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1955 1956 1957


  • July: Gamel Abdel Nasser government of Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal.
  • Tunisia wins independence.
  • John D. Rockefeller 3rd founds the Asia Society.
  • China's population is 628.28 million.
  • Dr. Humphrey Ormond coins the word "psychedelic."
  • Allen Ginsberg publishes Howl and Other Poems.
  • Forbidden Planet is released.
  • Obviously derivative, first Invasion of the Body Snatchers is released.
  • Kenji Mizoguchi releases Street of Shame.
  • Arthur C. Clarke publishes The City and the Stars.


  • January 30: Guy Mollet becomes French Prime Minister. Furture French President Francois Mitterand becomes Justice Minister. Maurice Bourges-Maunoroy becomes defense Minister.
  • February 6: General Catroux asked to resign as French Minister Resident in Algeria when expresses support for decolonization.
  • February 6: University of Alabama denies admission to Autherine Lucy because of his race.
  • Evening to early morning February 24-25: Nikita Khruschev delivers "secret speech" to the XXth Congress of the CPSU denouncing the crimes of Joseph Stalin.
  • March 23: Future MEP Graham Watson is born in Rothesay, Scotland.
  • May 1: Bombay is reorganized to create the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
  • June 4: U.S. CIA releases text of Nikita Khruschev's "secret speech" to the XXth Congress of the CPSU denouncing the crimes of Joseph Stalin.
  • August 17: John F. Kennedy loses bid for the Democratic nomination as Vice President.
  • September 30: Algerian nationalist terror bombings in Algiers at the Milk Bar on rue d'Isly and at the Cafeteria on the rue Michelet.
  • October: New York Yankees win the World Series.
  • Octobet 7: In Rouen, French rappeles, or soldiers who had served their time in the military but had been "called back" to fight in the colonial war in Algerian refuse to leave their barracks in protest. Forced onto trucks and trains at gunpoint.
  • October 22: French military violate international law by "hijacking" of an Air Maroc D.C. 3 carrying Algerian F.L.N. revolutionary leader Ben Bella and New York Times reporter Tom Bradley when they order it to land in French colonial Algerian territory rather than its proper destination.
  • October 28: Future Shi'a Islamist firebrand, nuclear fetishist and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or محمود احمدی‌نژاد is born.
  • November 4: Suez Expedition: British, French and Israeli military units occupy the Suez Canal. The US and Soviet Union force them to withdraw.
  • November 4: Soviet troops invade Hungary in response to anti-Soviet demonstrations and democratic reforms led by Prime Minister Imre Hagy.
  • November 15: French Gen. Raoul Salan arrives in Algiers to direct the colonial war.
  • December 30: Pied Noir settler protest in Algiers turns into a murderous riot and innocent Arab bystanders are lynched.
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