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 2 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France

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Mar 3 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"

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Elvis Presley
  • Mar 3 Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m 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
  • 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 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
  • 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