What Happened on November 5, 1956

Historical Events

Television Debut

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

  • 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

Catholic Encyclical

Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Datis nuperrime

1956 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Helen O'Hara [Bevington], British rock violinist (Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Bristol, England
  • Jeff Watson, American rock guitarist (Night Ranger, 1982–89 & 1996–2007 - "Sister Christain"), born in Sacramento, California
  • Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes - "Always Something There to Remind Me"), born in Bath, England (d. 1999)
Born in 1956

Famous Deaths

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

About November 5, 1956

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 4 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: A Woman In Love - Frankie Laine