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  Timeline: 1956  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1956 Milan-San Remo Fred De Bruyne (Bel) 281 km
April 2, 1956 Tour of Flanders Jean Forestier (Fra) 238 km
April 8, 1956 Paris-Roubaix Louison Bobet (Fra) 252 km
May 6, 1956 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Fred De Bruyne (Bel) 247 km
April 26-May 11, 1956 Vuelta a Espana Angelo Conterno (Ita) 17 Stages, 3,537 km
May 19-June 10, 1956 Giro d'Italia Charly Gaul (Lux) 22 Stages, 3,523 km
July5-28, 1956 Tour de France Roger Walkowiak (Fra) 22 Stages, 4,527 km
August 26, 1956 World Championships Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel) Ballerup, Denmark 285 km

October 21, 1956

Giro di Lombardia Andre Darrigade (Fra) Milan-Milan, 240 km

•  USSR - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounced the crimes of Stalin and starts a period of de-Stalinization in the Soviet Union.

•  USA - Dwight D. Eisenhower won a second term as President of the US.

•  Hungary - In an effort to denounce communist rule, Hungary revolted and announced its withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact . With brutal military force the Soviet Union crushed the revolt.

•  Monaco - Oscar winning American actress, Grace Kelly married Prince Rainer III.

Notable Deaths -
* World Road Race Champion:
Stan Ockers (Bel), 1920-1956, one of Belgium's greatest riders, he won the World Road Race in 1955. He died after crashing during a track race in Antwerp in 1956.

Albert Woolson, 1847-1956, died at the age of 106. He was the last surviving soldier from the American Civil War.



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