On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0
  • Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • XVI Summer Olympic Games close in Melbourne, Australia; start of an Olympic tradition - amidst international tensions, athletes mingle together, parade into and around MCG arena for final appearance to close the Games

Famous Birthdays

  • Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)

Famous Deaths

  • Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, dies at 76