On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1956

Historical Events

  • Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken

Music release#1 in the Charts

Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.

Famous Deaths

  • Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary, dies at 28
1956 Highlights

About January 8, 1956

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 64 years, 10 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

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