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Events in History in September 1956

  • 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