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1956 in

the DWU • vital statistics

Timeline for 1956
20th century | 1950s

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In 1956, France granted the North African colony of Kebiria its independence, but civil war quickly erupted in that country. (PROSE: Dancing the Code)

Also in this year, the Soviet Union invaded Hungary. (AUDIO: 1963: The Assassination Games)

Dated events

On 1 February, Sarah Jane Smith was born to Nigel Collins Smith and Alice Trent Smith. (PROSE: The Roving Reporter)

On 23 June, Eleanor Grainger gave her husband Edward Grainger a party for his 50th birthday. The party took place the day before his birthday. The Eighth Doctor and his companions Samson and Gemma Griffin arrived at his house to get rid of a ghost which had been haunting the family. (PROSE: Dear John)

In the autumn, Maxwell Edison was born. (COMIC: The Stockbridge Showdown)

On 21 December, the racial segregation of buses ended in Montgomery, Alabama, as a direct result of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which began on 5 December of the previous year. (TV: Rosa)

Undated events

Elvis Presley performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was recorded in New York City. The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler attempted to travel to this date to view this event, but ended up being detoured to London on 1 June 1953. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern)

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright met Janet McKay on the Isle of Hoy, Orkney, Scotland. Along with the First Doctor, they fought the Bog wraiths. (AUDIO: The Revenants)

Allison Williams began attending the University of Cambridge. (AUDIO: The Forgotten Village)

Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and Leslie Johnston graduated from the Sandhurst Military School. (PROSE: The Enfolded Time)

Ben Jackson, at the age of fourteen, sneaked aboard a cargo ship headed for Singapore. When he was found out, the captain offered him a proper job on his fifteenth birthday, which was four months away. (PROSE: Invasion of the Cat-People)

Edmund Trevithick's wife Margaret died. (PROSE: Nightshade)

Carolyn McConnell was born. (PROSE: Vampire Science)

Alternate timeline

In an alternate timeline accidentally created by the Fifth Doctor, the RMS Lusitania did not sink on 7 May 1915 and a petty criminal named Eric Charles Vincent (who died in the sinking of the Lusitania in the proper timeline) killed Alexander Fleming in a botched robbery attempt in December 1927 before the biologist discovered penicillin. Without the protection offered by penicillin, Earth fell prey to new strains of meningitis and pneumonia in 1956 and the survivors never developed a space programme. Consequently, the Knights of Velyshaa were not defeated by the Earth Alliance in 3562 as they otherwise would have been. (AUDIO: The Sirens of Time)