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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1956.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Anthony Eden (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1956: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1956?


Events

  • 01 Dec 1956 Candide opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • 02 Dec 1956 The Granma yacht reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente province and Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.
  • 03 Dec 1956 KFSA (now KFSM) TV channel 5 in Ft Smith, AR (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 04 Dec 1956 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (quarterback).
  • 05 Dec 1956 Rose Heilbron becomes Britain's first female judge.
  • 06 Dec 1956 Happy Hunting opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances
  • 08 Dec 1956 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • 09 Dec 1956 Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810, a Canadair North Star, crashes near Hope, British Columbia, Canada, killing all 62 people on board.
  • 10 Dec 1956 Establishment of MPLA in Angola.
  • 11 Dec 1956 Anti-Russian demonstrations in Stettin and Wroclaw, Poland.
  • 12 Dec 1956 Beginning of the Irish Republican Army's ''Border Campaign''.
  • 14 Dec 1956 Paul-Henri Spaak is appointed Secretary-General of NATO.
  • 15 Dec 1956 KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Dec 1956 Fanny closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • 18 Dec 1956 To Tell the Truth debuts on CBS-TV
  • 19 Dec 1956 Irish-born physician John Bodkin Adams is arrested in connection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 patients. Eventually he is convicted only of minor charges.
  • 20 Dec 1956 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra.
  • 22 Dec 1956 New Faces of 1956 closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • 23 Dec 1956 British and French troops leave the Suez Canal region.
  • 24 Dec 1956 I Love Lucy Christmas show airs, never put in syndication
  • 27 Dec 1956 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games.
  • 28 Dec 1956 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
  • 30 Dec 1956 New York Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game.
  • 31 Dec 1956 Bob Barker makes his TV debut as host of the game show ''Truth or Consequences''.

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Music charts

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Movies

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Country: United States of America

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Country: United States of America

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Country: United States of America

Gentlemen of Fortune

Gentlemen of Fortune

Directed by: Aleksandr Seryj

Starring: Evgeniy Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin, Radner Muratov, Saveliy Kramarov

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in December 1956?
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The Unicorn And Other Poems by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Unicorn And Other Poems

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The author of Gift from the Sea presents a collection of poems that offers enduring meditations on love, loss, beauty, and the sweep of time. 15,000 first printing.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter by Edward Streeter

Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter

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Dust jacket notes: "All that is inevitable, enjoyable, maddening and amusing about Christmas provides a perfect background for the adventures of this new Streeter "hero" - a grandfather who has not yet achieved the age of discretion and gives little …

Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy

Profiles In Courage

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Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage served as a clarion call to every American.

This Hallowed Ground by Bruce Catton

This Hallowed Ground

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First published in 1955, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bruce Catton’s classic account of the Civil War simultaneously captures the dramatic scope and intimate experience of that epic struggle in one brilliant volume.

The Last Of The Wine by Mary Renault

The Last Of The Wine

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In The Last of the Wine, two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates.