On This Day

What Happened on August 8, 1956

Historical Events

  • Fire & explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium
  • WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Foreman, British pop-ska guitarist (Madness - "Our House"; "It Must Be Love"), born in London
  • David Grant, British pop-soul singer ("Stop & Go"; "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"), and televeion personality (Pop Idol), born in Hackney, London, England
1956 Highlights

About August 8, 1956

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 10 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Whatever Will Be Will Be - Doris Day