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 FLASHBACK 1956

Space travel - 'it's bilge!'

January 16 - President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt vowed to re-conquer Palestine.
February 22 - Elvis Presley entered the American music charts for the first time, with Heartbreak Hotel.
March 15 - The Broadway musical My Fair Lady opened in New York.
April 14 - Videotape was first demonstrated.
April 19 - Diver Lionel Crabb dived into the Portsmouth harbour to investigate a visiting Soviet cruiser and vanished.
April 19 - Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
May 21 - In the Pacific Ocean, Bikini Atoll was nearly obliterated by the first airborne explosion of a hydrogen bomb.
May 24 - The first Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast from Lugano, Switzerland. It was won by Lys Assia with a song called Refrains.
June 28 - MP Sydney Silverman's bill for abolition of death penalty passed the House of Commons.
June 29 - Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller.
ALso that year:
*The Soviet Army invaded Hungary crushing its liberation movement.
*The United States Supreme Court ruled that race segregation on public transport was unconstitutional.
*The Astronomer Royal said said the idea of space travel was "bilge."
*The import and export of heroin was banned in Britain.
*Brigitte Bardot starred in And God Created Woman.
*Rocky Marciano retired as World Heavyweight Boxing Champion after winning all 49 bouts of his career.
*Melbourne Olympics opened on November 22.
*Shoppers warned of dangers of overspending in new-style supermarkets.
*Lonnie Donegan made his American TV debut on the Perry Como Show. Ronald Regan also appeared - in comedy sketches.
*Gene Vincent recorded Be Bop a Lula.
*Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower, was born.
*Stage version of My Fair Lady opened in New York. Stars were Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison.
*Actor Bruce Willis born.
*Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel released in the UK. It cost 2s 8d (131/2p)

Written by The Editor - 17/06/2001 10:24:34

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