On This Day

Historical Events in April 1956

  • Apr 1 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank & Damn Yankees win
  • Apr 1 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
  • Apr 2 Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
  • Apr 2 Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
  • Apr 3 Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated
  • Apr 3 German war criminals Hinrichsen, Ruhl, Siebens and Viebahn freed
  • Apr 3 Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado
  • Apr 4 Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • Apr 5 Ceylon's Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), led by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike wins the general elections in a landslide
  • Apr 6 Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
  • Apr 7 10th NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 7 Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco
  • Apr 8 20th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Burke Jr. wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of amateur Ken Venturi; final Masters played without a 36-hole cut
  • Apr 8 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Island, South Carolina
  • Apr 10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Jean Béliveau has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 for a 4-1 series win

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Apr 11 French government decides to send 200,000 reservists to Algeria
  • Apr 11 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • Apr 12 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike's government takes office in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
  • Apr 13 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • Apr 14 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • Apr 14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • Apr 16 1st solar powered radios go on sale
  • Apr 16 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in race record 2:14:14
  • Apr 17 Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
  • Apr 17 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • Apr 17 USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
  • Apr 17 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
  • Apr 18 Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
  • Apr 19 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium

Music release#1 in the Charts

Apr 21 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Apr 24 AL umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Noël Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Apr 26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • Apr 27 Burma Premier U Nu's Volksliga voor Vrijheid loses election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, retires from the ring

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Apr 28 Last French troops leave Vietnam

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 28 Cincinnati Reds outfielder Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • Apr 29 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 29 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting