Historical Events in April 1956

  • 1st 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank & Damn Yankees win
  • 1st KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1st Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
  • 2nd Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
  • 2nd Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • 3rd "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • 3rd Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated
  • 3rd German war criminals Hinrichsen/Ruhl/Siebens/Viebahn freed
  • 3rd Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
  • 4th Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • 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.
  • 6th Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
  • 7th 10th NBA Championship: Ph Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
  • 7th Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco
  • 8th 20th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Burke Jr wins, shooting a 289
  • 8th 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
  • 8th M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
  • 10th Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
  • 10th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 11th French government decides to send 200,000 reservists to Algeria
  • 11th Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • 12th Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon
  • 13th KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 14th "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • 15th Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 16th 1st solar powered radios go on sale
  • 17th Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
  • 17th Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • 17th USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
  • 17th Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
  • 18th Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
  • 19th 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • 19th 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14

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21st Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 22nd Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • 24th AL ump Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
  • 25th Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London
  • 26th First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 27th Burma Premier U Nu's Volksliga voor Vrijheid loses election

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 28th Last French troop leave Vietnam
  • 28th Reds Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs

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29th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 29th WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 29th WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 29th WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting