This Week in History

1956 Archive

(Complete)

January

Sunday, January 1, 1956

January 2

January 4

January 5

January 6

Sunday, January 8, 1956

January 9

January 10

January 11

January 12

January 13

January 14

Monday, January 16, 1956

January 17

January 18

January 19

January 20

January 21

Monday, January 23, 1956

January 24

January 25

January 26

January 27

January 28

Monday, January 30, 1956

January 31

February

Wednesday, February 1, 1956

February 2

February 3

February 4

Monday, February 6, 1956

February 7

February 9

February 10

Monday, February 13, 1956

February 14

February 16

February 17

February 18

Sunday, February 19, 1956

February 20

February 21

February 22

February 23

February 24

February 25

Sunday, February 26, 1956

February 27

February 28

February 29

March

Thursday, March 1, 1956

March 2

March 3

Monday, March 5, 1956

March 6

March 7

March 8

March 9

Monday, March 12, 1956

March 13

March 14

March 15

March 16

March 17

March 18

Monday, March 19, 1956

March 20

March 21

March 22

March 23

March 24

March 25

Monday, March 26, 1956

March 27

March 28

March 29

March 30

March 31

April

April 1

Monday, April 2, 1956

April 3

April 4

April 5

The Naugatuck Valley River Control Commissioner tells Governor Ribicoff the Valley can't wait 4 years for a flood control dam to be completed at Thomaston - saying one more flood will destroy the community. The Commission recommends more dredging, temporary dikes, higher and wider bridges in interim. Town by town the recommendations include:

April 6

April 7

April 8

Monday, April 9, 1956

April 10

April 11

April 12

April 13

April 15

Monday, April 16, 1956

April 17

April 18

April 19

April 20

April 21

Monday, April 23, 1956

April 24

April 25

April 26

April 27

April 28

April 29

Monday, April 30, 1956

May

Tuesday, May 1, 1956

May 2

May 3

May 4

May 5

Monday, May 7, 1956

May 8

May 11

May 13

Monday, May 14, 1956

May 15

May 16

May 19

May 20

Monday, May 21, 1956

May 22

May 24

May 26

May 27

Monday, May 28, 1956

May 29

May 30

May 31

June

Friday, June 1, 1956

June 3

Monday, June 4, 1956

June 6

June 7

June 8

June 9

June 10

Monday, June 11, 1956

June 12

June 13

June 14

June 15

June 17

Monday, June 18, 1956

June 19

June 20

June 21

June 22

June 24

Monday, June 25, 1956

June 26

June 27

June 28

June 30

July

Monday, July 2, 1956

July 3

INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 5

July 6

July 8

Monday, July 9, 1956

July 11

July 12

Friday, July 13, 1956

July 15

Monday, July 16, 1956

July 17

July 19

July 20

OPERATION ALERT 1956 - The biggest Civil Defense test held up to that time in the USA occurs on this date. After a surprise Soviet nuclear attack on Hawaii and Puerto Rico, 73 US and 25 Canadian cities are struck by nuclear bombs, including seven Connecticut cities including Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, and Hartford. Derby, Ansonia, and Shelton, while not targeted, are deemed uninhabitable due to radioactive fallout. All had to seek shelter at 4:10 PM, when the hypothetical bombs were dropped - including pedestrians. Drivers were instructed to pull over and seek the nearest shelter until the "all clear" was given. There is some confusion in Derby because the "all clear" never sounded. In Seymour, Boy Scouts and others are made up to resemble injured people at Housatonic Lumber and Tingue manufacturing. The "victims" had to be removed through windows. A simulated 40,000 people were evacuated from New Haven to Oxford, and the CD radio in that town was manned by an Explorer Post. In Shelton, a number of cars had to be stopped in the suburbs, as they were speeding trying to get home before the alert.

July 21

Monday, July 23, 1956

July 24

July 26

July 27

August

Wednesday, August 1, 1956

August 2

August 3

August 4

August 5

Monday, August 6, 1956

August 7

August 8

August 9

August 10

August 11

Monday, August 13, 1956

August 14

August 15

August 16

August 17

Sunday, August 19

Wednesday, August 22, 1956

August 23

August 24

August 25

August 26

Monday, August 27, 1956

August 28

August 29

August 30

August 31

September

Saturday, September 1, 1956

September 2

Monday, September 3, 1956

September 5

September 7

September 8

Monday, September 10, 1956

September 11

September 12

September 13

September 14

September 15

September 16

Monday, September 17, 1956

September 18

September 19

September 20

September 22

Monday, September 24, 1956

September 25

September 26

September 27

September 28

September 29

September 30

October

Monday, October 1, 1956

October 2

October 3

October 4

October 5

October 6

October 7

Monday, October 8, 1956

October 9

October 11

October 12

October 13

October 14

Monday, October 15, 1956

October 16

October 17

October 18

October 20

Monday, October 22, 1956

October 25

October 26

October 27

October 28

Monday, October 29, 1956

October 31

November

Thursday, November 1, 1956

November 2

November 3

November 4

Monday, November 5, 1956

November 6 - Election Day
See the Ansonia entry for links for the federal and state races. The press referred to this election as the "Eisenhower Landslide", as Republicans benefited from the President's popularity.

November 7

November 10

November 11 - Veterans' Day

Monday, November 12, 1956

November 14

November 15

November 16

November 17

Monday, November 19, 1956

November 20

November 21

  November 22 - THANKSGIVING DAY

November 23

November 25

Wednesday, November 28, 1956

November 29

November 30

December

Saturday, December 1, 1956

December 2

Monday, December 3, 1956

December 5

December 6

December 7

Monday, December 10, 1956

December 11

December 12

December 13

December 14

Monday, December 17, 1956

December 18

December 19

December 20

December 21

December 22

Monday, December 24, 1956

December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY

December 27

December 28

December 29

Monday, December 31, 1956

 

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