On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1956

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 interestChristine Lagarde

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

Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat Christine Lagarde
Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat
Christine Lagarde
  • Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor
  • Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese


1956 Highlights

About January 1, 1956

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 10 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Capricorn