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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1956 AD


January 1: Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel for RCA in Nashville
January 1: KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
January 1: KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 1: Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt and U.K.
January 1: WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
January 2: Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
January 5: Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel"
January 6: Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
January 6: KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, Texas (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
January 7: Vinoo Mankad scores 231 vs. New Zealand, 413 opening stand with Roy
January 8: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
January 8: Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
January 9: Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column 1st appears in newspapers
January 9: Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
January 10: Elvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
January 14: Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
January 14: Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
January 15: Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
January 15: D Shostakovich appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
January 15: KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
January 15: NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
January 16: Egyptian President Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
January 18: East Germany forms own army (National People's Army)
January 19: Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field
January 20: Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
January 21: "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden New York City after 849 performances
January 21: William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
January 22: 30 die in a train crash in Los Angeles
January 22: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
January 22: Canadian Football Council forms
January 24: 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
January 25: 96.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)
January 26: 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
January 26: Buddy Holly's 1st formal recording session
January 26: Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin are elected to Hall of Fame
January 26: Porkkala military base returned to Finland by U.S.S.R.
January 27: NFL's New York Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
January 28: Elvis Presley's 1st TV appearance (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
January 29: Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame," premieres in Zurich
January 30: Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
January 30: KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 30: KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
January 30: Martin Luther King, Jr's home bombed
January 31: French government of Mollet forms
January 31: Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil


February 1: Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
February 1: WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, Georgia (NBC) begins broadcasting
February 2: Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
February 3: Autherine J Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
February 3: Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
February 4: AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
February 5: 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
February 5: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
February 5: New York Mayor Robert Wagner and Brooklyn Boro President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
February 6: Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
February 6: French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
February 6: University of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he's black)
February 7: Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to University of Alabama, is expelled
February 8: Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
February 9: -5 degrees F (15 degrees C) in Sicily
February 9: KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
February 9: R. Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
February 10: Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel" for RCA
February 10: "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
February 12: Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
February 13: KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
February 14: 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
February 14: Indonesia withdraws from Netherlands Indonesian Union
February 14: Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
February 15: Pirates and Kansas City A's cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
February 15: Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
February 16: Britain abolishes death penalty
February 17: Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
February 17: Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz and Oppelt of AUT
February 17: Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
February 17: Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
February 19: Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
February 20: WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
February 22: 1st British soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
February 22: Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
February 23: 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
February 23: Russian party leader Khrushchev attacks memory of Stalin
February 25: Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
February 26: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
February 26: Writers Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge
February 27: Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"
February 27: Female suffrage in Egypt
February 28: 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Massachusetts
February 28: Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
February 29: Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan
February 29: President Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term


March 2: Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France
March 3: Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)
March 3: Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
March 3: Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
March 3: Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
March 5: "King Kong," 1st televised
March 5: Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
March 9: Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested and exiled to Seychelles
March 9: Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
March 10: General strike in Cyprus protesting exile of archbishop Makarios
March 10: Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
March 11: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
March 12: Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
March 13: New Zealand bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win
March 15: "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 2,715 performances
March 15: Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champ
March 16: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
March 16: U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
March 17: 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show and Lucy Ball
March 19: Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minnesota Lakers-133, St. Louis Hawks-75
March 20: 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
March 20: E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
March 20: Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (U.S.S.R.) explodes
March 20: Tunisia gains independence from France
March 20: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
March 20: Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
March 21: 28th Academy Awards - "Marty," Anna Magnani and Ernest Borgnine win
March 22: Death penalty against KPM-director Leon Jungschlaeger
March 22: "Mr Wonderful" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 383 performances
March 22: Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis, Jr. premieres in New York City
March 23: 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats Iowa 83-71
March 23: Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
March 23: Sudan becomes independent
March 26: Medic Alert Foundation forms
March 26: Red Buttons debuts on TV in Studio One
March 27: French commandos land in Algeria
March 27: U.S. seizes U.S. communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
March 30: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test


April 1: 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank and Damn Yankees win
April 1: KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 1: Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
April 2: Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff and Juliet," premieres in Manchester
April 2: Soap operas "As the World Turns" and "Edge of Night" premieres on TV
April 3: Bulgarian vice premier Traitsjo Kostov rehabilitated
April 3: German war criminals Hinrichsen/Ruhl/Siebens/Viebahn freed
April 3: "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 461 performances
April 4: Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden," premieres in London
April 6: Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
April 7: 10th NBA Championship: Ph Warriors beat Ft. Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
April 7: Spain relinquishes her protectorate in Morocco
April 8: 20th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Burke, Jr. wins, shooting a 289
April 8: 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
April 8: M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
April 10: Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
April 10: Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
April 11: French government decides to sends 200,000 reservists to Algeria
April 11: Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by whites
April 12: Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon
April 13: KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
April 14: Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
April 14: "Plain and Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 476 performances
April 15: Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
April 16: 1st solar powered radios go on sale
April 17: Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
April 17: Kominform disbands
April 17: Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
April 17: U.S.S.R.'s Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
April 17: Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
April 18: Egypt and Israel agree to a cease fire
April 18: Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)
April 19: 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
April 19: 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14
April 19: U.S. actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III
April 21: Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel," becomes #1
April 22: Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
April 23: U.S. Supreme Court ends race segregation on buses
April 24: AL umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
April 25: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" goes #1
April 25: Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble," premieres in London
April 27: Burma Premier U Nu's Volksliga voor Vrijheid loses election
April 27: Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing
April 28: Last French troop leave Vietnam
April 28: Reds Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 home runs
April 29: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
April 29: WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
April 29: WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 29: WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting


May 2: U.S. Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
May 2: U.S. Methodist church disallows race separation
May 3: A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
May 3: Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella," premieres in New York City
May 3: "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 678 performances
May 4: Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
May 4: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
May 5: 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
May 5: Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
May 5: Jim Bailey (U.S.) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in Los Angeles California
May 5: World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
May 6: Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
May 6: WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
May 7: Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300
May 7: New York Giant Bill White, homers in his 1st at bat
May 7: Pulitzer prize awarded to Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
May 8: John Osbornes "Look Back in Anger," premieres in London
May 10: French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
May 10: KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, California (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
May 11: Pinky Lee Show, last airs on NBC-TV
May 12: Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats New York Giants, 3-0
May 12: East Pakistan struck by cyclone and tidal waves
May 13: Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
May 16: Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China
May 16: Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
May 16: Kraft Theater presents an act from "Profiles in Courage"
May 16: Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey vs. Australians at the Oval
May 18: Hungarian party leader Matyas Rakosi enforces his own policy
May 18: Mickey Mantle hits home run from both sides of plate for record 3rd time
May 18: Queen Juliana opens Rembrandt fairs in Amsterdam
May 19: 82nd Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4
May 19: Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning home run, 1st home run in 8 straight games
May 20: Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll
May 20: Jordan government of Samir resigns
May 21: Jordan government of Said el-Mufti forms
May 21: U.S. explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
May 21: WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
May 22: "Bob Hope Show," last airs on NBC-TV
May 22: KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
May 23: World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco
May 25: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas
May 26: Aircraft carrier "Bennington" burns off RI, killing 103
May 26: Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman and Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th and lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1
May 27: French raid in Algiers
May 27: U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
May 28: Dale Long becomes 1st to hit home runs in 8 straight games
May 28: Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus
May 29: Arnold Schonberg's "Modern Psalm," premieres
May 29: WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, Florida (NBC) 1st broadcast
May 30: Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee, Florida
May 30: Mickey Mantle misses by 18" hitting 1st home run out of Yankee Stadium
May 30: U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
May 31: Mickey Mantle home run just misses clearing Yankee Stadium's roof


June 2: Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow
June 3: 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
June 3: KGUN TV channel 9 in Tucson, Arizona (ABC) begins broadcasting
June 3: Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Pittsburgh Golf Open
June 4: Speech by Khrushchev blasting Stalin made public
June 5: Federal court rules racial segregation on Montgomery buses anti-Const
June 5: "Milton Berle Show," last airs on NBC-TV
June 7: Singapore government of Marshall resigns
June 8: Lim Yem Hock forms Singapore government
June 8: WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
June 9: Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
June 10: 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm
June 10: Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
June 13: After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control
June 13: Parliamentary election: Dutch Democrates 50/KVP 49
June 13: Real Madrid wins 1st Europe Cup
June 13: "Shangri-La" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 21 performances
June 14: "New Faces of 1956" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 221 performances
June 15: John Lennon (15) and Paul McCartney (13) meet for 1st time as Lennon's rock group Quarrymen perform at a church dinner
June 16: 56th U.S. Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 281 at Oak Hill CC NY
June 16: 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8
June 17: Golda Meir begins her term as Israel's foreign minister
June 18: Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt as Brits leave Suez Canal
June 19: Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films
June 20: At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers (no else hits 1 there)
June 20: Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed
June 21: Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere
June 21: East Germany frees almost 19,000 prisoners
June 21: Oriole Connie Johnson beats WS Jack Harshman (1-0) in dual 1 hitters
June 23: Gamal Abdel Nasser elected president of Egypt
June 23: "Jimmy Durante Show," last airs on NBC-TV
June 23: "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvous peaks at #8
June 24: 2nd LPGA Championship won by Marlene Hagge
June 24: "Steve Allen Show," returns on NBC-TV
June 24: WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, Wisconsin (CBS) begins broadcasting
June 25: 51 die in collision of "Andrea Doria" and "Stockholm" (Cape Cod)
June 25: WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
June 27: Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings
June 28: 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates Chicago, Illinois
June 28: Riots break out in Poznan Poland, 38 die
June 29: Charles Dumas, makes 1st high jump over 7' (2.13 m)-LA, California
June 29: Federal interstate highway system act signed
June 29: Prime Minister Drees refuses resignation of queen Juliana (Greet Hofmans)
June 30: Lenins politics testament (1923) published in Moscow
June 30: "Pipe Dream" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 245 performances
June 30: "Shangri-La" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 21 performances
June 30: United DC-7 and TWA collide over Grand Canyon killing 128


July 1: Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
July 1: Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show
July 1: Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
July 2: Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel"
July 2: U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
July 4: Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
July 4: U.S. most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville, Maryland
July 5: France raises tobacco tax 20% due to war in Algeria
July 6: 70th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (62 46 75 64)
July 6: 85th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 286 at Hoylake England
July 6: Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honor to outstanding pitcher
July 6: Indians' Jim Busby hits a grand slam in two consecutive at bats
July 7: 63rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton (63 61)
July 7: 7 Army trucks loaded with dynamite explode in middle of Cali, Columbia killing 1,100-1,200, destroying 2,000 buildings
July 7: Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
July 8: Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
July 8: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
July 9: Dick Clark's 1st appearance as host of American Bandstand
July 10: 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C.
July 10: 650,000 U.S. steel workers go on strike
July 10: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
July 13: WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
July 14: Boston Red Sox Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
July 15: Beverly Hanson/Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
July 15: Iharos runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
July 16: Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million
July 16: Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes part of Russian SFSR
July 16: King Faisal of Iraq begins visit to England
July 16: Last Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey Circus under a canvas tent
July 18: Erno Gero succeeds Matyas Rakosi as party leader of Hungary
July 19: U.S. refuse to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
July 20: France recognizes Tunisia's independence
July 20: Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
July 20: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
July 20: Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs
July 21: Cincinnati Red pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
July 21: U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Enwetak
July 23: Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph
July 23: Joe Cronin and Hank Greenberg inducted into Hall of Fame
July 24: Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow," premieres in London
July 24: Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jesey City
July 25: 38th PGA Championship: Jack Burke at Blue Hill CC Boston
July 25: Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Stockholm
July 25: Jordan attacks United Nations Palestine force
July 26: Egypt seizes Suez Canal
July 27: Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia's 1st innings at Manchester
July 29: 11th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius
July 29: Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)
July 29: WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
July 30: U.S. motto, In God We Trust, authorized
July 31: Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for match


August 1: KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
August 3: Willie Williams of U.S. sets 100 meter record at 10.1
August 4: 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)
August 4: Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"
August 4: Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
August 5: KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
August 5: Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open
August 5: WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
August 7: Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans
August 7: British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
August 7: Dynamite transport explodes in Colombia; about 1200 die
August 8: Fire and explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium
August 8: WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
August 9: 1st state-wide, state-supported educational TV network, Alabama
August 9: South African women demonstrate against pass laws
August 10: 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
August 11: 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
August 11: Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
August 12: KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
August 12: Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
August 13: WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
August 16: Adlai E. Stevenson nominated as Democratic presidential candidate
August 16: Indians' Rocky Colavito hits his 1st grand slam, Cleveland 5, Tigers 4
August 17: Bundesverfassungsgericht bans KPD in West Germany
August 18: Cincinnati Reds (8) and Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 home runs in a 9 inning game
August 18: Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" reaches #1
August 19: Fay Crocker wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
August 20: Republicans convene at Cow Palace
August 21: WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
August 22: Elvis Presley begins filming "The Reno Brothers" (Love Me Tender)
August 22: President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco
August 24: 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Washington D.C.
August 25: To make room for Enos Slaughter, New York Yankees release Phil Rizzuto
August 26: KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
August 26: Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open
August 26: Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
August 27: Curt Robert of Columbus (International League) hits 4 home runs in 7 inning game
August 28: England retain cricket Ashes, Jim Laker 46 wickets in the series
August 29: French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
August 30: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
August 30: White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield HS, Texas


