On This Day

September 1956 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 Indian state of Tripura becomes a territory
  • Sep 2 Collapse of a rail bridge under a train kills 120 (India)
  • Sep 2 San Francisco Washington-Jackson cable line replaced by bus service
  • Sep 3 Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
  • Sep 5 20 die in a train crash in Springer NM
  • Sep 7 Bell X-2 sets Unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000'+
  • Sep 9 African Party for Liberation of Guinea-Bissau & Cape Verde forms
  • Sep 10 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • Sep 10 Louisville Ky public schools integrates
  • Sep 11 Vladimir Kuts runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • Sep 12 Black students enter & are barred from Clay Ky elementary school
  • Sep 13 Dike around Dutch polder Eastern Flevoland closes
  • Sep 13 Stravinsky's "Canticum Sacrum," premieres in Venice

IBM 305 RAMAC

Sep 14 IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, 1st commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton

  • Sep 17 Black students enter Clay Ky elementary school
  • Sep 19 1st international conference of black writers & artists meets (Sorbonne)
  • Sep 25 Transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation from Newfoundland to Oban

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 2 Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • Sep 3 Patrick McGeown, Irish IRA member, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1996)
  • Sep 6 Bill Ritter, American politician (41st Governor of Colorado), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 8 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • Sep 9 Anatoli Pavlovich Artsebarsky, Russian colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
  • Sep 12 Sam Brownback, American attorney and politician (46th Governor of Kansas), born in Garnett, Kansas
  • Sep 13 Alain Ducasse, French-born Monégasque chef, born in Orthez, France
  • Sep 13 Oribe Canales, Cuban American celebrity hairdresser, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2018)
  • Sep 14 Kostas Karamanlis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece 2004-09), born in Athens, Greece
  • Sep 14 Lefteris Zagoritis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Rhodes, Greece

David Copperfield

Sep 16 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • Sep 16 Kevin R. Kregel, American pilot and astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in Amityville, New York
  • Sep 16 Mark Daniel Gearan, American campaign manager (Al Gore), born in Gardner, Massachusetts
  • Sep 16 Nick Banton, founder of Body Positive (d. 1994)
  • Sep 17 Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter and publisher
  • Sep 18 Chris Hedges, American journalist and author (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning), born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont
  • Sep 23 Peter David, American writer
  • Sep 25 Jamie Hyneman, American visual effects technician (MythBusters), born in Marshall, Michigan
  • Sep 29 James Donald Halsell Jr, American retired USAF officer and astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94), born in West Monroe, Louisiana
  • Sep 30 Maria Esmeralda, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III/Lilian Baels

Weddings in History

Boris Yeltsin

Sep 28 Russian President Boris Yeltsin (25) weds Naina Girina (24)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 6 Michael Ventris, English architect who deciphered Linear B, dies in a car accident at 34
  • Sep 8 Gerrit Bolkestein, Dutch minister of Education (1939-45), dies at 84
  • Sep 8 Vital Celen, Flemish writer ('t Pastoorke van Vossendonck), dies at 69

Billy Bishop

Sep 11 Billy Bishop, Canadian First World War flying ace, dies at 62

  • Sep 12 Hans Carossa, German writer, dies at 77
  • Sep 12 Sándor Graf Festetics, Hungarian nobleman and politician, dies at 74
  • Sep 18 Adélard Godbout, Canadian politician (15th Premier of Quebec), dies at 63
  • Sep 21 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), assassinated by Roliberto Lopez at 60
  • Sep 26 Lucien Febvre, French historian (Un Destin, Martin Luther), dies at 78
  • Sep 27 Milburn G. Apt, American test pilot, 1st person to exceed Mach 3, killed in a X-2 rocket plane reaching 3370 kph, dies in the crash at 32

William Boeing

Sep 28 William Boeing, American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company, dies at 74