What Happened on March 3, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 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, cricketer (New Zealand batsman of 70's/80's)
  • Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke

Famous Deaths

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