Historical Events in June 1956

Historic Event

Jun 2 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow

  • Jun 3 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
  • Jun 3 KGUN TV channel 9 in Tucson, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Jun 4 'Secret speech' by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticising Joseph Stalin is made public

Television Finale

Jun 5 "Milton Berle Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Jun 5 US Federal court rules racial segregation on Montgomery buses anti-Constitutional
  • Jun 6 David Marshall, Singapore's first Chief Minister, resigns.
  • Jun 7 Singapore government of Marshall resigns
  • Jun 8 Lim Yem Hock forms Singapore government
  • Jun 8 Richard B. Fitzgibbon, Jr. killed by another USAF airman in Vietnam, becoming the first American killed in the Vietnam War
  • Jun 8 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 9 Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
  • Jun 10 XVI Summer Olympic equestrian events open in Stockholm
  • Jun 13 "Shangri-La" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Jun 13 1st European Cup Final, Paris: H├ęctor Rial scores twice as Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 4-3 to claim inaugural title
  • Jun 13 Parliamentary election: Dutch Democrats 50/KVP 49
  • Jun 13 The last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt
  • Jun 14 "New Faces of 1956" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • Jun 16 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8

US Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Cary Middlecoff wins his second Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Julius Boros and Ben Hogan

Historic Event

Jun 17 Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister

Music History

Jun 19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 10 years, and 16 films

Sports History

Jun 20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers, the only player to ever do so

  • Jun 20 Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed
  • Jun 21 Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere
  • Jun 21 German DR frees almost 19,000 prisoners
  • Jun 21 Oriole Connie Johnson beats WS Jack Harshman (1-0) in dual 1 hitters
  • Jun 22 6th Berlin International Film Festival: "Invitation to the Dance" wins Golden Bear

Television Finale

Jun 23 "Jimmy Durante Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Jun 23 "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8

Election of Interest

Jun 23 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected President of Egypt

LPGA Championship

Jun 24 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Forest Lake CC: Marlene Hagge wins her only major title; beats Patty Berg by 2 strokes in a sudden-death playoff

  • Jun 24 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 27 Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings
  • Jun 28 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates (Chicago Illinois)
  • Jun 28 Riots break out in Poznan, Poland, 38 die
  • Jun 29 American Charles Dumas records first high jump over 7' (2.13m) during US Olympic Trials at Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 29 Dutch PM Drees refuses resignation of Queen Juliana (Greet Hofmans)
  • Jun 29 US Federal interstate highway system act signed
  • Jun 30 HArry WArren and JAmes Hilton's musical "Shangri-La", based on Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon, and featuring Jack Cassidy and Alice Ghostley, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 21 performances

Musical Finale

Jun 30 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Pipe Dream", based on John Steinbeck's novel "Sweet Thursday", closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 245 performances, and a Tony Award for costume design

  • Jun 30 United DC-7 & TWA collide over Grand Canyon killing 128

Historic Publication

Jun 30 Vladimir Lenin's politics testament (1923) published in Moscow