On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 1956

Historical Events

Film 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

Sports History

Chess "Game of the Century": 13-year-old Bobby Fischer defeats 1953 U.S. Champion Donald Byrne in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City

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

Famous Birthdays

Mae Jemison

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

  • 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? 65 years, 1 month and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

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