Birthdays in History in January 1956

  • Jan 1 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Jan 1 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef
  • Jan 9 Mike Walczewski, American Public Address Announcer at Madison Square Garden
  • Jan 10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer
  • Jan 15 Mayawati, Indian politician
  • Jan 16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 John McNally, Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 20 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician
  • Jan 26 Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • Jan 31 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader