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, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde
  • 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