On This Day

What Happened on November 5, 1956

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

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Datis nuperrime

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII

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

  • Helen O'Hara [Bevington], British rock violinist (Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"), born in Bristol, England
  • Jeff Watson, American rock guitarist (Night Ranger), born in Sacramento, California
  • Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, England (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
1956 Highlights

About November 5, 1956

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 10 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

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