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1956 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1956
Ab urbe condita2709
Armenian calendar1405
Assyrian calendar6706
Bahá'í calendar112–113
Balinese saka calendar1877–1878
Bengali calendar1363
Berber calendar2906
British Regnal yearEliz. 2 – 5 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2500
Burmese calendar1318
Byzantine calendar7464–7465
Chinese calendar乙未(Wood Goat)
4652 or 4592
    — to —
丙申年 (Fire Monkey)
4653 or 4593
Coptic calendar1672–1673
Discordian calendar3122
Ethiopian calendar1948–1949
Hebrew calendar5716–5717
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2012–2013
 - Shaka Samvat1877–1878
 - Kali Yuga5056–5057
Holocene calendar11956
Igbo calendar956–957
Iranian calendar1334–1335
Islamic calendar1375–1376
Japanese calendarShōwa 31
Javanese calendar1887–1888
Juche calendar45
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4289
Minguo calendarROC 45
Nanakshahi calendar488
Thai solar calendar2499
Tibetan calendar阴木羊年
(female Wood-Goat)
2082 or 1701 or 929
    — to —
(male Fire-Monkey)
2083 or 1702 or 930

1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1956th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 956th year of the , the 56th year of the , and the 7th year of the decade.

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1956 Winter Olympics

  • January 1 – The Anglo-Egyptian Condominium ends in Sudan.
  • January 3
    • By popular demand, Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin, is restaged live by Producers' Showcase on NBC-TV.
    • Columbia Records first releases Glenn Gould's solo piano recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations.
  • January 8Operation Auca: Five U.S. evangelical Christian missionaries, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Jim Elliot and Pete Fleming, are killed for trespassing by the Huaorani people of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • January 16Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser vows to reconquer Palestine.
  • January 2526 – Finnish troops reoccupy Porkkala after Soviet troops vacate its military base. Civilians can return February 4.
  • January 26 – The 1956 Winter Olympics open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.


  • February 11 – British spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean resurface in the Soviet Union after being missing for 5 years.
  • February 142620th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • February 16 – 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.
  • February 22Elvis Presley enters the United States music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel".
  • February 23Norma Jean Mortenson legally changes her name to Marilyn Monroe.
  • February 24Doris 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.
  • February 25Nikita Khrushchev attacks the veneration of Josef Stalin in a speech "On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences".


  • March 1 – The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • March 2Morocco declares its independence from France.
  • March 9
    • The British deport Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to the Seychelles.
    • Soviet Armed Forces suppresses mass demonstrations in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, reacting to Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization policy.
  • March 10 – The Fairey Delta 2 broke the World Air Speed Record, raising it to 1,132 mph (1,822 km/h) or Mach 1.73, an increase of some 300 mph (480 km/h) over the previous record, and thus becoming the first aircraft to exceed 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h) in level flight.
  • March 11 – After having opened in London the previous year, Laurence Olivier's film, Richard III, adapted from Shakespeare's play, has its U.S. premiere in theatres and on NBC Television on the same day. On TV it is not shown in prime time, but as an afternoon matinée, in a slightly cut version. It is one of the first such experiments of its kind. Olivier is later nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
  • March 12
    • 96 U.S. Congressmen sign the Southern Manifesto, a protest against the 1954 Supreme Court ruling (Brown v. Board of Education) that desegregated public education.
    • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 500 for the first time rising 2.40 points, or 0.48%, to 500.24.
  • March 13Elvis Presley releases his first gold album titled Elvis Presley.
  • March 15 – The Broadway musical My Fair Lady opens in New York City.
  • March 19 – At age 48, Dutch boxer Bep van Klaveren contests his last match in Rotterdam.
  • March 20Tunisia gains independence from France.
  • March 21 – The 28th Academy Awards ceremony is held.
  • March 23Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic, and a national holiday is observed in the country including the former East Pakistan state.


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A reel of 2-inch quadruplex videotape compared with a modern-day miniDV videocassette.

  • April 2 – The first episode of As the World Turns is broadcast on the CBS television network in the United States.
  • April 7 – Spain relinquishes its protectorate in Morocco.
  • April 9Habib Bourguiba is elected President of the National Constituent Assembly of the Kingdom of Tunisia; on April 15 he becomes Prime Minister.[1]
  • April 14Videotape is first demonstrated at the 1956 NARTB (now NAB) convention in Chicago by Ampex. It is the demonstration of the first practical and commercially successful videotape format known as 2" Quadruplex.
  • April 17 – Queen Elizabeth II inaugurates the 4.9 km² Chew Valley Lake in Somerset, England, as a reservoir for the Bristol area.
  • April 18Maria Desylla-Kapodistria is elected mayor of Corfu and becomes the first female mayor in Greece.
  • April 19
    • British diver Lionel Crabb (working for MI6) dives into Portsmouth harbour to investigate a visiting Soviet cruiser and vanishes.
    • American actress Grace Kelly marries Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.
  • April 21 – Former U.S. First Daughter Margaret Truman marries Clifton Daniel.
  • April 27Heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retires without losing a professional boxing match.


  • May 2 – The United Methodist Church in America decides at its General Conference to grant women full ordained clergy status. It also calls for an end to racial segregation in the denomination.
  • May 8
    • Austria and Israel form diplomatic relations.Template:NoMention
    • The constitutional union between Indonesia and the Netherlands is dissolved.
    • John Osborne's Look Back in Anger opens at the Royal Court Theatre, London, changing the scope of theatrical and other forms of drama in the UK: the theatre's press release describes the dramatist as among the angry young men of the time.
  • May 9Manaslu, eighth highest mountain in the world, is first ascended.
  • May 18Lhotse (main), the fourth highest mountain, is first ascended.
  • May 22 – The NBC Peacock debuts On Television
  • May 23 – French minister Pierre Mendès France resigns due to his government's policy on Algeria.
  • May 24 – The first Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast from Lugano, Switzerland. The winning song is the host country's Refrain by Lys Assia (music by Géo Voumard, text by Émile Gardaz).
  • May 25 – India announces the institution of diplomatic relations with Spain (still under Franco's rule)


  • June 1Vyacheslav Molotov resigns as foreign minister of the Soviet Union; he later becomes ambassador in Mongolia.
  • June 3British Rail renames 'Third Class' passenger facilities as 'Second Class' (Second Class facilities had been abolished in 1875, leaving just First Class and Third Class).
  • June 5Elvis Presley performs "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.
  • June 6 – In Singapore, chief minister David Marshall resigns after the breakdown of talks about internal self-government in London.
  • June 8General Electric/Telechron introduces model 7H241 "The Snooz Alarm", first snooze alarm clock ever.[2]
  • June 101956 Summer Olympics: Equestrian events open in Stockholm, Sweden (all other events are held in November in Melbourne, Australia).
  • June 13
    • International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO).
    • Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 4-3 at Parc des Princes, Paris and wins the 1955–56 European Cup (football).
  • June 14 – The Flag of the United States Army is formally dedicated.[3]
  • June 15Eindhoven University of Technology is founded in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • June 18 – The last foreign troops leave Egypt.
  • June 21 – Playwright Arthur Miller appears before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee.
  • June 23Gamal Abdel Nasser becomes the 2nd president of Egypt.
  • June 28
    • MP Sydney Silverman's bill for the abolition of the death penalty in the UK passes the British House of Commons.
    • Labour riots in Poznań, Poland, are crushed with heavy loss of life. Soviet troops fire at a crowd protesting high prices, killing 53 people.
    • The film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, is released only a few months after the film version of R&H's Carousel. It becomes the most financially successful film version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical up to that time, and the only one to win an acting Oscar (Yul Brynner wins Best Actor for his performance as the King of Siam). It is also one of two Rodgers and Hammerstein films to be nominated for Best Picture (which it does not win).
  • June 29
    • Actress Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller.
    • President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Federal Aid Highway Act, creating the Interstate Highway System.
  • June 30 – A TWA Lockheed Constellation and United Airlines Douglas DC-7 collide in mid-air over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, killing all 128 people aboard both aircraft in the deadliest civil aviation disaster to date; the accident leads to sweeping changes in the regulation of cross-country flight and air traffic control over the United States.


  • July 2 – A lab experiment involving scrap thorium at Sylvania Electric Products in Bayside, New York, results in an explosion.
  • July 4 – The first Lockheed U-2 spy plane flight over the Soviet Union.
  • July 8 – The mountain Gasherbrum II, on the border of Pakistan and China, is first ascended by an Austrian expedition.
  • July 9 – The 7.7 Mw Amorgos earthquake shakes the Cyclades island group in the Agean Sea with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). The shaking and the destructive tsunami that followed left fifty-three people dead.
  • July 10 – The British House of Lords defeats the abolition of the death penalty.
  • July 16 – With the closing of its "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announces all subsequent circuses will be "arena shows" due to changing economics.
  • July 24 – At New York City's Copacabana nightclub, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis perform their last comedy show together (their act started on July 25, 1946).
  • July 25 – The Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Swedish ship SS Stockholm in heavy fog 72 kilometers (45 mi) south of Nantucket island, killing 51.
  • July 26Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation.
  • July 30 – A joint resolution of Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing "In God we trust" as the U.S. national motto.
  • July 31
    • Cricket: Jim Laker sets an extraordinary record at Old Trafford in the fourth Test between England and Australia, taking 19 wickets in a first class match (the previous best was 17).
    • Luzhniki Stadium, as well known for sports venues of Russia (former part of Soviet Union), officially open in Moscow.[citation needed]


  • August 6 – After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network airs its final broadcast, an episode of its sports series Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena.
  • August 8 – 262 miners die in a fire in a coal mine in Marcinelle, Belgium.
  • August 9 – The exhibition This Is Tomorrow opens at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.
  • August 12 – Around 5,000 members of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church hold a mass outside Cluj-Napoca Piarists' Church to demonstrate that their church, proscribed by the government in 1948, has not ceased to exist as the regime claims.
  • August 17 – West Germany bans the Communist Party of Germany.



  • October 5Cecil B. DeMille's epic film The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses, is released in the United States. It will be in the top ten of the worldwide list of highest-grossing films of all time adjusted for inflation.[4]
  • October 8Baseball pitcher Don Larsen of the New York Yankees throws the only perfect game in World Series history in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yogi Berra catches the game. Dale Mitchell is the final out. The New York Yankees win the series. Larsen is named series MVP.
  • October 10
    • Finland joins UNESCO.
    • The prototype Lockheed L-1649 Starliner, the final Lockheed Constellation model, makes its first flight.
  • October 14
    • Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh is inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.
    • Dalit Buddhist movement: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Indian Dalit leader, converts to Buddhism along with 385,000 followers.
  • October 15 – The British Royal Air Force retires its last Avro Lancaster bomber.
  • October 17
    • The world's first commercial nuclear power plant is opened at Calder Hall in England.[5]
    • The Game of the Century (chess): 13-year-old Bobby Fischer beats grandmaster Donald Byrne in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament in New York City.
  • October 22Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom, France, and Israel secretly meet in and make plans to invade Egypt.
  • October 23Hungarian Revolution breaks out against the pro-Soviet government, originating as a student demonstration in Budapest. Hungary attempts to leave the Warsaw Pact.
  • October 26Red Army troops invade Hungary.
  • October 29
    • Suez Crisis: Israel invades the Sinai Peninsula and pushes Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal.
    • Tangier Protocol: The international city Tangier is reintegrated into Morocco.
    • The Huntley-Brinkley Report debuts on NBC-TV in the United States.
  • October 31
    • Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.
    • A United States Navy team becomes the third group to reach the South Pole (arriving by air) and commences construction of the first permanent Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station.


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1956 Summer Olympics

  • November 1
    • The States Reorganisation Act of India reforms the boundaries and names of Indian states. Three new states, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, are formed.
    • City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco publishes Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg, a key work of the Beat Generation.
    • The film Oklahoma! (1955), previously released to select cities in Todd-AO, now receives a U.S. national release in CinemaScope, since not all theatres are yet equipped for Todd-AO. To accomplish this, the film had to be actually shot twice, rather than printing one version in two different film processes as was later done.
  • November 3
    • Khan Yunis massacre (Suez Crisis) – Israeli soldiers shoot dead hundreds of Palestinian refugees and local inhabitants in Khan Yunis Camp.
    • MGM's film The Wizard of Oz is the first major Hollywood film running more than ninety minutes to be televised uncut in one evening.
  • November 41956 Hungarian Revolution: More Soviet troops invade Hungary to crush a revolt that started on October 23. Thousands are killed, more are wounded, and nearly a quarter million leave the country.
  • November 6United States presidential election, 1956: Republican incumbent Dwight D. Eisenhower defeats Democrat challenger Adlai E. Stevenson in a rematch of their contest 4 years earlier.
  • November 7Suez Crisis: The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution calling for the United Kingdom, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Arab lands immediately.
  • November 13Browder v. Gayle: The United States Supreme Court declares illegal the state and municipal laws requiring segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • November 14 – Fighting ends in Hungary.Template:NoMention
  • November 15Middle East Technical University is founded in Ankara, Turkey.
  • November 18 – At a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow Nikita Khrushchev utters his famous phrase "We will bury you".
  • November 20 – In Yugoslavia, former prime minister Milovan Đilas is arrested after he criticizes Josip Broz Tito.
  • November 22 – The 1956 Summer Olympics begin in Melbourne, Australia.
  • November 23 – The Suez Crisis causes petrol rationing in Britain.[6]
  • November 25Fidel Castro and Che Guevara depart from Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, en route to Santiago de Cuba aboard the yacht Granma with 82 men.
  • November 28Roger Vadim's drama film And God Created Woman, released in France as Et Dieu ... créa la femme, propels Brigitte Bardot into the public spotlight as a "sex kitten".
  • November 30Floyd Patterson wins the world heavyweight boxing championship that is vacant after the retirement of Rocky Marciano.


  • December 2
    • Fidel Castro and his followers land in Cuba in the boat Granma.
    • A pipe bomb planted by George Metesky explodes at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, injuring 6 people.
  • December 31956 Bush Terminal explosion in Brooklyn
  • December 4 – The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time in history.
  • December 5Rose Heilbron becomes Britain's first female judge.
  • December 9Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 crashes into a mountain in British Columbia. All 62 people on board are killed.
  • December 12 – Japan becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • December 18To Tell the Truth debuts on CBS-TV.
  • December 19John Bodkin Adams is arrested for the murder of 2 patients in Eastbourne, Great Britain.
  • December 23 – British and French troops leave the Suez Canal region.
  • December 31Bob Barker makes his TV debut as host of the game show Truth or Consequences.

Date unknown[]

  • Asian flu pandemic originates in China.
  • Minamata disease is discovered.
  • The Alpine Club of Canada, Toronto section, is founded.



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Mel Gibson

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David Caruso


Bill Maher

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Geena Davis


Mimi Rogers

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Johnny Rotten

  • January 1
    • Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
    • Kōji Yakusho, Japanese actor
    • Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician
    • Andrew Lesnie, Australian cinematographer (d. 2015)
  • January 3
    • Mel Gibson, American-born Australian/Irish actor and director
    • Tomiko Suzuki, Japanese voice actress (d. 2003)
  • January 5
    • Celso Blues Boy, Brazilian singer and guitarist (d. 2012)
    • Chen Kenichi, Japan-born Chinese chef
    • Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German politician
  • January 7
    • David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue)
    • Uwe Ochsenknecht, German actor
    • Johnny Owen, Welsh professional boxer (d. 1980)
  • January 9
    • Kimberly Beck, American actress
    • Imelda Staunton, English actress
  • January 12
    • Nikolai Noskov, Soviet and Russian rock singer and songwriter
  • January 14
    • Ronan Bennett, Northern Irish writer
    • Martyn Davies, Welsh weather presenter, meteorologist and former child actor
  • January 16Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
  • January 17Paul Young, English musician
  • January 18Tom Bailey, English musician
  • January 19Adriana Acosta, Argentine militant and field hockey player
  • January 20Bill Maher, American actor, comedian, and political analyst
  • January 21Geena Davis, American actress
  • January 24Lounès Matoub, Algerian Berber Kabyle singer
  • January 25Bronwyn Pike, Australian politician
  • January 27
    • Susanne Blakeslee, American actress
    • Mimi Rogers, American actress
  • January 28Peter Schilling, German singer
  • January 29
    • Jan Jakub Kolski, Polish film director
    • Irlene Mandrell, American musician, actress
  • January 31Johnny Rotten, British punk musician and TV personality


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Nathan Lane

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Jay Nixon

  • February 1Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • February 2Philip Franks, English actor and director
  • February 3
    • Nathan Lane, American actor
    • Lee Ranaldo, American musician
  • February 6Jon Walmsley, British actor
  • February 7Heather Jones, Australian writer
  • February 10Enele Sopoaga, Tuvaluan politician and diplomat
  • February 11
    • Catherine Hickland, American actress
    • Didier Lockwood, French jazz violinist
  • February 13
    • Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian ultra marathoner
    • Jay Nixon, 55th Governor of Missouri
    • Paul Stojanovich, American television producer
  • February 14Tom Burlinson, Australian actor
  • February 15Desmond Haynes, West Indian cricketer
  • February 18Thomas Gradin, Swedish hockey player
  • February 19
    • Kathleen Beller, American actress
    • Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    • Dave Wakeling, English musician
  • February 23
    • Reinhold Beckmann, German television presenter
  • February 24
    • Judith Butler, American philosopher
    • Paula Zahn, American television journalist
  • February 25
    • Davie Cooper, Scottish footballer (d. 1995)
    • Michel Friedman, German lawyer, politician and talk show host
  • February 26
    • Michel Houellebecq, French author
    • Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese musician
  • February 29
    • Mike Compton, American mandolinist
    • Bob Speller, Canadian politician
    • Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)


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Bryan Cranston

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Ingemar Stenmark

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Catherine Ashton

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José Manuel Barroso

  • March 1
    • Tim Daly, American screen actor
    • Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania
  • March 2Eduardo Rodríguez, President of Bolivia
  • March 5
    • Teena Marie, American singer (d. 2010)
    • Marco Paolini, Italian stage actor, dramaturge and author
  • March 7Bryan Cranston, American actor
  • March 11Rob Paulsen, American voice actor
  • March 12Steve Harris, British musician, composer (Iron Maiden)
  • March 13Dana Delany, American actress
  • March 16Vladimír Godár, Slovak composer
  • March 18Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish alpine skier
  • March 19Yegor Gaidar, Russian economist and politician
  • March 20
    • Catherine Ashton, British politician
    • Naoto Takenaka, Japanese actor, comedian, singer and director
  • March 21
    • José Manuel Barroso, Prime Minister of Portugal
    • Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian runner
    • Win Lyovarin, Thai author
  • March 24Steve Ballmer, American businessman, former CEO of Microsoft (2000–2014), and current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers
  • March 28
    • Susan Ershler, American mountaineer
    • Evelin Jahl, German athlete
  • March 29Evie, American Christian musician
  • March 30Shahla Sherkat, Iranian feminist journalist


