January 3rd, 1956, was a Tuesday. It was day 3 of 1956. The decade was the Fifties.
67 years, 2 months and 17 days have passed since January 3rd, 1956.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on January 3rd, 1956 was "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
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The date is January 3rd, 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 currently the President of the United States, and Sir Anthony Eden is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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.
On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show", "The Roy Rogers Show" and "Gunsmoke". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Adventures of Superman", "Winky Dink and You", "Lassie" and "The Mickey Mouse Club". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Tonka trucks, Colorforms, Feed the Elephant and Roy Rogers Plastic Figures.
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 3rd, 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.
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" was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1956. This followed the Hungarian Revolution in October and November.
Tailfins on cars was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.
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 became popular during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear 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.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.
In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
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News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 3rd, 1956.
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Television shows that people were watching in January, 1956.
American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
Western drama series.
American Western series that fictionalizes the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.
Our Miss Brooks
Sitcom about a high school teacher called Constance "Connie" Brooks.
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.
The Ed Sullivan Show
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).
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1956.
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
The Mickey Mouse Club
Adventures of Pow Wow
Father Knows Best
Winky Dink and You
Adventures of Superman
Tom and Jerry
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1956.
Matchbox toy cars
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Mr. Potato Head
Feed the Elephant
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
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 3rd, 1962, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 3rd.
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Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on January 3rd, 1956.
Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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