On This Day

What Happened in July 1956

Historical Events

Sports History

Jul 1 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Wakonda CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 4 strokes from Louise Suggs; second of her 3 major titles

  • Jul 1 Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
  • Jul 2 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Jul 2 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • Jul 4 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
  • Jul 4 US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
  • Jul 5 France raises tobacco tax 20% due to war in Algeria

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian matchup Lew Hoad wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles crowns beating Ken Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

  • Jul 6 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 3 shots from Flory Van Donck of Belgium for his 3rd consecutive Open victory
  • Jul 6 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honour baseball's outstanding pitcher of the season
  • Jul 6 Cleveland outfielder Jim Busby hits a second grand slam on consecutive days during Indians 4-2 win v Kansas City A's
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton of England 6-3, 6-1 for her only Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 7 Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
  • Jul 7 Fritz Moravec reaches the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).

Television Premiere

Jul 7 "Hancock's Half Hour" premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

  • Jul 8 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

Film & TV History

Jul 9 Dick Clark's 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand

  • Jul 10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 10 650,000 US steel workers go on strike
  • Jul 10 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 10 Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, South Africa, a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC
  • Jul 13 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 14 Boston Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 15 Iharos runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • Jul 16 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million
  • Jul 16 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes part of Russian SFSR
  • Jul 16 King Faisal of Iraq begins visit to England
  • Jul 16 Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent

Film Release

Jul 17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

  • Jul 18 Erno Gero succeeds Matyas Rákosi as party leader of Hungary
  • Jul 19 US refuse to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 France recognizes Tunisian independence
  • Jul 20 Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island

Baseball Record

Jul 20 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

  • Jul 20 Confirmation of the first detection of the neutrino by Clyde Cowan, Frederick Reines, F. B. Harrison, H. W. Kruse, and A. D. McGuire published in "Science" (Cowan–Reines neutrino experiment)
  • Jul 21 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • Jul 21 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak
  • Jul 23 Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph
  • Jul 23 The Loi Cadre is passed by the French Republic in order to order French overseas territory affairs

Historic Event

Jul 24 Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow" premieres in London

  • Jul 24 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium
  • Jul 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Blue Hill CC: Masters champion Jack Burke Jr. wins his second major championship of the season, 3 & 2 over Ted Kroll
  • Jul 25 46 die in collision of the SS Andrea Doria and the MS Stockholm off the coast of Nantucket
  • Jul 25 Jordan attacks UN Palestine force

Historic Event

Jul 26 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announces plan to nationalize Suez Canal, initiating the "Suez Crisis"

  • Jul 27 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia's 1st innings in 4th Test at Manchester; best return ever in Test cricket; bettered in 2nd innings 10-53
  • Jul 28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • Jul 29 US Open Women's Golf, Northland CC: Kathy Cornelius wins her only major title in an 18-hole playoff by 7 strokes over amateur Barbara McIntire

Historic Event

Jul 29 Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)

  • Jul 29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 30 US motto "In God We Trust" authorized
  • Jul 31 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings; match figures 19-90 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; England win by innings & 170 runs

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Lorna Patterson, American actress (Airplane, Pvt Benjamin), born in Whittier, California
  • Jul 1 Brian Sabean, American MLB executive (San Francisco Giants World Series 2010, 2012, 2014), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Jul 1 Alan Ruck, American actor (Spin City), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 1 Kenneth Fuchs, American Grammy Award-winning classical composer, and college professor
  • Jul 2 Jeffrey Cooper, American R&B guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • Jul 2 Jerry Hall, American model, married to Mick Jagger and Rupert Murdoch (Batman, Freejack), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • Jul 2 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Eddie Edwards, South African tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 3 Montel Williams, American TV talk show host (Montel), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 3 Vincent Margera "Don Vito", American reality TV Viva La Bam castmember, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 5 James Lofton, American NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders), born in Fort Ord, California
  • Jul 5 Patricia "Patsy" Pease, American actress (Kimberly-Days of Our Lives), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jul 6 John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 6 Matt Bahr, American NFL placekicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 6 Casey Sander, American actor (Mike-The Big Bang Theory), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 7 Bill Lagattuta, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours, Eye to Eye), born in New York City, New York
  • Jul 8 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 8 Russell Christian, British rock keyboardist, and vocalist (The Christians - "Harvest For The World"), born in Liverpool, England

Tom Hanks

Jul 9 Tom Hanks, American actor (Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), born in Concord, California

  • Jul 10 Tom McClintock, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in White Plains, New York
  • Jul 11 Sela Ward, Meridian Miss, actress (Hilary-Emerald Point NAS, Sisters)
  • Jul 12 Mel Harris [Mary Ellen], American actress (Hope-30 Something), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 12 Mario Soto, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 13 Bill Caudill, American MLB reliever (All Star 1984), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jul 13 Michael Spinks, American boxer (undisputed world light heavyweight title 1983-85; lineal world heavyweight title 1985-88; Olympic gold middleweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 14 Vladimir Kulich, Czech actor
  • Jul 14 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 15 Joe Satriani, American rock guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • Jul 15 Kathy Kreiner, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • Jul 15 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division - "Transmission") (d. 1980)
  • Jul 16 Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter (Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes), born in New York

Bryan Trottier

Jul 17 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

  • Jul 17 Robert Romanus, American actor, born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jul 17 Julie Bishop, Australian Liberal Party politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2013-present), born in Lobethal, South Australia
  • Jul 18 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress and singer (Dallas; Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Razor Shines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Jul 19 Yoshiaki Yatsu, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW/WCCW/WWF) and mixed martial artist, born in Oura, Gunma, Japan
  • Jul 19 Peter Barton, American actor (Powers of Matthew Star), born in Valley Stream, New York
  • Jul 20 Charlie Magri, Tunisian British world champ flyweight boxer (1983), born in Tunis, Tunisia

Mima Jausovec

Jul 20 Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavian tennis player (French Open-1977), born in Maribor, Yugoslavia

  • Jul 20 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London, England
  • Jul 20 Jim Prentice, Canadian politician, Premier of Alberta (2014-15), born in South Porcupine, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jul 20 Michael Gordon, American contemporary classical composer (Natural History; Anonymous Man), and new music promoter (Bang on a Can Festival), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 21 Michael Connelly, American crime writer (Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch novels), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Mick Pointer, British rock drummer (Marillion), born in Brill, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Jul 24 Charles Crist, Governor of Florida
  • Jul 25 Frances Arnold, American Chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2018), born in Edgewood, Pennsylvania

Dorothy Hamill

Jul 26 Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jul 26 Tommy Rich, American professional wrestler, born in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • Jul 27 Carol Leifer, American actress and comedian, born in East Williston, New York
  • Jul 27 Duncan Cameron, American guitarist (Sawyer Brown) and commercial pilot, born in Utica, New York
  • Jul 29 Patti Scialfa, American singer-songwriter ("As Long As I Can Be (With You)"), wife of Bruce Springsteen, born in Deal, New Jersey
  • Jul 29 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • Jul 29 Ronnie Musgrove, Former Governor of Mississippi
  • Jul 30 Anita Hill, American academic and attorney, accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, born in Lone Tree, Oklahoma
  • Jul 30 Delta Burke, American actress (Suzanne-Designing Women), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jul 30 Phil Fearon, English rocker (Galaxy, Kandidate-I Don't Want to Lose You), born in London
  • Jul 30 Soraida Martinez, American painter and creator of Verdadism, born in Manhattan, New York City

Michael Biehn

Jul 31 Michael Biehn, American actor (Rampage, Hog Wild, Aliens, Abyss), born in Anniston, Alabama

  • Jul 31 Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts (2007-15), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 31 Bill Callahan, American college football and NFL coach (Nebraska; Oakland Raiders), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Ben Bradlee

Jul 6 Journalist Ben Bradlee (34) weds Antoinette Pinchot

Pol Pot

Jul 14 30th Prime Minister of Cambodia Pol Pot (31) marries Khieu Ponnary


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 7 Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, dies at 70
  • Jul 8 Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, dutch min of Justice (Nobel 54), dies
  • Jul 8 Giovanni Papini, Italian author/poet (Un Uomo Finito), dies at 75
  • Jul 10 Joe Giard, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jul 12 Maurice Lippens, Belgian governor of Congo (1921-23), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, Soviet-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 14 Jaroslav Řídký, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 16 Brian Norton, South African tennis player (Wimbledon 1921 runner-up), dies at 56
  • Jul 17 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), dies at 78
  • Jul 18 Willem Kernkamp, Dutch minister of Colonies (Islam & Woman), dies at 57
  • Jul 20 Ken Burn, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies at 93
  • Jul 20 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician, dies at 87
  • Jul 26 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Jul 27 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep (12 Tests for South Africa 1910-28), dies at 73
  • Jul 29 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves), dies at 83
  • Jul 30 Maude Royden, English suffragist and preacher, dies at 79