On This Day

What Happened in April 1956

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank & Damn Yankees win
  • Apr 1 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
  • Apr 2 Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
  • Apr 2 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • Apr 3 Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated
  • Apr 3 German war criminals Hinrichsen, Ruhl, Siebens and Viebahn freed
  • Apr 3 Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado
  • Apr 4 Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • Apr 5 Ceylon's Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), led by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike wins the general elections in a landslide
  • Apr 6 Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
  • Apr 7 10th NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 7 Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco
  • Apr 8 20th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Burke Jr. wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of amateur Ken Venturi; final Masters played without a 36-hole cut
  • Apr 8 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Island, South Carolina
  • Apr 10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Jean Béliveau has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 for a 4-1 series win

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Apr 11 French government decides to send 200,000 reservists to Algeria
  • Apr 11 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • Apr 12 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike's government takes office in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
  • Apr 13 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • Apr 14 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • Apr 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • Apr 16 1st solar powered radios go on sale
  • Apr 16 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in race record 2:14:14
  • 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 19 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium

Music release#1 in the Charts

Apr 21 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Apr 24 AL umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Noël Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, retires from the ring

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Apr 28 Last French troops leave Vietnam
  • Apr 28 Reds Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs
  • Apr 29 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • Apr 3 Boris Miljković, Serbian TV and theatre director, writer and lecturer, born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • Apr 4 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 4 Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
  • Apr 4 Tom Herr, American baseball player, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 4 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope), born in Waterville, Maine
  • Apr 5 Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler, born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • Apr 6 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • Apr 6 Mudassar Nazar, cricketer (son of Nazar Mohammad Pakistani batsman)
  • Apr 7 Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • Apr 7 Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor
  • Apr 8 Christine Boisson, French actress
  • Apr 8 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
  • Apr 9 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer, born in Lanús Partido, Argentina
  • Apr 12 Alex Briley, American actor (Can't Stop the Music), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Andy Garcia, Cuban-American actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Apr 12 Doris Baaten, Dutch actress (Sesame Street, Fien), born in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 12 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer (Mensch, Spruenge), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • Apr 12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 13 Michael Nikolay, German gymnast (Olympics silver 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 13 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, born in New Zealand (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 Gregory J. Harbaugh, American astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Michael Cooper, American NBA star (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia (d. 2003)
  • Apr 16 Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier, born in Les Diablerets, Vaud, Switzerland
  • Apr 17 Kaye Young, WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars), born in Bunn, North Carolina
  • Apr 17 Pillow [Theresa Jean Bell], American bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • Apr 18 David Edwards, American golfer (US Masters 1984 3rd; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Neosho, Missouri
  • Apr 18 Eric Roberts, American actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Apr 18 John James, American actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 18 Melody Thomas Scott, American actress (Nikki-Young & Restless), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress (Another World), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Apr 18 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress (Noorie), born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Apr 19 Sue Barker, British tennis player (French Open 1976), born in Paignton, England
  • Apr 20 Beatrice Ask, Swedish politician (Moderate Party), born in Sveg, Sweden
  • Apr 21 Rick DeMont, American 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • Apr 21 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • Apr 22 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • Apr 25 Jaroslava Schallerová, Hungarian actress (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 26 Koo Stark [Kathleen Dee-Anne], American photographer and actress (Emily), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 27 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, American beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 27 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Apr 28 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 28 Paul S Lockhart, Amarillo Tx, Major USAF/astronaut
  • Apr 28 Jimmy Barnes [James Swan], Australian singer-songwriter (For the Working Class Man), born in Glasgow
  • Apr 29 Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • Apr 29 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer
  • Apr 30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese baritone
  • Apr 30 Lars von Trier, Danish film director (Dancer in the Dark), born in Kongens Lyngby

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Actress Vera Miles (25) weds actor Gordon Scott (29)

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 18 US film actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony in Monaco

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly
  • Apr 19 American actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III (in Church)

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 23 Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Albert Marie Leon Adolphe de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo (1921-39), dies at 82
  • Apr 2 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • Apr 2 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • Apr 3 T Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
  • Apr 10 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • Apr 19 Ernst Robert Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • Apr 19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII), dies at 47
  • Apr 19 Leon N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52
  • Apr 20 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat mater), dies at 59
  • Apr 20 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 21 Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (The Scoundrel), dies at 60
  • Apr 24 Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • Apr 24 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • Apr 29 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78