• On August 21 the speed record of 1015 mph for US combat aircraft was set by the Chance Vought F8U-1 Crusader.
  • The Collier Trophy was awarded to Charles J. McCarthy and associates of Chance Vought Aircraft, Inc. and Vice Adm. James S. Russell and associates of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, for conception, design, and development of the F8U Crusader.

Comander R. W. “Duke” Windsor (rt) and the Thompson Trophy in 1956. Presented by Fred Crawford (left) of Thompson Products.

Songs From 1956

  “Blue Suede Shoes”
  “Whatever Will Be, Will Be”


Other Facts from 1956

President: Dwight Eisenhower



Average annual income


New car


Loaf of bread


Gallon of milk


Gallon of gas




Dow Jones Average  462 to 521