March 1956 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Mar 2 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France
  • Mar 3 Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • 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 Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • 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 12 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
  • Mar 16 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 20 Edward Ochab succeeds Bolesław 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 Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
  • Mar 20 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Mar 23 Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
  • Mar 23 Sudan becomes independent
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 5 Mark Handley, writer (Nell)
  • Mar 8 David Malpass, American economist (President of the World Bank 2019-), born in Petoskey, Michigan
  • Mar 9 David Willetts, English Conservative Party politician, born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 9 Shashi Tharoor, Indian politician and diplomat (United Nations Under-Secretary General), born in London
  • Mar 11 Curtis L Brown Jr, NC, astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95)

Jamie DimonJamie Dimon (67 years old)

Mar 13 American business executive and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, born in NYC, New York

  • Mar 14 Natalya Kuleshova, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Mar 17 Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist (Mutts), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Mar 18 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Mar 19 Alina Castro, Havanna Cuba, daughter of Fidel
  • Mar 19 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician and economist.
  • Mar 20 Phillip Oppenheim, British MP (C), born in London, England
  • Mar 22 Generosa Ammon, American widow of murdered multimillionaire Ted Ammon, suspect in his death, born in Laguna Beach, California (d. 2003)
  • Mar 23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • Mar 23 José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician, president of the European Commission
  • Mar 23 Laura Thorne, chef (named one of 10 best American chefs)
  • Mar 30 Bill Butler, Scottish politician

Weddings in History

Rupert Murdoch

Mar 1 Media magnate Rupert Murdoch marries first wife Patricia Booker

Bob Hawke

Mar 3 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Willem Hendrik Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79

Irène Joliot-CurieIrène Joliot-Curie (1897-1956)

Mar 17 French chemist and physicist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies of leukemia at 58

  • Mar 18 Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Louis Bromfield, American writer (Early Autumn, Pulitzer-1926), dies at 59
  • Mar 20 Wilhelm Miklas, Austrian politician and 3rd President of Austria (1928-38), dies at 83
  • Mar 22 George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, dies at 71
  • Mar 24 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), physicist and historian of science, dies at 82
  • Mar 27 Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Infante Alfonso of Spain, younger brother of King Juan Carlos, dies from an accidental gunshot at 14