Historical Events in 1956 (Part 4)

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  • Dec 14 Paul-Henri Spaak appointed secretary-general of NATO
  • Dec 15 Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes
  • Dec 15 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 16 "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • Dec 18 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV

Ballon d'Or

Dec 18 Ballon d'Or: Blackpool & England winger Stanley Matthews wins inaugural award for best football player in Europe; beats Real Madrid pair Alfredo Di Stéfano & Raymond Kopa

  • Dec 18 Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai
  • Dec 18 Japan admitted to UN

Radio History

Dec 18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankees radio-TV announcer

  • Dec 20 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra
  • Dec 20 Montgomery, Alabama removes race-based seat assignments on its buses

Historic Event

Dec 21 Martin Luther King Jr. and others sit in the new integrated bus

  • Dec 22 "New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • Dec 22 Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Dec 22 Last British & French troops leave Egypt
  • Dec 24 "I Love Lucy" Christmas show airs, never put in syndication
  • Dec 24 Ferdinand de Lesseps statue blown up in Port Said Egypt

Sports History

Dec 25 Detroit's future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Gordie Howe picks up a Xmas hat-trick & 3 assists in Red Wings' 8-1 win over NY Rangers; most points he scores in a single game in entire 26-year NHL career

  • Dec 27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)

Sports History

Dec 27 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games

  • Dec 28 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • Dec 30 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: New York Giants beat Chicago Bears, 47-7; Giants' 4th NFL title