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 Post subject: Re: Dark Earth Timeline
PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:53 am 
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It is one of several changes to borders that have some subtle and not-so subtle effects. One of the larger ones in North America is New Avalon, a Dominion lying on the Baja California peninsula. Subsequently, California doesn't have a Mexican border and has a somewhat different cultural evolution in a number of ways.

I'm not planning any authorial inserts or reality bending as such.


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Apologies that this has been slightly delayed; apart from work, I have been engaging in my other great passion of barbecue/large scale cooking. Now that I'm well on the path to finishing the three dozen dishes for this weekend's fest, there is a moment to return to Dark Earth 1955.

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- Imperial China's words being backed by nuclear weapons is a reference to the Civilization series of computer games.
- Malaya and Kenya are starting to clear up earlier, but spotfires will continue for some time to come.
- The A3D is a larger aeroplane in the 100,000lb class; there was some thought given to a four engine strategic naval bomber.
- The different South African PM is an indicator of a very different, non-apartheid path ahead.
- Indonesia and Australia continue to shape up over various disputes.
- British Railways adopts a very different modernisation plan based on large scale capital investment in existing steam infrastructure as well as construction of modern marshalling yards and production of new rolling stock.
- The Baghdad Pact is a somewhat different institution with a lot of internal tensions.
- The Constantinople Summit fails to address the main issues of the Cold War and Stalin (or rather, his double) is playing a long game. Or so he thinks.
- Operation Sunrise will be heard of again...
- 'The chances of anything coming from another planet are a billion to one' is a hat tip to Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds as well as an oblique reference to the future.
- Japanese rearmament is really kicking off in a far greater way than @ due to the substantial Chinese and Soviet naval threats in the Pacific. The Samurai Division is quite the interesting unit.
- Taft's death brings Roger Thompson to the presidency. A popular, young Second World War general, he has his heart and guts in the right place, but lacks experience in a number of areas, which will influence events next year.
- The Rastafarian movement has a rather different fate here.
- Superheroes and their deeds pop up every now and then and have quite the effect on US popular culture. They serve as a great boost to national morale and exceptionalism, being seen as a sign of the special nature of the United States.
- Percival has a different wartime role and a much, much better historical reputation.
- Craggy Island's missing west side is explained.
- The chocolate factory owner is Willy Wonka.
- Soviet diamond smuggling rings are forever.
- The lightly dressed swordsman sometimes referenced is familiar with the power of Castle Greyskull.
- Retention of capital punishment in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe indicates some different social development and attitudes. Ruth Ellis's hanging passes without considerable public protest.
- The Tu-95 is going to be a big game changer when it gets into full service, giving the Soviets their first genuine intercontinental strategic bomber.
- The price of Offa's Dyke is a oblique reference to an interesting factoid included in Michael Wood's 'In Search of the Dark Ages' in the episode on Offa.
- German tank development is following quite the interesting path.
- Albert Ballin does not take his own life in 1918, but lives on, flees the Nazis and returns back in the twilight of his life to set the company back on track once again. I've always found his story a sad one and having the circumstances which allow his survival was a happy coincidence.
- Hartshire is not a formal county, but is more of a general area in the West Midlands where halflings/hobbits have been traditionally found.
- Underground shelter capacity is several orders of magnitude greater in several countries.
- The US Presidential Guard Regiment is descended from Washington's Life Guard.
- British atomic power plans are extremely expansive, with some interesting consequences.
- Speeding toads really put the wind up the willows.
- The Girl in the Gun was simply an opportunity to refer to Dora the Explorer.
- The bear at Paddington Station loves marmalade.
- Manchester children going through a gate = Elidor (Alan Garner)
- Loss of a 707 over the Bermuda Triangle is more than what it seems.
- The Imperial Defence Staff is an interesting development.
- Great Khan Timur is a rather formidable character and hearkens back to old Mongol habits.
- The SKV will be detailed in Reds, the next 1947 story, but are one of the five major power groups in the Soviet Union alongside the CPSU, the KGB and the Red Army.
- Sword of Freedom is a very successful film.
- Glenn Miller lives on and his success is one sign of different musical development.
- James Dean does not leave a good-looking corpse, but is very badly injured; his status in popular culture isn't what it was on Earth.
- Plagues in Haiti?
- The Man Who Could Not Die will be mentioned again and has an interesting role to play and past history.
- The Yorkshire inventor and his dog finally get a go.
- Nuclear Canada
- Denys Finch Hatton survives and Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen remains in Kenya.
- Artillery research will yield some interesting results within 10 years.
- Getulio Vargas doesn't shoot himself, but remains an eminence gris.
- The automaton bathtub makes an appearance in Never Had it So Good
- Adenauer died of natural causes.
- USS Monitor is a rather intriguing ship.
- The Kingdom of Finland and their victory in 1940 have some very interesting consequences.


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A small installment to tithe matters over until the next pieces from 1947 and other story lines and the extremely action-packed 1956 update.

Where Are They? (1955/56)

Sir Winston Churchill
Recently retired as British Prime Minister and created Duke of London in honour of his great service, Churchill divides his time between his Chartwell, Provence and his London home. Regarded as the senior elder statesman of the British Empire and the Free World, his opinions and advice are eagerly sought.

Sir Anthony Eden
The new Prime Minister of Britain has had a number of different issues to deal with in his first few months in office, ranging from increasingly difficult relations with the United States and France to rising economic challenges and an ever-tenser situation in the Middle East. He is fit and well following successful bile duct operation in 1952 and enjoys extremely high levels of public popularity and international respect.

Roger Thompson
President of the United States since the death of Taft, 45 year old Thompson has benefitted from a great deal of public sympathy and enjoys high approval ratings. His domestic policies of fiscal restraint and cutting taxes have been successful and the resolution of conflicts in East Asia has increased his international prestige. His defence policy is built around a dual capacity for general strategic war and conventional warfare.

Manfred van Richthofen
The famed Red Baron of the Great War is wholeheartedly engaged in his new role as Chief of Staff of the reformed Luftwaffe, where he has been an advocate for the development of indigenous German jet fighters to replace foreign aircraft.

Abraham Van Helsing
Professor van Helsing is in semi-retirement in London at the age of 123 and is still called upon occasionally to provide expert advice to the Star Chamber and the British secret services.

Josip Broz Tito
Leader of the Yugoslav Social Democratic Party, he is entering his fifth year as Prime Minister. He has been a strong supporter of the Balkan Pact and rapprochement with Austria-Hungary on realistic grounds.

Haile Selassie
The Emperor of Ethiopia is regarded as one of the champions of African development and provides moral and tangible support to independence movements across the Continent. He has managed thus far to balance traditionalism with a push for national modernisation at home.

Sir Mohandas Gandhi
Respected by his friends and feared by his foes, Field Marshal Gandhi is one of the most experienced politicians and elder statesmen in the Commonwealth and is instantly recognisable by his eye patch and scars. As Secretary of the Imperial Council, he is a strident voice for reform, unity and freedom.

John Lennon
15 year old Lennon is a promising poet and writer who has won several awards at his school in Auckland, New Zealand, having lived there for the last decade with his parents, who emigrated after reuniting at the end of the war.

Ronald Reagan
Reagan is enjoying a career renaissance on the back of some meaty dramatic roles. He underwent successful surgery in 1952 to repair a niggling leg injury that resulted from an old war wound.

Atticus Finch
Former Vice-President Finch is one of the most respected men in the United States and the Western world and is currently taking a sabbatical from public duties at his home in Maycomb, Alabama, where he often visits with his neighbours and enjoys simple pleasures.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld
A wealthy criminal mastermind of Swiss origin, he is sought by both Western intelligence services and the KGB and SMERSH for highly secret reasons.

James Bond
The Secret Intelligence Service's most successful and dashing field agent, Bond is currently on assignment in the Middle East. He has built a reputation as both deadly efficient and a playboy with few rivals. He has many rivals within the Service, but gets results.

Stanley Barton
A rising star in the British Labour Party, he has turned many heads in his role as Labour's Shadow Minister of War and is regarded as one of the strongest performers in the House of Commons. He represents the centre-right of the party, but remains popular with many unionists for his plain speaking and unimpeachable honour.

Roy Hobbs
Former New York Knights star baseball player Hobbs lives quietly on his idyllic Iowa farm, making occasional public appearances, but spending most time with his three children and six grandchildren.

George 'Harry' Flashman
Colonel Flashman, having enjoyed a mixed diplomatic career, is currently deployed with the 3rd Cavalry Brigade in Kenya, where he has reportedly engaged in numerous acts of heroism, according to several correspondents of dubious repute.

Dr. Emmett Brown
'Doc' Brown is engaged in top secret chronomatic research with the United States Army.

James Dean
Recovering in hospital after the loss of a leg, severe facial injuries and two broken arms.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
An erudite young preacher in Montgomery, Alabama who is relatively unknown outside of his own congregation.

Dick Tracy
Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tracy has been instrumental in the strengthening of US counterintelligence efforts to defend against the threat of communist subversion and has formed a close partnership with Director Ness.

John Wayne
Generally regarded as the most popular actor in Hollywood at the present time, Wayne is well known for his partnership with acclaimed Western director John Ford, having just completed film The Searchers. His strident anti-communism and Republican activism has won him many plaudits.

Curtis LeMay
Commander in Chief of Strategic Air Command since 1947, General LeMay has forged the most powerful single military force in the world, commanding over 2500 jet bombers and hundreds of support aircraft.

Matt Braddock
The famed former RAF Bomber Command pilot is now in service with the Royal Company of Adventurers, one of several well-equipped private military forces that are officially unconnected with HM Government.

Willy Wonka
The highly creative chocolatier has emerged from long time isolation to once again amaze and delight the world with ingenious new creations.

Ernesto Guevara
An Argentine Marxist adventurer who narrowly avoided death in the Guatemalan affair, he now resides in Mexico City, ostensibly working as a doctor and under the nominal protection of the followers of General Zapata.

Victor Von Frankenstein
A much feared scientist who is wanted in over 50 countries for crimes against nature and the creation of monstrosities.

Sir Bernard Quatermass
British Minister of Space and one of the finest scientific minds in the solar system.

Fu Manchu
The Imperial Chancellor of China, Fu has maintained his grip on power for over 50 years and has not apparently aged a day in that period.

George Bailey
A popular local businessman in Bedford Falls, New York and author of a widely read syndicated column.

Harry Callahan
20 year old Callahan is a decorated combat veteran in the 1st Marine Division awaiting demobilisation in San Francisco.


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Is there someone in the UK assisting with chronomatic research? A person who travels in something that looks like a Police Box. ;)

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Who ever could you mean? ;)

He works with the Ministry of Space at the moment and his capabilities with regard to time aren't quite a state matter.


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1956

January
January 1: A panicked crowd stampede at Yahiko Shrine in Niigata, Japan results in 124 deaths and over 200 injuries.
January 2: World famous adventurer Tom Sawyer dies in St. Louis, aged 123.
January 3: The Colonial Office announces that provisional elections will be held in Soudan in 1958.
January 4: A mysterious fire breaks out atop the Eiffel Tower, damaging the arcane and television receptor transmitters atop the famed 1254ft tall structure.
January 5: A Dutch coaster collides with a French collier at Gravesend, resulting in the sinking of both vessels.
January 6: The Ministry of Housing confirms an earlier decision banning the construction of high-rise apartment blocks in London.
January 7: Stirling Moss wins the 1956 New Zealand Grand Prix at the Ardmore Circuit.
January 8: Five American missionaries are killed by Auca natives in Ecuador, sparking calls for a punitive expedition in response.
January 9: An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale strikes Northern Chile, killing at least 50.
January 10: The Red Navy successfully launches an RF-11M Scud ballistic missile from a converted Project 611 submarine.
January 11: American wizards smash a coven of dark sorcerers the depths of the Brazilian Amazon.
January 12: Yugoslav police corner a suspected werewolf in Southern Montenegro, but lose contact overnight.
January 13: An unnatural eight-day ice storm lashing New Hampshire comes to an end.
January 14: President Thompson signs an executive order streamlining Federal defense mobilisation powers.
January 15: Discovery of a cache of crystal treasures in the jungles of Central Borneo.
January 16: Egyptian nationalists rally in Cairo, drawing a crowd of over 70,000 to support anti-British and anti-Western protests.
January 17: The ghost of the Spanish conquistador Aguirre is spotted in the streets of Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
January 18: A suspicious explosion at a Canadian munitions plant in London, Ontario is ascribed to Communist sabotage by initial RCMP investigations.
January 19: Beginning of localised protests against Communist rule in Romania.
January 20: The British Middle East garrison at Suez is reduced to two divisions with the redeployment of the 3rd Armoured Division to Britain and an increasing focus on fielding an army for the defence of Europe.
January 21: Soviet jet fighters engaged an unidentified flying object over Tuva and Mongolia.
January 22: A passenger train is derailed outside Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, resulting in 32 deaths.
January 23: First recorded sighting of the rare Arabian cinnamon bird since 1893.
January 24: A Royal Australian Air Force Vickers Valiant drops an atomic bomb over the Commonwealth nuclear test site on Christmas Island in the Pacific.
January 25: Finnish forces accept the handover of the Porkkala Naval Base from Soviet forces in accordance with the Treaty of Helsinki of 1940.
January 26: Opening of the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
January 27: Japanese military scientists begin top secret development of an advanced robotic war machine.
January 28: RNAS Gloster Javelin fighters engage in a tense aerial standoff with Soviet Tupolev bombers off the coast of the Faroes.
January 29: France and Madagascar reach a provisional agreement regarding military bases.
January 30: The War Office announces that a new White Paper will be published in the second half of 1956 regarding the future composition of the British Army.
January 31: A £10,000 reward is posted in The Times for the return of a kidnapped miniature giant space hamster by its distressed owner.

February
February 1: Two British intelligence agents defect to the Soviet Union in northern Persia.
February 2: A formal surrender agreement is reached between British colonial authorities and the remnants of the Mau-Mau in Kenya.
February 3: Commissioning of the 145,000t superliner SS Germania in Hamburg.
February 4: Discovery of large new oil deposits in Bengal, India.
February 5: The 1956 Winter Olympics close with a spectacular fireworks display.
February 6: Establishment of a major new USAF airfield on Taiwan.
February 7: Eight Hawker Hunters of the RAF's Central Fighter Establishment try to land at RAF Marham in deteriorating weather, with six aircraft crashing.
February 8: The first AEC Routemaster buses begin public service in London.
February 9: 11 die in a coal mine collapse in Quaregnon, Belgium.
February 10: The Fleet Air Arm introduces a new guided bouncing bomb for use by carrier bombers.
February 11: Proclamation of the ''Great Spring" industrialisation movement in Imperial China.
February 12: A referendum in Malta finds 79% of the population in favour of full integration with Britain.
February 13: Two witches are burnt at the stake in Edinburgh.
February 14: Britain and the United States reach an agreement on the provision of logistical and technical support to French forces in Vietnam.
February 15: New general elections are called in Egypt after the collapse of the ruling minority government.
February 16: The first deliveries of new US tanks arrive in Ottoman Turkey.
February 17: US agents conduct a clandestine meeting with Egyptian opposition politicians in Cairo, a step not unnoticed by British, French and Soviet intelligence assets.
February 18: An engine fire onboard a Scottish Airlines Airspeed Ambassador while taking off from Luqa Airfield on Malta results in the loss of all 50 passengers and crew onboard.
February 19: Opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Graving Dock at Southampton, the largest in the world.
February 20: Announcement of the deployment of a Commonwealth brigade to New Guinea to reinforce Australian troops in the light of continued tension with Indonesia.
February 21: French troops complete withdrawal from Laos.
February 22: Riots in Cairo threaten the Sirdaria in Cairo, resulting in the British garrison being called out from the Citadel.
February 23: Norma Jean Mortenson changes her legal name to Marilyn Monroe.
February 24: The Swedish Pacific island colony of Osterborg is granted domestic self government.
February 25: Stalin orders the relaxation of border controls along the Soviet-Ottoman border in the latest sign of growing rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow.
February 26: The first aircraft carrier of the postwar German Navy is laid down in Hamburg.
February 27: Establishment of female suffrage in Egypt.
February 28: Stalin gives a lengthy speech at the conclusion of the Congress of the CPSU, emphasizing the support of the Soviet Union, the Comintern and all progressive, peace-loving anti-imperialist forces in the world for the cause of freedom of the colonised states of Africa and Asia.

March
March 1: A replica of The Discus Thrower is dedicated in Washington D.C., a gift from the Italian government to acknowledge the return of looted art objects from the Second World War.
March 2: Two Canadair Hunters of the RCAF Sky Lancers aerobatics team crash near Strasbourg, France.
March 3: The world's largest ship, the supertanker Lion Rampant, is launched at Harland and Wolff in Belfast; at 256,000t, it dwarfs the largest carriers and capital ships.
March 4: Resignation of the Indonesian government.
March 5: The Communist Party of Germany is placed under severe restrictions in response to serious accusations of sedition and collaboration with foreign enemies.
March 6: A Strategic Air Command B-47 disappear en route from Florida to Morocco, sparking a large scale search of the Atlantic.
March 7: Avalanches in Nordland and Troms in Norway kill 21 people.
March 8: The Austro-Hungarian Army receives its first defence aid shipment of modern heavy artillery from the United States.
March 9: A number of Cypriot nationalists are deported by British authorities to Kerguelen.
March 10: Fairey Aviation test pilot Peter Twiss sets a new world airspeed record in a Fairey Delta, reaching a top speed of 1524mph.
March 11: Former US Vice President Atticus Finch announces that he will not seek nor accept the Democratic nomination for President.
March 12: The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches a new record high.
March 13: Release of The Searchers, an epic Western directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.
March 14: Ford produces its 50 millionth automobile, a Thunderbird.
March 15: The musical My Fair Lady opens on Broadway in New York City.
March 16: Newspapers report the discovery of the world's largest cow in Ethiopia.
March 17: The Liberal Party is returned to power in the Rhodesian general election.
March 18: USS Willis A. Lee is driven onto rocks off Jamestown, Rhode Island in a freak storm.
March 19: Dutch boxer Bep van Klaveren retires after his last fight in Rotterdam.
March 20: Tunisia is formally proclaimed an independent kingdom with the end of the French protectorate.
March 21: Sword of Freedom wins Best Picture at the 28th Academy Award, with Ronald Reagan winning Best Actor and Olivia de Havilland winning Best Actress.
March 22: Death of Nobel laureate Marie Curie in Paris, aged 88.
March 23: A proposal for the construction of a space elevator is published in The Times.
March 24: Devon Loch, ridden by Dick Francis and owned by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, wins the Grand National.
March 25: The USSR conducts a hydrogen bomb test over Novaya Zemlya.
March 26: Defeat of a private member's bill on the abolition of capital punishment in the House of Commons by 592 votes to 158.
March 27: The offices of The Daily Worker are raided by the FBI and IRS in New York City.
March 28: Retirement of the Avro York from active RAF service.
March 29: The giant sequoia tree General Grant is declared a National Shrine by President Thompson.
March 30: Eruption of the Bezymianny volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Soviet Far East.
March 31: The British Type 125 'Green Goddess' over the horizon RDF/BMEWS enters initial service.

April
April 1: TWA Flight 400 crashes during takeoff from Greater Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania, killing 24 out of 36 passengers and crew on board.
April 2: The Egyptian general election results in victory for a strongly nationalist coalition that enjoys considerable support among the military and Mameluke nobility and campaigned for the removal of British forces from Egypt.
April 3: The F-104 Starfighter enters active USAF service.
April 4: King Farouk of Egypt reluctantly allows the Wafd lead nationalist coalition to form a new government under intense internal pressure.
April 5: RAF Vulcans and Valiants take part in a major transatlantic air defence exercise in the United States and Canada.
April 6: Establishment of the Socialist Party of Central America.
April 7: Spain reaches an agreement to terminate its protectorate over northern Morocco in exchange for continued basing rights and a military recruitment agreement.
April 8: Scotland Yard arrests a gang of American thieves on suspicion of planning to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
April 9: Norway, Sweden and Denmark renew their defensive alliance.
April 10: Closure of two major border crossings between Israel and Egypt in the latest disagreement over water rights in the Sinai.
April 11: Arrival of a US punitive expedition in Ecuador to punish the natives responsible for the death of American missionaries.
April 12: Secret U-2 reconnaissance flights over the Soviet Union are increased in the light of disturbing photographic imagery of a suspected build up of bombers.
April 13: Vietnamese communist leader Ba Cụt is captured by French and South Vietnamese forces in the Mekong Delta.
April 14: A wizard is fined $65,000 by an Illinois court for unleashing a herd of flying pigs over downtown Chicago.
April 15: 25 people are killed and hundreds of homes damaged as a tornado rips through Birmingham, Alabama.
April 16: Disbandment of the French Korean Brigade as part of a draw-down of forces in the Far East outside Indochina.
April 17: Conversion of the first of four Hawaii class battlecruisers to guided missile ships begins in Philadelphia.
April 18: Prince Rainier of Monaco marries US actress Grace Kelly at the Prince's Palace in Monaco.
April 19: British frogman Lionel Crabb successfully uncovers several hidden features on the hull of a Soviet cruiser visiting Portsmouth on a diplomatic mission.
April 20: Completion of the TransCanada Pipeline.
April 21: Margaret Truman marries Clifton Daniel in the Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence, Missouri.
April 22: Security forces in Poland fire upon protesting workers in Krakow.
April 23: Recommissioning of the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne in Sydney after an extensive refit.
April 24: France calls up 125,000 reservists for service in Algeria and West Africa.
April 25: Ruritania agrees to the placement of an experimental US radar station within its borders.
April 26: Launching of the world's first container ship in London.
April 27: Former heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retires at age 32.
April 28: The former USS Wichita is transferred to Republic of China Navy on Taiwan.
April 29: Entry into RAF service of the Super Vanguard medium range ballistic rocket.
April 30: Opening of the Torre Latinoamericana in Mexico City.

May
May 1: Construction of a modern port city begins in Ashdod, Israel.
May 2: Violet Gibson, the one-time attempt assassin of Mussolini in 1926, dies in a Scottish insane asylum after thirty years of confinement.
May 3: Unveiling of the National Monument to the fallen of the Second World War in Amsterdam by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
May 4: The United States conducts a nuclear test at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Proving Grounds.
May 5: Dwarven separatists in Byzantine Greece call for the establishment of an independent Balkan dwarven state.
May 6: Discovery of a new mountain range beneath the ice of Antarctica, corresponding almost precisely with details in the Piri Reis map.
May 7: The Ministry of Health authorises a government campaign warning of the potential health damage of smoking.
May 8: Polish Togoland is granted internal self government under the protection of the British Empire.
May 9: Japanese mountaineer Toshio Imanishi and Sherpa Gyalzen Norbu successfully ascend Manaslu, the world's eighth highest peak.
May 10: HMS Talent is damaged in a collision with an unknown vessel in the Solent.
May 11: The Philippines and Japan sign a war reparations agreement and peace settlement in Manila.
May 12: Severe storms and tidal waves lash Eastern Bengal, causing much damage.
May 13: Retirement of the Avro Avalon attack bomber from active RAF service is postponed in light of production delays for its intended replacement.
May 14: Large scale protests begin in the streets of major Polish cities.
May 15: An Avro Canada CF-103 Cannuck crashes into a convent in Orleans, Ontario, killing 15.
May 16: Polish shipyard workers in Gdansk stop work and openly discuss strike action.
May 17: The Egyptian government issues a formal protest with the British Viceroy in Cairo regarding the inequity of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty.
May 18: The Royal Air Force skyship aerocarrier Arion is commissioned in Nottingham. It carries two squadrons of de Havilland Gnat fighters and reflects the design lessons of the Korean War.
May 19: Polish secret police and troops launch a coordinated series of crackdowns against the Polish democracy movement.
May 20: A USAF B-52 drops a 5 Mt hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
May 21: Polish underground forces begin low level active resistance against the campaign of repression of the Communist regime.
May 22: Discovery of ancient human remains in East Africa.
May 23: Arrival of a Royal Navy task force headed by the battleship HMS Black Prince in Haifa.
May 24: A partial lunar eclipse leads to several incidences of bizarre behaviour across Europe and North America.
May 25: The Admiralty begins reviewing contingency plans for the reinforcement and support of British forces in Egypt and the Middle East.
May 26: A fire onboard USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, kills 123 crew.
May 27: Famed Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh dies peacefully in his sleep at his home in Provence, aged 102.
May 28: President Thompson signs an expansive new Farm Bill allowing the stockpiling of agricultural surplus.
May 29: Border clashes between India and China raise fears of a major conflict.
May 30: Mickey Mantle hits a home run clean out of Yankee Stadium.
May 31: The Cunard liner RMS Caronia runs aground at Messina, Sicily.

June
June 1: Soviet forces in Poland and Romania are reinforced to support their fraternal socialist allies in their operations against 'fascist organisations backed by Western imperialism'.
June 2: Resignation of the Italian Prime Minister on health grounds.
June 3: A meeting of the Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington D.C. recommends a precautionary reinforcement of Allied forces in Germany.
June 4: The first English Electric Lightning F.1 supersonic fighters enter initial service with the Royal Air Force.
June 5: China orders the deployment of elements of two field armies to the borders of Tibet and India.
June 6: Prime Minister Eden, upon the recommendation of the Committee of Imperial Defence, orders a partial mobilisation of British reserve forces and defence industry in response to the situations in India, the Middle East and Europe.
June 7: Austria-Hungary recalls its ambassador to Germany and temporarily suspends defence cooperation discussions after an undisclosed scandal erupts in the Austrian government.
June 8: A heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, killing over 400.
June 9: India moves two corps towards its border with China as tensions continue to mount.
June 10: Discussions begin in Singapore regarding progress towards internal self government of the colony.
June 11: Stalin proclaims that German and Austrian militarism shall never again threaten the peace of the world and the Soviet Union possesses all the means of ensuring this. His remarks are met with alarm in the West, being seen as a direct threat rather than aggressive rhetoric employed for domestic consumption within the USSR and its satellites.
June 12: A British infantry brigade detached from Far East Command begins arriving in Darwin, Australia as part of previously scheduled Commonwealth exercises aimed at deterring Indonesian aggression.
June 13: Orcish bank robbers get away with a record haul of 183 million pesos from a Mexico City bank.
June 14: Formal dedication of the Flag of the United States Army.
June 15: An ornamental chocolate palace is melted by the summer heat in India.
June 16: Two German intelligence officers defect to the Soviet Union after disappearing in Helsinki.
June 17: The British Ambassador to the Imperial Court in Peking presents a note indicating that Britain will regard any hostile action against India, Burma, Nepal or Tibet by Chinese forces as an attack upon the entire British Empire, requiring full strategic retaliation.
June 18: A new Grand Vizier is appointed by the young Ottoman Sultan.
June 19: Withdrawal of the British Sirdar and his staff from Alexandria for consultations in London.
June 20: Two battleships are laid down in Yokosuka and Kure in the latest manifestation of the increasing pace of Japanese rearmament.
June 21: French troops in Lebanon suppress anti-Western riots allegedly inspired by Syrian backed agitators.
June 22: The US Sixth Fleet is reinforced by a further carrier task group, bringing its strength to four carriers.
June 23: A secret conference of Western intelligence officials in Paris concludes that the recent Austro-German Crisis was a product of Soviet misinformation and signifies a prelude to further aggressive action. Recommendations are made to raise the alert level and posture of Allied forces in Germany and Western Europe.
June 24: Nationalist Egyptian Army officers begin clandestine planning for a coup.
June 25: Swedish wizards report a dramatic increase in arcane communications traffic in the Western Soviet Union.
June 26: Opening of the Imperial Conference in London amid the strained global situation.
June 27: Release of the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.
June 28: Soviet troops open fire on a crowd of protesters in Poznan, Poland, killing over 100.
June 29: Polish and Soviet Army divisions enter Poznan, heralding a wave of violent suppression and the arrests of hundreds as martial law is declared across the country.
June 30: An aerial collision between a TWA Lockheed Constellation and a United Airlines Douglas DC-7 above the Grand Canyon kills all 128 people on both aircraft.

July
July 1: An explosion at a radiological metallurgic laboratory in New York City results in a severe poisoning incident and a number of disturbing mutations.
July 2: British patrols and garrisons in the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt come under attack from local police and irregular units. 8 British soldiers and airmen and over 170 Egyptians are killed as they return fire.
July 3: Riots on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez follow the earlier fighting in the Canal Zone, leading to an ineffectual declaration of martial law and a general breakdown in public order. British Army garrisons in the Cairo Citadel and Iskandar Citadel in Alexandria are essentially besieged and contingency plans for their evacuation by air and sorcerous means are prepared.
July 4: The United States conducts its most powerful H-Bomb test to date, with a B-52 aidropping an operational bomb with a yield of 25.64 megatons on Bikini Atoll.
July 5: British military airfields around Cairo are sealed off by Egyptian troops as a protective measure.
July 6: A meeting of the British Cabinet agrees to the Prime Minster's proposal for the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet to be reinforced and prepare for a retaliatory blockade of Egyptian ports, while a combined British expeditionary force be organised for operations in the Middle East.
July 7: The Soviet Union conducts a long range missile test over Central Asia.
July 8: Anti-French strikes paralyse much of Algiers and Constantine.
July 9: The Cyclades in the Aegean Sea are struck by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
July 10: Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies declares that Australia will back Britain unconditionally in any conflict. Preparations are made to move a combined Australian and New Zealand division to the Middle East by air at short notice and Australia, New Zealand and Indian warships depart Trincomalee after joint Commonwealth naval exercises are bought to an early end.
July 11: Israel calls up 25,000 first line reservists in response to the Egyptian unrest.
July 12: A top level meeting of British and American military and intelligence officials to form a unified front on the developing crises in the Middle East and India collapses into intractable arguments regarding preferable global strategy and the nature of the threat.
July 13: British troops are evacuated from Cairo and Alexandria in the dead of night by helicopters deployed from RAF skyships. Egyptian fighter aircraft do not intervene at this time.
July 14: A further three Soviet tank divisions are moved into Poland and Prussia.
July 15: Nationalist officers of the Royal Egyptian Army launch an anti-British coup in Cairo, taking advantage of the Sultan's absence in the south of France.
July 16: Mexican bandits are fired upon by US troops manning the border wall after attempting to cross the Rio Grande.
July 17: The Chicago Post publishes an exclusive expose charging British Commonwealth troops and security forces in Malaya with conducting hidden massacres, widespread torture and running concentration camps, sparking widespread outrage and criticism, both of the Post and of the British Empire. The story is later revealed to be the product of KGB disinformation, but for the moment, it is effective in pushing a wedge between the two largest English speaking powers at an extremely unfortunate time.
July 18: General Zadeh, head of the Egyptian Army junta, proclaims that he is officially repudiating the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty and calls for the complete withdrawal of all foreign imperialist forces from Egypt and a restoration of its pre-1902 borders; the latter demand is seen as not only a direct challenge to Israel, but a reassertion of Egyptian claims on the Sudan.
July 19: Pan-Arabist and anti-royalist protests in support of the Egyptian coup turn to riots in the streets of Baghdad and Damascus
July 20: RAF combat squadrons begin arriving in bases in Malta, Corfu, Crete and Cyprus.
July 21: The Iraqi Royal Family arrive at RAF Habbaniya to seek refuge from the tenuous situation in Baghdad, with only their escort battalion of the Royal Guards remaining loyal.
July 22: The Soviet Union and Ottoman Turkey sign a general statement of amity and cooperation in Ankara, surprising the world and horrifying Byzantine Greece.
July 23: President Thompson issues a statement supporting freedom and democracy in the Middle East, which is widely interpreted as being critical of British imperialist influence in the region. In a subsequent telephone call with Prime Minister Eden, he explains that his position is motivated by internal pressure from within the Republican Party and a desire to prevent any further penetration of Soviet influence in the Middle East. Eden accepts his reasoning, but insists that Britain will act to protect its interests and support its allies under the Baghdad Pact, leading to a heated disagreement.
July 24: Egyptian financial assets in Britain and the Commonwealth are frozen. The King of Syria and the Royal Family fly to Beirut after receiving a warning of an imminent coup and their murder. Syria descends into a state of confusion, with rival factions within the Syrian Army maneuvering to gain power with any new government.
July 25: The Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with SS Stockholm approaching Nantucket and is left severely stricken and listing. Several other liners rush to its rescue, along with aircraft and flying boats of the United States Navy and Coast Guard. Andrea Doria is miraculously rescued by the intervention of a caped superhero and towed into New York Harbor amid great celebration.
July 26: Arrival of several Aeroflot skyships loaded with agricultural and industrial equipment and accompanying technical advisors in Cairo.
July 27: Royal Space Force orbital photography indicates a movement of Chinese heavy bombers to airfields within range of India and South East Asia.
July 28: Back channel communications from Soviet officials to American intelligence in Rio de Janeiro indicates that Stalin is interested in reducing current international tensions, a move which surprises many in Washington.
July 29: A US delegation meets with members of the Egyptian military government in Cairo, aiming to circumvent Soviet influence and intervention by offering full recognition, military aid and a security alliance. Royal Navy amphibious vessels depart Plymouth for the Mediterranean.
July 30: The Comintern passes a public declaration calling for international peace in Europe and the Middle East. American military commanders of US forces in Britain meet secretly with their British counterparts at RAF High Wycombe, agreeing to continue cooperation, even in the event of political differences between the United States and the British Empire; the so-called 'Pinetree Convention' later proves to the foundation for the rebuilding of amicable relations between the two Western superpowers.
July 31: England beat Australia by an innings and 250 runs in the Fourth Test at Manchester. Jim Laker takes all 20 wickers for 90 in a famous effort in what is later known as 'Laker's Match'.

August
August 1: Prime Minister Eden announces a mobilisation of selected British forces in response to the Middle East Crisis and the deteriorating situation in Europe in a speech broadcast on the BBC. All reservists are recalled to active duty, further elements of the Reserve Fleet and RAF reserve are activated and the Territorial Army is called up. The remainder of the Ashes series is called off in light of the prospect of imminent conflict.

August 2: Stalin orders a defensive mobilisation of certain Soviet forces to defend against 'imperialist aggression'. This is followed by matching steps by France and Germany and, within the hour, an announcement of a call-up of US military reserves and reinforcement of American forces in Europe and the Far East. Significant elements within the Thompson Administration are privately incensed at what is seen as precipitous British action pushing the world to the brink of war on account of imperialist ambitions.

August 3: British Labour Party leader Hugh Gaitskell gives a strong speech in the House of Commons, condemning the actions of General Zadeh and the Egyptian regime as aggressive tools of fascism and international communist expansionism. In Sevastopol, the Soviet Black Sea Fleet is ordered to prepare to sortie. A fast convoy carrying Canadian, New Avalonian, Newfoundland and West Indian troops departs Halifax for Liverpool.

August 4: The Sublime Porte declares a general mobilisation of the Imperial Ottoman Armed Forces to defend its interests and those of its neighbours from external aggression. KGB and GRU intelligence sources conclude Britain alone possesses a limited capacity for intervention in the Middle East given its heavy force commitments in India, the Far East and Germany, but additional Commonwealth forces give it the capacity to act with substantial effect.

August 5: Intelligence reports indicate the presence of a number of former SS and Nazi personnel in Cairo since the July coup. The Imperial War Cabinet in London provisionally authorises preparations for Operations Musketeer, Huntsman and Trident, the invasions of Egypt, Syria and Iraq, aimed at restoring their pro-British regimes.

August 6: Leader of the Opposition Hugh Gaitskell dies of a sudden heart attack in London, aged 50. British officials meet with their French counterparts in Paris to formulate a united response to the current global crisis in light of the growing rupture with the United States.

August 7: Three Egyptian divisions move up to the border of the Suez Canal Zone, but do not make any overt moves to engage the British garrison at this time. General Zadeh calls for the complete removal of British forces and influence from the entire Middle East.

August 8: US Secretary of State Earl Warren calls for an international conference in Geneva to resolve the Middle East Crisis, a step swiftly echoed by Soviet Foreign Commissar Molotov. The United States places intense financial and political pressure on Britain to acquiesce with the opportunity for a diplomatic solution.

August 9: Prime Minister Eden announces that Foreign Secretary Wooster will take part in the Geneva conference, whilst still moving forward with preparations for military operations in the Middle East. This dual track approach is aimed at exhausting all possible opportunities for peaceful resolution before war and giving the armed forces of the British Empire sufficient time to mobilise and move into place.

August 10: A reported sighting of a UFO over the North Sea causes a brief air defence emergency in Britain and the Low Countries. Elements of the Grand Fleet depart Scapa Flow and Portsmouth for Malta.

August 11: Heavy flooding of the Murray River in South Australia and Victoria. Regular Army and Citizen's Military Forces units take part in rescue operations using amphibious vehicles and landing craft. The arrival of the Martian Convoy provides Britain with a welcome boost of hard currency in the form of gold and rare minerals.

August 12: Opening of the Geneva Conference on the Middle East. The Soviet delegation calls for the removal of all external military forces from the area to support its movement towards full independence and true democracy. Secretary of State Warren counters by supporting the rights of all states to form their own regional security arrangements such as the Baghdad Pact, whilst Foreign Secretary Wooster reiterates the British position supporting legitimate regimes, stating that the British Empire will honour its treaty commitments.

August 13: Both Soviet ballistic missile submarines sortie from Murmansk, silently shadowed by British and American atomic submarines. As this movement has not been accompanied by any changes in the deployments of Soviet bombers or the readiness of their strategic rockets, the nuclear forces of Britain and the United States remain at a heightened status of alert, but not yet on the outright brink of atomic war.

August 14: A weird and noxious miasma pervades over New York City for most of the day, sickening hundreds, but doing little to disrupt the preparations of mobilisation. SS United States departs for France carrying an entire infantry division and a large convoy of over 120 ships is forming up in New York Harbor.

August 15: Belgian Foreign Minister Paul Henri Spaak suggests that the Middle East Crisis be resolved through the replacement of the British garrison at Suez with a neutral Multilateral Force guaranteeing the international status of the Suez Canal. It attracts support from both the US and Soviet delegations, while Britain argues against the proposal and France describes it as a dangerous precedent.

August 16: Averell Harriman receives the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America. Two Soviet freighters leave Leningrad carrying special cargoes.

August 17: The Geneva Conference on the Middle East Crisis collapses after the British delegation indicates that it will not abrogate its responsibilities and alliances in the region, bringing negotiations to an impasse. USAFE begins to step up combat air patrols over Germany and Austria-Hungary.

August 18: Secretary of the Treasury George M. Humphrey orders the US Federal Reserve to prepare to sell part of their sterling bond holdings as part of the American effort to exert pressure on Britain. RAF tactical bombers begin to arrive on Libyan airfields.

August 19: The keel of the world's first atomic powered super battleship is laid down at Newport News. An agreement is signed between France and Britain to coordinate military operations in the Middle East in the event of conflict.

August 20: Soviet diplomats advise the Egyptian government to curtail their demands for the withdrawal of British forces at this time in the light of London's apparent determination. The Central Intelligence Agency issues a Special National Intelligence Estimate predicting that Britain will invade Egypt within a week. President Thompson, under the influence of certain cabinet members, decides to oppose any hostile action whilst still supporting Britain.

August 21: The British Ambassador to Egypt issues the Egyptian government with an ultimatum calling for the cessation of all aggressive actions against British forces and interests and the restoration of the rightful King and his government. It is coldly refused and Egyptian forces are ordered to their highest state of alert. The Egyptian Army musters a total of 10 divisions - four deployed along the Suez Canal, two at Alexandria, one at Port Said and three around Cairo, equipped with 240 Crusader tanks and 345 artillery pieces - and the Egyptian Air Force operates 258 modern aircraft, including Gloster Meteors, Supermarine Warriors and de Havilland Venoms.

August 22: A USN P4M Mercator patrol plane is shot down over the Taiwan Strait, killing all 16 crew on board. USAF fighters based on Taiwan respond by shooting down five Imperial Chinese aircraft in an offensive counter-air sweep close to the Chinese coast. SAC B-47 bombers at Clark Field and on Guam are prepared for atomic strike missions against Chinese targets.

August 23: British Empire and French forces begin offensive operations against Egypt, aimed at eliminating the rebel government and restoring King Farouk to his throne, and in Syria and Iraq to support their teetering monarchs.

Operation Musketeer: 124 RAF Vickers Valiants flying from Crete, Cyprus and Malta bomb Egyptian airfields and military targets around Alexandria, Cairo and Port Said at 0300, followed forty five minutes later by 238 Canberra medium bombers operating from Libyan and Israeli airfields striking at power stations, coastal and communications facilities. Paratroopers of the 6th Airborne Division land around Port Said and move to secure key airfields and launch attacks into the city. At 0525, elements of two Commando brigades are landed by helicopters behind Egyptian lines and swiftly link up with the airborne forces. This is followed at dawn by an amphibious landing by the 2nd Royal Marine Division, heavily reinforced with tanks, war machines and armoured carriers and supported by substantial naval gunfire.

Troops of the 5th and 9th Infantry Divisions attack Egyptian forces from their bases along the Suez Canal, capturing Ismaila in a pincer movement and scattering their lightly armed opposition, which had been devastated by rocket artillery and carpet bombing by RAF, RAAF and RNZAF Canberras. Armoured heavy infantry prove virtually invulnerable to Egyptian small arms fire. Four Israeli divisions strike across the Sinai in two armoured columns from El Arish and Eilat to support the Suez Force in its drive on Cairo. A composite Australian-New Zealand division lands at Suez and destroys localized Egyptian resistance through heavy air and naval firepower and South African-Rhodesian and Gurkha brigades are landed at Beni Suef by skyship in a surprise vertical envelopment, having flown non-stop from Salisbury and Nairobi respectively.

At Alexandria, a reinforced brigade of the 4th Royal Marine Division lands after a 45 minute naval bombardment and waves of airstrikes from over 400 carrier aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm. They meet stiff initial resistance, but Egyptian forces are broken by a combination of naval guns, combat magic, guided missiles and dragonfire by three RFC dragons. A simultaneous combat drop by brigades of the 1st Airborne Division and the 12th Canadian Airborne Division seizes RAF Aboukir and Alexandria International Airport. Heavy fighting continues throughout the day as further Royal Marines and Commandos are landed, establishing a strong perimeter bisecting the city. Resistance is heavy and many Egyptian civilians take up arms in answer to the calls of their radio stations before British jamming takes them off the air. A large convoy carrying the main body of the British Expeditionary Force moves in towards Alexandria to prepare for landing.

RAF Hawker Hunters, Fairey Deltas and Supermarine Swifts and RN Fairey Rangers and de Havilland DH.116 Vipers conduct hundreds of sorties throughout the day, destroying the remnants of the Egyptian Air Force that survived the strategic bombing raids overnight. The English Electric Lightning makes its combat debut, shooting down three Egyptian Venoms over Port Said. Virtually all communications out of Egypt by telegraph, wireless and arcane means are jammed by RAF electronic warfare skyships and initial reports are confused. The Avro 707 Avalon supersonic light bomber makes its combat debut, causing great damage with guided bombs and terrible new heat rays.

Operation Huntsman: French paratroopers of the 1ere and 2eme REP, a brigade of the British 1st Airborne Division and Israeli paratroopers land around Damascus as French Marines and Foreign Legionnaires conduct an administrative landing at the Syrian port of Tartus. A joint British-Israeli reinforced division crosses the Syrian border and pushes towards Damascus to relieve the airborne contingent. British, French and Israeli jet fighters maintain comprehensive combat air patrols above Damascus and Southern Syria, but earlier sabotage efforts by SIS and SOE agents ensure that no Syrian Air Force combat aircraft rise to challenge them.

Operation Trident: Two Indian infantry divisions, two Royal Marine battalion and a brigade of Royal Indian Marines land at Basra before dawn and quickly secure the city, facing only token opposition. A composite British and Anzac airborne brigade lands at Habbaniya and prepares to drive on Baghdad in conjunction with the Arab Legion, advance elements of which have driven up from the Jordanian border, the loyal Assyrian Regiment and the Royal Air Force Brigade. RAF Hunters and Canberras strafe and bomb rebel held Iraqi air bases around Baghdad.

August 24: The British and French action in the Middle East sparks global consternation and outrage from many quarters and measured expressions of support from others. Massive international protests and spontaneous street marches occur in South America, Asia and many European states, along with bitter recriminations in US Congress and in the American press. The British and French Embassies in Washington D.C. are the scenes of vocal protests. British public opinion is reasonably well aligned behind Prime Minister Eden and opposition in Parliament at this early stage is limited to left wing members of the Labour Party, the Radicals and the Socialists.

President Thompson publicly decries the action and calls for an immediate ceasefire. In a tense telephone conversation with Prime Minister Eden, he labels the invasions as 'sheer madness that will drive the Arabs into the arms of the Soviets; Eden responds that he would not stand to let aggression grow into general war once again and, that if he did not act, he would have presided over the eclipse of the British Empire and the end of Britain as a world power.

In Syria, Damascus is nominally secured by British and Israeli mechanised forces, but the situation remains tense as French troops advance from Tartus and through Lebanon to complete the restoration. British Empire forces in Iraq push 40 miles halfway towards Baghdad, facing only limited opposition as RAF bombers put rebel Iraqi formations to flight with a terrible combination of napalm, wildfire and carpet bombing. The twin-pronged Indian advance from Basra along the Euphrates and Tigris is similarly dramatic, leapfrogging opposition through skyships airlifting brigades to Nasiriya and Amara before noon.

The situation in Egypt is extremely tense as the first elements of the British Expeditionary Force, consisting of the 3rd Infantry Division, Guards Division and the 7th Armoured Division, begins to disembark at Alexandria. The bridgeheads occupied by the airborne forces, Royal Marines and Commandos are now contiguous and formal Egyptian resistance has been gradually reduced to sniping and ambushes as the heavy use of armour and relentless firepower eliminates strongpoints and any organised countermeasures. Extensive employment of combat magic, particularly illusions and enchantments, and new electrical stunguns has lowered civilian casualties somewhat, but urban fighting in a modern city continues to be a bloody proposition. Precision bombing, guided missile attacks and rocket strikes by RAF Avalons continues to isolate and destroy the movement of any large scale forces.

Along the Suez Canal, Port Said and Damietta have been secured by the Royal Marines and 6th Airborne Division and advanced tank units have linked up with Suez Force and the Israelis at Ismailia. The Anzac Division has pushed 32 miles up the railway towards Cairo and the Sarac and Gurkha force, now reinforced by a further South African mechanised brigade has closed to within 80 miles of the Egyptian capital from the south, facing little organised resistance. Aside from isolated units still fighting around Port Said, Ismailia and Alexandria, the main force of the Egyptian Army, some 5 divisions, is increasingly concentrated around Cairo and subjected to continual air attack from British and Commonwealth aircraft. USN carrier aircraft and ships continue to harass Royal Navy and Commonwealth ships of the Mediterranean Fleet, but no accidental clashes have occurred at this time.

Canadian Prime Minister Richardson gives an expansive press conference on the fighting, outlining the direct role of Canadian troops, decrying any suggestion of appeasement and plainly stating that he would have no truck with aggression or unjust war. This statement by a widely respected international elder statesman is seen as a boon for the British cause by some in the United States, although many in both the Democratic and Republican Parties see the fighting as simply naked imperialism. In Moscow, the course of events have caused great alarm and disquiet, as Stalin's gambit of encouragement and support for the Arab rebels now seems to be moving the USSR towards the brink of a global conflict that it could not possibly win.

August 25: The United States begins to implement economic sanctions against Britain and France, sparking a run on sterling and the franc, which, although initially painful, does not threaten either state with existential damage due to their financial preparations for conflict. More consequential is a US oil embargo, which has the immediate effect of sending international oil prices soaring. Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria-Hungary and the Scandinavian countries cautiously condemn the Anglo-French operations under US pressure, but the German governments provide statement of general support and Spain and Greece endorse the action. Protests continue across the Arab world and there is considerable rioting in Libya and Jordan. A Soviet attempt to condemn the action in the Council of the League of Nations is vetoed by Britain and France, with the United States abstaining at the last moment after an intense internal debate within the Thompson Administration.

In Syria, Commonwealth troops begin to fan out from Damascus, seizing key airfields as they proceed. Resistance is sporadic, but protests mount in the capital as French troops arrive from the Lebanon. Turkish commandos cross the border on reconnaissance missions. To the east in Iraq, Habforce continues its advance towards Baghdad, encountering increasing resistance. Skyship airlifts of Indian troops result in the capture of Diwaniya and Kut, moving a brigade at a time in a leapfrog strategy. A British infantry brigade is flown to Mosul from Britain by RAF Brabazons as the 21st Infantry Division crosses the Iraqi-Persian border in the central mountains.

The British Expeditionary Force continues to disembark in Alexandria as the remainder of the 4th Royal Marines and 1st Airborne begin to break out from the city, pushing towards Damanhur and Kafr El Sheikh. The Port Said Force, reinforced by the West Indian Division, captures Mansoura in a helicopter assault and continues to advance through Nile Delta. The Suez Force reaches Kassassin and prepares to push on Zagazig. Organised Egyptian opposition is beginning to break down given British air supremacy and the ubiquitous naval gunfire by Royal Navy cruisers and battleships offshore and civilian resistance is breaking down in the face of sheer numbers.

The Ottoman Sultan issues a declaration that Turkey will not allow any threats to its sovereignty and interests in the region and will take all necessary actions to protect them and secure the territories unjustly separated from the rule of the Sublime Porte. Nine Red Army divisions begin to move into Armenia and Azerbaijan in what is regarded as a dangerous escalation.

Public protests and riots in both Jordan and Arabia are suppressed by loyal troops and police and the situation remains extremely tenuous. In Britain, there is a firming of opinion in favour of the military response due to the great success enjoyed thus far and joint determination by the two major political parties to see matters through to their end. Across the Atlantic, there are some voices speaking in support of the Anglo-French operations, but a small majority of public and political opinion remains vocally against the conflict; many Republicans declare that such imperialist moves make it difficult to oppose Soviet oppression in Eastern Europe with any sense of consistency.

August 26: Irregular advance units of the Imperial Ottoman Army cross the Syrian and Iraqi borders. This is seen as a dramatic escalation of the entire Middle Eastern War given Soviet-Turkish ties and a possible precursor to direct intervention. Southern Syria is largely secure and the King is due to return to Damascus by tomorrow, but with forces concentrated in Egypt and Iraq, there is comparatively few forces available to defend against a thrust by 15 well armed Ottoman divisions outside of two heavy divisions of the Israeli Army.

