John Haines, University of Pennsylvania sprinter who is undefeated in championship 60s (four AAU and three IC4A titles), became first man in 35-year IC4A history to tie world record (6.1), establishing mark in semifinal and final.
Frank McKinney Jr., 17-year-old son of former National Democratic Chairman, and U.S. Olympic hope, set 58.4 scholastic short-course record for 100-yard backstroke at Villanova, Pa. Frank attends Indianapolis' Cathedral High.
Ulf Schmidt, 22-year-old Swedish toy importer, defeated favored countryman Sven Davidson 6-1, 6-3, 8-10, 6-3 to win National Indoor Tennis championships at New York and serve further gloom on USLTA officials.
George Eastment guided his 55-man Manhattan College track team to their fifth IC4A title in last six years and permanent possession of the big silver loving cup which stands for eastern collegiate indoor track supremacy.
March 5, 1956
Bob Pettit, 6-foot-9 inch St. Louis Hawks forward, scored 115 points in his last three games to take over NBA scoring lead from Paul Arizin and boost Hawks out of Western Division cellar into second place and playoff contention.