On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 1956

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

"Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas, premieres in New York

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • England's 1st large scale nuclear power station opens
  • Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestMae Jemison

Mae Jemison, 1st African American woman in space (STS 47), born in Decatur, Alabama

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • Robin LO Linschoten, Dutch ass. secretary of Social Affairs (VVD)

Famous Deaths

  • Anne Crawford, British film actress (Knights of the Round Table), dies of leukaemia at 35
1956 Highlights

About October 17, 1956

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 1 month and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra