1956 in History – What happened in year 1956

In history, year 1956 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1956.

Know what happened in 1956:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 March The NATO phonetic alphabet, today the most widely used spelling alphabet, was first implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
01 MayA doctor in Japan reported an 'epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system', marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
06 AugustDuMont, one of the world's first television networks, aired itslast program.
13 AprilThe Vietnamese National Army captured Ba Cut, military commander of the Hoa Hao religious sect, which ran a de facto state in southern Vietnam in opposition to Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem.
17 OctoberQueen Elizabeth II opened the world's first commercial nuclearpower plant at Calder Hall in Cumbria, England.
28 JuneWorkers demanding better conditions held massive protests inPoznan, Poland, but were violently repressed by the following day by400 tanks and 10,000 soldiers of the People's Army of Poland and theInternal Security Corps.
19 DecemberIrish-born British physician John Bodkin Adams was arrested inconnection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 of his patients,although he was only convicted on minor charges.
03 NovemberIn the midst of the Suez Crisis, during an invasion of the GazaStrip, Israeli soldiers shot dead hundreds of Palestinian refugees andlocal inhabitants in Khan Yunis.
17 OctoberQueen Elizabeth II opened the world's first commercial nuclearpower plant at Calder Hall in Cumbria, England.
23 OctoberThe Hungarian Revolution began as a peaceful studentdemonstration which attracted thousands as it marched through centralBudapest to the Parliament building.
11 JuneThe six-day Gal Oya riots, the first ethnic riots targeting theminority Sri Lankan Tamils in post-independent Sri Lanka, began,eventually resulting in the deaths of at least 150 people and 100injuries.
23 JuneGamal Abdel Nasser became President of Egypt, a post he wouldhold until his death in 1970.
01 MayA doctor in Japan reported an 'epidemic of an unknown diseaseof the central nervous system', marking the official discovery ofMinamata disease.
24 MayThe first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held inLugano, Switzerland.
09 March In Tbilisi, Georgia, Soviet military troops suppressed massdemonstrations against Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization policy.
02 DecemberCuban Revolution-The yacht Granma, carrying Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement, reached theshores of Cuba.
06 DecemberAt the Melbourne Olympics, 14-year-old swimmer Sandra Morganbecame the youngest Australian to win an Olympic gold medal.
19 DecemberIrish-born British physician John Bodkin Adams was arrested inconnection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 of his patients,although he was only convicted on minor charges.
23 OctoberThe Hungarian Revolution began as a peaceful studentdemonstration which attracted thousands as it marched through centralBudapest to the Parliament building.
25 February In his speech 'On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences'to the 20th Party Congress, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denouncedthe personality cult and dictatorship of his predecessor Joseph Stalin.
08 JanuaryFive Evangelical Christian missionaries from the United States were killed by the Huaorani in the rainforest of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
25 FebruaryIn his speech 'On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences' to the 20th Party Congress, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounced the personality cult and dictatorship of his predecessor Joseph Stalin.
01 MarchThe NATO phonetic alphabet, today the most widely used spelling alphabet, was first implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
09 MarchIn Tbilisi, Georgia, Soviet military troops suppressed mass demonstrations against Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization policy.
07 AprilSpain relinquished its protectorate in Morocco.
13 AprilThe Vietnamese National Army captured Ba C?t, military commander of the Hoa Hao religious sect, which ran a de facto state in southern Vietnam in opposition to Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem.
01 MayA doctor in Japan reported an 'epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system', marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
24 MayThe first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland.
11 JuneThe six-day Gal Oya riots, the first ethnic riots targeting theminority Sri Lankan Tamils in post-independent Sri Lanka, began, eventually resulting in the deaths of at least 150 people and 100 injuries.
23 JuneGamal Abdel Nasser became President of Egypt, a post he held until his death in 1970.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1956:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 NovemberJames Honeyman-Scott / Writer / United Kingdom
04 AprilEvelyn Hart / Ballerina / Canada
10 MayVladislav Listyev / Journalist / Russia
10 March Helmut Lang / Artist / Austria
10 DecemberRod Blagojevich / Politician / United States of America
11 March Helen Rollason / Journalist / United Kingdom
12 DecemberJohan van der Velde / Cyclist / Netherlands
12 MayAsad Rauf / Cricketer / Pakistan
13 SeptemberJoni Sledge / Writer / United States of America
13 DecemberDale Berra / Baseball Player / United States of America
14 JuneFred Funk / Golfer / United States of America
14 JuneSam Irvin / Producer / United States of America
16 January Martin Jol / Footballer / Netherlands
17 NovemberJim McGovern / Politician / Scotland
19 OctoberDidier Theys / Racing Car Driver / Belgium
21 March Ingrid Kristiansen / Runner / Norway
24 March Bill Wray / Painter / United States of America
26 JulyTommy Rich / Wrestler / United States of America
29 MayMark Lyall Grant / Diplomat / United Kingdom
31 JulyDeval Patrick / Politician / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1956:

YearName / Profession / Country
19 AprilMukesh Rishi / Actor / India
04 January Sarojini Sahoo / Author / India
18 MarchArundhati Bhattacharya / Banker / India
10 AugustPerween Warsi / Business Woman / India
10 JulyAlok Nath / Actor / India
28 MarchDr Swati Piramal / Vice Chairperson / India
15 JanuaryMayawati / Politician / India
07 JuneTiku Talsania / Actor / India
21 SeptemberPrabuddha Dasgupta / Photographer / India
03 SeptemberJishu Dasgupta / Actor / India
09 March Shashi Tharoor / Politician / India
10 OctoberGajendra Chauhan / Actor / India
06 JulyAnil Madhav Dave / Politician / India
03 AugustBalwinder Sandhu / Cricketer / India
26 JanuaryDiana Edulagee / Cricketer / India
04 JulyLaxmikant Parsekar / Politician / India
18 AugustSandeep Patil / Cricketer / India
06 AprilDilip Vengsarkar / Cricketer / India
24 DecemberAnil Kapoor / Actor / India
20 FebruaryAnnu Kapoor / Actor / India

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