What Happened on December 7, 1956

Historical Events

  • American diver Pat McCormick wraps up the women's double when she wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 84.85 points; also won the 3m springboard gold
  • Australian swimmer Murray Rose claims his 3rd gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics when he wins the 1,500m in 17:58.9; also wins 400m & 4 x 200m relay
  • Helen O'Connell joins Today Show panel (NBC)

Olympic Gold

Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina takes her gold medal tally to 4 at the Melbourne Olympics; wins teams and individual all-round titles having earlier won vault and floor exercise sections

1956 History

Famous Birthdays

Larry BirdLarry Bird (66 years old)

American Basketball HOF forward, coach, executive (3 x NBA C'ship; NBA Finals MVP 1984, 86; 3 × NBA MVP; 12 x NBA All Star; Boston Celtics), born in West Baden, Indiana

Born in 1956

Famous Deaths

  • Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, dies at 77

About December 7, 1956

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 3 months and 20 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