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January 3, 1956

January 3, 1956, was a Tuesday. It was 68 years, 5 months, and 16 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Birthdays

Born on January 3, 1956

People who were born on this exact date:

Music charts

Top song: January 3, 1956

The best-selling single on January 3, 1956 was "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

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A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1956. Take a trip back to the days of Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Kay Starr and The Platters.

Facts

This date occurred 25,006 days ago. Approximately 834 months have passed. It was the 3rd day of 1956, in week 01. The decade was the fifties. People who were born on January 3, 1956, are now 68 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. 1956 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. The Earth has experienced 278 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to January 3, 1956

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is January 3, 1956, and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. People are starting to return back to work and school after the Christmas holidays.

In music, the song "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is the President of the United States, and Sir Anthony Eden is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "The Roy Rogers Show", "The Danny Thomas Show", and "Annie Oakley".

In fashion, women are sporting chemise dresses, sheaths, sack dresses and straight-cut suits. Short boxy jackets and shift dresses are also beginning to become popular. Meanwhile, a lot of men are sporting a "Teddy Boy" style that involves leather jackets, greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. Men are also wearing formal suits as daywear. Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. It's 1956, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from singers such as Elvis Presley, Nelson Riddle, The Platters, Gogi Grant, Les Baxter, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Kay Starr.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Humphrey Bogart would be still alive. Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Adventures of Superman", "Lassie", "Adventures of Pow Wow", and "The Mickey Mouse Club". Children are playing with toys such as Dimestore soldiers, Toy Guns, Tiny Tears (doll), and Feed the Elephant.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 3, 1956.

  • Movies from 1956.

    Movies from 1956

    The most popular movies in 1956 were The Ten Commandments, Around the World in 80 Days, Giant, Seven Wonders of the World, The King and I, Trapeze and War and Peace.
  • 1956 in music.

    1956 in music

    The radio stations in 1956 were dominated by artists such as Elvis Presley, Nelson Riddle, The Platters, Gogi Grant, Les Baxter, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Kay Starr.
  • The Hungarian freedom fighter.

    The Hungarian freedom fighter

    "The Hungarian freedom fighter" was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1956. This followed the Hungarian Revolution in October and November.
  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars

    Tailfins on cars were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
  • Rock and roll.

    Rock and roll

    In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.
  • Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses

    Panty raids were a popular college prank at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids took place during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing

    Women and young girls were wearing wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts"

    The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
  • Sock hops.

    Sock hops

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.
  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming

    The world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap, and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets

    More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 3, 1956.

  • December 5, 1955: The Montgomery bus boycott begins in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • December 7, 1955: UK politics: Clement Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party after 20 years in charge.
  • December 10, 1955: The first episode of "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" is broadcast on CBS.
  • December 15, 1955: Johnny Cash releases his single "Folsom Prison Blues".
  • December 26, 1955: NFL: The Cleveland Browns defeat the Los Angeles Rams 38-14 to win the 1955 NFL Championship Game.
  • January 1, 1956: 124 people are killed after a crowd crush occurs at the Yahiko Shrine in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
  • This date: January 3, 1956
  • January 5, 1956: It is announced that Hollywood actress Grace Kelly is engaged to Monaco's Prince Rainier.
  • January 8, 1956: Five Evangelical Christian missionaries from the United States are killed by the Huaorani people of the rain forest of Ecuador.
  • January 27, 1956: Elvis Presley releases his song "Heartbreak Hotel".
  • January 28, 1956: Elvis Presley performs on TV for the first time.
  • January 30, 1956: The home of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is bombed.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 3, 1956, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1956 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 3, 1956 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

1950s fashion

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

1950s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in January 1956

Television shows that people were watching in January 1956:

TV shows from January 1956.

Fury
Fury
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley
The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks
The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers Show
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Sky King
Sky King
The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid

Cars in 1956

1956 saw the introduction of cars such as the 1957 Chevrolet, the Mercedes-Benz W105, the Studebaker Hawk, the Volvo Amazon, the Continental Mark II, and the Ford F-Series (third generation).

Cars in 1956.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1956

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo
The Mickey Mouse Club
The Mickey Mouse Club

Adventures of Pow Wow
Adventures of Pow Wow
Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best
Lassie
Lassie
Winky Dink and You
Winky Dink and You
Adventures of Superman
Adventures of Superman
Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Toys

Toys in 1956

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy
Play-Doh
Play-Doh
Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head
Feed the Elephant
Feed the Elephant
Colorforms
Colorforms
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)
Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops
Toy Guns
Toy Guns
Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball

Were you born on January 3, 1956?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1956.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 3, 1962, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 3.

J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

Author Deceased
Born on January 3, 1892
He turned 64 on this day in 1956.

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia

Actor Deceased
Born on January 3, 1930
He turned 26 on this day in 1956.

Jim Ross

Jim Ross

WWE commentator
Born on January 3, 1952
He turned 4 on this day in 1956.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Formula One driver
Born on January 3, 1969
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans

Soccer player
Born on January 3, 1988
He was born exactly 32 years after this date.

Jisoo

Jisoo

South Korean singer
Born on January 3, 1995
She was born exactly 39 years after this date.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh

Actress
Born on January 3, 1996
She was born exactly 40 years after this date.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Environmental activist
Born on January 3, 2003
She was born exactly 47 years after this date.

USA

US President

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on January 3, 1956.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 3, 1956 was most likely conceived around April 12, 1955.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 3, 1956 is close to September 25, 1956.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about January 3, 1956:

  • 25,006 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,572 weeks have passed.
  • 2,160,514,800 seconds have passed since January 3, 1956.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,520,600,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,114,825,636,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 360,085,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 185,804,273 steps. That's roughly 82,580 miles.
  • 25,926,178 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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