- Average US yearly income was $4,450
- Gas cost $.22.
- Average US house was $11,700.
- Average UK house was £2,280.
- Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal.
- Israel attacks Egypt.
- Khrushchev denounces Stalin's excesses.
- US tests first hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll.
- Cuban revolution begins with the landing in Cuba of Fidel Castro
- Hungary invaded by Warsaw Pact troops to put down rebellious rioting.
- Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 signed into law, calling for the construction of the interstate highway system.
- Independence: Morocco from France.
- My Fair Ladyopens on Broadway.
- First televised soap opera, As The World Turns starts on CBS.
- Elvis is rocking all over.
- Pele starts playing professional football (soccer) in Brazil at age 16.
- We travel Around the World in 80 Days with David Niven.
- We get to visit Deborah Kerr and The King and I.
- The Duke is one of The Searchers.