Historical Events in March 1956

  • Mar 1 The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Mar 1 "Crazy Arms" single released by Ray Price - his 1st no.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1956)
  • Mar 2 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 2 "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" single cover released by Elvis Presley

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 3 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Mar 3 Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • Mar 3 Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • Mar 3 Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • Mar 3 Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
  • Mar 3 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64
  • Mar 5 "King Kong" 1st televised
  • Mar 5 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 9 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
  • Mar 9 Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • Mar 10 General strike in Cyprus protesting exile of archbishop Makarios
  • Mar 10 Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
  • Mar 11 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 12 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
  • Mar 13 NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 13 "The Searchers" American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • Mar 14 Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)
  • Mar 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • Mar 15 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances
  • Mar 15 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • Mar 16 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 16 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 17 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win
  • Mar 19 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75
  • Mar 20 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
  • Mar 20 E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
  • Mar 20 Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (USSR) explodes
  • Mar 20 Tunisia gains independence from France
  • Mar 20 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20 Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 21 28th Academy Awards: "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win

  • Mar 22 "Mr Wonderful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances
  • Mar 22 Death penalty against KPM-director Leon Jungschlaeger
  • Mar 22 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis Jr premieres in NYC
  • Mar 23 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats Iowa 83-71
  • Mar 23 Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
  • Mar 23 Sudan becomes independent
  • Mar 24 110th Grand National: Dave Dick aboard E.S.B. wins
  • Mar 26 Medic Alert Foundation forms
  • Mar 26 Red Buttons debuts on TV in Studio One
  • Mar 27 French commandos land in Algeria
  • Mar 27 US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test