What Happened on July 20, 1956

Historical Events

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

Baseball Record

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie Magri, Tunisian British world champ flyweight boxer (1983), born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • Jim Prentice, Canadian politician, Premier of Alberta (2014-15), born in South Porcupine, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Michael Gordon, American contemporary classical composer (Natural History; Anonymous Man), and new music promoter (Bang on a Can Festival), born in Miami, Florida

Mima JausovecMima Jausovec (66 years old)

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

  • Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician, dies at 87
  • Ken Burn, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies at 93
1956 Highlights

About July 20, 1956

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon