On This Day

What Happened on October 6, 1956

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Iron quartet premieres in Leningrad

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Scientist Albert Sabin announces that his oral polio vaccine is ready for testing; it would soon supplant Jonas Salk's vaccine in many parts of the world

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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Famous Birthdays

  • Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist

Famous Weddings

  • South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

LoveWedding of Interest

Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Famous Deaths

  • Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), dies at 70
  • Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
1956 Highlights

About October 6, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 1 month and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra