Mario D'Agata, Italian deaf-mute who came back from near-death following shooting fray, used his ready fists to force France's Robert Cohen to "retire" at end of sixth, won European version of world bantamweight title at Rome.
Alex Olmedo, USC sophomore, trailed 3-0 in second set, staged rally to overcome Stanford's Jack Frost 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 at Kalamazoo, Mich., became third South American since 1943 to win NCAA tennis championship.
Margaret (Wiffi) Smith, freckled 19-year-old from St. Clair, Mich., fresh from winning French title, polished off fellow-American Mary Janssen 8 and 7 to take British Amateur at Sunningdale, promptly set her sights on U.S. crown.
Ab Jenkins, 73, who claims to be world's safest driver, was spelled briefly by son Marvin as he piloted 1956 Pontiac 2,841 miles, averaged 118.37 mph to break 24-hour endurance Class C stock car record at Bonneville Salt Flats.
July 8, 1956
Ohio State's shy young Rick Jones met his equal off tee in Houston's Rex Baxter but used his deadly putting and familiarity with home course to win 4 and 3, carried off NCAA golf championship at Columbus, Ohio.