December 1956 calendar

December 1956

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1956: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1956?


  • 01 Dec 1956 Candide opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • 02 Dec 1956 The Granma yacht reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente province and Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.
  • 03 Dec 1956 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 04 Dec 1956 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (quarterback).
  • 05 Dec 1956 Rose Heilbron becomes Britain's first female judge.
  • 06 Dec 1956 Happy Hunting opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances
  • 08 Dec 1956 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • 09 Dec 1956 Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810-9, a Canadair North Star, crashes near Hope, British Columbia, Canada, killing all 62 people on board.
  • 10 Dec 1956 Establishment of MPLA in Angola.
  • 11 Dec 1956 Anti-Russian demonstrations in Stettin and Wroclaw, Poland.
  • 12 Dec 1956 Beginning of the Irish Republican Army's ''Border Campaign''.
  • 14 Dec 1956 Paul-Henri Spaak is appointed Secretary-General of NATO.
  • 15 Dec 1956 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Dec 1956 Fanny closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • 18 Dec 1956 To Tell the Truth debuts on CBS-TV
  • 19 Dec 1956 Irish-born physician John Bodkin Adams is arrested in connection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 patients. Eventually he is convicted only of minor charges.
  • 20 Dec 1956 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra.
  • 22 Dec 1956 New Faces of 1956 closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • 23 Dec 1956 British and French troops leave the Suez Canal region.
  • 24 Dec 1956 I Love Lucy Christmas show airs, never put in syndication
  • 27 Dec 1956 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games.
  • 28 Dec 1956 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • 30 Dec 1956 New York Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game.
  • 31 Dec 1956 Bob Barker makes his TV debut as host of the game show ''Truth or Consequences''.
  • 12 Dec 1956 United Nations Security Council Resolution 121 relating to acceptance of Japan to the United Nations is adopted.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1956?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Green Door
  2. - Blueberry Hill
  3. - A Rose And A Baby Ruth
  4. - Hey! Jealous Lover
  5. - Love Me

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Just Walkin' In The Rain
  2. - Rock Around The Clock
  3. - The Green Door
  4. - Singing The Blues
  5. - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1956?

The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor

The Last Hurrah


Inspired by James M. Curley's career, O'Connor's 1956 account on big-city politics portrays O'Connor's Irish-American political boss, a demagogue, and rogue, but he deeply understands his constituents.

The Nun'S Story by Kathryn Hulme

The Nun'S Story


The story of the nun

King Of Paris by Guy Endore

King Of Paris


"He was one those men who lived 10 lives, while the rest of us only live one." This is how the author began his biographical novel. Alexandre Dumas.

An Historian'S Approach To Religion by Arnold Joseph Toynbee

An Historian'S Approach To Religion



How To Live 365 Days A Year by John A. Schindler

How To Live 365 Days A Year


How to Live 365 days a Year is a classic self-help book that has sold over 1 million copies. It has been translated into 13 different languages.