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Andy García

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Eric Roberts

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Lars von Trier

  • April 3
    • Ray Combs, American game show host and comedian (d. 1996)
    • Boris Miljković, Serbian TV & theatre director and video artist
  • April 4
    • Kerry Chikarovski, Australian politician
    • David E. Kelley, American writer and television producer
  • April 5Diamond Dallas Page, former American professional wrestler
  • April 6
    • Sebastian Spreng, American-Argentinean visual artist
    • Dilip Vengsarkar, Indian cricketer
  • April 12
    • Andy García, Cuban-American actor
    • Herbert Grönemeyer, German musician and actor
    • Yasuo Tanaka, Japanese politician, novelist
  • April 13Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (d. 2003)
  • April 14Barbara Bonney, American soprano
  • April 16
    • David McDowell Brown, American astronaut (Columbia Disaster) (d. 2003)
    • Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier
  • April 18
    • John James, American actor
    • Melody Thomas Scott, American actress
    • Eric Roberts, American actor
  • April 19Sue Barker, British tennis player and television presenter
  • April 21Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • April 22Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Finnish conductor
  • April 26Koo Stark, British actress
  • April 28Hanka Paldum, Bosnian singer
  • April 30Lars von Trier, Danish film director


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Jan Peter Balkenende

  • May 1Alexander Ivanov, Russian-born American chess grandmaster
  • May 4
    • David Guterson, American writer
    • Ulrike Meyfarth, German high jumper
  • May 5Lisa Eilbacher, American actress
  • May 6Vladimir Lisin, Russian business oligarch
  • May 7
    • Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002–2010)
    • Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host
  • May 9Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress
  • May 10Vladislav Nikolayevich Listyev, Russian journalist (d. 1995)
  • May 13
    • Kenneth Eriksson, Swedish rally driver
    • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indian guru
    • Kirk Thornton, American voice actor
  • May 15Dan Patrick, American sports commentator
  • May 17
    • Sugar Ray Leonard, African American boxer
    • Bob Saget, American actor and television host
  • May 20
    • Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author
    • Dean Butler, American actor and producer
  • May 23
    • Ursula Plassnik, Austrian politician
    • Buck Showalter, American baseball player and manager
  • May 24Michael Jackson, Irish Anglican bishop
  • May 26Lisa Niemi, American actress and dancer, widow of Patrick Swayze
  • May 28
    • Jerry Douglas, American dobro player
    • John O'Donoghue, former Irish Fianna Fáil politician
    • Sayuri Yamauchi, Japanese voice actress (d. 2012)
  • May 29La Toya Jackson, African-American singer
  • May 31Yoshiko Sakakibara, Japanese voice actress


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Björn Borg


Boris Trajkovski

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Chris Isaak

  • June 3George Burley, Scottish football manager
  • June 5Kenny G, American saxophonist
  • June 6
    • Christopher Adamson, British actor
    • Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player
  • June 7Antonio M. Reid, American record executive
  • June 8Udo Bullmann, German politician
  • June 9Patricia Cornwell, American novelist
  • June 10Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg, German head of the House of Mecklenburg
  • June 11
    • Joe Montana, American football player
    • Arthur Porter, Canadian physician (d. 2015)
  • June 14King Diamond, Danish heavy metal musician
  • June 15Robin Curtis, American actress
  • June 17Andrew Bicknell, English actor
  • June 20Cho Chikun, Korean professional Go player
  • June 23Randy Jackson, African American musician and talent judge
  • June 25
    • Anthony Bourdain, American chef, author and television personality
    • Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (d. 2004)
    • Chloe Webb, American actress and singer
  • June 26Chris Isaak, American musician
  • June 27Heiner Dopp, German field hockey player
  • June 28Noel Mugavin, Australian rules football player


