On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1956

Historical Events

  • Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics for his 2nd gold medal of the Games; sweeps all 3 alpine skiing events
  • French government of Guy Mollet forms
  • Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestJohn Lydon

Johnny Rotten [John Lydon], English singer-songwriter & musician (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen), born in Holloway, United Kingdom

Musician John Lydon
John Lydon
  • Trevor Manuel, South African politician, born in Cape Town, South Africa

Famous Deaths

Person of interestA. A. Milne

A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, dies at 74

Author A. A. Milne
A. A. Milne

1956 Highlights

About January 31, 1956

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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