Don Wilson, 24-year-old Rollins College graduate who has driven unlimited hydroplanes for only a year, piloted George Simon's U.S. II to easy victory in Detroit's Silver Cup regatta, averaging 83.160 mph in final heat (see page 14).
Cliff Lumsdon, 25-year-old Torontonian, churned steadily across icy Juan de Fuca Strait aided by Marilyn Bell who dived off boa to pace swimmer, bonfire beacon on shore, became first to swim waters from Canada to U.S.
Billy Cannon, 198-pound halfback from Baton Rouge's Istrouma High, who is acclaimed as top college prospect in the country—he enters LSU in fall—scored two touchdowns as West beat East 23-7 in All-America Prep game at Memphis.
John Lockett, British racing driver, helped set 91 world class speed records in MG and Austin-Healey machines across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats with fellow drivers, Ken Miles, Carroll Shelby and Roy Jackson-Moore.
August 26, 1956
Ronnie Knox, Harvey Knox's itinerant tailback, quit college ball to sign up with Canada's Hamilton Tiger-Cats for "something less than $15,000." The move drew encomium from UCLA Coach Red Sanders: "The best tailback I ever had."