October 1956 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Johnny Heckmann rides 7 winners at Chicago Hawthorne Horse track
  • Oct 1 Zestienhoven airport at Rotterdam official opens
  • Oct 2 1st atomic power clock exhibited-NYC
  • Oct 4 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • Oct 6 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 6th Iron quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 6 Dr Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine
  • Oct 10 Fazal Mahmood takes 13-114 for match v Aus, Karachi
  • Oct 11 1st Pakistan v Australia Test 95 runs scored on 1st day
  • Oct 11 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • Oct 11 AL Pres Will Harridge bars Wash Senators move to West Coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners
  • Oct 12 Marga Klompe becomes first Dutch women elected minister
  • Oct 14 Charles Ives' overture "Robert Browning" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 15 Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • Oct 15 William J. Brennan, Jr. is appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Oct 17 England's 1st large scale nuclear power station opens
  • Oct 17 Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
  • Oct 20 58°F (15°C), Esperanza Station, Antarctica (Antarctic record high)
  • Oct 20 Hannes Lindemann begins journey across Atlantic in a 17' craft
  • Oct 22 France intercept Moroccan plane, arrest Ben Bella
  • Oct 22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • Oct 22 A concrete girder weighing 200 tons kills 48 in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Oct 23 Thousands of Hungarians protest against the government and Soviet occupation. (The Hungarian Revolution is crushed on November 4).
  • Oct 24 AP names Cin manager Birdie Tebbets as NL Manager of the Year
  • Oct 24 Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary
  • Oct 24 Margaret Towner becomes first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA)
  • Oct 26 UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
  • Oct 26 Vietnam promulgates its constitution
  • Oct 28 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Luctuosissimi eventus
  • Oct 29 International zone of Tangier returns to Morocco
  • Oct 29 Israeli paratroopers drop into Sinai to open Straits of Tiran
  • Oct 30 Israel captures Egyptian military post at El-Thamad
  • Oct 31 Rear Adm GJ Dufek becomes 1st American to land an airplane at South Pole
  • Oct 31 Britain & France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
  • Oct 31 Brooklyn, NY ends streetcar service

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Theresa May, British politician (C), Prime Minister (2016-), born in Eastbourne, England
  • Oct 2 Murphy Morobe, South Afr UDF leader (spent 3 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • Oct 6 Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist
  • Oct 8 Janice E Voss Ford, South Bend Ind, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 63, 83, 94)
  • Oct 8 Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ
  • Oct 8 Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 11 Nicanor Duarte Frutos, President of Paraguay
  • Oct 16 James H Newman, Trust Territory of Pacific, PhD/Astronaut (STS 51, 69)

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Oct 17 Mae Jemison, 1st African American woman in space (STS 47), born in Decatur, Alabama

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • Oct 17 Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch ass. secretary of Social Affairs (VVD)
  • Oct 18 Craig Bartlett, American animator
  • Oct 18 Jim Talent, Des Peres, Missouri, American politician (Rep-R-Missouri)
  • Oct 24 Dale Maharidge, American author
  • Oct 25 Danny Gans, American entertainer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Oct 26 Stephen Gumley, Australian businessman
  • Oct 27 Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer

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Oct 28 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran (2005-13), born in Aradan, Iran

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Oct 30 Tim Roemer, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • Oct 31 Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician

Weddings in History

  • Oct 6 South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • Oct 7 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor (b. 1886)
  • Oct 8 Dirk Koster, literary (New noises), dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Jules Rimet, president of FIFA (b. 1873)
  • Oct 24 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • Oct 25 Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67

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Oct 30 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), dies at 83

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja