Historical Events for Year 1956

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Events 1 - 150 of 552

Jan 1st - KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt & UK
Jan 1st - WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
Jan 2nd - Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
Jan 3rd - A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
Jan 6th - KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
Jan 6th - Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
Jan 7th - Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy
Jan 8th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
Jan 8th - Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
Jan 8th - Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
Jan 9th - Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column 1st appears in newspapers
Jan 9th - Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
Jan 10th - Elvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
Jan 14th - Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
Jan 14th - Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
Jan 15th - Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Jan 15th - D Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
Jan 15th - KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
Jan 15th - NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
Jan 16th - Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
Jan 18th - German DR forms own army (National People's Army)
Jan 19th - Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field
Jan 20th - Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
Jan 21st - "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 perfs
Jan 21st - William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
Jan 22nd - 30 die in a train crash in Los Angeles
Jan 22nd - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
Jan 22nd - Canadian Football Council forms
Jan 24th - 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
Jan 25th - 96.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)
Jan 26th - 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Baseball Player Hank GreenbergBaseball Player Hank Greenberg Jan 26th - Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 26th - Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
Jan 27th - NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
Jan 28th - Elvis Presley's 1st TV appearance (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
Jan 29th - F Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame," premieres in Zurich
Jan 30th - Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
Jan 30th - KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 30th - KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
Jan 30th - Martin Luther King Jr's home bombed
Jan 31st - French government of Mollet forms
Jan 31st - Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil
Jan 31st - Guy Mollet becomes Prime Minister of France.
Feb 1st - Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
Feb 1st - WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
Feb 2nd - Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. Feb 3rd - Autherine Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
Feb 3rd - Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
Feb 4th - AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
Feb 5th - 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Feb 5th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
Feb 5th - NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro Pres Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
Feb 6th - Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
Feb 6th - French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
Feb 6th - University of Alabama suspends African-American Autherine Lucy on the grounds that it can no longer provide a safe environment for her
Feb 7th - Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to University of Alabama, is expelled
Feb 8th - Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
Feb 9th - -5°F (15°C) in Sicily
Feb 9th - KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
Feb 9th - R Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
Feb 10th - "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
Feb 12th - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
Feb 13th - KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
Feb 14th - 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
Feb 14th - Indonesia withdraws from Neth Indonesian Union
Feb 14th - Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
Feb 15th - Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
Feb 15th - Pirates & KC A's cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
Feb 17th - Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
Feb 17th - Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
Feb 17th - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
Feb 17th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
Feb 19th - Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
Feb 20th - WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 22nd - 1st British soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
Feb 22nd - Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
Feb 23rd - 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita KhrushchevFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev Feb 25th - Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
Feb 26th - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
Feb 26th - Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge
Feb 27th - Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"
Feb 27th - Female suffrage in Egypt
Feb 28th - 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Mass
Feb 28th - Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
Feb 29th - Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan
Feb 29th - Pres Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term
Mar 1st - The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Mar 2nd - Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France
Mar 3rd - Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)
Mar 3rd - Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
Mar 3rd - Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
Mar 3rd - Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
Poet Ted HughesPoet Ted Hughes Mar 5th - "King Kong," 1st televised
Mar 5th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
Mar 9th - Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
Mar 9th - Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
Mar 10th - General strike in Cyprus protesting exile of archbishop Makarios
Mar 10th - Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
Mar 11th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Mar 12th - Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
Mar 13th - NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win
Mar 14th - Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)
Mar 15th - "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 perfs
Mar 15th - Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champ
Mar 16th - US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
Mar 16th - US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
Mar 17th - 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win
Mar 19th - Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75
Mar 20th - 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
Mar 20th - E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
Mar 20th - Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (USSR) explodes
Mar 20th - Tunisia gains independence from France
Mar 20th - USSR performs nuclear test
Mar 20th - Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
Mar 21st - 28th Academy Awards - "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win
Mar 22nd - "Mr Wonderful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances
Mar 22nd - Death penalty against KPM-director Leon Jungschlaeger
Mar 22nd - Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis Jr premieres in NYC
Mar 23rd - 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats Iowa 83-71
Mar 23rd - Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (Natl Day)
Mar 23rd - Sudan becomes independent
Mar 26th - Medic Alert Foundation forms
Mar 26th - Red Buttons debuts on TV in Studio One
Mar 27th - French commandos land in Algeria
Mar 27th - US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
Mar 30th - USSR performs nuclear test
Apr 1st - 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank & Damn Yankees win
Apr 1st - KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 1st - Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
Apr 2nd - Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
Apr 2nd - Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
Apr 3rd - "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
Apr 3rd - Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated
Apr 3rd - German war criminals Hinrichsen/Ruhl/Siebens/Viebahn freed
Apr 3rd - Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
Apr 4th - Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
Apr 5th - In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister.
Apr 6th - Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
Apr 7th - 10th NBA Championship: Ph Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
Apr 7th - Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco
Apr 8th - 20th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Burke Jr wins, shooting a 289
Apr 8th - 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
Apr 8th - M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
Apr 10th - Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
Apr 10th - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
Apr 11th - French government decides to sends 200,000 reservists to Algeria
Apr 11th - Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by whites

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