On This Day

What Happened on December 4, 1956

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)
  • American diver Pat McCormick wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 142.46 points; later wraps up the women's double when she takes the 10m platform gold
  • Australian swimmer Murray Rose sets world record 4:27.3 to claim the 400m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose later also wins 1,500m gold

Famous Birthdays

  • Bernard King, American basketball player (NY Knicks, NJ Nets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Blagoi Blagoyev, Bulgarian 82.5 kg weightlifer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer, dies at 64