Some historical events from 1956:
January 1956: Heroin imports and exports were banned in the United Kingdom.
February 1956: Pakistan became an Islamic republic.
March 1956: Telephone weather forecasts began in Britain for the first time. Tunisia gained independence from France.
April 1956: The first Premium Bonds were issued in Britain. Film star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
May 1956: Granada television made its first broadcast. The first hydrogen bomb was tested on Bikini Atoll, in the Pacific. The 2,500th anniversary of the death of Buddha was celebrated in India.
June 1956: Third class travel by rail was abolished in Britain. East Germany announced the release of 19,000 political prisoners. Colonel Nasser was elected as President in Egypt. Colonel Nasser became the President of Egypt.
July 1956: President Nasser of Egypt nationalised the Suez Canal Company.
August 1956: The English novelist and playwright, J.B Priestley, died. Calder Hall nuclear power plant, Britain's first nuclear power station, began operating with the promise of ‘electricity too cheap to meter’.
October 1956: The Bolshoi Ballet performed in Britain for the first time. The last RAF Lancaster bomber was retired from service. Calder Hall, Britain's first nuclear power station, was opened. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency was formed.
November 1956: Construction of the Kariba High Dam, on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, began. Johnny Ray reached number one in the charts with 'Just Walking In The Rain'. Elvis Presley's film 'Love Me Tender' was premiered in New York.
December 1956: Britains first woman judge, Miss Rose Heilbron, was appointed. The last passenger train on the Liverpool Overhead Railway ran.