On This Day

What Happened on July 7, 1956

Historical Events

Television Premiere

"Hancock's Half Hour" premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

  • Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres
  • Fritz Moravec reaches the peak of Gasherbrum II (8,035 m).
  • Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton of England 6-3, 6-1 for her only Wimbledon singles title

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Lagattuta, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours, Eye to Eye), born in New York City, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, dies at 70
1956 Highlights

About July 7, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 4 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

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