Look what happened the 1956.

Sudan achieves independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom. (1. January 1956)

A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people. (1. January 1956)

A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower. (3. January 1956)

Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them. (8. January 1956)

President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt vows to reconquer Palestine. (16. January 1956)

Elvis Presley makes his first US television appearance (28. January 1956)

American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. (30. January 1956)

The XX Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin's crimes in a secret speech. (14. February 1956)

The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy. (20. February 1956)

In his speech On the Personality Cult and its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin. (25. February 1956)

The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization. (1. March 1956)

Formation of the East German Nationale Volksarmee (1. March 1956)

Morocco gains its independence from France. (2. March 1956)

Soviet forces suppress mass demonstrations in the Georgian SSR, reacting to Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization policy. (9. March 1956)

My Fair Lady receives its premiere performance on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. (15. March 1956)

Tunisia gains independence from France. (20. March 1956)

Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan) (23. March 1956)

As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format. (2. April 1956)

Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado. (3. April 1956)

Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba. (5. April 1956)

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