Events in year of 1956

  • 01-01Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel for RCA in Nashville
  • 01-01KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-01KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-01Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt and the UK
  • 01-01WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-02Poujadists / communists win French parliamentary elections
  • 01-05Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 01-06Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
  • 01-06KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-07Vinoo Mankad scores 231 vs. New Zealand, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • 01-08Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
  • 01-09Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
  • 01-10Elvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 01-14Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
  • 01-14Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
  • 01-15Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • 01-15D Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
  • 01-15KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-15NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
  • 01-16Egyptian President Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
  • 01-19Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field
  • 01-20Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
  • 01-21"Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • 01-21William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
  • 01-2230 die in a train crash in Los Angeles
  • 01-22Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 01-22Canadian Football Council forms
  • 01-2496.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • 01-2596.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)
  • 01-26Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin are elected to Hall of Fame

People born in year of 1956

  • 01-01Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky: Russian Lieutenant Colonel / Cosmonaut
  • 01-01Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev: Russian Cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • 01-04Ann Magnuson: Charleston, West Virginia -- Actress (Anything But Love, Hunger)
  • 01-04Barney Sumner: Rock guitarist / vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday)
  • 01-04Bernard Albrecht: English pop guitarist (Joy Division)
  • 01-07Robin Walton: Boise, Idaho -- LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th)
  • 01-07Rosalyn Bryant: Chicago, Illinois -- 4x400m runner (1976 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 01-07Trudie Styler: England, United Kingdom -- Wife of Sting / sponsor (Rainforest Concert)
  • 01-09Kimberly Beck Hilton: Glendale, California -- Actress (Kim-Peyton Place)
  • 01-11Kuniaki Kobayashi: Wrestler (WAR / NJPW)
  • 01-13Janet Hubert-Whitten: Actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • 01-13Malcolm Foster: Rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • 01-15Vera Sosulya: USSR -- Toboggan (1980 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-17Mitch Vogel: Alhambra, California -- Actor (Jamie-Bonanza)
  • 01-17Paul Young: Rock vocalist / keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • 01-18Mark Collie: Waynesboro, Tennessee -- Country singer (Another Old Soldier)
  • 01-20John McNally: Naha Okinawa, Japan -- US rapid fire pistol (Olympics - 1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 01-20John Phillips Naber: Evanston, Illinois -- Swimmer (1976 Olympics - 4 Gold / Silver Medals)
  • 01-21Bob Brill: NYC, New York -- Drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
  • 01-22Becky Pearson: LPGA golfer
  • 01-26Lisa Boray [Schulte Nordholt]: Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • 01-26Simon Howard: English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • 01-27Fred Quillan: Portland, Oregon -- WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 01-31Trevor A Manuel: South African UDF / ANC-leader
  • 02-03Pamela Cossey: England, United Kingdom -- Model / sister of transsexual Tula
  • 02-06Jon Walmsley: Lancashire, England -- Actor (Jason-Waltons)
  • 02-06Linda Grovenor: Baltimore, Maryland -- Actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire)
  • 02-09Philip Jackson Ford, Jr.: North Carolina, United States -- Basketball player (1976 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 02-11Kathleen Beller: Queens, New York -- Actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched)
  • 02-12Ad P Melkert: Dutch Minister of Social Affairs (1994- )

People died in year of 1956

  • 01-05Jeanne F Bourgeois: French head mistress (Moulin Rouge), dies at 84
  • 01-10Henricus P Bremmer: Dutch art Historian (Beeldende Kunst), dies at 84
  • 01-10Karl L Schmidt: German / Swiss Theologist (Urchristentum), dies at 64
  • 01-12John Raedecker: Dutch Sculptor (WWII Monument Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • 01-12Norman Kerry: Actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • 01-14Siegfried F Nadel: Aust / British anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52
  • 01-22P A M Speet: Dutch broadcast CEO (KRO)
  • 01-23Alexander Korda: English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • 01-27Erich Kleiber: Austrian conductor
  • 01-29H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken: US essayist / critic (Smart Set), dies at 75
  • 01-30Gerrit Mannoury: Mathematician / philosopher, dies at 88
  • 01-30Jane Seymour: Actress (Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 56
  • 02-02Charley Grapewin: Actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 86
  • 02-04Leendert A Donker: Dutch Social Democratic Party - Minister of Justice, dies at 56
  • 02-04Peder Gram: Composer, dies at 74
  • 02-05Savilly Tartakower: Austrian / Polish / French chess player, dies at 74
  • 02-18Gustave Charpentier: French opera Composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • 02-21Edwin Franko Goldman: Composer, dies at 78
  • 02-26Herman Courtens: Belgian Baron / painter, dies at 72
  • 02-27Frank Dailey: Orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • 02-29Elpidio Quirino: President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65
  • 03-03Willem H Keesom: Dutch physicist (Helium I / II), dies at 79
  • 03-05Erich Itor Kahn: Composer, dies at 50
  • 03-11Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko: Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • 03-16Joseph John Richards: Composer, dies at 77
  • 03-17Fred Allen: Comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • 03-18Friedrich Panzer: German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • 03-18Louis Bromfield: Writer, dies at 59
  • 03-22George A L Sarton: Belgian / US historian, dies at 71
  • 03-25George Luther Foote: Composer, dies at 70

Events in year of 1957

  • 01-01France returns Saar to becomes the 10th state of German Federal Rep
  • 01-01International Geophysical Year begins; ends 6 / 30 / 1958 (18-mo year)
  • 01-031st electric watch introduced, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 01-04"Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • 01-04Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000
  • 01-05Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Mid East
  • 01-06Elvis Presley makes his 7th and final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • 01-09British Premier Anthony Eden resigns
  • 01-09Checheno-Ingush ASSR reformed in RSFSR
  • 01-09Dutch Newspaper Society expels communist daily paper "Truth"
  • 01-09Kalmyk Autonomous Region reformed in RSFSR
  • 01-09Karachayevo-Cherkess Autonomous Region reestablished in RSFSR
  • 01-10Anthony Eden resigns and Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister of Britain
  • 01-10Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 01-12Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded
  • 01-13Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Allen Tate
  • 01-13Mickey Wright wins Sea Island Golf Open
  • 01-13NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 19-10
  • 01-13Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee
  • 01-15Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
  • 01-163 B-52s leave California for 1st non-stop round world flights
  • 01-179-county commission recommends creation of BART
  • 01-20Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 01-21KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-22Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula
  • 01-22Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) accused of 30 explosions, arrested
  • 01-25FBI arrests Jack and Myra Sobel, charged with spying for USSR
  • 01-26Dutch PSP, Pacifist Socialistic Party, forms
  • 01-26India annexes Kashmir
  • 01-26Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves

People born in year of 1957

  • 01-02Joanna Pacula: Tomszowaubelski, Poland -- Actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • 01-03Frank Dicopoulos: Akron, Ohio -- Actor (Frank Cooper-Guiding Light)
  • 01-05Vincent Calloway: Kentucky, United States -- Trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 01-06C Michael Foale: Louth, England -- Astronaut (STS 45, 56, 63, 84 / 86)
  • 01-06Nancy Lopez Knight: Torrance, California -- Pro golfer (1981 Dinah Shore)
  • 01-07Kristen Meadows: Actress (Santa Barbara)
  • 01-10Robert Thompson: Houston, Texas -- Nike golfer (1990 Boise Open-2nd)
  • 01-11Darryl Dawkins: NBA center (Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets)
  • 01-13Christina Seufert: Sacraento, California -- Diver (1984 Olympics - Bronze Medalist)
  • 01-13Don Snow: Rocker (Squeeze)
  • 01-17Donna Stone: New Jersey, United States -- Fencer-epee (1996 Olympics)
  • 01-19Mickael Virtue: Rock keyboardist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 01-19Ottis "O J" Anderson: NFL running back (New York Giants)
  • 01-20Leonard C Clements: Cherry Point, North Carolina -- PGA golfer (1994 Bob Hope-2nd)
  • 01-21Jacob Green: NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 01-22Mike Bossy: NHL forward (NY Islanders) - 1st 50 goals in 50 game
  • 01-23Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi: Monte Carlo, Monaco -- Princess
  • 01-25Edmund Theodore Sylvers: Rocker (Sylvers)
  • 01-25Jeff Gossett: NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • 01-25Martha Elizabeth Thomsen: Moses Lake, Washington -- Playmate (May, 1980)
  • 01-27Frank Miller: United States -- Comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)
  • 01-28Harley Jane Kozak: Actress (Arachnophobia, Necessary Roughness)
  • 01-28Nick Price: Durban, South Africa -- PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic)
  • 01-29Irlene Mandrell: Corpus Christi, Texas -- Country singer (Mandrell Sisters)
  • 01-29Jac Bico: Dutch guitarist / singer (Tambourine)
  • 01-30William Payne Stewart: Springfield, Missouri -- PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney)
  • 01-31Brett "the Hitman" Hart: Alberta, Canada -- WWF champion
  • 01-31Shirley F Babashoff: California, United States -- Swimmer (1972, 76 Olympics - 6 Silver / 2 Gold Medals)
  • 02-01Donna Adamek: Duarte, California -- Bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81)
  • 02-02Laurie Mann: Current DPS curator / geek

People died in year of 1957

  • 01-01Ruth Draper: US elocutionist, dies at 67 or 72
  • 01-07Al White: Choreographer (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 01-09Mary Carr Moore: Composer, dies at 83
  • 01-10Gabriela Mistral: Chilean Poet (Nobel Prize 1945), dies at 67
  • 01-14Humphrey Bogart: Actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies at 57
  • 01-16Alexander Cambridge: Governor-General (South African 1923-31 / Canada 1940-5), dies at 82
  • 01-16Arturo Toscanini: Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in New York City at 89
  • 01-20James Connolly: 1st Oly winner (1896) since Barasdates (369 CE)
  • 01-21Arthur L Bowley: English statistician / economist, dies at 87
  • 01-23Willie Edwards: US black, murdered by KKK at 25
  • 01-28Fred Stein: TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88
  • 01-30Grigore Gafencu: Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (1938-39), dies at 65
  • 02-01Friedrich von Paulus: German Field Marshal (Stalingrad), dies at 66
  • 02-04Joseph Hardaway: Creator of Bugs Bunny, dies at 66
  • 02-04Miguel Covarrubias: Mexican illustrator
  • 02-07Rudolph Reti: Composer, dies at 71
  • 02-08John Von Neumann: Astronomer, dies at 53
  • 02-10Laura Ingalls Wilder: US Author (Little House on Praries), dies at 90
  • 02-12Johannes Anker Larsen: Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • 02-16Leslie Hore-Belisha [Lord Halifax]: British Minister of Transport, dies at 63
  • 02-18Henry N Russell: Co-author (temperature-luminosity graph)
  • 02-22Harry Sothern: Actor (Dr Huer-Buck Rogers), dies at 72
  • 02-25Kurt von Wolfurt: Composer, dies at 76
  • 02-25Mark Aldanov [Mark A Landau]: Russian / French chemist, dies at 70
  • 03-02Harry E Soref: Inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • 03-08Othmar Schoeck: Composer, dies at 70
  • 03-11Richard E Byrd: United States -- Explorer (Antarctica), dies at 68
  • 03-12Josephine Hull: Actress (Harvey), dies at 71
  • 03-13Lena Ashwell: Engl actress / theatrical manager (Kingsway), dies at 84
  • 03-16Mosa Pijade: Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67