On This Day

What Happened in February 1956

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • Feb 1 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 1 Hayes Alan Jenkins leads only US sweep of Olympic men's figure skating medals at the Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Games; Ronald Robertson wins silver with bronze to Jenkins' younger brother, David
  • Feb 2 Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
  • Feb 2 Despite a severe ankle injury Tenley Albright leads an American 1-2 in the women's figure skating at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Carol Heiss takes the silver medal
  • Feb 3 Autherine Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
  • Feb 3 Toni Sailer of Austria wins the downhill at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; becomes first athlete to sweep all 3 alpine skiing events in a single Olympics
  • Feb 4 AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
  • Feb 4 Soviet Union beats Canada, 2-0 at Cortina d'Ampezzo to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal; US takes silver, Canada bronze
  • Feb 5 VII Winter Olympic Games close in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • Feb 5 NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • Feb 5 Finland goes 1-2 in the ski jumping at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Antti Hyvärinen takes gold ahead of teammate Aulis Kallakorpi
  • Feb 6 Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
  • Feb 6 French Prime Minister Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
  • Feb 6 University of Alabama suspends African-American student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety
  • Feb 8 Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die

  • Feb 9 -5°F (-20.6°C) in Sicily
  • Feb 9 KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9 R Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
  • Feb 10 "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Feb 11 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • Feb 13 KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • Feb 14 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Feb 14 Indonesia withdraws from Netherlands Indonesian Union
  • Feb 14 Verhoeven, Nauta and De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
  • Feb 15 Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
  • Feb 15 Pirates & KC As cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
  • Feb 17 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
  • Feb 20 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 22 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
  • Feb 23 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 23 13th Golden Globes: "East of Eden", Ernest Borgnine, & Anna Magnani win

  • Feb 24 Walter Piston's 5th Symphony, commissioned by the Juilliard School of Music for their 50th anniversary, premiere performance by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jean Morel

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Feb 25 Nikita Khrushchev denounces Joseph Stalin at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
Ted Hughes
  • Feb 27 Female suffrage granted in Egypt
  • Feb 28 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott, Massachusetts
  • Feb 28 American engineer Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
  • Feb 29 Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 US President Eisenhower announces he will seek a 2nd term

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 MLB's Cleveland Indians franchise is sold for nearly $4m; former player and the team’s general manager Hank Greenberg is part of the new ownership group

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor & comedian, born in Sattenapalle, India
  • Feb 1 Exene Cervenka, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 1 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NJ Devils) and coach (St. Louis Blues 2003-07), born in Newmarket, Canada
  • Feb 3 Nathan Lane, actor (One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Feb 3 Pamela Cossey, England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
  • Feb 3 John Jefferson, American football player
  • Feb 3 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Feb 5 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 5 Vincent "Vinnie" Colaiuta, American touring and session rock and jazz drummer (Frank Zappa; Joni Mitchell; Sting), born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 6 Jon Walmsley, British actor (Jason in The Waltons), born in Lancashire, England
  • Feb 6 Linda Grovenor, American actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 7 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • Feb 7 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
  • Feb 9 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Feb 11 Catherine Hickland, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • Feb 11 Didier Lockwood, French violinist, born in Calais, France (d. 2018)
  • Feb 11 Raoul Björkenheim, American avant-garde jazz guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestArsenio Hall

Feb 12 Arsenio Hall, Anerican comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Comedian and TV Host Arsenio Hall
Comedian and TV Host
Arsenio Hall
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- ), born in Gouda, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Clarkston, Scotland
  • Feb 13 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 13 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order - "Round & Round"; "Run"), born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Richard Eden, Canadian actor (Brick-Santa Barbara, Solar Crisis, Robocop), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner, born in Tripoli, Greece
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Feb 14 Dave Dravecky, American pitcher & amputee (SF Giants), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Howard Edward Davis Jr., American boxer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 15 Desmond Haynes, West Indian cricket batsman and administrator (116 Tests; 7,487 runs @ 42.29; 238 ODIs; Director WI Cricket Board), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Feb 17 Richard Karn [Wilson], American actor (Home Improvement) and TV game show host (Family Feud), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 18 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer, born in Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Feb 19 Kathleen Beller, American actress (Promises in the Dark, Dynasty, The Betsy), born in Westchester, New York
  • Feb 19 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • Feb 19 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • Feb 19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate

Person of interestJeffrey Robert Immelt

Feb 19 Jeffrey Robert Immelt, American chairman of General Electric, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Chairman of General Electric Jeffrey Robert Immelt
Chairman of General Electric
Jeffrey Robert Immelt
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20 Charlie Adler, American voice actor
  • Feb 21 Woody Brown, actor (Cliff-Facts of Life), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 22 Amy Alcott, American golfer (5-time major title winner; US Open 1980), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Person of interestEddie Murray

Feb 24 Eddie Murray, American MLB Hall of Fame 1st baseman, 8x All-star, 3x Golden Glove (Baltimore Orioles, 1977-88 & 96; L.A. Dodgers, 1989-91 & 97, and three other teams), born in Los Angeles, California

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Feb 24 Paula Zahn, American journalist and news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning, Fox, CNN, PBS), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 24 Judith Butler, American philosopher, and gender theorist, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 25 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • Feb 26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer, born in Chigasaki, Japan
  • Feb 28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • Feb 28 Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
  • Feb 29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • Feb 29 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer whose life portrayed in film "Monsters", born in Troy, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • Feb 29 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady), dies at 86
  • Feb 2 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3 Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • Feb 3 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Leendert Antonie Donker, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA), dies at 56
  • Feb 4 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74

Person of interestConnie Mack

Feb 8 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Feb 18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 26 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron and painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 28 Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)

Person of interestElpidio Quirino

Feb 29 Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino