February 1956 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • Feb 2 The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
  • Feb 3 Autherine Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
  • Feb 4 AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
  • Feb 6 Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing

Event of Interest

Feb 6 French Prime Minister Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers

  • Feb 6 University of Alabama suspends African-American student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety
  • Feb 8 Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
  • Feb 9 -5°F (-20.6°C) in Sicily
  • Feb 9 R Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
  • Feb 11 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • Feb 13 KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • Feb 14 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Feb 14 Indonesia withdraws from Netherlands Indonesian Union
  • Feb 14 Verhoeven, Nauta and De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
  • Feb 15 Pirates & KC As cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
  • Feb 15 Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
  • Feb 17 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
  • Feb 23 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow

Conference of Interest

Feb 25 Nikita Khrushchev denounces Joseph Stalin at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Event of Interest

Feb 26 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

  • Feb 27 Female suffrage granted in Egypt
  • Feb 28 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott, Massachusetts
  • Feb 28 American engineer Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
  • Feb 29 Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan

Event of Interest

Feb 29 US President Eisenhower announces he will seek a 2nd term

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- ), born in Gouda, Netherlands
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 19 George David Low, American astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Jeffrey Robert ImmeltJeffrey Robert Immelt (67 years old)

Feb 19 American chairman of General Electric, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist (2003 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on ion channels), born in Burlington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 24 Judith Butler, American philosopher, and gender theorist, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 29 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • Feb 29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3 Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • Feb 4 Leendert Antonie Donker, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA), dies at 56
  • Feb 13 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish logician, philosopher, professor, and author, dies at 77
  • Feb 22 Paul Léautaud [Maurice Boissard], French writer and theatre critic (Petit ami), dies at 84
  • Feb 26 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron and painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)