • Nov 22 16th modern Olympic games opens in Melbourne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Bill Sharman (Boston) begins NBA free throw streak of 55 games

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Nov 24 "Pajama Game" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1063 performances
  • Nov 24 44th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 50-27
  • Nov 26 "The Price Is Right" debuts on NBC
  • Nov 26 USSR single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, & loses his medal, it sinks
  • Nov 27 F Goodrich and A Hackett's "Diary of Anne Frank" premieres in Netherlands
  • Nov 27 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • Nov 28 Photography begins on "... & God Created Women"
  • Nov 29 "Bells Are Ringing" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 925 performances
  • Nov 30 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards & the News)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 30 Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 1 "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Dec 1 Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympics marathon (2:25:00.0)
  • Dec 1 Frank Robinson (NL) & Luis Aparicio (AL) voted Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 1 Indonesian VP Mohammed Hatta resigns
  • Dec 1 21st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 34-7 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Dec 3 Bitain and France pull troops out of Egypt
  • Dec 3 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dec 4 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 5 Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 6 "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Nelson Mandela & 156 others arrested for political activities in S Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Dec 7 Helen O'Connell joins Today Show panel
  • Dec 8 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • Dec 8 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
  • Dec 8 Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • Dec 10 Establishment of MPLA in Angola
  • Dec 11 Anti-Russian demonstrations in Stettin & Wroclaw Poland
  • Dec 12 Commencement of the Irish Republican Army's Border Campaign.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000. Robinson will retire rather than be traded.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Anastasia" comeback film for Ingrid Bergman is released in the US, role wins Bergman Academy Award for Best Actress.

  • Dec 14 Paul-Henri Spaak appointed secretary-general of NATO
  • Dec 15 Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes
  • Dec 15 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 16 "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • Dec 18 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Dec 18 Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai
  • Dec 18 Japan admitted to UN
  • Dec 18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • Dec 20 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra
  • Dec 20 Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Martin Luther King Jr. and others sit in the new integrated bus

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Dec 22 "New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • Dec 22 Last British & French troops leave Egypt
  • Dec 22 Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus Ohio
  • Dec 24 "I Love Lucy" Christmas show airs, never put in syndication
  • Dec 24 Ferdinand de Lesseps statue blown up in Port Said Egypt
  • Dec 27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
  • Dec 27 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games
  • Dec 28 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • Dec 30 NY Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 708

  • Sep 14 Joe Penny, actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England
  • Sep 14 Kostas Karamanlis, Greek prime-minister
  • Sep 14 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer
  • Sep 14 Lefteris Zagoritis, Greek politician
  • Sep 15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter, born in Birmingham
  • Sep 15 Ned Rothenberg, composer
  • Sep 15 Tawny Elaine Godin Schneider, Maine, Miss America (76)/(Eye on Hollywood)
  • Sep 15 Maggie Reilly, Scottish folk singer
  • Sep 16 Anatoly Beloglazov, USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 16 Charles Fearing, rock guitarist (Raydio)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 16 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • Sep 16 Kevin R Kregel, Pilot/astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in New York City
  • Sep 16 Mark Daniel Gearan, Gardner Mass, campaign manager (Al Gore)
  • Sep 16 Nick Banton, founder (Body Positive)
  • Sep 16 Peter Zaremba, rocker (Fleshtones)
  • Sep 16 Sergei Beloglazov, USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 17 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
  • Sep 17 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • Sep 18 Peter Šťastný, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Sep 18 Chris Hedges, American journalist and author
  • Sep 19 Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 20 Debi Morgan, actress (All My Children, Cry Uncle), born in Dunn, North Carolina
  • Sep 20 Gary Cole, Park Ridge, Illinois, American actor (Pineapple Express, Midnight Caller)
  • Sep 21 Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • Sep 21 Marta Kauffman, American television producer
  • Sep 22 Debby Boone, Hackensack NJ, singer (You Light Up My Life)
  • Sep 22 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • Sep 23 June Forester, Chattanooga Tn, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • Sep 23 Lili Carati, Varese, Italy, Miss Italy (1975) and actress (Alcove)
  • Sep 23 Maren Jensen, Arcadia California, actress (Athena-Battlestar Galactica)
  • Sep 23 Paolo Rossi, Italian footballer
  • Sep 23 Peter David, American writer
  • Sep 24 Ilona Briesenick-Slupianek, German DR, shot-putter (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 25 Jamie Hyneman, American visual effects technician
  • Sep 26 Linda Hamilton, Salisbury Md, actress (Catherine-Beauty & the Beast)
  • Sep 26 Steve Butler, American racing driver
  • Sep 29 James Donald Halsell Jr, Monroe La, astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94)
  • Sep 29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1980, 84), born in London, England
  • Sep 29 Suzzy Roche, rocker (Roches)
  • Sep 30 Maria Esmeralda, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III/Lilian Baels
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • Nov 1 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Nov 3 Kevin Murphy, American actor and puppeteer
  • Nov 3 Gary Ross, American film director
  • Nov 3 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher (Oakland), born in Seal Beach, CA, (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

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