On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1956

Historical Events

  • France recognizes Tunisian independence
  • Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie Magri, world champ flyweight boxer (1983)
  • Jim Prentice, Canadian politician

Person of interestMima Jausovec

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

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London

Famous Deaths

  • James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician, dies at 87
  • Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
1956 Highlights

About July 20, 1956

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 64 years and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer