On This Day

What Happened on March 3, 1956

Historical Events

  • 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64
  • Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars breaks 20-year old world record for 100m freestyle (1:04.2)

Music History

Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"

  • Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack makes plans for a new 110,000-seat stadium to entice Giants to stay in NY
  • Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympic bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • John F Reid, New Zealand cricket batsman (19 Tests, 1296 runs @ 46.28, 6 x 100s), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Stephanie McCallum, Australian concert pianist and educator, born in Sydney
  • Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer

Famous Weddings

Bob Hawke

Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Willem Hendrik Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79
1956 Highlights

About March 3, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 8 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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