On This Day

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

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, 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)

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, 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? 64 years, 11 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer