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Hungarian Uprising -- Budapest, 1956 -- The Cold War After the Second World War, Hungary was absorbed as a satellite state of the Soviet Union. A communist government was established. Political opposition was purged and Mátyás Rákosi, who was a strong supporter of Stalin, was appointed leader. Imre Nagy would replace him in 1953 when Stalin died. Until 1955, because of his independent attitude Rákosi would again seize power on a stalinist leadership style such as his use of the secret police to brutally put down opponents made him unpopular with Hungarians as did the low living standards. In June, 1956, in the spirit of de-Stalinisation, Rákosi was forced by the Soviet Politburo to resign as general secretary. Khrushchev's policies of de-Stalinization also encouraged a sense of freedom among Hungarians to criticize the Soviet regime and improve relations with the West. A rise of protests by students and workers waving Hungarian flags with the Communist Emblem in the center cut out arose in Budapest. Erupting into active fighting in October 1956. The rebels were successful in the first stages of the revolution against Soviet troops. They pulled down Stalin statue and released political prisoners. András Hegedüs was forced to resign and the popular Imre Nagy now became prime minister. Fighting ceased on the 28th of October as the Hungarians believed that Soviet troops had withdrawn entirely. The new Hungarian government under Nagy began to make reforms for free elections and an end of the secret police. In a radio address to the Hungarian people, Nagy declared that Hungary would withdraw from the Warsaw Pact. Khrushchev was not happy with the idea of Hungary withdrawing, therefore making it neutral against the Soviet Union's enemies. On 1st November, 1956, Soviet Troops invaded Hungary, re-entering Budapest on the 4th November. Nagy had appealed to the United Nations to support the revolution. But Western Powers did not intervene for risk of starting a global confrontation with USSR. The Hungarians could not continue fighting against the numerous Soviet troops and tanks and street fighting ceased after two weeks A new pro-Soviet government was set up on János Kádár, while Nagy was caught and later executed for treason in 1958.


October 1, 1956 (Monday)

October 2, 1956 (Tuesday)

October 3, 1956 (Wednesday)

October 4, 1956 (Thursday)

  • On Italy, the United Action Pact between PCI and PSI, in force from 1934, becomes, by mutual agreement, a less binding Consultation Pact. In parallel, PSI and PSDI carry on the tractates for a future reunification of the two Italian Socialist parties.[8]
  • Negev desert road ambush: Palestinian Fedayeen militants attack two Israeli jeeps on the Sodom–Beer Sheva road (Highway 25), travelling near the southern part of the Dead Sea, 7 miles west of the Jordanian border with Israel. Four passengers are killed.[9]
  • Born: Christoph Waltz, Austrian actor, in Vienna

October 5, 1956 (Friday)

October 6, 1956 (Saturday)

October 7, 1956 (Sunday)

October 8, 1956 (Monday)

October 9, 1956 (Tuesday)

October 10, 1956 (Wednesday)

  • In Terrazzano (Milan) two lunatics, the brothers Arturo and Egidio Santato (the first just released by a criminal madhouse) take hostage, in a primary school, 97 children and three schoolmistresses, asking for a ransom. After a day of anguish, the situation is unlocked by two volunteers, the worker Sante Zennaro and the private eye Tom Ponzi, who enter in the school. All the hostages are saved, but, for a tragic mistake, Zennaro is killed by the policemen’s fire.[14]
  • Finland is admitted as a member of UNESCO.[15]
  • "Operation Samaria" is carried out by the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank. The action results in the deaths of 100 Jordanian soldiers and 17 IDF soldiers.[16]

October 11, 1956 (Thursday)

October 12, 1956 (Friday)

October 13, 1956 (Saturday)

October 14, 1956 (Sunday)

October 15, 1956 (Monday)

  • The sixth Miss World competition is held at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, UK, and is won by Petra Schürmann of Germany, after an administrative error results in US representative Betty Lane Cherry being given the winner's sash just before the ceremony; she was subsequently named first runner-up.[23]

October 16, 1956 (Tuesday)

October 17, 1956 (Wednesday)

October 18, 1956 (Thursday)

October 19, 1956 (Friday)

October 20, 1956 (Saturday)

  • Born: Danny Boyle, English director, producer, screenwriter and theatre director, in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester

October 21, 1956 (Sunday)

October 22, 1956 (Monday)

  • Discussions open between the governments of the United Kingdom, France and Israel, leading to the Protocol of Sèvres, which sets out tactics for invading and occupying the Suez Canal.[32]
  • The airplane transporting Ahmed Ben Bella and four FLN exponents from Rabat to Tunis is forced to land in Algers and the five men are arrested by the French Army. The action, performed without the knowledge of the Prime Minister Guy Mollet, causes the retire from Paris of the Moroccan and Tunisian ambassadors, many protest in the French public opinion and an hardening of the Algerian war; more, it makes Ben Bella the moral leader of the revolution.[33]
  • A group of dissident Hungarian students draws up a list of sixteen demands for political reform, and declares their intent to hold a demonstration the next day in Budapest.
  • Born: Marco Lodoli, Italian writer, in Rome.

October 23, 1956 (Tuesday)

October 24, 1956 (Wednesday)

October 25, 1956 (Thursday)

  • Hungarian Revolution of 1956: ÁVH secret policemen open fire on a peaceful and unarmed crowd in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest, provoking Soviet troops, who believe they are being fired on from the crowd, to also open fire. At least 100 civilians are killed. The massacre galvanizes support for the Revolution among the populace, and fighting continues to escalate between insurgents and Soviet forces. János Kádár replaces Ernő Gerő as Hungarian Party leader.
  • In Germany, the Berchetsgarden Tribunal declares Adolf Hitler “officially dead”, after a four years enquiry and the hearing as witnesses of the dictator’s attendants.[38]
  • Died: Risto Ryti, Finnish politician, former Prime Minister (1939-1940) and President (1940-44), 67[39]

October 26, 1956 (Friday)

October 27, 1956 (Saturday)

October 28, 1956 (Sunday)

  • Hungarian Revolution: A de facto ceasefire comes into effect between armed revolutionaries and Soviet troops, who begin to withdraw from Budapest. Communist officials and facilities begin to come under attack from the revolutionaries. Imre Nagy's faction gains full control of the Hungarian government, as many Stalinist hardliners leave the country for the Soviet Union.
  • Twenty one year old Elvis Presley is inoculated, before the world's press, and as originally suggested by the March of Dimes, with the third version of Dr Jonas Salk's anti-polio vaccine. Dr. Harold Fuerst, with assistance from the NY Health Commissioner Dr. Leona Baumgartner are the physicians in charge, all of which leading to the exponentional increase in the immunization level of all americans from 0.6% to 80% in the next 6 months.
  • Pope Pius XII, with the encyclical Luctuosissimi eventus, asks to the bishops of the whole world public prayers for the Hungarian people.[43]

October 29, 1956 (Monday)

October 30, 1956 (Tuesday)

October 31, 1956 (Wednesday)


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