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1 January 1956

Sudan Becomes Independent

29 January 1956
Death of Henry Louis Mencken in Baltimore

Death of Henry Louis Mencken in Baltimore

9 March 1956
British Banish Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to Seychells

British Banish Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to Seychells

11 March 1956
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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12 March 1956

Saudi Arabia Syria and Egypt Sign Mutual Defense Pact

28 March 1956
First Black Japanese and Filipino Cardinals Named by Pope Pius XII

First Black Japanese and Filipino Cardinals Named by Pope Pius XII

21 April 1956

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

23 April 1956
For Third Time Sigmund Freud Featured on Time Magazine Cover

For Third Time Sigmund Freud Featured on Time Magazine Cover

8 June 1956
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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13 June 1956
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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17 June 1956
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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19 June 1956
Jerry Falwell Leaves Founds the Thomas Road Baptist Church

Jerry Falwell Leaves Founds the Thomas Road Baptist Church

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19 June 1956
Egyptian Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser Ends State of Emergency

Egyptian Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser Ends State of Emergency

24 June 1956
Egyptian People Approve President Gamal Abdel Nasser and New Constitution

Egyptian People Approve President Gamal Abdel Nasser and New Constitution

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1 July 1956
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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26 July 1956
Suez Canal Forcibly Nationalized by Egypt's Gamal Nasser

Suez Canal Forcibly Nationalized by Egypt's Gamal Nasser

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30 July 1956
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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5 August 1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Keeps Catholics Schools Segregated for Now

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15 August 1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Comments on Church Refusing to Integrate

17 August 1956
Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

Louisiana Archbishop Joseph Rummel Gives Speech Defending Racial Integration

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25 August 1956
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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29 October 1956
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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31 October 1956
Suez Crisis Continues as Great Britain and France Begin Bombing Egypt

Suez Crisis Continues as Great Britain and France Begin Bombing Egypt

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2 November 1956
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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2 November 1956
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

4 November 1956
Hungarian Revolution Ends When Soviet Troops Invade

Hungarian Revolution Ends When Soviet Troops Invade

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8 November 1956
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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10 November 1956
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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26 November 1956
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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26 November 1956
Freethinkers of America Protest Firing of a Professor for Being an Atheist

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

1 December 1956
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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24 December 1956
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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