What Happened on May 26, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew

Event of interestEvent of Interest

French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Lew Hoad wins his first and only French title; beats Sven Davidson of Sweden 6-4, 8-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • French Championships Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson wins her only French singles title; beats Angela Mortimer of England 6-0, 12-10
  • Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1

Famous Birthdays

  • Frédéric Dutoit, French politician

Famous Deaths

  • Al Simmons, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54