What Happened on December 5, 1956

Historical Events

  • 17 year old British swimmer Judy Grinham and American Carin Cone both swim world record 1:12.9 in the women's 100m backstroke at the Melbourne Olympics; Grinham is awarded gold medal
  • Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; his 2nd straight Finn gold and 3rd consecutive Olympic gold in sailing

Olympic Gold

Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina wins the women's vault and ties for gold in the floor exercise section at the Melbourne Olympics; later takes gold total to 4 with teams and individual all-round titles

Event of Interest

Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker" premieres in NYC


1956 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Backer, American actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Klaus Allofs, German soccer striker (56 caps West Germany; Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1. FC Köln, Marseille, Bordeaux, Werder Bremen) and manager (Fortuna Düsseldorf; GM Werder Bremen 1999-2012),), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist and conductor, born in Zabrze, Poland
Born in 1956

About December 5, 1956

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 3 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Just Walkin' In The Rain - Johnnie Ray