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 (executed 1949)
  • 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: Despite 30 points from Pistons forward George Yardley, Philadelphia Warriors beat Fort Wayne, 99-88; Warriors wrap up series, 4-1
  • 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 US Marine Corps recruits drown during a night "marsh march" in Ribbon Creek at Parris Island, South Carolina; drill instructor Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon is court-martialed
  • Apr 10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs

Sports History

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

  • 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 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • Apr 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder

Theatrical Finale

Apr 14 Cole Porter's final Broadway musical "Silk Stockings", loosely based on the Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", closes at the Imperial Theatre, NYC, after 478 performances

  • 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 Valko Chervenkov 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 MLB baseball game in New Jersey - Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Apr 24 AL umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game

Music Premiere

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Baseball Record

Apr 28 Cincinnati Reds outfielder Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs

  • Apr 28 Last French troops leave Vietnam
  • 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 Boris Miljković, Serbian TV and theatre director, writer and lecturer, born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • Apr 3 Ray Combs, American comedian and TV host (Family Feud, 1988-94), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Apr 4 Allan Harris, American jazz singer and guitarist (Cross That River; Kate's Soulfood), born in Harlem, New York City
  • Apr 4 David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer (Picket Fences, Chicago Hope), born in Waterville, Maine
  • Apr 4 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 4 Tom Herr, American baseball player, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 4 William Joseph Burns, American Diplomat and government official (Director of the CIA 2021-), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 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 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Apr 6 Mudassar Nazar, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (76 Tests, 10 x 100s, HS 231, 66 wickets; Lahore CA, UBL), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Apr 7 Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • Apr 7 Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor
  • Apr 8 Christine Boisson, French actress, born in Salon-de-Provence, France
  • Apr 8 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer (Best in Show), born in Rochester, England
  • Apr 8 Justin Sullivan, British rock singer-songwriter (New Model Army), born in Jordans, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 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 Matthew Peaceman, American oboist, conductor, composer (Abyss/Scorched Earth), and teacher, born in New York City (d. 2008)
  • 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 Elizabeth Lindsey, American explorer, filmmaker (Then There Were None), and actress (China Beach; The Byrds of Paradise), born in Oahu, Territory of Hawaii
  • Apr 17 Kaye Young, American WBL forward (NY Stars, NJ Stars), born in Bunn, North Carolina
  • Apr 17 Pillow [Theresa Jean Bell], American bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)
  • Apr 18 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress (Another World), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • 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 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress (Noorie), born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Apr 19 Gary Langan, British sound engineer, record producer, and musician (The Art of Noise, 1983-86), born in Surrey, England
  • 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 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • Apr 21 Rick DeMont, American 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • Apr 22 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • Apr 22 Kenny Lyon, American rock guitarist, bassist, music producer, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 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 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 Jimmy Barnes [Swan], Scottish-Australian rock and blues singer-songwriter ("For the Working Class Man"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 28 Paul S. Lockhart, American Major USAF and astronaut, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Apr 29 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer (Zoo), born in Harstad, Norway
  • Apr 30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese operatic baritone, born in Porto, Portugal
  • Apr 30 Lars von Trier, Danish film director (Dancer in the Dark), born in Kongens Lyngby

Famous Weddings

Vera Miles

Apr 14 Actress Vera Miles (25) weds actor Gordon Scott (29); divorce in 1954

Wedding of Interest

Apr 18 American film actress Grace Kelly (26) weds Prince Rainier III of Monaco (33) in a civil ceremony at the Prince's Palace in Monaco-Ville, Monaco

  • Apr 19 American film actress Grace Kelly (26) weds Monaco's Prince Rainier III (33) in a religious ceremony at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco-Ville, Monaco

C. S. Lewis

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


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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 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 Leon Junschlaeger, Dutch sailor, soldier, and head of military intelligence in Dutch Indonesia, dies after a series of strokes while on trial fighting charges of subversion at 52
  • Apr 19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII), dies at 47
  • 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 Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78