On This Day

Historical Events in March 1956

  • Mar 1 The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Mar 1 "Crazy Arms" single released by Ray Price - his 1st no.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1956)
  • Mar 2 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France

Music Single

Mar 2 "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" single cover released by Elvis Presley

  • Mar 3 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Mar 3 Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars breaks 20-year old world record for 100m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • Mar 3 Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • Mar 3 Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • Mar 3 Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
  • Mar 3 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64
  • Mar 5 "King Kong" 1st televised
  • Mar 9 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
  • Mar 9 Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • Mar 10 General strike in Cyprus protesting exile of archbishop Makarios
  • Mar 10 Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
  • Mar 11 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her 3rd Titleholders title by 1 stroke from Patty Berg
  • Mar 12 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
  • Mar 13 NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win

Film Release

Mar 13 "The Searchers" American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released

Contract of Interest

Mar 14 50-year-old baseball pitching star Satchel Paige signs a contract to play for and manage the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League

  • Mar 15 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances

Pro Wrestling

Mar 15 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion

  • Mar 16 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 16 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 19 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75
  • Mar 20 Edward Ochab succeeds BolesÅ‚aw Bierut as 1st secretary of the Polish Communist Party
  • Mar 20 Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (USSR) erupts
  • Mar 20 Tunisia gains independence from France when the Protocol agreement signed between the two countries
  • Mar 20 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Mar 20 Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
  • Mar 21 "The Rose Tattoo" wins 3 Academy awards, including Anna Manini for Best Actress and Cinematography (Black & White)

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis, Jr. and father Sammy Davis, Sr. opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances

  • Mar 23 Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
  • Mar 23 Sudan becomes independent
  • Mar 24 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats Iowa, 83-71; Dons' back-to-back National titles
  • Mar 24 Wales beats France, 5-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 13th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 24 110th Grand National: race best remembered for Devon Loch's inexplicable fall on final straight, just 40 yards from a certain victory; Dave Dick wins aboard E.S.B.
  • Mar 26 Medic Alert Foundation forms
  • Mar 26 Red Buttons stars as an angel on TV anthology series "Studio One" episode "Tale of St. Emergency"
  • Mar 27 French commandos land in Algeria
  • Mar 30 USSR performs nuclear test