On This Day

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
  • 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 interestEvent of Interest

Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker" premieres in NYC

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Backer, American actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Klaus Allofs, German footballer (1. FC Köln), born in Düsseldorf, West Germany
  • Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist and conductor, born in Zabrze, Poland
1956 Highlights

About December 5, 1956

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 10 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

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