On This Day

What Happened on March 17, 1956

Historical Events

Famous Birthdays

  • Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy
  • Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist
  • Rory McGrath, British comedian, television personality, and writer (Who Dares Wins, They Think It's All Over), born in Redruth, Cornwall
  • Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)

Famous Deaths

  • Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61

Irene Joliot-Curie

Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel laureate 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies at 58


1956 Highlights

About March 17, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 8 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

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