Historical Events in 1956

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  • Jan 1st KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1st KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1st Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt & UK
  • Jan 1st WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1st A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
  • Jan 2nd Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
  • Jan 2nd 42nd Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan State beats #4 UCLA, 17-14
  • Jan 2nd 22nd Sugar Bowl: #7 Georgia Tech beats #11 Pittsburgh, 7-0
  • Jan 2nd 22nd Orange Bowl: #1 Oklahoma beats #3 Maryland, 20-6
  • Jan 3rd A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Jan 6th KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6th Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
  • Jan 7th Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • Jan 8th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 8th Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 8th Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • Jan 9th Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column 1st appears in newspapers
  • Jan 9th Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
  • Jan 10th Elvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jan 14th Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
  • Jan 14th Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
  • Jan 15th Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • Jan 15th Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
  • Jan 15th KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15th NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
  • Jan 16th Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
  • Jan 18th German Democratic Republic (East Germany) forms own army (National People's Army)
  • Jan 19th Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 20th Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Jan 21st "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • Jan 21st William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
  • Jan 22nd 30 people die in a train crash in Los Angeles
  • Jan 22nd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 22nd Canadian Football Council forms
  • Jan 24th 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • Jan 24th An inquiry considers building homes in a war devastated area in London
  • Jan 24th 6th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-94 at Rochester, New York
  • Jan 25th 96.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)
  • Jan 26th 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 26th Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 26th Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
  • Jan 27th NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
  • Jan 27th Elvis Presley's releases the single "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jan 28th Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
  • Jan 29th F Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame" premieres in Zurich
  • Jan 30th Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
  • Jan 30th KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30th KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30th Martin Luther King Jr.s home bombed

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 30th 44th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Thelma Coyne Long (3-6, 6-2, 9-7)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30th 44th Men's Australian Championships: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5)

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
  • Jan 31st French government of Mollet forms
  • Jan 31st Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil
  • Jan 31st Guy Mollet becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • Feb 1st Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • Feb 1st WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2nd Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
  • Feb 3rd Autherine Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
  • Feb 3rd Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
  • Feb 4th AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
  • Feb 5th 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • Feb 5th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • Feb 5th NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro Pres Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • Feb 6th Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
  • Feb 6th French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
  • Feb 6th University of Alabama suspends African-American student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety
  • Feb 8th Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
  • Feb 9th -5°F (-20.6°C) in Sicily
  • Feb 9th KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9th R Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
  • Feb 10th "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Feb 11th British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • Feb 12th Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
  • Feb 13th KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • Feb 14th 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Feb 14th Indonesia withdraws from Neth Indonesian Union
  • Feb 14th Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
  • Feb 15th Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
  • Feb 15th Pirates & KC As cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
  • Feb 17th Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • Feb 17th Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
  • Feb 17th Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 17th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
  • Feb 19th Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 20th WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 22nd 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
  • Feb 23rd 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
  • Feb 23rd 13th Golden Globes: East of Eden, Ernest Borgnine, & Anna Magnani win

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Feb 25th Nikita Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26th Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
  • Feb 27th Female suffrage in Egypt
  • Feb 28th 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Mass
  • Feb 28th Jay Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
  • Feb 29th Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29th President Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 1st The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Mar 2nd Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France
  • Mar 3rd Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Mar 3rd Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • Mar 3rd Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • Mar 3rd Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • Mar 3rd Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
  • Mar 3rd 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64
  • Mar 5th "King Kong" 1st televised
  • Mar 5th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 9th Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
  • Mar 9th Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • Mar 10th General strike in Cyprus protesting exile of archbishop Makarios
  • Mar 10th Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
  • Mar 11th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 12th Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
  • Mar 13th NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win
  • Mar 14th Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)
  • Mar 14th Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • Mar 15th "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances
  • Mar 15th Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champion
  • Mar 16th US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 16th US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 17th 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win
  • Mar 19th Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75
  • Mar 20th 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
  • Mar 20th E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
  • Mar 20th Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (USSR) explodes
  • Mar 20th Tunisia gains independence from France
  • Mar 20th USSR performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20th Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
  • Mar 21st 28th Academy Awards: "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win
  • Mar 22nd "Mr Wonderful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances
  • Mar 22nd Death penalty against KPM-director Leon Jungschlaeger
  • Mar 22nd Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis Jr premieres in NYC
  • Mar 23rd 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats Iowa 83-71
  • Mar 23rd Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
  • Mar 23rd Sudan becomes independent
  • Mar 24th 110th Grand National: Dave Dick aboard E.S.B. wins
  • Mar 26th Medic Alert Foundation forms
  • Mar 26th Red Buttons debuts on TV in Studio One
  • Mar 27th French commandos land in Algeria
  • Mar 27th US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
  • Mar 30th USSR performs nuclear test
  • Apr 1st 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank & Damn Yankees win
  • Apr 1st KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1st Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
  • Apr 2nd Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
  • Apr 2nd Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • Apr 3rd "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • Apr 3rd Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated
  • Apr 3rd German war criminals Hinrichsen/Ruhl/Siebens/Viebahn freed
  • Apr 3rd Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
  • Apr 4th Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • Apr 5th In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister.
  • Apr 6th Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
  • Apr 7th 10th NBA Championship: Ph Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 7th Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco
  • Apr 8th 20th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Burke Jr wins, shooting a 289
  • Apr 8th 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
  • Apr 8th M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
  • Apr 10th Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
  • Apr 10th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 11th French government decides to send 200,000 reservists to Algeria
  • Apr 11th Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • Apr 12th Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon
  • Apr 13th KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14th "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • Apr 15th Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 16th 1st solar powered radios go on sale
  • Apr 17th Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
  • Apr 17th Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • Apr 17th USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
  • Apr 17th Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
  • Apr 18th Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
  • Apr 19th 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • Apr 19th 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14
  • Apr 21st Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1
  • Apr 22nd Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • Apr 24th AL ump Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
  • Apr 25th Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London
  • Apr 26th First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • Apr 27th Burma Premier U Nu's Volksliga voor Vrijheid loses election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27th Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Apr 28th Last French troop leave Vietnam
  • Apr 28th Reds Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs
  • Apr 29th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • Apr 29th WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29th WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29th WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 1st A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
  • May 2nd US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
  • May 2nd US Methodist church disallows racial separation
  • May 3rd Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances
  • May 3rd A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
  • May 4th Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
  • May 4th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 5th 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
  • May 5th Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
  • May 5th Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
  • May 5th World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
  • May 6th Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
  • May 6th WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 7th Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300