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1956 Newspaper Headlines

Explore our 1956 newspaper articles and discover what events people were reading about in this year in history. Understand how people perceived significant events that took place during this year through first hand accounts from the time. Key 1956 headlines include the release of Elvis Presley’s hit “Heartbreak Hotel”, beginning his career as a rock and roll legend. It was the year the first Eurovision song contest was broadcast from Switzerland, Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller, and the Suez Crisis began. It was an exciting year in sporting news, with the Summer Olympics taking place in Melbourne, and the Winter Olympics in Italy. A 1956 newspaper is a wonderful way to commemorate this wonderful year in history, with first hand accounts from people who lived at the time.

DateEvent
26th January 1956The 1956 Winter Olympics open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
22nd February 1956Elvis Presley enters the U.S. music charts for the first time, with “Heartbreak Hotel“.
23rd February 1956Norma Jean Mortenson legally changes her name to Marilyn Monroe.
19th April 1956British diver Lionel Crabb dives into the Portsmouth harbour to investigate a visiting Soviet cruiser and vanishes.
24th May 1956The first Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast from Lugano in Switzerland. The winning song is “Refrain”, sung by Lys Assia.
3rd June 1956British Rail renames 'Third Class' passenger facilities as 'Second Class'. Second Class facilities had previously been abolished in 1875.
10th June 1956Equestrian events open in Stockholm at the 1956 Summer Olympics. All other events are held in November in Melbourne, Australia.
28th June 1956MP Sydney Silverman's bill for the abolition of the death penalty passes in the House of Commons.
29th June 1956Actress Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller.
10th July 1956The House of Lords defeats the abolition of the death penalty.
31st July 1956Jim Laker sets an extraordinary record at Old Trafford in the fourth Test match of the 1956 Ashes series. Laker becomes the first cricketer to take all ten wickets in a single innings and he takes a record total of nineteen wickets in the match. Laker’s final figures are an incredible nineteen for ninety. No other player has taken more than seventeen wickets in a match.
13th September 1956The Hard Disk Drive is invented by an IBM team led by Reynold B. Johnson.
15th October 1956The Royal Air Force retires its last Lancaster bomber.
31st October 1956The United Kingdom and France begin to bomb Egypt in an attempt to force the re-opening of the Suez Canal.
22nd November 1956The 1956 Summer Olympics begin in Melbourne, Australia.
5th December 1956Rose Heilbron becomes Britain's first female judge.
23rd December 1956British and French troops leave the Suez Canal region.
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