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Tom Hanks

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Sela Ward

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Dorothy Hamill

  • July 1Alan Ruck, American actor
  • July 2Jerry Hall, American model and actress
  • July 3Rick Ducommun, Canadian actor and comedian
  • July 5Sheila Walsh, Scottish Christian artist and former talk-show hostess
  • July 9Tom Hanks, American actor and director
  • July 11
    • Amitav Ghosh, Indian-American fiction writer
    • Sela Ward, American actress
  • July 12Mel Harris, American actress
  • July 13Günther Jauch, German television host
  • July 14Vladimir Kulich, Czech actor
  • July 15
    • Ian Curtis, English rock musician (Joy Division) (d. 1980)
    • Barry Melrose, Canadian hockey player, coach, and commentator
    • Toshihiko Seko, Japanese long-distance runner
  • July 16
    • Jerry Doyle, American talk show host and actor (d. 2016)
    • Tony Kushner, American playwright
  • July 18Sheila Aldridge, American singer
  • July 19Yoshiaki Yatsu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • July 24
    • Charlie Crist, American politician
    • Pat Finn, American game show host and producer
    • Carmen Nebel, German television presenter
  • July 26
    • Andy Goldsworthy, British sculptor and photographer
    • Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater and Olympic Gold medalist
  • July 30Delta Burke, American actress
  • July 31
    • Michael Biehn, American actor
    • Deval Patrick, American politician; first African-American Governor of Massachusetts



Bruce Greenwood

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Kim Cattrall

  • August 2Jim Neidhart, American professional wrestler
  • August 4Gerry Cooney, American boxer
  • August 5
    • Ferdi Bolland, Dutch musician, songwriter, and music producer (Bolland & Bolland)
    • Maureen McCormick, American actress
  • August 6Stepfanie Kramer, American actress
  • August 7Ernie Johnson, Jr., American sportscaster
  • August 8Chris Foreman, English rock guitarist
  • August 10
    • Fred Ottman, American professional wrestler
    • Charlie Peacock, American Christian producer, singer-songwriter
  • August 12Bruce Greenwood, Canadian actor
  • August 14
    • Jackée Harry, American actress and television personality
    • Rusty Wallace, American NASCAR race car driver
  • August 17Dave Jones, English football manager
  • August 19Adam Arkin, American actor
  • August 20Joan Allen, American actress
  • August 21Kim Cattrall, English-born Canadian actress
  • August 22Paul Molitor, American baseball player
  • August 23Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
  • August 24John Culberson, American politician
  • August 26Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • August 29Mark Morris, American choreographer
  • August 31
    • Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
    • Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese president


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David Copperfield

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Almazbek Atambayev


Linda Hamilton

  • September 1Bernie Wagenblast, American editor and broadcaster
  • September 2Angelo Fusco, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
  • September 3Pat McGeown, Provisional Irish Republican Army member (d. 1996)
  • September 11Phillip D. Bissett, American politician
  • September 12
    • Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor (d. 2003)
    • Ricky Rudd, American race car driver
    • Walter Woon, law professor and former Nominated Member of Parliament and Attorney-General of Singapore
  • September 14
    • Kostas Karamanlis, Greek politician
    • Ray Wilkins, English footballer and coach
  • September 15George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician (d. 1998)
  • September 16
    • Sergei Beloglazov, Russian free-style wrestler
    • David Copperfield, American illusionist
  • September 17
    • Brian Andreas, American writer, sculptor, painter, and publisher
    • Almazbek Atambayev, 3-Time Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan and 4th President of Kyrgyzstan
  • September 18Tim McInnerny, English actor
  • September 20
    • Gary Cole, American actor
    • Debbi Morgan, African-American actress
  • September 21Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • September 23Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer player
  • September 24Gregory Peter Panos, American futurist, writer, inventor
  • September 25Jamie Hyneman, American television co-host
  • September 26Linda Hamilton, American actress
  • September 29Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe, British athlete; co-ordinator of the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • September 30Gordon Elliott, British-Australian television personality and talk show host


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Theresa May

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Christoph Waltz


Martina Navratilova

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


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Richard Curtis

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Bo Derek

  • November 5Rob Fisher, British keyboardist and songwriter (Climie Fisher) (d. 1999)
  • November 8Richard Curtis, English film director, producer and screenwriter
  • November 10Mohsen Badawi, Egyptian entrepreneur, political activist, and writer
  • November 14
    • Avi Cohen, Israeli football player (d. 2010)
    • Peter R. de Vries, crime reporter
  • November 17Kelly Ward, American actor
  • November 18
    • Noel Brotherston, Irish footballer (d. 1995)
    • Warren Moon, American football player
  • November 20
    • Bo Derek, American actress and model
    • Olli Dittrich, German actor, comedian, television personality and musician
  • November 21Terri Welles, American actress and adult model
  • November 23
    • Shane Gould, Australian swimmer
    • Nikolay Sidorov, Soviet athlete
    • Jimmy Hibbert, British comedian and script writer and script editor
  • November 24Jouni Kaipainen, Finnish composer
  • November 26Dale Jarrett, American race car driver
  • November 27William Fichtner, American actor
  • November 28
    • Kristine Arnold, American singer (Sweethearts of the Rodeo)
    • Lucy Gutteridge, English actress
  • November 29
    • Eric Laakso, American football player
    • Leo Laporte, American author and television host


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Iveta Radicova

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Christine Errath

  • December 5
    • Klaus Allofs, German football player
    • Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist
  • December 6
    • Peter Buck, American guitarist
    • Randy Rhoads, American guitarist (d. 1982)
  • December 7
    • Larry Bird, American basketball player
    • Iveta Radičová, Prime Minister of Slovakia
  • December 9Jean-Pierre Thiollet, French writer
  • December 11Lani Brockman, American playwright
  • December 12
    • Ana Alicia, Mexican actress
    • Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist
  • December 13Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer
  • December 14Béla Réthy, German sports journalist
  • December 16Duncan Faure, South African musician
  • December 18Ron White, American comedian
  • December 19
    • Masami Akita, Japanese noise musician (also known as Merzbow)
    • Jimmy Cauty, British musician (The KLF, The Timelords)
  • December 21Anna Erlandsson, Swedish filmmaker and animator
  • December 23
    • Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (d. 2001)
    • Dave Murray, British musician (Iron Maiden)
  • December 26
    • Michael Jones (aka Kashif), 59, musician, singer-songwriter (B.T. Express) (d. 2016)
    • David Sedaris, American essayist
  • December 28
    • Nigel Kennedy, English violinist
    • Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born footballer
  • December 29Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian
  • December 30
    • Patricia Kalember, American actress
    • Sheryl Lee Ralph, African American actress
  • December 31Hussein Ahmed Salah, Djiboutian marathon player

Date unknown[]

  • Gilma Jiménez, Colombian politician (d. 2013)
  • Nancy Lynn, American aerobatic pilot (d. 2006)
  • Shelagh Rogers, Canadian radio host
  • Miladin Šobić, Montenegrin singer
  • Susan Solomon, American atmospheric chemist




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Heinrich Barkhausen

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Elpidio Quirino

  • February 2
    • Bob Burns, American comedian (b. 1890)
    • Charles Grapewin, American actor (b. 1869)
  • February 3Robert Yerkes, American psychologist and ethologist (b. 1876)
  • February 8Connie Mack, American baseball executive and manager (Philadelphia Athletics) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1862)
  • February 10Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, British marshal of the Royal Air Force (b. 1873)
  • February 18Gustave Charpentier, French composer (b. 1860)
  • February 20
    • Heinrich Barkhausen, German physicist (b. 1881)
    • James Cousins, Irish writer (b. 1873)
  • February 26Elsie Janis, American singer and actress (b. 1889)
  • February 29Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (b. 1890)



Irene Joliot-Curie


Wilhelm Miklas

  • March 12Bolesław Bierut, Polish Communist politician and statesman, former Prime Minister and Presdident of Poland (b. 1892)
  • March 14David Browning, American Olympic diver (b. 1931)
  • March 17
  • March 18Louis Bromfield, American writer (b. 1896)
  • March 20
    • Fanny Durack, Australian swimmer (b. 1889)
    • Wilhelm Miklas, 3rd President of Austria (b. 1889)
  • March 22Eduardo Lonardi, Argentine military officer, (de facto) 30th President of Argentina (b. 1896)
  • March 25
    • Lou Moore, American racing driver and team owner (b. 1904)
    • Robert Newton, English film actor (b. 1905)
  • March 28Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer (b. 1885)
  • March 30Edmund Clerihew Bentley, English inventor (b. 1875)
  • March 31Ralph DePalma, Italian-born race car driver (b. 1884)


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Alben W. Barkley

  • April 6Pío Valenzuela, Filipino physician and one of the leaders of the Katipunan (b. 1869)
  • April 13Emil Nolde, German-Danish painter (b. 1867)
  • April 15Kathleen Howard, Canadian-born American actress and opera singer (b. 1884)
  • April 19Ernst Robert Curtius, Alsatian philologist (b. 1886)
  • April 21
    • Samuel Gottesman, American pulp-paper merchant (b. 1885)
    • Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1895)
  • April 24Henry Stephenson, British character actor (b. 1871)
  • April 26Edward Arnold, American actor (b. 1890)
  • June 28Friedrich Schmidt-Ott, German lawyer, scientific organizer, and science policymaker (b. 1860)
  • April 29
    • Harold Bride, English-born junior radio officer on RMS Titanic (b. 1890)
    • Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, German field marshal (b. 1876)
  • April 30Alben W. Barkley, 35th Vice President of the United States (b. 1877)


  • May 3
    • Rodney Collin, British writer (b. 1909)
    • Peter Watson, English art collector and benefactor (b. 1908)
  • May 12Louis Calhern, American actor (b. 1895)
  • May 15Austin Osman Spare, English artist and occultist (b. 1886)
  • May 18Maurice Tate, English cricketer (b. 1895)
  • May 20
    • Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist and caricaturist (b. 1872)
    • Zoltán Halmay, Hungarian Olympic swimmer (b. 1881)
  • May 23Gustav Suits, Estonian poet (b. 1883)
  • May 24Guy Kibbee, American actor (b. 1882)
  • May 26Al Simmons, American baseball player (Philadelphia Athletics) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1902)
  • May 29Frank Beaurepaire, Australian Olympic swimmer (b. 1891)
  • May 31Diedrich Hermann Westermann, German linguist (b. 1875)


  • June 2
    • Richard S. Edwards, American admiral (b. 1885)
    • Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (b. 1886)
  • June 4Katherine MacDonald, American silent film actress (b. 1891)
  • June 6
    • Hiram Bingham, American explorer, discoverer of Machu Picchu (b. 1875)
    • Margaret Wycherly, English stage and film actress (b. 1881)
  • June 11
    • Frank Brangwyn, Anglo-Welsh artist (b. 1867)
    • Ralph Morgan, American actor (b. 1883)
  • June 17Paul Rostock, German official, surgeon, and university professor (b. 1892)
  • June 22Walter de la Mare, English poet, short story writer, and novelist (b. 1873)
  • June 23Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (b. 1875)
  • June 25Ernest King, American Fleet Admiral (b. 1878)
  • June 26Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1930)


  • July 7Gottfried Benn, German poet (b. 1886)
  • July 8Giovanni Papini, Italian essayist, poet, novelist (b. 1881)
  • July 10Joe Giard, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • July 11John T. Raulston, Scopes Monkey Trial judge (b. 1868)
  • July 20James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (b. 1868)



Bertolt Brecht

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Alfred Kinsey

  • August 2Albert Woolson, last surviving Union veteran of the American Civil War (b. 1847)
  • August 11
    • Jackson Pollock, American painter (b. 1912)
    • Mincho Neychev, former Chairman of the Presidium of the National Assembly (head of state) of Bulgaria (b. 1887)
  • August 14
    • Bertolt Brecht, German playwright (b. 1898)
    • Konstantin von Neurath, Nazi German diplomat and foreign minister (b. 1873)
  • August 16
    • Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born film actor (Dracula) (b. 1882)
    • Lynde D. McCormick, American admiral (b. 1895)
  • August 23Peaches Browning, American actress (b. 1910)
  • August 24Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • August 25Alfred Kinsey, American sex researcher (b. 1894)


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Billy Bishop

  • September 6
    • Lee Jung-seob, Korean oil painter (b. 1872)
    • Felix Borowski, British-American composer and teacher (b. 1872)
  • September 11
    • Billy Bishop, Canadian World War I flying ace (b. 1894)
    • Lucien Febvre, French historian (b. 1878)
  • September 20Flora Eldershaw, Australian novelist, critic, and historian (b. 1897)
  • September 22Frederick Soddy, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
  • September 27
    • Milburn G. Apt, American test pilot (b. 1924)
    • Babe Zaharias, American golfer (b. 1911)
  • September 29Anastasio Somoza García, President of Nicaragua (assassinated) (b. 1896)




Pietro Badoglio

  • November 1
    • Pietro Badoglio, Italian general and prime minister (b. 1871)
    • Tommy Johnson, American musician (b. 1896)
  • November 5Art Tatum, American jazz pianist (b. 1909)
  • November 6Paul Kelly, American stage and film actor (b. 1899)
  • November 10
    • Harry F. Sinclair, American entrepreneur (b. 1876)
    • Victor Young, American composer (b. 1899)
  • November 19Francis L. Sullivan, English actor (b. 1903)
  • November 22Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born ballet dancer, choreographer and actor (b. 1882)
  • November 24Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (b. 1920)
  • November 26Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • November 27Hugo Ballin, American artist, film production designer, and director (b. 1879)


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Juho Kusti Paasikivi

Date unknown[]

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsWilliam Shockley, John Bardeen, Walter Houser Brattain
  • Chemistry – Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Nikolay Semyonov
  • Physiology or MedicineAndré Frédéric Cournand, Werner Forssmann, Dickinson W. Richards
  • LiteratureJuan Ramón Jiménez
  • Peace – Not Awarded


  1. Bessis, Sophie; Belhassen, Souhayr (2012). Bourguiba (in French). Tunis: Elyzad. ISBN 978-9973-58-044-3.
  2. "7H241 The Snooz-Alarm".
  3. "Other Flags – World Flags 101 – US Army Flag". Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  4. "Domestic Grosses, Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  5. "Sellafield Sites, Site history". Retrieved December 4, 2007.
  6. "29 - 1956: Motorists panic as petrol rations loom". On This Day. BBC.

Further reading[]

  • London Institute of World Affairs, The Year Book of World Affairs 1957 (London 1957) full text online, comprehensive reference book covering 1956 in diplomacy, international affairs and politics for major nations and regions



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