Gordon Pirie, a 26-year-old British paint salesman in Norway on holiday, found time to outrun Russia's Vladimir Kuts in world record 13:36.8 for 5,000 meters at Bergen, equaled 7:55.6 mark for 3,000 meters at Trondheim.
Olin Stephens, marine architect who competed in his first Bermuda Race back in 1928, designed four of this year's leading yachts: winner Finisterre (see page 49), record breakers Bolero and Venturer, Class B leader Figaro.
Willie Shoemaker, able little jockey, booted home Rex Ellsworth's Candy Dish at Hollywood Park to become the seventh active rider to win 2,500 races, two days later was aboard when Swaps sped to new world mark (see below).
Mickey Wright, slender little blonde with big swing, gave her driver Mickey Mantle touch, belted ball distant 272 yards, one of longest measured drives ever by woman golfer, in preliminary to Ladies PGA tournament at Detroit.
July 1, 1956
Winston Churchill, venerable 81-year-old politician, diplomat, author and sportsman, excused himself from garden party in Essex, took off for nearby club and television to watch his Le Pretendant win Churchill Stakes at Ascot.