On This Day

What Happened in August 1956

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 3 American sprinter Willie Williams sets 100m world record at 10.1 in Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 4 German Wilhelm Herz becomes first to ride motorcycle at 200mph (210mph/338kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Aug 4 Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
  • Aug 4 Lee Petty dismounts car on lap 32, waves red flag to field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed
  • Aug 5 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American national broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Boston Red Sox fine slugger Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at heckling Boston fans, third incident in 3 weeks

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 7 British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
  • Aug 7 Dynamite transport explodes in Colombia; about 1200 die
  • Aug 7 51-year-old Satchel Paige (Miami Marlins) wins a game before the largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000 at Miami’s Orange Bowl; International League: Marlins 6-2 v Columbus Jets
  • Aug 8 Fire & explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium
  • Aug 8 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
  • Aug 9 1st state-wide state-supported educational TV network, Alabama

  • Aug 9 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
  • Aug 10 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • Aug 11 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
  • Aug 12 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 13 Elvis Presley releases music single "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Aug 13 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 16 Adlai E Stevenson nominated as US Democratic presidential candidate
  • Aug 16 Indians' Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4
  • Aug 17 Federal Constitutional Court bans the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in West Germany
  • Aug 17 One of the largest demonstrations in South Africa's history, 20,000 women marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings to present petition against carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister
  • Aug 18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 18 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" reach #1 in the charts
  • Aug 20 Republicans convene at Cow Palace
  • Aug 21 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 Elvis Presley begins filming "Love Me Tender" (The Reno Brothers)

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 22 US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 24 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 25 To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • Aug 26 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 26 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • Aug 27 Curt Robert of Columbus (Intl League) hits 4 HRs in 7 inning game
  • Aug 28 Australia clings on for a draw in 5th Test at The Oval, London; England retain cricket Ashes with Jim Laker's 46 wickets a record series haul
  • Aug 28 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Aug 29 French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • Aug 30 USSR performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
  • Aug 30 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
  • Aug 30 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opens in Louisiana, longest continuous bridge in the world

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Tom Leykis, American radio personality (The Tom Leykis Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 1 Doug Burgum, American businessman (Great Plains Software) and politician, Governor of North Dakota (2016-), born in Arthur, North Dakota
  • Aug 2 Isabel Pantoja, Spanish singer (Genio y Figura), born in Seville, Spain
  • Aug 2 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author, born in Gorizia, Italy
  • Aug 3 Balwinder Sandhu, Indian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests; 22 ODIs), born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 3 Kirk Brandon, English rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland), born in Westminster, London
  • Aug 3 Abhisit Vejjajiva, 27th Prime Minister of Thailand (2008-11), born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England
  • Aug 3 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Aug 4 Gerry Cooney, American heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Aug 5 Ferdi Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)

Person of interestMaureen McCormick

Aug 5 Maureen McCormick, American actress (Marcia-Brady Bunch), born in Encino, California

  • Aug 6 Stepfanie Kramer, American actress (Claudia-We Got it Made, Hunter), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 7 Kent Rominger, American astronaut (STS 73, 80, 85), born in Del Norte, California
  • Aug 8 Chris Foreman [Chrissy Boy], English guitarist (Madness-Burning Down the House), born in London
  • Aug 8 David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
  • Aug 10 Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat, Australian tennis player (1977 Australian Open doubles winner and single finalist), born in Albury, New South Wales
  • Aug 10 Tugboat [Fred Ottman], WWF wrestler
  • Aug 11 Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician
  • Aug 12 Bruce Greenwood, actor (Spy, Another Chance, Malibu Bikini Shop)
  • Aug 12 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • Aug 12 Terry Taylor [Paul Klause], wrestler (WCW/WWF/NWA, Red Rooster)
  • Aug 14 Sharon Bryant, American vocalist (Atlantic Starr), born in Westchester County, New York
  • Aug 14 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver, born in Arnold, Missouri
  • Aug 15 Gordon Bruks, England, Dr/cosmonaut
  • Aug 15 Vinny Denunzio, American drummer (The Feelies), born in New Jersey
  • Aug 15 Lorraine Desmarais, French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 15 Peter-John Vettese, Scottish keyboardist (Jethro Tull, 1982-89), songwriter, arranger, and producer born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Aug 16 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Aug 16 Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • Aug 16 Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 17 Gail Berman, American film executive, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 17 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist, born in Ponteareas, Spain
  • Aug 18 Sandeep Patil, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981), born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 18 John Debney, American composer, born in Glendale, California
  • Aug 18 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 19 Adam Arkin, actor (Busting Loose, Pearl, Northern Exposure), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 19 Cindy Nelson, American skier (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Aug 20 Alvin Greenidge, West Indian cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff), born in Bath Village, Christ Church, Barbados
  • Aug 20 Joan Allen, American actress (Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker, In Country), born in Rochelle, Illinois
  • Aug 20 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)

Person of interestKim Cattrall

Aug 21 Kim Cattrall, British Canadian actress (Mannequin, Sex and the City), born in Liverpool, England

Actress Kim Cattrall
Actress
Kim Cattrall
  • Aug 22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa
  • Aug 22 Paul Molitor, infielder (Mn Twins, 1993 World Series MVP), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 22 Peter Taylor, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-92), born in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 23 David Wolf, American astronaut (STS 58, sk: 89/91), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 23 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (Floer homology), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician, born in Kvam, Norway
  • Aug 23 Skipp Sudduth, American actor (Third Watch), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • Aug 23 Kile Smith, American contemporary orchestral and choral composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Aug 24 John Culberson, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 25 Matt Aitken, English songwriter and rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Coventry, England
  • Aug 25 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Aug 26 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • Aug 27 Glen Matlock, British rock bassist (Sex Pistols; The Philistines), born in Paddington, London
  • Aug 28 Beverley Goddard-Callender, English track and field athlete (Olympic bronze 1980, 84), born in Barbados
  • Aug 28 Luis Guzmán, Puerto Rican actor (The Limey), born in Cayey, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 29 GG [Jesus Christ] Allin, American punk rock singer, born in Lancaster, New Hampshire (d. 1993)
  • Aug 30 Jayne Irving, English TV hostess (Live at 3), born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire

Person of interestTsai Ing-wen

Aug 31 Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese politician, academic and 7th President of the Republic of China (Democratic Progressive Party: 2016-), born in Taipei, Taiwan

7th President of the Republic of China Tsai Ing-wen
7th President of the Republic of China
Tsai Ing-wen
  • Aug 31 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 5 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 12 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand

  • Aug 14 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 19 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 21 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Aug 27 Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt (32) weds "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (32)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109
  • Aug 5 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, dies at 27

Person of interestJackson Pollock

Aug 11 Jackson Pollock, abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)

  • Aug 13 Harry Donnan, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1891-96), dies
  • Aug 14 Freiherr Constantine von Neurath, German foreign min (1932-38), dies
  • Aug 14 Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Aug 15 Constantine Freiherr von Neurath, German foreign minister, dies at 83

Person of interestBela Lugosi

Aug 16 Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

  • Aug 24 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • Aug 25 Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (Kinsey Report), dies from a heart ailment and pneumonia at 62
  • Aug 26 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, dies at 75
  • Aug 30 Anita Donostia [Jose Antonio de Donostia], Spanish composer, musicologist and priest, dies at 70