On This Day

What Happened on January 30, 1956

Historical Events


Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 for his first Grand Slam title

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
  • Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Mary Carter Reitano beats fellow Australian Thelma Coyne Long 3-6, 6-2, 9-7 for her 1st Australian singles title

Music releaseMusic Recording

Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Hallgeir Brenden of Norway wins Olympic 15k cross country gold medal at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games; his 2nd career Olympic title after taking out the 18k event in Oslo (1952)
  • KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Martin Luther King Jr.s home bombed

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Soviet 500m speed skating champion Yevgeni Grishin wins 2nd gold medal of the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics when he dead heats teammate Yuri Mikhatlov in the 1,500m in world record 2:08.6

Famous Birthdays

  • Jeremy Gittins, English actor, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Tomi, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Gerrit Mannoury, Dutch mathematician and philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jane Seymour [Marjorie S Fitz-patrick], Canadian-American actress (Tom, Dick and Harry, Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 62
1956 Highlights

About January 30, 1956

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 9 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

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