1956 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 331

  • Apr 17 Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
  • Apr 17 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • Apr 17 USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
  • Apr 17 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
  • Apr 18 Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
  • Apr 24 AL ump Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
  • Apr 26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • Apr 27 Burma Premier U Nu's Volksliga voor Vrijheid loses election
  • Apr 28 Last French troop leave Vietnam
  • Apr 28 Reds Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs
  • May 1 A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
  • May 2 US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
  • May 2 US Methodist church disallows racial separation
  • May 3 A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
  • May 4 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 5 Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
  • May 6 Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
  • 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 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
  • May 18 Queen Juliana opens Rembrandt fairs in Amsterdam
  • 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 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 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 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
  • May 30 Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee Florida
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • Jun 2 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow
  • Jun 3 3rd class travel on British Railways ends

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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 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 9 Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
  • Jun 13 After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control
  • Jun 13 Parliamentary election: Dutch Democrates 50/KVP 49
  • Jun 17 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister
  • Jun 18 Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt as British leave Suez Canal
  • Jun 20 Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed
  • 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 "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8
  • Jun 23 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president of Egypt
  • Jun 25 51 die in collision of "Andrea Doria" & "Stockholm" (Cape Cod)
  • Jun 28 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates Chicago Ill
  • Jun 28 Riots break out in Poznan Poland, 38 die
  • Jun 29 US Federal interstate highway system act signed
  • Jun 29 Dutch PM Drees refuses resignation of queen Juliana (Greet Hofmans)

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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 Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
  • 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
  • Jul 6 Indians' Jim Busby hits a grand slam in two consecutive at bats
  • Jul 7 Fritz Moravec reaches the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).
  • 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 10 650,000 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 15 Iharos runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 25 Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Stockholm

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 173 of 173

  • Jul 24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • Jul 29 Ronnie Musgrove, Former Governor of Mississippi
  • Jul 30 Anita Hill, professor of law, Clarence Thomas' nemesis
  • Jul 30 Soraida Martinez, American Painter, Creator of Verdadism.
  • Jul 31 Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts
  • 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
  • Sep 2 Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • Sep 3 Patrick McGeown, politician
  • Sep 6 Bill Ritter, American politician
  • Sep 8 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • Sep 9 Anatoli Pavlovich Artsebarsky, Russia, colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • Sep 12 Sam Brownback, American politician
  • Sep 14 Kostas Karamanlis, Greek prime-minister
  • Sep 14 Lefteris Zagoritis, Greek politician

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Sep 16 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • Sep 16 Kevin R Kregel, Pilot/astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in New York City
  • Sep 16 Mark Daniel Gearan, Gardner Mass, campaign manager (Al Gore)
  • Sep 16 Nick Banton, founder (Body Positive)
  • Sep 17 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • Sep 18 Chris Hedges, American journalist and author
  • Sep 23 Peter David, American writer
  • Sep 25 Jamie Hyneman, American visual effects technician
  • Sep 29 James Donald Halsell Jr, Monroe La, astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94)
  • Sep 30 Maria Esmeralda, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III/Lilian Baels

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Oct 1 Theresa May, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2016-), born in Eastbourne, England

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 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
  • Nov 1 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Nov 10 Mohsen Badawi, Egyptian entrepreneur and activist
  • Nov 14 Kenneth D Bowersox, Portsmouth Va, USN/astro (STS 50, 61, 73, 82)
  • Nov 15 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (d. 2003)
  • Nov 19 Eileen Marie Collins, Elmira NY, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 63, 84)
  • Nov 19 Ann Curry, American journalist
  • Nov 20 Sergei Gayevich Severin, Russian cosmonaut
  • Nov 21 Mariana Simionescu, Tirgu Neamt Romania, 1st wife of Bjorn Borg
  • Nov 25 Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)
  • Nov 25 Hélène Goudin, Swedish politician
  • Nov 26 Nico Slothouwer, Dutch poet (Man & his Bag)
  • Dec 10 Michael VerMeulen, journalist
  • Dec 11 Lani Brockman, playwright
  • Dec 18 Reinhold Ewald, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
  • Dec 26 Gail Tatterson, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • Dec 26 Karen Smith, WBL forward (NY Stars)
  • Dec 26 David Sedaris, American essayist
  • Dec 30 "Cherie" Samba (Mbimba N'zinga), Zaire painter (Pitie la prostituee)
  • Dec 31 Martin Joseph Fettman, American PhD/astronaut (STS 58), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 31 Steve Rude, American comics artist

Weddings in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 102 of 102

  • Dec 28 Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic party-chairman, dies at 76
  • Dec 29 Martin Albertz, German theologist (Jesus Christ's Church), dies at 73