On This Day

What Happened on November 5, 1956

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
  • Dutch Communist Party office of Felix Meritis seized
  • Israel liberates Sharm-el-Sheikh, reopening Gulf of Aqaba
  • Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Datis nuperrime

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

Famous Birthdays

  • Rob Fisher, Bath England, rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes)

Famous Deaths

  • Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47