What Happened on January 1, 1956

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
  • KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt & UK
  • WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris
  • Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor
  • Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese