1956

1956 was a hugely important year for popular culture, and much of it revolved around the “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley.

1956

Elvis entered US music charts for the first time this year, with his recording of “Heartbreak Hotel.” This year was also when Elvis released his first gold album, titled “Elvis Presley.” Elvis famously caused a national stir in June of 1956 with his performance of “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show with his, for the time, “suggestive” hip movements.

Presley would also take part in the “Million Dollar Quartet” near the end of 1956. On this occasion, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash played together at the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, for this one and only time.

1956 was a notable year for female celebrities as well. Doris Day recorded her famous song, “Que, Sera, Sera” and Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.

For television history, 1956 was incredibly important. This was the year that legendary host, Bob Barker made his television debut, hosting a game show called Truth or Consequences. A very popular production of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin, was restaged live on NBC this year, due to high demand. In another development, the American soap opera, As the World Turns, made its debut on CBS.

This was a big year for film and theatre as well. My Fair Lady opened on Broadway and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I was released in movie theatres. Also released in theatres this year was Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston. 1956 was also the year that the great comic duo, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, held their last comedy show together. Their last performance was at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City.

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Movies

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A Man Escaped

A Man Escaped

Directed by: Robert Bresson

Starring: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Country: United States of America

The Searchers

The Searchers

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Country: United States of America

The Killing

The Killing

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Country: United States of America

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Country: United States of America

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Directed by: Don Siegel

Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Country: United States of America

Books

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Arthritis And Common Sense by Dale Alexander

Arthritis And Common Sense

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Medical Self-Help/Health Arthritis and Common Sense, the best-selling one-million-copy classic on arthritis, is now available in paperback for the first time! In these pages, the arthritis sufferer will find

Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Gift From The Sea

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In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a

Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight

Eloise

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Meet Eloise, the precocious darling of the Plaza Hotel!Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

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

How To Live 365 Days A Year

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One of the great self-help books of all time, How to Live 365 Days a Year has sold more than 1 million copies and has been translated into 13 languages.

Ten North Frederick by John O'Hara

Ten North Frederick

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The National Book Award–winning novel by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald”Joe Chapin led a storybook life. A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed …

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1956 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. James
  3. Robert
  4. David
  5. John
  6. William
  7. Richard
  8. Mark
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Debra
  3. Linda
  4. Deborah
  5. Susan
  6. Patricia
  7. Karen
  8. Cynthia
  9. Barbara
  10. Donna
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1956?


Events

  • 01 Jan Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel for RCA in Nashville
  • 02 Jan Poujadists / communists win French parliamentary elections
  • 03 Jan A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 04 Jan Alexander Tikhonovich Grechaninov, Russian/American composer, dies at age 91.
  • 05 Jan Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel
  • 06 Jan KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jan Vinoo Mankad scores 231 versus New Zealand, 413 opening stand with Roy.
  • 08 Jan Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken.
  • 09 Jan Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column first appears in newspapers.
  • 10 Jan Elvis records Heartbreak Hotel
  • 14 Jan Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti".
  • 15 Jan D Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
  • 16 Jan Egyptian President Nassar pledges to reconquer Palestine.
  • 19 Jan Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field.
  • 20 Jan Buddy Holly records Blue Days Black Night in Nashville
  • 21 Jan Comedy in Music (Victor Borge) closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • 22 Jan 30 die in a train crash in Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • 24 Jan 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • 25 Jan 96.5 cm (38 inches) of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record).
  • 26 Jan Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 28 Jan Elvis Presley made his first US TV appearance
  • 30 Jan Elvis Presley records his version of Blue Suede Shoes
  • 31 Jan Juscelino Kubitschek becomes President of Brazil.
  • 01 Feb Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • 02 Feb Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
  • 03 Feb Toni Sailor becomes first Olympics skier to sweep the three alpine events.
  • 05 Feb Louise Suggs win LPGA Havana Golf Open.
  • 06 Feb French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers.
  • 07 Feb Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to University of Alabama, is expelled
  • 08 Feb Connie Mack, baseball manager (Philadelphia Athletics, 1901-50), dies at age 93.
  • 09 Feb KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 10 Feb My Friend Flicka premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • 11 Feb British spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean resurface in the Soviet Union after being missing for 5 years.
  • 12 Feb Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open.
  • 13 Feb KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • 14 Feb Verhoeven / Nauta / De King / Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
  • 15 Feb Urho Kekkonen is appointed President of Finland.
  • 16 Feb Only a little more than four months after the release of the 70mm version of ''Oklahoma!'', the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Carousel'', starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, is released in Cinemascope 55. MacRae and Jones had previously starred in ''Oklahoma!'' ''Carousel'', intended for showing in 55mm, ends up being shown only in 35mm.
  • 17 Feb Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas of Great Britain.
  • 19 Feb Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.
  • 20 Feb WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 23 Feb 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
  • 24 Feb Doris Day records her most famous song: Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). It is from Alfred Hitchcock's ''The Man Who Knew Too Much'', in which Day co-stars with James Stewart.
  • 25 Feb Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
  • 26 Feb Writers Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge
  • 27 Feb Female suffrage in Egypt.
  • 28 Feb Thirteen die in a train crash in Swampscott, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 29 Feb In Centerville, South Dakota, USA a building is hit by a falling meteorite.
  • 01 Mar The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • 02 Mar The British deport Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to the Seychelles.
  • 03 Mar Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)
  • 05 Mar King Kong, 1st televised
  • 09 Mar Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • 10 Mar Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph).
  • 11 Mar Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 13 Mar Elvis Presley releases his first Gold Album titled ''Elvis Presley''.
  • 14 Mar Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons (Negro League)
  • 15 Mar My Fair Lady opens at Mark Hellinger Theater in New York City for 2,715 performances.
  • 16 Mar US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Tenley Albright.
  • 17 Mar 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show and Lucy Ball
  • 19 Mar Biggest NBA margin of victory: Minnesota Lakers-133, Saint Louis Hawks-75.
  • 20 Mar 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
  • 21 Mar 28th Academy Awards - Marty, Anna Magnani and Ernest Borgnine win
  • 22 Mar Mr Wonderful opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances
  • 23 Mar Pakistan proclaimed an Islamic Republic in Commonwealth (National Day)
  • 26 Mar Medic Alert Foundation forms
  • 27 Mar US seizes American communist newspaper Daily Worker.
  • 01 Apr 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank and Damn Yankees win.
  • 02 Apr Soap operas As the World Turns andEdge of Night premieres on TV
  • 03 Apr Silk Stockings closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • 05 Apr Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba.
  • 06 Apr Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison.
  • 07 Apr 10th NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Fort Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1.
  • 08 Apr Six marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Island, South Carolina, USA.
  • 09 Apr Habib Bourguiba is elected prime minister of Tunisia.
  • 10 Apr Philips broadcasts first Dutch color TV programs.
  • 11 Apr French government decides to send 200,000 reservists to Algeria.
  • 12 Apr Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon.
  • 13 Apr KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 14 Apr Plain & Fancy closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances
  • 15 Apr Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.
  • 17 Apr Kominform disbands
  • 18 Apr Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)
  • 19 Apr 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • 21 Apr Former U.S. First Daughter Margaret Truman marries Clifton Daniel.
  • 22 Apr Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open.
  • 23 Apr US Supreme court ends race segregation on buses.
  • 26 Apr First container ship left Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.
  • 27 Apr Heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing.
  • 28 Apr Reds Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs
  • 29 Apr WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS / NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Apr Former Vice President and Senator Alben Barkley dies during a speech in Virginia. He collapses after proclaiming ''I would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than sit in the seats of the mighty.''
  • 01 May The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 02 May US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus.
  • 03 May Most Happy Fella opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances
  • 04 May Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
  • 05 May Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
  • 06 May WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 07 May New York Giants' Bill White homers in his first at bat.
  • 08 May John Osbornes Look Back in Anger, premieres in London
  • 09 May Manaslu, eighth highest mountain in the world, is first ascended.
  • 10 May KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 11 May Pinky Lee Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 12 May East Pakistan is struck by cyclone and tidal waves.
  • 13 May Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • 16 May Kraft Theater presents an act from Profiles in Courage
  • 18 May Mickey Mantle hits homerun from both sides of plate for record third time.
  • 19 May Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning HR, 1st HR in 8 straight games
  • 20 May Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll.
  • 21 May WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 May Bob Hope Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 23 May World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco, California.
  • 24 May Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbana.
  • 25 May Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas
  • 26 May US Navy aircraft carrier Bennington burns off Rhode Island, killing 103.
  • 27 May French raid in Algiers
  • 28 May US President Dwight Eisenhower signs farm bill allowing government to store agricultural surplus.
  • 29 May WESH TV channel 2 in Daytona Beach-Orlando, Florida (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 30 May Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee Florida
  • 01 Jun First international flight (to Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport - YUL) from the Atlanta Municipal Airport (ATL); now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and currently the world's busiest airport)
  • 02 Jun Yugoslav President Tito visits Moscow
  • 03 Jun 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
  • 04 Jun Speech by USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev blasting Josef Stalin made public.
  • 05 Jun Milton Berle Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 06 Jun In Singapore, chief minister David Marshall resigns after the breakdown of talks about internal self-government in London.
  • 07 Jun Singapore government of Marshall resigns
  • 08 Jun Lim Yem Hock forms Singapore government
  • 09 Jun Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
  • 10 Jun 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm
  • 11 Jun Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.
  • 13 Jun Shangri-La opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 14 Jun New Faces of 1956 opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • 15 Jun Eindhoven University of Technology is founded in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • 16 Jun 56th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 281 at Oak Hill Country Club - New York
  • 18 Jun Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt as Brits leave Suez Canal
  • 19 Jun Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films
  • 20 Jun Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed
  • 21 Jun Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere
  • 23 Jun Jimmy Durante Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 24 Jun Steve Allen Show, returns on NBC-TV
  • 25 Jun 51 die in collision of Andrea Doria andStockholm (Cape Cod)
  • 28 Jun First atomic reactor built for private research operates in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • 29 Jun Federal interstate highway system act signed
  • 30 Jun Pipe Dream closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances
  • 01 Jul Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 02 Jul A lab experiment at Sylvania Electric Products results in an explosion.
  • 04 Jul US most intense rainfall (1.23 inches in one minute) at Unionville, Maryland.
  • 05 Jul France raises tobacco tax 20% due to war in Algeria
  • 06 Jul 70th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (62 46 75 64)
  • 07 Jul 63rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton (63 61)
  • 08 Jul Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
  • 10 Jul 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington DC
  • 13 Jul WCBI TV channel 4 in Columbus, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 14 Jul Boston Red Sox' pitcher Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0.
  • 15 Jul Beverly Hanson / Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
  • 16 Jul Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million
  • 19 Jul US refuse to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • 20 Jul Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • 23 Jul Joe Cronin and Hank Greenberg inducted into Hall of Fame
  • 24 Jul Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jesey City
  • 25 Jul 38th PGA Championship: Jack Burke at Blue Hill Country Club - Boston
  • 26 Jul Egypt seizes Suez Canal.
  • 29 Jul WCKT (now WSVN) TV channel 7 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Jul US motto In God We Trust authorized
  • 31 Jul August – The exhibition ''This Is Tomorrow'' opens at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.
  • 01 Aug KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Aug Willie Williams of the US sets 100 metre dash record at 10.1 seconds.
  • 04 Aug Elvis Presley releases Hound Dog
  • 05 Aug KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS / ABC / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Aug 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 Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans
  • 08 Aug WDIQ (now KMCT) TV channel 2 in Dozier, AL (PBS) begins
  • 09 Aug 1st state-wide, state-supported educational TV network, Alabama
  • 10 Aug 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • 11 Aug 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620
  • 12 Aug Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Brink
  • 13 Aug WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Aug Adlai E Stevenson nominated as Democratic US presidential candidate.
  • 17 Aug Bundesverfassungsgericht bans KPD in West Germany
  • 18 Aug Cin Reds (8) and Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • 19 Aug Fay Crocker wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
  • 20 Aug Republicans convene at Cow Palace
  • 21 Aug WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Aug Elvis Presley begins filming The Reno Brothers (Love Me Tender)
  • 24 Aug First non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrives in Washington DC.
  • 25 Aug To make room for Enos Slaughter, New York Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • 26 Aug KREY TV channel 10 in Montrose, CO (CBS / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Aug Curt Robert of Columbus (International League) hits 4 HRs in 7 inning game
  • 29 Aug French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • 30 Aug White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield HS, Texas
  • 01 Sep KELP (now KCOS) TV channel 13 in El Paso, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Sep Washington-Jackson cable line replaced by bus service
  • 03 Sep Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
  • 04 Sep The IBM RAMAC 305 is introduced, the first commercial computer to use magnetic disk storage.
  • 05 Sep 20 die in a train crash in Springer, New Mexico, USA.
  • 07 Sep Bell X-2 sets unofficial manned aircraft altitude record 126,000+ feet.
  • 09 Sep 70th US Womens Tennis: Shirley J Fry beats Althea Gibson (63 64)
  • 10 Sep Louisville Ky public schools integrates
  • 11 Sep Vladimir Kuts runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • 12 Sep Black students enter and are barred from Clay Ky elementary school
  • 13 Sep In the USA, IBM introduces the IBM 350 Disk File, the first hard drive, as part of the IBM RAMAC 305 computer. The drive features fifty double-sided 24-inch diameter platters, served by one arm and one read/write head. Capacity is about 5MB, and transfer rate is 8800 characters per second.
  • 14 Sep First prefrontal lobotomy performed, Washington DC.
  • 16 Sep Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
  • 17 Sep Black students enter Clay Ky elementary school
  • 18 Sep Mickey Mantle is 8th to hit 50 HRs in a seaon
  • 21 Sep Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza García is assassinated.
  • 24 Sep 1st trans atlantic telephone cable in use (Newfoundland-Scotland)
  • 25 Sep 1st transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation (Scot-Canada)
  • 27 Sep USAF Captain Milburn G. Apt becomes the first man to exceed Mach 3 while flying the Bell X-2. Shortly thereafter, the craft goes out of control and Captain Apt is killed.
  • 28 Sep Johnny Carson Show, TV Variety
  • 29 Sep I Love Mickey by Mickey Mantle and Teresa Brewer peaks at #87
  • 30 Sep Phillies Robin Roberts gives up a major league record 46th HR
  • 01 Oct Zestienhoven airport at Rotterdam official opens
  • 02 Oct First atomic power clock exhibited-New York City.
  • 03 Oct Sal Maglie and Dodgers defeat Yanks 6-3 in opening game of World Series
  • 05 Oct Yogi Berra becomes the fourth New York Yankees' player to hit a World Series Grand Slam (World Series #53).
  • 06 Oct Dr Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine
  • 07 Oct Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
  • 08 Oct New York Yankees's Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series; one of only 20 perfect games in MLB history.
  • 09 Oct 10th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 1-1 at Montreal
  • 10 Oct Fazal Mahmood takes 13-114 for match vs. Aus, Karachi
  • 11 Oct 1st Pakistan vs. Australia Test 95 runs scored on 1st day
  • 13 Oct WAGM TV channel 8 in Presque Isle, ME (CBS / NBC / ABC) begins
  • 14 Oct Patty Berg wins LPGA Arkansas Golf Open
  • 15 Oct Pyotr Bolotnikov runs world record 10k (28:42.8)
  • 16 Oct William J Brennan Jr becomes a US Supreme Court Justice.
  • 17 Oct Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
  • 19 Oct The Soviet Union and Japan sign a Joint Declaration, officially ending the state of war between the two countries that had existed since August 1945.
  • 21 Oct Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • 22 Oct France intercept Moroccan plane, arrest Ben Bella
  • 23 Oct First video recording on magnetic tape televised in USA, coast-to-coast.
  • 24 Oct AP names Cin manager Birdie Tebbets as NL Manager of the Year
  • 25 Oct White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez replaces him
  • 26 Oct Vietnam promulgates its constitution.
  • 28 Oct Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Luctuosissimi eventus
  • 29 Oct Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, NBC News, team up
  • 30 Oct Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961
  • 31 Oct 1st American to land an airplane at South Pole - Rear Admiral GJ Dufek
  • 01 Nov Nobel for physics awarded to Shockley, Brattain and Bardeen
  • 02 Nov Israel captures Gaza and Sheham.
  • 03 Nov Wizard of Oz 1st televised (CBS-TV)
  • 04 Nov 200,000 Russian troops attack anti-Stalinist revolt in Budapest
  • 05 Nov Dutch Communist Party office of Felix Meritis seized
  • 06 Nov US President Dwight Eisenhower (Republican) re-elected defeating Adlai E Stevenson (Democrat).
  • 07 Nov Suez Crisis: The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution calling for the United Kingdom, France and Israel to immediately withdraw their troops from Egypt.
  • 09 Nov Lou Thesz beats Whipper Billy Watson in St. Louis, to become NWA champ
  • 12 Nov Largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, first sighted.
  • 13 Nov US Supreme Court strikes down segregation of races on public buses.
  • 14 Nov Hungarian revolt put down
  • 15 Nov Middle East Technical University is founded in Ankara, Turkey.
  • 17 Nov Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs. Colgate)
  • 18 Nov Morocco gains independence
  • 20 Nov In Yugoslavia, former prime minister Milovan Djilas is arrested after he criticizes Josip Broz Tito.
  • 21 Nov Don Newcombe, wins NL MVP and 1st-ever Cy Young Award
  • 22 Nov 16th modern Olympic games opens in Melbourne
  • 23 Nov The Suez Crisis causes petrol rationing in Britain. Motorists panic as petrol rations loom, BBC news
  • 24 Nov Pajama Game closes at St. James Theater NYC after 1063 performances
  • 26 Nov The Price Is Right debuts on NBC
  • 28 Nov Photography begins on ... & God Created Women
  • 29 Nov Bells Are Ringing opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 925 performances
  • 30 Nov 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards & the News)
  • 01 Dec Candide opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • 02 Dec 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 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 04 Dec 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (quarterback).
  • 05 Dec Rose Heilbron becomes Britain's first female judge.
  • 06 Dec Happy Hunting opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances
  • 08 Dec 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • 09 Dec Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810, a Canadair North Star, crashes near Hope, British Columbia, Canada, killing all 62 people on board.
  • 10 Dec Establishment of MPLA in Angola.
  • 11 Dec Anti-Russian demonstrations in Stettin and Wroclaw, Poland.
  • 12 Dec Beginning of the Irish Republican Army's ''Border Campaign''.
  • 14 Dec Paul-Henri Spaak is appointed Secretary-General of NATO.
  • 15 Dec KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Dec Fanny closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • 18 Dec To Tell the Truth debuts on CBS-TV
  • 19 Dec 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 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra.
  • 22 Dec New Faces of 1956 closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • 23 Dec British and French troops leave the Suez Canal region.
  • 24 Dec I Love Lucy Christmas show airs, never put in syndication
  • 27 Dec Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games.
  • 28 Dec Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • 30 Dec New York Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game.
  • 31 Dec Bob Barker makes his TV debut as host of the game show ''Truth or Consequences''.