Historical Events in 1956 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 575

  • May 6 Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
  • May 6 WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 7 Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300
  • May 7 NY Giant Bill White, homers in his 1st at bat
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
  • May 8 John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London
  • May 9 First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain.

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May 9 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration.

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • May 10 French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
  • May 10 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

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May 10 9th Cannes Film Festival: "The Silent World" directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d'Or

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • May 11 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV

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May 11 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • May 12 Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Giants, 3-0
  • May 12 East Pakistan struck by cyclone & tidal waves
  • May 13 Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • May 16 Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China
  • May 16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
  • May 16 Kraft Theater presents an act from "Profiles in Courage"
  • May 16 Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australians at the Oval
  • May 18 Hungarian party leader Matyas Rákosi enforces his own policy

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 18 Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 18 Queen Juliana opens Rembrandt fairs in Amsterdam
  • May 19 81st Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4
  • May 19 Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning HR, 1st HR in 8 straight games
  • May 20 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll
  • May 20 Jordan government of Samir resigns
  • May 21 Jordan government of Said el-Mufti forms
  • May 21 US explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
  • May 21 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

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May 22 "Bob Hope Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • May 22 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 23 World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, SF
  • May 24 Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbāna.
  • May 24 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano
  • May 25 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas
  • May 26 A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew
  • May 26 Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1
  • May 26 55th Men's French Championships: Lewis Hoad beats Sven Davidson (6-4, 8-6, 6-3)
  • May 26 55th Women's French Championships: Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer (6-0, 12-10)
  • May 27 French raid in Algiers
  • May 27 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 28 Dale Long becomes 1st to hit HRs in 8 straight games

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May 28 Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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May 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "Modern Psalm" premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • May 29 WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, FL (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • May 30 Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee Florida
  • May 30 Mickey Mantle misses by 18" hitting 1st HR out of Yankee Stadium
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Pat Flaherty wins in 3:53:28.872 (206.785 km/h)
  • May 31 Mickey Mantle HR just misses clearing Yankee Stadium's roof

  • Jun 2 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow
  • Jun 3 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
  • Jun 3 KGUN TV channel 9 in Tucson, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 3 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Pittsburgh Golf Open

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Jun 4 Speech by Khrushchev criticising Stalin made public

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Jun 5 "Milton Berle Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 5 Fed court rules racial segregation on Montgomery buses anti-Const
  • Jun 6 David Marshall, Singapore's first Chief Minister, resigns.
  • Jun 7 Singapore government of Marshall resigns
  • Jun 8 Lim Yem Hock forms Singapore government
  • Jun 8 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 8 Richard B. Fitzgibbon, Jr. killed by another USAF airman in Vietnam, becoming the first American killed in the Vietnam War
  • Jun 9 Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
  • Jun 10 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm
  • Jun 10 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 13 "Shangri-La" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Jun 13 The last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt
  • Jun 13 Parliamentary election: Dutch Democrates 50/KVP 49
  • Jun 13 1st European Cup: Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 4-3 at Paris
  • Jun 14 "New Faces of 1956" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • Jun 16 56th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 281 at Oak Hill CC NY
  • Jun 16 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8
  • Jun 17 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister

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Jun 19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Jun 20 Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed
  • Jun 20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers (no else hits 1 there)
  • Jun 21 Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere
  • Jun 21 German DR frees almost 19,000 prisoners
  • Jun 21 Oriole Connie Johnson beats WS Jack Harshman (1-0) in dual 1 hitters
  • Jun 22 6th Berlin International Film Festival: "Invitation to the Dance" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 "Jimmy Durante Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 23 "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8
  • Jun 23 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president of Egypt

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Jun 24 "Steve Allen Show" returns on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 24 2nd LPGA Championship won by Marlene Hagge
  • Jun 24 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 51 die in collision of "Andrea Doria" & "Stockholm" (Cape Cod)
  • Jun 25 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 27 Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings
  • Jun 28 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates (Chicago Illinois)
  • Jun 28 Riots break out in Poznan Poland, 38 die
  • Jun 29 Charles Dumas makes 1st high jump over 7' (2.13 m)-LA, California
  • Jun 29 US Federal interstate highway system act signed
  • Jun 29 Dutch PM Drees refuses resignation of queen Juliana (Greet Hofmans)
  • Jun 30 "Pipe Dream" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • Jun 30 "Shangri-La" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 21 performances

