On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1956

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Federal Constitutional Court bans the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in West Germany
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • Gail Berman, American film executive