June 1956 in History

Events in History

Event of Interest

Jun 2 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow

  • Jun 3 3rd class travel on British Railways ends

Event of Interest

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

  • 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 9 Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
  • Jun 13 Parliamentary election: Dutch Democrats 50/KVP 49
  • Jun 13 The last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt

Event of Interest

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

  • 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

Election of Interest

Jun 23 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected President of Egypt

  • Jun 28 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates (Chicago Illinois)
  • Jun 28 Riots break out in Poznan, Poland, 38 die
  • Jun 29 Dutch PM Drees refuses resignation of Queen Juliana (Greet Hofmans)
  • Jun 29 US Federal interstate highway system act signed
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Malcolm Garrett, English graphic designer
  • Jun 2 Mark L Polansky, pilot/astronaut, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jun 4 John Hockenberry, American journalist (HEAT with John Hockenberry), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 5 Richard A. Searfoss, American astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90), born in Mount Clemons, Michigan
  • Jun 5 Roger Michell, British stage and screen director (Blue/Orange; Notting Hill; Hyde Park On Hudson), born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • Jun 6 Jay C Buckey, American physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 9 Patricia Cornwell, American author (Kay Scarpetta crime novels), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 10 Georg Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Ray NaginRay Nagin (66 years old)

Jun 11 American politician (Mayor of New Orleans, 2002-2010), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Jun 20 Anton Fier, American drummer (The Feelies; The Lounge Lizards; The Golden Palominos), and record producer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2022)
  • Jun 22 Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistani Politician and Foreign Minister
  • Jun 25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, South African artist, born in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Jun 25 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, born in Monospitovo, Strumica, SR Macedonia, Yugoslavia (d. 2004)
  • Jun 26 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish-South African leader (United Democratic Front), born in Scotland
  • Jun 26 Bernard A. Harris Jr., African American astronaut (STS 55, 63), born in Temple, Texas
  • Jun 27 Ted Haggard, American evangelical preacher (New Life Church, Colorado), born in Yorktown, Indiana
  • Jun 28 Noel Mugavin, Australian rules football player, born in Koroit, Victoria
  • Jun 29 Pedro Santana Lopes, 116th Prime Minister of Portugal (2004-05), born in Lisbon, Portugal

Weddings in History

Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath

Jun 16 British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes weds American writer and poet Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn in London, England

Deaths in History

Hiram BinghamHiram Bingham (1875-1956)

Jun 6 American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, dies at 80

  • Jun 7 Julien Benda, Fren philosopher/writer (La trahison des clercs), dies
  • Jun 8 Marie Laurencin, French painter, dies at 72
  • Jun 11 Corrado Alvaro, Italian writer (Poesie grigio-verdi), dies at 61
  • Jun 17 Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • Jun 19 (Luise) "Lulu" von Strauss und Torney, German poet (Erde der Väter - Our Forefathers' Soil), and novelist (Der jüngste Tag - Judgment Day), dies at 82

Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson (1874-1956)

Jun 19 American businessman (Chairman and CEO of IBM, 1914-56), dies at 87

  • Jun 22 Walter de la Mare, British poet and author (The Listeners, Memoirs of a Midget), dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Michael Arlen [Dikran Kouyoumdjian], British author and scriptwriter (An American Verdict), dies at 60
  • Jun 24 Earl Morris, American archaeologist (Aztec Ruins National Monument), dies at 66
  • Jun 25 Ernest J. King, US fleet admiral, Chief of Naval Operations, dies at 77