2016 - 60 years ago


Some highlights of 1956 which was the last fire monkey year.

It is very interesting to note the events in each of the months - it helps give us an idea of some of the things that might be lurking for us. 

With our own energies in hand we don't have to be pistol whipped by the forces of nature - we know when things are about to happen, or what action is best for us to take.

Interestingly there was not much information about economic activity when I did my research.


February 11 – British spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean resurface in the Soviet Union after being missing for 5 years.
February 22 – Elvis Presley enters the United States music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel".
February 25 – Nikita Khrushchev attacks the veneration of Joseph Stalin as a "cult of personality".


March 2 – Morocco declares its independence from France.Soviet Armed Forces suppresses mass demonstrations in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, reacting to Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization policy.
March 12 – 96 U.S. Congressmen sign the Southern Manifesto, a protest against the 1954 Supreme Court ruling (Brown v. Board of Education) that desegregated public education.
March 20 – Tunisia gains independence from France.
March 23 – Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic, and a national holiday is observed in the country including the former East Pakistan state.


April 7 – Spain relinquishes its protectorate in Morocco.April 18 – Maria Desylla-Kapodistria is elected mayor of Corfu and becomes the first female mayor in Greece.
April 19
British diver Lionel Crabb (working for MI6) dives into Portsmouth harbour to investigate a visiting Soviet cruiser and vanishes.
American actress Grace Kelly marries Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.
May 2 – The United Methodist Church in America decides at its General Conference to grant women full ordained clergy status. It also calls for an end to racial segregation in the denomination.


May 8 – The constitutional union between Indonesia and the Netherlands is dissolved.May 24 – The first Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast from Lugano, Switzerland. The winning song is the host country's Refrain by Lys Assia (music by Géo Voumard, text by Émile Gardaz).
May 25 – India announces the institution of diplomatic relations with Spain (still under Franco's rule)


June 18 – The last foreign troops leave Egypt.June 23 – Gamal Abdel Nasser becomes the 2nd president of Egypt.
June 28 – Labour riots in PoznaƄ, Poland, are crushed with heavy loss of life. Soviet troops fire at a crowd protesting high prices, killing 53 people.


July 10 – The British House of Lords defeats the abolition of the death penalty.July 25 – The Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Swedish ship SS Stockholm in heavy fog 72 kilometers (45 mi) south of Nantucket Island, killing 51.
July 26 – Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation.


August 8 – 262 miners die in a fire in a coal mine in Marcinelle, Belgium.August 17 – West Germany bans the Communist Party of Germany.


September 13 – The hard disk drive is invented by an IBM team led by Reynold B. Johnson.September 25 – The submarine transatlantic telephone cable opens.


October 5 – Cecil B. DeMille's epic film The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses, is released in the United States. It will be in the top ten of the worldwide list of highest-grossing films of all time adjusted for inflationOctober 17 – The world's first commercial nuclear power plant is opened at Calder Hall in England
October 17 – The Game of the Century (chess): 13-year-old Bobby Fischer beats grandmaster Donald Byrne in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament in New York City.
October 22 – Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom, France, and Israel secretly meet in and make plans to invade Egypt.
October 23 – Hungarian Revolution breaks out against the pro-Soviet government, originating as a student demonstration in Budapest. Hungary attempts to leave the Warsaw Pact.
October 26 – Red Army troops invade Hungary.
October 29 – Suez Crisis: Israel invades the Sinai Peninsula and pushes Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal
November 4 – 1956 Hungarian Revolution: More Soviet troops invade Hungary to crush a revolt that started on October 23. Thousands are killed, more are wounded, and nearly a quarter million leave the country.


November 7 – Suez Crisis: The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution calling for the United Kingdom, France, and Israel to withdraw their troops from Arab lands immediately.November 13 – The United States Supreme Court declares illegal the state and municipal laws requiring segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
November 22 – The 1956 Summer Olympics begin in Melbourne, Australia
December 2 – Fidel Castro and his followers land in Cuba in the boat Granma.
December 4 - The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studios for the first and last time in history.
December 5 – Rose Heilbron becomes Britain's first female judge.


Asian flu pandemic killed many people through 1956. It is now thought to be a mutation and is thought to be an n2h2 aka Influenza A


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