On This Day

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)
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestLarry Bird

Larry Bird, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Famous Deaths

  • Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, dies at 77
1956 Highlights

About December 7, 1956

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 10 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

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