On This Day

What Happened on March 20, 1956

Historical Events

  • E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
  • Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (USSR) explodes
  • Tunisia gains independence from France
  • Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
  • USSR performs nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Alphonso Martin, British reggae percussionist and vocalist (Steel Pulse, 1977-91 - "Prodigal Son"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Phillip Oppenhein, British MP

Famous Deaths

  • Wilhelm Miklas, Austrian politician and 3rd President of Austria (1928-38), dies at 83
1956 Highlights

About March 20, 1956

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 8 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

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