September 1: Indian state of Tripura becomes a territory
September 1: KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, Texas (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 2: Collapse of a RR bridge under a train kills 120 (India)
September 2: Orioles trailing Red Sox 8-0 come back to win 11-10 in 9 innings
September 2: Washington-Jackson cable line replaced by bus service
September 3: Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
September 5: 20 die in a train crash in Springer NM
September 7: Bell X-2 sets Unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000'+
September 8: Harry Belafonte's album "Calypso," goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks
September 9: 70th U.S. Womens Tennis: Shirley J Fry beats Althea Gibson (63 64)
September 9: 76th U.S. Mens Tennis: Ken Rosewall beats Lewis Hoad (46 62 63 63)
September 9: African Party for Liberation of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde forms
September 9: Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on Ed Sullivan's Show
September 10: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
September 10: Louisville Kentucky public schools integrates
September 10: WSYE (now WETM) TV chan 18 in Elmira-Corning, New York (NBC) 1st broadcast
September 11: Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson ties rookie record with his 38th home run
September 11: Vladimir Kuts runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
September 11: Yankees Yogi Berra ties career record for home runs (236) by a catcher
September 12: Black students enter and are barred from Clay Kentucky elementary school
September 13: Dike around Dutch polder Eastern Flevoland closes
September 13: Stravinsky's "Canticum Sacrum," premieres in Venice
September 14: 1st prefrontal lobotomy performed, Washington D.C.
September 16: Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
September 17: Black students enter Clay Kentucky elementary school
September 17: Yankees clinch pennant #22 on Mantle's 50th homer of year
September 18: Mickey Mantle is 8th to hit 50 home runs in a seaon
September 19: 1st International conference of black writers and artists meets (Sorbonne)
September 21: Yankees set dubious record, stranding 20 men on base Mantle hits a 500' plus homer but Red Sox win 13-9 in Fenway
September 24: 1st trans atlantic telephone cable in use (Newfoundland-Scotland)
September 25: 1st transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation (Scot-Canada)
September 25: Brooklyn Dodger Sal Maglie no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0
September 25: Transatlantic telephone cable (Newfoundland-Oban) is used
September 28: "Johnny Carson Show," TV Variety; last airs on CBS-TV
September 28: RCA Records reports Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records
September 29: "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle and Teresa Brewer peaks at #87
September 29: New York Yankees Mickey Mantle hits his 52nd home run of season
September 29: "Oh! Susanna," debuts on CBS-TV
September 30: Phillies Robin Roberts gives up a major league record 46th home run
September 30: White Sox Jim Derrington, 16, is youngest to start a game (he loses)


October 1: Johnny Heckmann rides 7 winners at Chicago Hawthorne Horse track
October 1: Zestienhoven airport at Rotterdam official opens
October 2: 1st atomic power clock exhibited-NYC
October 3: Sal Maglie and Dodgers defeat Yankees 6-3 in opening game of World Series
October 4: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
October 5: Yogi Berra becomes 4th Yank to hit a World Series grand slam
October 6: Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Iron quartet premieres in Leningrad
October 6: Dr. Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine
October 6: South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan
October 7: Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
October 8: Don Larsen, New York, pitches only perfect World Series game, vs Brooklyn
October 9: 10th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 1-1 at Montreal
October 10: Fazal Mahmood takes 13-114 for match vs. Aus, Karachi
October 10: On Skowron's grand slammer New York Yankees beat Dodgers 9-0 in series game 7
October 11: 1st Pakistan vs. Australia Test 95 runs scored on 1st day
October 11: AL President Will Harridge bars Washington Senators move to West Coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners
October 11: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
October 12: Marga Klompe becomes 1st Dutch women elected minister
October 13: WAGM TV channel 8 in Presque Isle, ME (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins
October 14: Charles Ives' overture "Robert Browning," premieres in New York City
October 14: Patty Berg wins LPGA Arkansas Golf Open
October 15: Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
October 15: William J Brennan, Jr. appointed to Supreme Court
October 15: Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
October 16: "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres
October 16: William J. Brennan, Jr. becomes a Supreme Court Justice
October 17: England's 1st large scale nuclear power station opens
October 17: Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
October 20: 58 degrees F (15 degrees C), Esperanza Station, Antarctica (Antarctic record high)
October 20: Hannes Lindemann begins journey across Atlantic in a 17' craft
October 21: Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
October 22: France intercept Moroccan plane, arrest Ben Bella
October 22: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
October 23: 1st video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast
October 23: Revolt against Stalinist policies begins in Hungary
October 24: AP names Cincinnati manager Birdie Tebbets as NL Manager of the Year
October 24: Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes Prime Minister of Hungary
October 25: White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez replaces him
October 26: U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
October 26: Vietnam promulgates its constitution
October 28: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Luctuosissimi eventus
October 29: Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, NBC News, team up
October 29: International zone of Tangier returns to Morocco
October 29: Israeli paratroopers drop into Sinai to open Straits of Tiran
October 30: Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961
October 30: Israel captures Egyptian militay post at El-Thamad
October 31: 1st American to land an airplane at South Pole - Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek
October 31: Britain and France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
October 31: Brooklyn, New York ends streetcar service


