On This Day

What Happened on December 3, 1956

Historical Events

  • Australian 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Kevin O'Halloran, John Devitt, Murray Rose & Jon Henricks swim world record 8:23.6 to take the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose's 2nd of 3 gold at the Games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain makes his much anticipated varsity debut; scores 52 points and grabs 31 rebounds, breaking both all-time Kansas records in an 87–69 win against Northwestern

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Britain and France pull troops out of Egypt
  • KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • Hart Bochner, actor and director (Rich & Famous), born in Los Angeles, California
1956 Highlights

About December 3, 1956

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 7 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius