The UK in the 20th Century: 1956

Can you name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1956?

Possession of this drug becomes a fully criminalised offence.1st January
Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete in the Winter Olympics at this European location, but win no medals.26th January-5th February
These road features, designed to prohibit parking, are introduced in Slough.12t February
This TV company serving the North of England, broadcasts for the first time.3rd May
This Manchester City goalkeeper plays the last 15 minutes of their FA Cup win over Birmingham City with a broken neck.5th May
This area of southwestern Wales is the first designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the British Isles.9th May
The Prime Ministers of these two Commonwealth countries are made Freemen of the City of London (name either).3rd July
Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser announces the nationalisation of this waterway, triggering a crisis of the same name.26th July
Manchester United become the first English team to compete in this competition, beating Anderlecht 2-0.12th September
The Queen opens this, the world's first commerical nuclear power station. 17th October
This television (now radio) programme, in which humurous and unusual quotes from the weeks newspapers are read in a variety of voices by actors, first airs.5th November
This newspaper calls for the resignation of Anthony Eden despite an improvement in his opinion poll showings.15th November
Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete in the Summer Olympics at this Oceanian location, winning 24 medals, 6 gold.22nd November-8th December
Due to the aforementioned crisis, this fuel comes under ration.29th November
PG Tips launches its long-running advertising campaign using a tea party featuring these animals.25th December
This supermarket opens its first self-service stores in St Albans and Maldon.Undated
This Dodie Smith children's novel about a litter of puppies kidnapped by a villainous old woman, is published.Undated
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