November 1: Delhi becomes a territory of Indian union
November 1: Indian state of Madhya Pradesh forms
November 1: Indian states of Punjab, Patiala and PEPSU merge as Punjab protection
November 1: Nagy government of Hungary withdraws from Warsaw Pact
November 1: Nobel for physics awarded to Shockley, Brattain and Bardeen
November 1: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Laetamur admodum
November 2: Hungary appeals for United Nations assistance against Soviet invasion
November 2: Israel captures Gaza and Sheham
November 3: "Wizard of Oz" 1st televised (CBS-TV)
November 4: 200,000 Russian troops attack anti-Stalinist revolt in Budapest
November 4: Israel captures Straits of Tiran and reach Suez Canal Egypt
November 4: U.S.S.R. sends tanks into Hungary and threatens to bomb Budapest
November 5: Britain and France land forces in Egypt
November 5: Dutch Communist Party office of Felix Meritis seized
November 5: Israel liberates Sharm-el-Sheikh, reopening Gulf of Aqaba
November 5: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Datis nuperrime
November 6: Holland and Spain withdraw from Olympics, protest Soviets in Hungary
November 6: President Eisenhower (R) re-elected defeating Adlai E. Stevenson (D)
November 8: U.N. demands U.S.S.R. leave Hungary
November 9: Lou Thesz beats Whipper Billy Watson in St. Louis, to become NWA champ
November 10: Gene de Paul/John Meyer's musical "Li'l Abner," premieres in New York City
November 12: Largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, 1st sighted
November 13: Supreme Court strikes down segregation of races on public buses
November 14: Hungarian revolt put down
November 15: Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender," premieres in New York City
November 15: "Li'l Abner" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 693 performances
November 17: Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
November 17: U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
November 18: Morocco gains independence
November 21: Don Newcombe, wins NL MVP and 1st-ever Cy Young Award
November 22: 16th modern Olympic games opens in Melbourne
November 22: Bill Sharman (Boston) begins NBA free throw streak of 55 games
November 24: 44th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 50-27
November 24: "Pajama Game" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 1063 performances
November 26: "The Price Is Right" debuts on NBC
November 26: U.S.S.R. single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, and loses his medal, it sinks
November 27: F Goodrich and A Hackett's "Diary of Anne Frank," premieres in Netherlands
November 28: Photography begins on "... and God Created Women"
November 29: "Bells Are Ringing" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 925 performances
November 30: 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards and the News)
November 30: Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore in 5 for heavyweight boxing title


December 1: Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympics marathon (2:25:00.0)
December 1: "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 73 performances
December 1: Frank Robinson (NL) and Luis Aparicio (AL) voted Rookie of the Year
December 1: Indonesian Vice President Mohammed Hatta, resigns
December 2: Fidel Castro lands with "Granma" on coast of Cuba
December 3: England and France pull troops out of Egypt
December 3: KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft. Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast
December 3: Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)
December 4: 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (quarterback)
December 5: Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker," premieres in New York City
December 6: "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 413 performances
December 6: Nelson Mandela and 156 others arrested for political activities in South Africa
December 7: Helen O'Connell joins Today Show panel
December 8: 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
December 8: 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
December 8: Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues," single goes #1 for 10 weeks
December 10: Establishment of MPLA in Angola
December 11: Anti-Russian demonstrates in Stettin and Wroclaw Poland
December 13: Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000 Robinson retires
December 14: Paul-Henri Spaak appointed Secretary-General of NATO
December 15: Emergency crisis in North Ireland proclaimed after IRA strikes
December 15: KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 15: WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
December 16: "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 888 performances
December 18: Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai
December 18: Japan admitted to UN
December 18: Phil Rizzuto signs as New York Yankee radio-TV announcer
December 18: "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
December 20: Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra
December 20: Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses
December 22: Last British/French troops leave Egypt
December 22: "New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 221 performances
December 24: Ferdinand de Lesseps statue blown up in Port Said Egypt
December 24: "I Love Lucy" Christmas show airs, never put in syndication
December 27: 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
December 27: Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games
December 28: Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
December 30: New York Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game
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