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Sports - 1956American Tenley Albright wins Olympic Gold Medal for Ladies Figure Skating.
American Hayes Jenkins wins Olympic Gold Medal for Men's Figure Skating.
Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
Pat Flaherty wins Indy 500 averaging 128.5 MPH.
NY Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. Don Larsen, NY, pitches perfect world series game.
Althea Gibson, tennis champion, wins the French Open, becoming the first Black tennis player to win a major tennis title.
In the NBA Finals it's the Philadelphia Warriors over Ft. Wayne Pistons
U of SF wins its 2nd consecutive national championship in basketball
Rocky Marciano retires as undefeated Heavyweight champ.
Needles, David Erb jockey, won the Kentucky Derby
Charles Dumas, makes 1st high jump over 7' (2.13 m) in LA, Calif
Jack Fleck wins US Open golf tournament
Jack Burke Jr.'s 289 won the Masters.
Jack Burke wins PGA golf tournament
Cathy Cornelius wins US Women's Golf Open in a playoff
Paul Hornung (QB), Notre Dame won the Heisman Trophy. Jim Brown came in 5th.
Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
Montreal Canadiens beat Det Red Wings 4 games to 1 for Stanley Cup
Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million