What Happened on January 3, 1956

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

Mel GibsonMel Gibson (67 years old)

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

  • Willy T. Ribbs, American auto racer (first African-American to drive in Indianapolis 500), born in San Jose, California
Born in 1956

Famous Deaths

Alexander GretchaninovAlexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)

Russian-American Romantic 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? 67 years, 4 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets