12/06 – Blood in the Water

Ervin Zádor with members of his team, immediately after being punched by a Russian opponent. (VEOL) The scene: The Melbourne Olympics, 1956. Men from the USSR's water polo team face off against their Hungarian counterparts. They prepare for what seems like an ordinary match of water polo, but all is not as it seems. Mere…

11/13 – The Montgomery Bus Boycott

American activist Rosa Parks is fingerprinted after being removed forcibly from a Montgomery bus in 1956. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1956 the United States Supreme Court passed the Browder v. Gayle ruling, stating that the Alabama practice of segregating public buses was unconstitutional. The ruling ended the Montgomery Bus Boycott - which…

The Hungarian Revolution, 1956

"Russia Go Home!" written on a shop window in Budapest. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On November 1st, 1956 the Hungarian Revolution turned hot when revolutionary leader Imre Nagy announced his plan to withdraw the country from the Warsaw Pact and distance itself from the Soviet Union. Hungary, like most of Eastern Europe at the time, was…