Historical Events in January 1956

  • Jan 1 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt & UK
  • Jan 1 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
  • Jan 2 Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
  • Jan 2 42nd Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan State beats #4 UCLA, 17-14
  • Jan 2 22nd Sugar Bowl: #7 Georgia Tech beats #11 Pittsburgh, 7-0
  • Jan 2 22nd Orange Bowl: #1 Oklahoma beats #3 Maryland, 20-6
  • Jan 3 A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Jan 6 KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
  • Jan 7 Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • Jan 8 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 8 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 8 Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • Jan 9 Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column 1st appears in newspapers
  • Jan 9 Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
  • Jan 10 Elvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jan 14 Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
  • Jan 14 Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
  • Jan 15 Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • Jan 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
  • Jan 15 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
  • Jan 16 Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
  • Jan 18 German Democratic Republic (East Germany) forms own army (National People's Army)
  • Jan 19 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • Jan 21 William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
  • Jan 22 30 people die in a train crash in Los Angeles
  • Jan 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 22 Canadian Football Council forms
  • Jan 24 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • Jan 24 An inquiry considers building homes in a war devastated area in London
  • Jan 24 6th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-94 at Rochester, New York
  • Jan 25 96.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)
  • Jan 26 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 26 Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 26 Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
  • Jan 27 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
  • Jan 27 Elvis Presley's releases the single "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jan 28 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
  • Jan 29 F Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame" premieres in Zurich
  • Jan 30 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
  • Jan 30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30 KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Martin Luther King Jr.s home bombed

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 30 44th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Thelma Coyne Long (3-6, 6-2, 9-7)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 44th Men's Australian Championships: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jan 31 French government of Mollet forms
  • Jan 31 Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil
  • Jan 31 Guy Mollet becomes Prime Minister of France.