This Day In History
Saturday, December 15, 2018
On This Day

1956

Events

March 15, 1956

<i>My Fair Lady</i> premiered...
My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. My Fair Lady is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well born lady. The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a hit, setting what was then the record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. It has been called "the perfect musical".
My Fair Lady

Births

January 3, 1956
Mel Gibson

Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson is an American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. Born in Peekskill, New York, Gibson moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia when he was 12 years old and later studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.
October 13, 1956
Chris Carter

Christopher Carl Carter is an American screenwriter, film director and producer. He is the creator of The X-Files and Millennium.

Deaths

January 12, 1956
Sam Langford

Sam Langford (March 4, 1883 - January 12, 1956) was a Black Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. Called the "Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows," by ESPN.
April 13, 1956
Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde was a German painter and printmaker. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and is considered to be one of the great oil painting and watercolour painters of the 20th century. He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows and deep reds appear frequently in his work, giving a luminous quality to otherwise somber tones. His watercolors include vivid, brooding storm-scapes and brilliant florals.
August 14, 1956
Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.
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