1956/57 Cusp of Leo Virgo

May 21 - Nuclear testing: In the Pacific Ocean, Bikini Atoll is the site of the first airborne explosion of a hydrogen bomb.
June 28 Labour riots at Poznań, Poland, are crushed with heavy loss of life. Soviet troops fire at crowd that protests high prices - 53 dead.
July 26 - Egyptian leader Gamal Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation.
September 16 - Television broadcasting commences in Australia.

Pluto enters Virgo  20 Oct 1956

October 29 Suez Crisis begins: Israel invades the Sinai Peninsula and push Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal.
The first hard disk drive (5MB) is born at IBM.
October 31 - Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.
November 4 - 1956 Hungarian Revolution: more Soviet troops invade Hungary to crush a revolt that started on October 23.
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 22 - Beginning of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

Pluto station R   2 Dec 1956    00°Vi27' R

December 2 Fidel Castro and his followers land on Cuba in the boat Granma.
December 23 - British and French troops leave Suez Canal region.
January 9 - Anthony Eden resigns.
January 10 - Harold Macmillan becomes the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
 
Pluto re- enters Leo     15 Jan 1957

January 22 Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula (captured from Egypt on October 29, 1956).
March 25 - Treaty of Rome (patto di Roma) establishes the European Economic Community (EEC)


Pluto station D   10 May 1957      27°Le56' D

July 29 - The International Atomic Energy Agency is established.    

Pluto enters Virgo  19 Aug 1957

August 31 - The Federation of Malaya gains independence from the United Kingdom.
October 4 - Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth
October 21 The U.S. military sustains its first combat fatality in Vietnam, Army Capt. Hank Cramer of the 1st Special Forces Group.
November 3 - Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter space - a dog named Laika.


Pluto station R   4 Dec 1957    02°Vi20' R    

December 6 - First U.S. attempt to launch a satellite fails, the rocket blowing up on the launch pad
December 20 - First flight of the Boeing 707 airliner