August 1956 calendar

August 1956

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1956.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Anthony Eden (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1956: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1956?


  • 01 Aug 1956 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Aug 1956 Willie Williams of the US sets 100 metre dash record at 10.1 seconds.
  • 04 Aug 1956 Elvis Presley releases Hound Dog
  • 05 Aug 1956 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS / ABC / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Aug 1956 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York in the Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena series.
  • 07 Aug 1956 Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans
  • 08 Aug 1956 WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
  • 09 Aug 1956 1st state-wide, state-supported educational TV network, Alabama
  • 10 Aug 1956 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • 11 Aug 1956 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
  • 12 Aug 1956 Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Brink
  • 13 Aug 1956 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Aug 1956 Adlai E Stevenson nominated as Democratic US presidential candidate.
  • 17 Aug 1956 Bundesverfassungsgericht bans KPD in West Germany
  • 18 Aug 1956 Cin Reds (8) and Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • 19 Aug 1956 Fay Crocker wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
  • 20 Aug 1956 Republicans convene at Cow Palace
  • 21 Aug 1956 WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Aug 1956 Elvis Presley begins filming The Reno Brothers (Love Me Tender)
  • 24 Aug 1956 First non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrives in Washington DC.
  • 25 Aug 1956 To make room for Enos Slaughter, New York Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • 26 Aug 1956 KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Aug 1956 Curt Robert of Columbus (International League) hits 4 HRs in 7 inning game
  • 29 Aug 1956 French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • 30 Aug 1956 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield HS, Texas
  • 08 Aug 1956 Marcinelle mining disaster in Belgium. 262 coal miners, including a substantial number of Italian migrant workers, were killed in one of the largest mining accidents in Belgian history.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1956?
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Top #1 songs in the USA

  1. - Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)
  2. - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  3. - Lay Down Your Arms
  4. - Walk Hand In Hand
  5. - Rockin' Through The Rye


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1956?

Guestward Ho! by Patrick Dennis and Barbara Hooton

Guestward Ho!


Guestward Ho! Barbara Hooton tells Patrick Dennis, author of Auntie Mame! This is the story of Barbara's sometimes hilarious transition from New Mexico socialite to upscale dude rancher.

Love Or Perish by Smiley Blanton

Love Or Perish


Love or Perish [Paperback] [May 26, 2012.] Blanton, Smiley

A Family Party by John O'Hara

A Family Party


This is a story about Lyons, Pennsylvania, a small town. A party is held to honor Dr. Sam Merritt for his 40-years of service.

The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge

The Rosemary Tree


"It wasn't for her to criticize Almighty God's ways; if He wanted to go to all that bother over the millions and millions of snowflakes, or their intricate designs, then it was His will.

Don'T Go Near The Water by William Brinkley

Don'T Go Near The Water


This novel is both a charming entertainment farce and a gentle love story. It takes place on a remote Pacific island in the final days of World War II.