On This Day

What Happened on November 3, 1956

Historical Events

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" televised for 1st time - hosted by Bert Lahr and 10 year old Liza Minnelli, as the finale of the Ford Star Jubilee series (CBS-TV)

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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
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  • Suez Crisis: After several days of fighting, Israeli forces capture the Gaza Strip

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Welch, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1990; Oakland A's; World Series 1981, 89, 2001), born in Seal Beach, California (d. 2014)
  • Gary Ross, American film director
  • Kevin Murphy, American actor and puppeteer
1956 Highlights

About November 3, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 11 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

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