On This Day

What Happened on September 14, 1956

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 1st prefrontal lobotomy performed in Washington, D.C.

Historic InventionIBM 305 RAMAC

IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, 1st commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton
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IBM 305 RAMAC at the U.S. Army Red River Arsenal; foreground: two 350 disk drives; background: 380 console and 305 processing unit
IBM 305 RAMAC at the U.S. Army Red River Arsenal; foreground: two 350 disk drives; background: 380 console and 305 processing unit

Famous Birthdays

  • Kostas Karamanlis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece 2004-09), born in Athens, Greece
  • Lefteris Zagoritis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Rhodes, Greece
  • Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, born in Hillingdon, England (d. 2018)

Famous Weddings

  • British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (26) marries 1st wife actress Vivien Merchant (27)