February 1956 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • Feb 2 Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
  • Feb 3 Autherine Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
  • Feb 4 AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
  • Feb 6 Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
  • Feb 6 French Prime Minister Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
  • Feb 6 University of Alabama suspends African-American student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety
  • Feb 8 Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
  • Feb 9 -5°F (-20.6°C) in Sicily
  • Feb 9 R Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
  • Feb 11 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • Feb 13 KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • Feb 14 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Feb 14 Indonesia withdraws from Neth Indonesian Union
  • Feb 14 Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
  • Feb 15 Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
  • Feb 15 Pirates & KC As cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
  • Feb 17 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
  • Feb 23 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Feb 25 Nikita Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
  • Feb 27 Female suffrage in Egypt
  • Feb 28 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Mass
  • Feb 28 American engineer Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
  • Feb 29 Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 President Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term

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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- )
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member
  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 19 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 24 Judith Butler, American philosopher
  • Feb 29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • Feb 29 Bob Speller, Canadian politician
  • Feb 29 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
  • Feb 29 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3 Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • Feb 4 Leendert A Donker, Dutch soc dem party-minister of Justice, dies at 56
  • Feb 5 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron/painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino