On This Day

What Happened on August 4, 1956

Historical Events

Music History

Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog", a cover of Big Mama Thorton's original, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

  • German Wilhelm Herz becomes first to ride motorcycle at 200mph (210mph/338kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
  • Lee Petty dismounts car on lap 32, waves red flag to field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed

Famous Birthdays

  • Gerry Cooney, American heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980), born in Manhattan, New York
1956 Highlights

About August 4, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 5 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo