125 000 people were born on March 29, 1956.
them, in alphabetical order :
- Claus-Erich Boetzkes.
Born in Memmingen, Germany.
- Mark J. Board (1956-2011) died on
Sept. 11, 2011.
- Paul Coffman.
NFL player (1978-1988). Tight end for the
Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings.
- Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1956-2014) construction worker and ranch manager.
He passed away on
Feb. 9, 2014.
- Patricia Jean "Patty" Donahue
(1956-1996) lead singer of the new wave group
- Gilberto Cãmara,
Brazilian computer scientist.
- Richard Compton, South-African cricketer.
- Diana Beatriz Conti,
Argentine lawyer and politician.
- Ferenc Csongradi, Hungarian soccer player.
- Bruce Curry,
professional boxer. WBC Super Lightweight Champion (1983-1984).
- Hisashi Eguchi,
Japanese manga artist.
- Sue Fogleman, LPGA golfer.
- Detective John Michael Gibson.
Victim of US Capitol
shooting, on July 24, 1998.
- Gerard J. Goulette, Jr. (1956-2011) passed away on
Dec. 29, 2011.
- Mark Honadel,
former welder. Republican politician
(Wisconsin State Assembly, 2003-2013).
- Paul Imm. Bass player in the
Ingolf Burkhardt Quartet.
Dick Z.G. Jol (Dutch soccer referee).
Born in Sheveningen
(Scheveningen's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands)
1.82m 83kg. An International
Referee since 1993, he is assistant director of a large firm in Holland.
Dick Jol was the only Dutch or Belgian referee to officiate in the
Euro 2000 championship (hosted by Belgium and Holland).
besides arbitrating matches in Holland's top competition, he has been a referee
in the Champion's League
(the most prestigious yearly competition between European soccer clubs),
including the 2001 final (on May 23, 2001)
which the Bayern München (Germany)
won over Valencia (Spain).
Dick Jol was also the referee in the
memorable 1997 match at the Parc des Princes (Paris, France) when the French PSG
("Paris Saint-Germain") played their return match against the Setaua Bucharest.
The PSG had won at Bucharest but their victory had been overturned and counted as a 3-0 loss,
because they had an unregistered player on the field.
The PSG had thus to win by more than 3 points, or else be eliminated from the
competition. Under these exceptional circumstances, the entire country of France was rooting
for the Parisian club. They won 5 to 0...
- David Michael Kelley died on
Jan. 25, 2014.
- Eric P. Léonard, Belgian entrepreneur and author.
- Larry Martin (1956-2002).
Professor of physics, North Park University.
"Stupid Physics Tricks with Larry Martin", UNC-CH (1991).
- Gérard Michon,
Ph.D. (UCLA 1983).
French engineer and political activist
(2012 campaign, in US and Canada).
- Dragan Mladenovic
played two matches in the Yugoslav handball team at the 1984 Olympics, earning a gold medal.
- Algirdas Monkevcius,
Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science (2000-2004 and since 2008).
- David Osborne (1956-2009) contractor, veteran of the Marine Corps. Passed away on
- Sue Parks.
Head coach (women's track and cross country) at Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana).
- Debbie Rodgers (1956-2012) fifth-grade teacher in Illinois. She passed away on
- John Quiggin.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia.
- David L. Scott.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Actor ("The Incorporated", 2000).
- Ted Staunton. Canadian
storyteller born in Toronto. His first book was Puddleman (1983).
- Kurt Thomas (US Gymnast).
Born in Miami, Florida.
First gymnast to win Sullivan Memorial Trophy.
All-around champion at the 1977 Romanian International Invitational.
World champion in 1978 (floor exercise).
Kurt Thomas invented the "Thomas Flair"
twirling scissors move at the pommel horse.
- Brenda Jean Williams (1956-2013) passed away on
May 13, 2013.
world events on March 29, 1956
Returning to a heroes' welcome in Israel are four elite soldiers who were captured on
December 8, 1954 as they where installing wire-tapping devices near an army camp
in Syrian territory. 41 Syrian POWs
(captured mostly during Operation
on Dec. 10-11, 1955) were freed by Israel for the safe return of the four
Israeli soldiers, after 15 months of captivity in Syria.
The four Israelis had been tortured in captivity.
One of these elite paratroop Scouts was Gad Zvulun.
Also returning was the corpse of a fifth Israeli soldier,
Uri Ilan (1935-1955)
who had committed suicide after being tortured and led to believe that his four comrades were dead.
- The US Navy acquires the "Experimental Auxiliary Ship"
USS Compass Island
The Compass Island had been launched on October 24, 1953
and would be commissioned on December 3, 1956.
Its first mission was to help develop and test the so-called
Shipboard Inertial Navigation System,
which the submarine Nautilus (SSN-153) used when it reached the North Pole
August 3, 1958.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the giant sequoia
"General Grant" a National
The tree had been designated as the "Nation's Christmas Tree" by President Calvin Coolidge
on April 28, 1926 and has received a "National Wreath" each year around Christmas time
The only living national shrine to this day, "General Grant" is the
third largest sequoia.
In 1975, it was over 40' (12m) across and 267' (81m) tall, and it is still growing
at a rate in excess of that typical of giant sequoias (40 cubic feet of wood per year).
The tree is estimated to be between 1500 and 2000 years of age. It was once
thought to be much older on the basis of its large size, which is due --in part-- to the
rapid growth possible in such an ideal location as "Grant Grove".
Although "General Grant" is widely advertised as the
world largest living thing, both "General Sherman" (the tallest sequoia) and the
Washington tree are larger.
The General Grant tree is the crown jewel of the
Kings Canyon National Parks of Northern California, which include the 4 square miles
of the former
"General Grant National Park" (which, like neighboring Yosemite National Park, dated
back to October 1, 1890).
The official dedication of the Shrine was performed by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz on
Veterans' Day, November 11, 1956.
- Warren Earl Burger
(1907-1995) receives a commission to the
U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
He had been nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 12,
and confirmed by the Senate on March 28.
Burger left this position on June 23, 1969 upon receiving his commission to
the Supreme Court of the United States
(he was nominated by Richard M. Nixon on May 23, 1969
and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 9).
Warren Burger became the 15th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court,
and retired on September 26, 1986.
He died on June 25, 1995.
- Don Alfonso of Spain dies,
"after attending Holy Mass", from an accidental gunshot wound.
He had been a student in Spain and was visiting his exiled family in Portugal during
Easter vacation when the accident occurred.
He was the youngest son of Doña Maria de las Mercedes and Don Juan (1913-1993), Count
of Barcelona and Infante of Spain. Don Alfonso was born in 1941 and was
thus the younger brother of Don Juan Carlos (born January 5, 1938), the future king of Spain
who would be crowned after the death of General Francisco Franco, the military dictator.
"Alfonso" was also the name of an older brother of Juan Carlos, who had died at a very
young age in 1938, after a car crash.
Counting baby Alfonso, the royal couple had 5 children :
Pilar (July 30, 1936 -), Alfonso (1937-1938), Juan Carlos (January 5, 1938 -),
Margarita (1939-), and Alfonso (1941 - March 29, 1956).
Six weeks before his death, on January 15, 1941, King Alfonso XIII of Spain had abdicated
his dynastic rights on his son Don Juan, whose work for the restoration of the monarchy in
Spain would ultimately result in the accession to the throne of his own son Juan Carlos,
grandson of Alfonso XIII, who took the oath in front of the
Cortes on November 22, 1975 (48 hours after the death of Franco) and ended a 44-year
hiatus in the Spanish monarchy.
Don Juan was initially not pleased with the accession of
his son to a throne he thought was his.
However, as he witnessed how Juan Carlos was
turning Spain into a democratic constitutional monarchy, he formally abdicated
his own dynastic rights on his son on May 14, 1977 and proudly took on his new role as
father of Juan Carlos I, the King of Spain.
When Don Juan passed away on April 1, 1993,
he was burried in the Pantheon at the Escorial Monastery,
which is normally reserved for Kings of Spain.
Passings, on March 29, 1956 :
- Alexandre Lavoie (1895-1956) dies in Saint-Albert.
This French-speaking Canadian citizen had been tried (and acquitted)
for refusing to complete census forms which were only available in English.
- The Polish actor and director
Michal Melina (1890-1956)
dies at age 65 in Warsaw, Poland.
- The first Turkish filmmaker, Fuat Uzkinay (1888-1956)
dies in Istanbul, Turkey.
- The German science journalist, Otto Willi Gail (1886-1956)
dies in Munich.
Entertainment news for Thursday, March 29, 1956 :
- Episode 152 of "I love Lucy" ("Lucy goes to Monte-Carlo") is filmed. It would first
air on May 7, 1956. This is the show's fifth season. Desi Arnaz wanted the show to go
monthly with hour-long episodes and he had planned this one to be the show's next-to-last
weekly episode. He was persuaded to stay on for another season with the same format...
- Last broadcast of the weekly half-hour
Johnny Carson Show
on CBS (10 pm ET). The show had first aired on June 30, 1955.
Johnny Carson (1925-2005) went on to host the
The Tonight Show for thirty years (1962-1982).
- Carmen McRae (1920-1994) records tracks 2, 7, 8, and 10 of her
Blue Moon album
in New York City.
(This Decca record DL-8347 has been reissued as a
by Verve Records on November 13, 2000.)
- Touring the US and Canada,
the Macedonian National Folk Ballet (TANEC) is
performing for the second and last day at the City Auditorium
in Houston, Texas.
Featuring the composer and virtuoso soloist
Tale Ognenovski, playing clarinet,
kavalche (reed pipe),
gajdarka (bagpipe), and
- 56th episod of the weekly
Bob Cummings Show
sitcom (a.k.a. Love that Bob )
entitled "Chuck Visits Grandpa", starring
Robert Cummings (1910-1990).
- 155th episod (season 5) of the
crime series, entitled "The Big Ex-Blonde", starring
Jack Webb (1920-1982)
as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday.
- "The Story of Emily Cameron" airs as a live drama in CBS's series "Four Star Playhouse".
Written by and starring British actress/director Ida Lupino (Feb. 4, 1918 - Aug. 14, 1995),
the play is about a wealthy bed-ridden woman who complains about her life and marriage, while
her husband has a different perspective.
- Brandon de Wilde (1942-1972)
appears in the TV show Climax!.
The episode is entitled "An Episode of Sparrows".
Episode 14 (Season 1)
of "Captain Kangaroo" airs,
where Grandfather Clock tells a story and Bunny Rabbit colors Easter eggs.
This iconic children's television program lasted for nearly thirty years (from 1955 to 1984). It starred
Bob Keeshan (1927-2004)
in the title rôle.
- On radio, the detective
Johnny Dollar discovers Lamar was poisoned, in Part 4 of "The Lamar Matter".
Cover of Match
issue 363, dated March 25, 1956.
7th Anniversary Issue
Cover of Match
issue 364, dated March 31, 1956.
News of March 1956:
- The leaders of Canada and Mexico meet for the first time in history.
- France grants independence to Morocco.
- President Eisenhower urges South to make progress towards integration of blacks.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is found guilty of organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- U.S. Post Office installs its first electric vending machines for stamps.
- Boxer Rocky Marciano retires undefeated as World Heavyweight Champion.