August 1956 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 4 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)
  • Aug 4 Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
  • 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 9 1st state-wide state-supported educational TV network, Alabama
  • Aug 9 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
  • Aug 11 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
  • 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 20 Republicans convene at Cow Palace

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 22 US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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 27 Curt Robert of Columbus (Intl League) hits 4 HRs in 7 inning game
  • 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Tom Leykis, American radio personality
  • Aug 2 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author
  • Aug 3 Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician
  • Aug 7 Kent V Rominger, Del Norte Colo, US Navy /astronaut (STS 73, 80, 85)
  • Aug 11 Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician
  • Aug 15 Gordon Bruks, England, Dr/cosmonaut
  • Aug 23 David A Wolf, MD/astronaut (STS 58, sk: 89/91), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 23 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician
  • Aug 24 John Culberson, American politician
  • Aug 31 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer

Weddings in History

  • Aug 14 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)
  • Aug 27 Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt (32) weds "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (32)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 11 Jackson Pollock, abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)

  • Aug 14 Bertold Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), dies at 58
  • Aug 14 Freiherr Constantine von Neurath, German foreign min (1932-38), dies
  • Aug 15 Constantine Freiherr von Neurath, German foreign minister, dies at 83
  • Aug 23 ... Kennedy, daughter of future Pres Kennedy, dies same day
  • Aug 25 Alfred C Kinsey, American biologist, zoologist and sexologist ("The Kinsey Reports"), dies at 62 from a heart ailment and pneumonia
  • Aug 26 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (b. 1881)