On This Day

What Happened on January 3, 1956

Historical Events

  • A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestMel Gibson

Mel Gibson, American actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon) and filmmaker, born in Peekskill, New York

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Willy T. Ribbs, American auto racer (first African-American to drive in Indianapolis 500), born in San Jose, California

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/American composer, dies at 91
  • Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic, Germany (Stalin Peace Prize), dies at 76
1956 Highlights

About January 3, 1956

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 9 months and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

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