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.
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,
Pluto station R 2 Dec
1956 00°Vi27' R
December 2 Fidel Castro and his
followers land on Cuba in the boat
Pluto re- enters Leo 15 Jan 1957
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
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
July 29 - The International Atomic
Energy Agency is
Virgo 19 Aug 1957
August 31 - The Federation of Malaya
gains independence from the United
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
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