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

Historic InventionIBM 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

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IBM 305 RAMAC at the U.S. Army Red River Arsenal; foreground: two 350 disk drives; background: 380 console and 305 processing unit
IBM 305 RAMAC at the U.S. Army Red River Arsenal; foreground: two 350 disk drives; background: 380 console and 305 processing unit
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  • 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

Person of interestDavid 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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin

Deaths in History

  • 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

Person of interestBilly Bishop

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

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 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

Person of interestFrederick Soddy

Sep 22 Frederick Soddy, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 79

Nobel Laureate Chemist Frederick Soddy
Nobel Laureate Chemist
Frederick Soddy
  • 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

Person of interestWilliam Boeing

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

Aviation Pioneer William Boeing
Aviation Pioneer
William Boeing