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Jun 30 Lenin's politics testament (1923) published in Moscow

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Jun 30 United DC-7 & TWA collide over Grand Canyon killing 128
  • Jul 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show
  • Jul 1 Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
  • Jul 2 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Jul 2 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • Jul 4 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
  • Jul 4 US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
  • Jul 5 France raises tobacco tax 20% due to war in Algeria

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 70th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-2 4-6 7-5 6-4)

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
  • Jul 6 85th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 286 at Hoylake England
  • Jul 6 Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honor outstanding pitcher
  • Jul 6 Indians' Jim Busby hits a grand slam in two consecutive at bats
  • Jul 7 63rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton (63 61)
  • Jul 7 Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
  • Jul 7 Fritz Moravec reaches the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).
  • Jul 8 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
  • Jul 8 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

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Jul 9 Dick Clark's 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark
  • Jul 10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 10 650,000 US steel workers go on strike
  • Jul 10 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 10 Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, South Africa, a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC
  • Jul 13 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 14 Boston Red Sox Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • Jul 15 Beverly Hanson/Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
  • Jul 15 Iharos runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • Jul 16 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million
  • Jul 16 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes part of Russian SFSR
  • Jul 16 King Faisal of Iraq begins visit to England
  • Jul 16 Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent
  • Jul 18 Erno Gero succeeds Matyas Rákosi as party leader of Hungary
  • Jul 19 US refuse to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 France recognizes Tunisian independence
  • Jul 20 Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Jul 21 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • Jul 21 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak
  • Jul 23 Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 23 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jul 23 The Loi Cadre is passed by the French Republic in order to order French overseas territory affairs.

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Jul 24 Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow" premieres in London

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • Jul 24 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium
  • Jul 25 38th PGA Championship: Jack Burke at Blue Hill CC Boston
  • Jul 25 Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Stockholm
  • Jul 25 Jordan attacks UN Palestine force
  • Jul 26 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announces plan to nationalize Suez Canal, initiating the "Suez Crisis"
  • Jul 27 Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia's 1st innings at Manchester
  • Jul 28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • Jul 29 11th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius
  • Jul 29 Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)
  • Jul 29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, FL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 30 US motto "In God We Trust" authorized
  • Jul 31 Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for match
  • Aug 1 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 3 Willie Williams of US sets 100 meter record at 10.1
  • Aug 4 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)
  • Aug 4 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"
  • Aug 4 Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
  • Aug 5 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open
  • Aug 5 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.

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Aug 7 Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 7 British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
  • Aug 7 Dynamite transport explodes in Colombia; about 1200 die
  • Aug 8 Fire & explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium
  • Aug 8 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
  • Aug 9 1st state-wide state-supported educational TV network, Alabama
  • Aug 9 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
  • Aug 10 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • Aug 11 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
  • Aug 11 Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Aug 12 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 12 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 13 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 16 Adlai E Stevenson nominated as US Democratic presidential candidate
  • Aug 16 Indians' Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4
  • Aug 17 Federal Constitutional Court bans the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in West Germany
  • Aug 17 One of the largest demonstrations in South Africa's history, 20,000 women marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings to present petition against carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister
  • Aug 18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 18 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1
  • Aug 19 Fay Crocker wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Republicans convene at Cow Palace
  • Aug 21 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 Elvis Presley begins filming "Love Me Tender" (The Reno Brothers)
  • Aug 22 US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco
  • Aug 24 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 25 To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • Aug 26 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 26 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • Aug 27 Curt Robert of Columbus (Intl League) hits 4 HRs in 7 inning game
  • Aug 28 England retain cricket Ashes, Jim Laker 46 wickets in the series
  • Aug 28 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Aug 29 French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • Aug 30 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Aug 30 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
  • Aug 30 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opens.
  • Sep 1 Indian state of Tripura becomes a territory
  • Sep 1 KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting