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1January1956

Sudan Becomes Independent

29January1956
Death of Henry Louis Mencken in Baltimore

Death of Henry Louis Mencken in Baltimore

9March1956
British Banish Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to Seychells

British Banish Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to Seychells

11March1956
Southern Lawmakers Vow to Resist and Reverse Desegregation of Public Schools

Southern Lawmakers Vow to Resist and Reverse Desegregation of Public Schools

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12March1956

Saudi Arabia Syria and Egypt Sign Mutual Defense Pact

28March1956
First Black Japanese and Filipino Cardinals Named by Pope Pius XII

First Black Japanese and Filipino Cardinals Named by Pope Pius XII

21April1956

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen Place Military Forces Under Single Command

23April1956
For Third Time Sigmund Freud Featured on Time Magazine Cover

For Third Time Sigmund Freud Featured on Time Magazine Cover

8June1956
Death of Bishop Hans Meiser - Collaborated With and Supported Nazi Regime and Hitler

Death of Bishop Hans Meiser - Collaborated With and Supported Nazi Regime and Hitler

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13June1956
Britain Ends 74-Year Occupation of Canal Zone, Troops Leave the Suez

Britain Ends 74-Year Occupation of Canal Zone, Troops Leave the Suez

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17June1956
Death of Paul Rostock, Responsible for Overseeing Nazi Medical Experiments on Live Humans

Death of Paul Rostock, Responsible for Overseeing Nazi Medical Experiments on Live Humans

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19June1956
Jerry Falwell Leaves Founds the Thomas Road Baptist Church

Jerry Falwell Leaves Founds the Thomas Road Baptist Church

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19June1956
Egyptian Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser Ends State of Emergency

Egyptian Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser Ends State of Emergency

24June1956
Egyptian People Approve President Gamal Abdel Nasser and New Constitution

Egyptian People Approve President Gamal Abdel Nasser and New Constitution

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1July1956
Hungary's Cardinal Mindszenty Back in Prison, Refuses to Sign Pledge of Loyalty

Hungary's Cardinal Mindszenty Back in Prison, Refuses to Sign Pledge of Loyalty

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26July1956
Suez Canal Forcibly Nationalized by Egypt's Gamal Nasser

Suez Canal Forcibly Nationalized by Egypt's Gamal Nasser

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30July1956
President Eisenhower Signs Resolution to Replace Nation's Motto With 'In God We Trust'

President Eisenhower Signs Resolution to Replace Nation's Motto With 'In God We Trust'

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5August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

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15August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

17August1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

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25August1956
Death of Alfred C. Kinsey, Known for Books and Studies on Sexual Behavior

Death of Alfred C. Kinsey, Known for Books and Studies on Sexual Behavior

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29October1956
Months After Egypt Nationalizes Suez Canal Israel Launches Surprise Attack on Egypt

Months After Egypt Nationalizes Suez Canal Israel Launches Surprise Attack on Egypt

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31October1956
Suez Crisis Continues as Great Britain and France Begin Bombing Egypt

Suez Crisis Continues as Great Britain and France Begin Bombing Egypt

2November1956
Israeli Forces Take Control of Gaza Strip and Expel the Egyptians

Israeli Forces Take Control of Gaza Strip and Expel the Egyptians

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2November1956
Egypt's President Nasser Says His Military Forces Will Pull Back From Suez Canal

Egypt's President Nasser Says His Military Forces Will Pull Back From Suez Canal

4November1956
Hungarian Revolution Ends When Soviet Troops Invade

Hungarian Revolution Ends When Soviet Troops Invade

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8November1956
UN General Assembly Calls for British, French, and Israeli Troops to Leave Egypt

UN General Assembly Calls for British, French, and Israeli Troops to Leave Egypt

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10November1956
U.S.S.R. Offers to Help Egypt Expel British, French, and Israeli Forces

U.S.S.R. Offers to Help Egypt Expel British, French, and Israeli Forces

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26November1956
Ellery Schempp Protests Against Required Bible Reading in His Public School Homeroom

Ellery Schempp Protests Against Required Bible Reading in His Public School Homeroom

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26November1956
Freethinkers of America Protest Firing of a Professor for Being an Atheist

Freethinkers of America Protest Firing of a Professor for Being an Atheist

1December1956
Iraq's King Faisal II Declares Martial Law and Suspends Parliament Due to Growing Communism

Iraq's King Faisal II Declares Martial Law and Suspends Parliament Due to Growing Communism

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24December1956
Statue of Designer and Builder of Suez Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Blown Up by Egyptian Mob

Statue of Designer and Builder of Suez Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Blown Up by Egyptian Mob

 
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Britain Suspends Provincial Government, Takes Control of Northern Ireland
Roman Emperors Renew Restrictions on Christian Heretics
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David Waters Sentenced for Murders of Madalyn Murray O'Hair and Family

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Southern Lawmakers Vow to Resist and Reverse Desegregation of Public Schools
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Bertrand Russell Delivers 'Why I Am Not a Christian' Speech at National Secular Society