On This Day

Historical Events in July 1956

Sports History

Jul 1 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Wakonda CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 4 strokes from Louise Suggs; second of her 3 major titles

  • Jul 1 Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
  • Jul 2 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Jul 2 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • Jul 4 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
  • Jul 4 US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
  • Jul 5 France raises tobacco tax 20% due to war in Algeria

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian matchup Lew Hoad wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles crowns beating Ken Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

  • Jul 6 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 3 shots from Flory Van Donck of Belgium for his 3rd consecutive Open victory
  • Jul 6 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honour baseball's outstanding pitcher of the season
  • Jul 6 Cleveland outfielder Jim Busby hits a second grand slam on consecutive days during Indians 4-2 win v Kansas City A's
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton of England 6-3, 6-1 for her only Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 7 Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
  • Jul 7 Fritz Moravec reaches the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).

Television Premiere

Jul 7 "Hancock's Half Hour" premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

  • Jul 8 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

Film & TV History

Jul 9 Dick Clark's 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand

  • Jul 10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 10 650,000 US steel workers go on strike
  • Jul 10 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Jul 10 Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, South Africa, a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC
  • Jul 13 WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 14 Boston Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 15 Iharos runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • Jul 16 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million
  • Jul 16 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes part of Russian SFSR
  • Jul 16 King Faisal of Iraq begins visit to England
  • Jul 16 Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent

Film Release

Jul 17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

  • Jul 18 Erno Gero succeeds Matyas Rákosi as party leader of Hungary
  • Jul 19 US refuse to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 France recognizes Tunisian independence
  • Jul 20 Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • Jul 20 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island

Baseball Record

Jul 20 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

  • Jul 20 Confirmation of the first detection of the neutrino by Clyde Cowan, Frederick Reines, F. B. Harrison, H. W. Kruse, and A. D. McGuire published in "Science" (Cowan–Reines neutrino experiment)
  • Jul 21 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • Jul 21 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak
  • Jul 23 Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph
  • Jul 23 The Loi Cadre is passed by the French Republic in order to order French overseas territory affairs

Historic Event

Jul 24 Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow" premieres in London

  • Jul 24 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium
  • Jul 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Blue Hill CC: Masters champion Jack Burke Jr. wins his second major championship of the season, 3 & 2 over Ted Kroll
  • Jul 25 46 die in collision of the SS Andrea Doria and the MS Stockholm off the coast of Nantucket
  • Jul 25 Jordan attacks UN Palestine force

Historic Event

Jul 26 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announces plan to nationalize Suez Canal, initiating the "Suez Crisis"

  • Jul 27 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia's 1st innings in 4th Test at Manchester; best return ever in Test cricket; bettered in 2nd innings 10-53
  • Jul 28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • Jul 29 US Open Women's Golf, Northland CC: Kathy Cornelius wins her only major title in an 18-hole playoff by 7 strokes over amateur Barbara McIntire

Historic Event

Jul 29 Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)

  • Jul 29 WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 30 US motto "In God We Trust" authorized
  • Jul 31 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings; match figures 19-90 in 4th Test at Old Trafford; England win by innings & 170 runs