Historical Events For Year 1956

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February 11, 1956

The British spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean reemerge in the Soviet Union after their whereabouts were unknown for 5 years.
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February 14-26, 1956

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union holds their 20th Congress. Read More

February 22, 1956

Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" makes its first appearance on the United States music charts.
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February 23, 1956

Marilyn Monroe's name is legally changed from Norma Jean Mortenson. Read More

March 1, 1956

The completion of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization draft is made by the International Air Transport Association.
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March 11, 1956

The first movie to premiere in theatres and television the same day is Richard III based on Shakespeare's play by Laurence Olivier.
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March 12, 1956

The end of separation of races in public schools as ruled by the Supreme Court in 1954 is protested against by the Southern Manifesto and signed by 96 Congressman.
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March 13, 1956

The Gold Album Elvis Presley is released for the first time. Read More

May 24, 1956

Lugano, Switzerland hosts and broadcasts the first Eurovision Song Contest. Read More

June 13, 1956

The formation of the International Criminal Police Organization occurs. Read More

June 14, 1956

The dedication of the Flag of the United States Army occurs. Read More

June 29, 1956

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller marry. Read More

July 30, 1956

In God We Trust is instated as the U.S. national motto by the signature of President Eisenhower of a joint resolution of Congress.
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August 17, 1956

The Communist Party of Germany is prohibited by West Germany. Read More

September 13, 1956

Reynold B. Johnson and an IBM team invent the first hard disk drive. Read More

October 8, 1956

The 1956 World Series experiences the only perfect game thrown by pitcher Don Larsen of the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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October 17, 1956

England is home to the opening of the first commercialized nuclear power plant. Read More

October 23, 1956

A demonstration in Budapest results in the beginning of the Hungarian Revolution against the Soviet government.
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November 3, 1956

The first uncut major Hollywood film to be televised is The Wizard of Oz on CBS. Read More

November 13, 1956

The segregation of races on buses in Montgomery, Alabama is made illegal by state and municipal laws and approved by the Supreme court, putting an end to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
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December 2, 1956

Fidel Castro and his gang arrive in Cuba for the first time. Read More

December 4, 1956

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gather together at the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for the only time in history as the Million Dollar Quartet.
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December 5, 1956

Britain elects it's first female judge, Rose Heilbron. Read More

December 31, 1956

The TV debut of Bob Barker occurs as the host of the game show Truth or Consequences. Read More