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A retro journey through the news and history of the 1950s

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The Nation 1956



President Esinhower 1956


In a repeat of the 1952 election Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated the Democratic candidate Adlai E. Stevenson in a landslide. Presidential election of 1956.





interstate highways 1956


Congress passed and President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 which began the construction of 41,000 miles of interstate highways. The Interstate Highway System



bus integration 1956


After Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama the year before, the U.S. Supreme Court in Browder v. Gayle ends race segregation in on buses in the United States. Supreme Court ends segregation in public transportation.



martin luther king jr 1956With the first court decisions striking down segregation much white Southerners fight back. In 1956 alone tanks are deployed in Clinton, Tennessee. Black students are barred from Clay, Kentucky elementary school. Martin Luther King, Jr's home is bombed. University of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy because he's black. White mobs prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield HS, Texas



Nobel prizes 1956

Physics – William Shockley, John Bardeen, Walter Houser Brattain
Chemistry – Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, Nikolay Semenov
Physiology or Medicine – André Frédéric Cournand, Werner Forssmann, Dickinson W. Richards
Literature – Juan Ramón Jiménez
Peace – Not Awarded


The Class of 1956

class of 1956


time magazine 1956

Hungarian Freedom Fighters
"The Man of the Year had many faces, but he was not faceless; he had many names, but he was not nameless. History would know him by the face, intense, relentless, desperate and determined, that he had worn on the evening of Oct. 23 in the streets of Budapest; history would know him by the name he had chosen for himself during his dauntless contest with Soviet tanks."
Time man of the Year the Hungarian Freedom Fighter.


The World 1956



Hungarian Revolution began on October 23, 1956 as a spontaneous student demonstration against Communist Soviet control. After Communist police fired on the unarmed students the nation rose up and within a week had executed many communists and took control of the government. USSR invaded with tanks and 200,000 troops on November 4th and are taken back the government by November 11th. Hungarian Revolt




andrea doria 1955The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding in late night fog with the smaller passenger liner the MS Stockholm. Though the ship listed to the side making most life boats unavailable, quick response from nearby vessels saved all but 46 of the 1600 passengers. The Sinking of the Andrea Doria.

khrushchev 1956New Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev in a speech to the Communist Party Politburo denounced Joseph Stalin as a brutal despot of a 30 year regime of suspicion, fear and terror. Soviet De-stalilnizaiton

Britain gives up the Suez Canal to Egyptian control.

Great Britain sets the stage for European civilization by abolishing the death penalty.



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