On This Day

What Happened on December 18, 1956

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Ballon d'Or: Blackpool & England winger Stanley Matthews wins inaugural award for best football player in Europe; beats Real Madrid pair Alfredo Di Stéfano & Raymond Kopa
  • Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai
  • Japan admitted to UN
  • Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer

Famous Birthdays

  • Reinhold Ewald, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
  • Ron White, American comedian
  • T. K. Carter, American actor (Mike-Punky Brewster, Just our Luck), born in Los Angeles, California