Today in History – December 27th

Today in History – December 27th also marking my Birthday!  LOL!

388: Death of St. Fabiola

537: Justinian dedicates Hagia Sophia

1512: The laws of Burgos give New World natives legal protection against abuse and authorize Negro slavery

1558: Queen Elizabeth of England issues a Proclaimation forbidding any other kind of worship other that that used at the close of the reign of Henry VIII

1571: Johannes Kepler, discovered planets travel in eliptical orbits. born

1822: Scientist Louis Pasteur in Dole, France. He developed the pasteurization process and rabies vaccination. born 1831: Naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS “Beagle.” (Darwin’s discoveries during the voyage helped formed the basis of his theories on evolution.)

1845: Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time, when he delivered his own child in Jefferson, Georgia.

1941: Japanese war planes bombed Manila in the Philippines, even though it had been declared an “open city.”

1945: 28 nations signed an agreement creating the World Bank.

1945: Foreign ministers of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union agree on a plan to take over Korea for five years.

1947: The children’s television program “Howdy Doody,” hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC. It showed under the title “Puppet Playhouse.” It was aired for 13 years.

1956: Segregation on Tallahassee, Florida buses is outlawed.

1971: Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Woodstock of Charles Schulz’ famous “Peanuts” comic strip made the cover of “Newsweek” magazine.

1979: Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal.

1983: President Reagan takes all responsibility for the lack of security in Beirut that allowed a terrorist on a suicide mission to kill 241 Marines.

1984: Four Polish officers are tried for the slaying of Reverend Jerzy Popieluszko.

1984: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was the woman most admired by the American people, according to a Gallup Poll. It marked the third consecutive year that the `Iron Lady’ received that honor.

1985: Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; a total of twenty people were killed, including five of the attackers, who were slain by police and security personnel. [But terrorism’s all about Iraq!]

1989: Romanias National Salvation Front names a new government headed by President Ion Iliescu, a day after announcing the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu.

1994: Four Roman Catholic priests – three French and a Belgian – were shot to death in their rectory in Algiers, a day after French commandos killed four radicals who had hijacked an Air France jet from Algiers to Marseille. [But terrorism’s all about Iraq!]

2001: U.S. officials announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2001: President Bush extended permanent normal trade status to China.

Cost of Living 1956

How Much things cost in 1956

Yearly Inflation Rate USA  1.52%    

Yearly Inflation Rate UK   4.7%    

Average Cost of new house  $11.700.00

Average Monthly Rent  $88.00

Average Yearly Wages  $4.450.00

Cost of a gallon of Gas 22 cents

Average Cost of a new car  $2,050.00

Ground Coffee per LB 85 Cents

What Events Happened in  1956


  • Suez Crisis caused by the Egyptian Nationalization of the Suez Canal


  • Israel attacks Egypt during Suez Crisis and Britain and France Bomb Egypt


  • Following UN resolution condemning the invasion supported by the United States Britain, France and Israel Withdraw forces from Egypt.


  • Suez Crisis causes petrol rationing in Britain.


  • The First C.N.D. Marches take place at Aldermarston


  • Rock and Roll Dance Craze sweeps the World


  • Prince Ranier of Monaco marries Grace Kelly


  • Pakistan becomes Islamic Republic


  • Alabama Bus segregation laws declared illegal by US Supreme Court


  • Cuban revolutionaries including Fidel Castro land in Cuba at the start of the Cuban Revolution


  • Continued independence granted for colonies in Africa from Britain and France


  • US Carries Out H Bomb Tests Bikini Atoll


  • Warsaw Pact troops invade Hungary during the The Hungarian October Revolution .


  • Elvis Presley releases his first hit


  • Premium Bonds introduced in England to encourage saving


  • British naval diver   “Buster” Crabb Found Dead following covert diving operation on Russian Cruiser


  • The Summer Olympics are held in Melbourne, Australia


  • Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 signed into law on 29th June for the construction of 41,000 miles  of interstate highways over a 20-year period


  • 16 year old Pele joins Brazil’s Santos team


  • Eight Negro students refused entry to Sturgis High School in Sturgis Kentucky,


  • 52 people die when the Italian passenger liner S.S. Andrea Doria collides on  July 25th off Nantucket Island, Mass. with the Swedish liner S.S. Stockholm.


  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Popular Culture

  • Rocky Marciano retires as the only undefeated Heavyweight Champion of the world with a perfect record
  • Elvis Presley enters the US music charts for the first time, with  ” Heartbreak Hotel. ”   the first of 170 hit singles
  • Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time
  • Elvis Presley’s first movie, “Love Me Tender” opens in New York
  • Diamonds Are Forever is published by Ian Fleming
  • “My Fair Lady” opens on Broadway starring Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins.
  • The first half-hour serial “As the World Turns” begins on CBS.

Popular Films

  • Guys and Dolls
  • The King and I
  • Trapeze
  • High Society
  • Around the World in Eighty Days

Popular Musicians

  • Elvis Presley
  • Bill Haley and the Comets
  • Chuck Berry
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Johnny Cash
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Dean Martin

Born This Year

Grace Kelly This Day In History November 12th
David Copperfield News And Events From September 16th
Gary Cole This Day In History September 20th
Martina Navratilova News And Events From October 18th
Bo Derek This Day In History November 20th

Technology 1956

      • First hard disk (5MB) invented by IBM.
      • Black-and-white portable TV sets hit the market
      • The first Transatlantic Telephone Cable goes in operation
      • The first commercial videotape recorder  the VR-1000 from   Ampex Corp goes on sale.
      • Tefal starts producing non stick Frying Pans
      • Oral Vaccine developed against Polio by Albert Sabin
      • Sony exports it’s first products to Canada a Transistor Radio

Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )

Nuclear Power

      England first power station at Calder Hall

Video Tape


Video Recorder


Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies
Brazil President  Nereu Ramos Till 31 January  Brazil President  Juscelino Kubitschek From 31 January
Canada Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent
China Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Mao Zedong
France President René Coty
Germany Chancellor Konrad Adenauer  India Prime Minister    Jawahar Lal Nehru
Italy Prime Minister  Antonio Segni
Japan Prime Minister  Ichiro Hatoyama Till 23 December  Japan Prime Minister  Tanzan Ishibashi From 23 December  Mexico President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines
Russia / Soviet Union First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union  Nikita Khrushchev
South Africa Prime Minister Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom
United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower
United Kingdom Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden

Political Elections

United States Presidential Election 1956

Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican) Defeats Adlai Stevenson (Democratic)

There you have it, some interesting facts on the year of my birth!  Joe


About Jconowitch

I have spent 36 + years in Stevens County enjoying the many surrounding recreational areas while camping, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. I am married to my high school sweetheart with 2 children, 5 awesome grand kids. I have been actively involved working with many organizations to help children and adults throughout the area, as well as starting the Stevens County Scale Model club with a good friend. If you want to live and raise your family in a fantastic area or find a peaceful area to retire, this is among the best, and I am here to help you make your dreams a reality!
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One Response to Today in History – December 27th

  1. Jconowitch says:

    Thanks Babe! Love, ME

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