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Historical Events in January 1956

  • Jan 1 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt & UK
  • Jan 1 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people
  • Jan 2 Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
  • Jan 2 42nd Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan State beats #4 UCLA, 17-14
  • Jan 2 22nd Sugar Bowl: #7 Georgia Tech beats #11 Pittsburgh, 7-0
  • Jan 2 22nd Orange Bowl: #1 Oklahoma beats #3 Maryland, 20-6
  • Jan 3 A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Jan 6 KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
  • Jan 7 Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • Jan 8 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 8 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 8 Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.

  • Jan 9 Abigail Van Buren's [Pauline Phillips] "Dear Abby" advice column 1st appears in newspapers
  • Jan 9 Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
  • Jan 10 Elvis Presley records single "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jan 12 FBi arrests 6 members of the Great Brink's robbery gang, 6 days before statute of limitations runs out
  • Jan 14 Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
  • Jan 14 Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia

  • Jan 15 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 6th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 31-30; MVP: Ollie Matson, Baltimore Colts, RB
  • Jan 16 Egyptian President Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
  • Jan 18 German Democratic Republic (East Germany) forms own army (National People's Army)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • Jan 22 30 people die in a train crash in Los Angeles
  • Jan 22 Canadian Football Council forms
  • Jan 24 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • Jan 24 An inquiry considers building homes in a war devastated area in London

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 24 6th NBA All Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, NY: West beats East, 108-94; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Jan 25 96.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • Jan 26 VII Winter Olympic Games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 26 Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 26 Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
  • Jan 27 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
  • Jan 27 "Heartbreak Hotel" single released by Elvis Presley, his first million-selling single
  • Jan 27 Veikko Hakulinen of Finland wins Olympic 30k cross country gold medal at Cortina d'Ampezzo; second career Olympic title after taking out the 15k event in Oslo (1952)
  • Jan 28 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
  • Jan 28 Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the giant slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics on his way to a sweep of the 3 alpine skiing events at the Games
  • Jan 28 Italy goes 1-2 in the 2-man bobsleigh at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; along with silver in 4-man event, the only medals for the home nation at the Games
  • Jan 29 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame" premieres in Zurich
  • Jan 30 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
  • Jan 30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30 KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Martin Luther King Jr.s home bombed

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 30 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

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 30 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
  • Jan 30 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)
  • Jan 30 Soviet 500m speed skating champion Yevgeni Grishin wins 2nd gold medal of the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics when he dead heats team mate Yuri Mikhatlov in the 1,500m in world record 2:08.6
  • Jan 31 French government of Guy Mollet forms
  • Jan 31 Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil
  • Jan 31 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