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Major Events of 1956

1956 (Roman Numerals: MCMLVI) was the 56th year of the 20th century. 1956 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Sunday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1956.
News Events of 1956

Suez Crisis, Israel, Britain and France attack Egypt.

Soviets invade Hungary to crush anti-communist revolution.

First Eurovision Song Contest.

Tunisia becomes independent from France.

Morocco becomes independent from France.

Beginning of rock and roll music.

Elvis Presley enters the charts for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel.

Norma Jean Mortenson changes her name to Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller.

The Bell X-2 becomes the first manned aircraft to fly faster than Mach 3.

Bobby Fischer, aged 13, beats grandmaster Donald Byrne in a United States chess match, that has since become known as "The Game of the Century".


International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO), now generally known as "Interpol", founded.

IBM introduce the IBM 305 RAMAC, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.

Sports in 1956
  • Olympic Games:
  • Baseball:

    1956 World Series

    • Winning Team: New York Yankees

    • Losing Team: Brooklyn Dodgers

  • Soccer:

    1956 European Cup:

    • Winners: Real Madrid

    • Runners-Up: Stade de Reims

    • 1955-1956 was the first European Cup competition.

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