March 1956 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • 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 5 "King Kong" 1st televised
  • 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 12 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
  • Mar 14 Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)
  • 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 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 22 Death penalty against KPM-director Leon Jungschlaeger
  • Mar 23 Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
  • Mar 23 Sudan becomes independent
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 5 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • Mar 9 Shashi Tharoor, Indian author & United Nations Under-Secretary General
  • Mar 9 David Willetts, UK Shadow Secretary for Education (Conservative)
  • Mar 11 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)
  • Mar 14 Natalya Dmitriyevna Kuleshova, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Mar 17 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • Mar 18 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Mar 19 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • Mar 19 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • Mar 20 Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
  • Mar 22 Generosa Ammon, widow of Ted Ammon (d. 2003)
  • Mar 23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • Mar 23 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)
  • Mar 23 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • Mar 28 April Margera, Bam Margera's mother
  • Mar 29 Lisa J Allen, TV reporter/lawyer
  • Mar 30 Bill Butler, Scottish politician

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 3 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Willem H Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 17 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel laureate 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies at 58

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • Mar 18 Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • Mar 22 George A L Sarton, Belgian/US historian, dies at 71
  • Mar 24 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • Mar 27 Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Infante Alfonso of Spain (b. 1941)