On This Day

What Happened on May 26, 1956

Historical Events

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

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

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

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

French Championships Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson wins her only French singles title; beats Angela Mortimer of England 6-0, 12-10

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson
  • 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, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
1956 Highlights

About May 26, 1956

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Gemini