Major events of 1956. Contestants at Miss America pageant walk the ramp in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Marian Ann McKnight of South Carolina crowned Miss America. Carol Morris of Iowa wins the Miss Universe contest in Long Beach, California.
Ongoing parade for the Miss Universe contest in Long Beach, California. People march on street with flags of various Nations. Women from Germany, France, Canada, Italy, England, Japan, Holland, Venezuela, Chile participate in the Miss Universe Contest.
Miss Universe Contest in Long Beach, California. 17 Contestants pose in the stage. They walk on the stage waiving at the crowd. America's Carol Morris chosen as Miss Universe comes up on stage to receive the crown. Crowd cheers as she walks on the ramp with the crown.
Aviator Howard Hughes flies his H-4 Hercules amphibious plane in Long Beach, California. Hughes' H-4 Hercules amphibious plane on display in Long Beach. Hughes walks through the internal sections of the plane. The plane off shore. Hughes at the instrument panel aboard the plane. Hughes sits at the controls in the cockpit of the plane. The plane moves ahead on the surface of water. A cameraman records the event from a boat. The plane takes off and stays low above the water for a mile and then descends back on water.
Aviator Howard Hughes's H-4 Hercules amphibious plane is transported from Culver City to Long Beach. The H-4 plane is taken out from Culver City hangar in parts. A crowd milling around in front of the hangar. Huge wings of the plane moved under wires on a road. A trailer truck hauls the wing of the plane on the road. The parts of the plane are transported to Long Beach.
School children imitate the regular 'Big Time' circus in Mammoth 3-ring in Long Beach, California. They play the part of clowns and perform acrobats. School girl imitates a ring-woman with children posing as lions. Dog performs stunts. Child puts dog into a box which has 'Dyeing Machine' written on it and then pull pretend link sausages from the box. Children watch the show.