RAF Valiants bomb government targets in Baghdad and blast the city with sonic booms in direct psychological operations aimed at demoralising rebel forces and bringing about their capitulation. 'Habforce' reaches its planned destination 8 miles outside of Baghdad and begins bombarding the city with arcane and propaganda rounds. By late afternoon, discussions under flag of truce are underway with rebel Iraqi forces for their surrender.

After being rebuffed in the Council of the League, the Soviet Union introduces a motion in the Assembly of the League to condemn British and French aggression and bring about an immediate ceasefire and return to international arbitration and negotiation. It is supported by its Romanian, Tartar, Mongolian and Polish satellites, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Finland, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Ethiopia, Persia and most of the South American states; the United States and its Central American allies are leaning towards endorsement, but intense British diplomacy succeeds in delaying the vote through administrative tactics.

Field Marshal Sir Charles Keightley, commander of all British and Commonwealth forces engaged in Operation Musketeer, after considering the toll of the urban fighting in Port Said and Alexandria, orders a lightning thrust by the 7th Armoured Brigade and Royal Marine tanks towards Cairo before Egyptian defences can be properly prepared. The attack makes rapid progress, smashing through the thin screen of an Egyptian infantry brigade towards its first objective of Tanta, where the main Egyptian line of defence lies. By nightfall, Egyptian positions are being bombarded by long range British 8" howitzers along with regular carpet bombing by the ubiquitous RAF Canberras and Avalons.

The southern force has advanced to within 36 miles of Cairo and the vanguard of the combined Anzac, British and Israeli force from the east has paused just 25 miles to the east of the city, allowing the Royal Marines to consolidate their northern flank. As Egyptian attention is focused upon the north, east and south, dozens of RAF Wessex and Buckingham helicopters fly at low altitude to deliver a crack force of Commandos and Gurkhas to the desert on the western outskirts of Giza. They proceed to advance into the city, using the Great Pyramid as an observation post.

August 27: The initial phases of Operations Trident and Huntsman come to a successful conclusion with the restoration of the Kings of Syria and Iraq in Damascus and Baghdad under the watchful eye of British garrisons. Ottoman Turkish forces continue to advance at a slow pace; whilst the Grand Vizier declines to grant the British or French Ambassadors an audience to present their ultimatums, the rapid progress of facts on the ground in favour of Anglo-French forces is shifting the tides of power and influence within the Sublime Porte.

The main field force of the Egyptian Army is destroyed in a series of running battles with British armour between Tanta and Cairo in a devastating display of firepower. Self propelled artillery, machine cannons, tanks, dragonstrikes, multiple rocket launchers, guided missiles, spellfire and flamethrowers turn the battlefield into a smashed charnel house. The deadly effectiveness of tactical close air support from both RAF and RN fighter-bombers in the relatively open conditions is noted by observers and troops alike. Reconnaissance armoured cars penetrate to the northern outskirts of Cairo before halting at the last line of resistance to allow for heavier units to catch up; the speed of advance is significantly faster than that of Korea and World War 2, a development ascribed to improved logistics and aerial resupply by helicopters.

Cairo is hit by continual bombing raids by Valiants, Canberras and Avalons throughout the morning and both the eastern and southern forces have occupied the outskirts of the city. Just before noon, a composite Special Air Service battalion drawn from the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African and Rhodesian regiments is inserted by illusory cloaked helicopters from an overhead skyship onto the roof of the Abdeen Palace and Cairo Citadel. After a short but intense battle, the surviving coup leadership is killed or captured, including the erstwhile General Zadeh, caught in the tendrils of a web spell. Public pronouncements of the fall of the regime are broadcast over radio and aerial loudspeakers to the citizens of the city and the remaining Egyptian troops entrenched on its outskirts.

The US government orchestrates a full run on the pound and applies further sanctions on British trade, sending the global economy to the edge of a major collapse. This constitutes the highpoint of US pressure as the conflict shifts from its initial combat phase and represents the nadir of postwar relations between the United States and the British Empire. Even at this point, there are already quiet back channel communications from both sides working towards moving back from the brink of a full Anglo-American rupture. President Thompson refuses to take a telephone call from Prime Minister Eden, but accepts a private audience with the Canadian Ambassador, who conveys the British and Commonwealth position that the matter is rapidly becoming a fait accompli.

August 28:
Stalin threatens Britain and France with atomic rocket attacks on London and Paris in a public pronouncement and formal note to their governments. Eden responds by ordering RAF Bomber Command's V-Force of 326 Avro Vulcans and 624 Vickers Valiants to disperse to their wartime alert bases and readied the RAF missile force of 87 Super Vanguard LRBMs for launch. Red Army troops in Poland go to a high state of readiness and prepare for offensive operations against Germany and Austria-Hungary. US Army and BAOR forces move to their forward wartime positions and disperse tactical nuclear artillery. Strategic Air Command increases the number of B-52s and B-47s on airborne alert.

A British backed coup in Turkey replaces the Grand Vizier and government with one that leans towards Britain and the West with the Sultan further persuaded by Avro Vulcan demonstration flights over Turkish cities. The Imperial Ottoman Army halts its advance and begins withdrawing behind its borders. The Turkish-Soviet Agreement is annulled after the former Grand Vizier and his supporters are strangled.

King Farouk returns in triumph to Egypt, where he is greeted by empty streets and a capital under martial law and Commonwealth military occupation. The remaining elements of the Egyptian Army are kept prisoner under careful guard at large camps in the desert. International travel and media communications are still kept under tight control by British authorities. Across the Middle East, British forces and aircraft are held at high readiness to respond to large scale unrest as the Arab monarchs struggle to keep control of their restive populations.

A momentous Cabinet meeting in Washington D.C. sees the resignation of Secretary of State Warren after relations between the different Cabinet factions broke down into a series of shouting matchs. President Thompson declares that matters have now gone beyond the level of disagreement with the British and French and that the Soviets were moving towards full scale war due to the fractures in the Western alliance and therefore the first order of the hour was unity; recriminations over the Middle East War would come later. Britain begins full transition to war, mobilises her remaining forces and closes British ports and airports to all civilian traffic. Panic spreads across many cities in Western Europe, with thousands flocking to buy supplies and flee urban centres for fear of nuclear attack.

August 29:
Two Soviet freighters operating under false flags are boarded at sea by British special forces after a complicated and highly secret SIS operation. Each is carrying a 100kt atom bomb. Their targets were to be Newcastle and Southampton. In response, the Royal Navy atomic submarines Warspite and Dreadnought, operating in the Barents Sea, are ordered to sink both Soviet SSBs currently at sea in response and thereafter to sink any other Soviet warships encountered as a clear signal to Moscow.

RAF and Soviet fighters clash over Persia and Northern Iraq as the world creeps closer to war. USAF fighters shoot down a Soviet patrol aircraft over the Baltic Sea east of Bornholm. SAC moves to its highest status of alert for the whole crisis and two squadrons of Atlas intercontinental ballistic missiles are readied for launch. A B-47 disappears in flight over Alaska and is suspected to have crashed.

An angry dispute breaks out between Britain and France, with the latter accusing the former of a cavalier approach coming from Britain's greater distance from Soviet rocket bases, whereas France is far more vulnerable to nuclear missile attack. From the Soviet arsenal of 4 R-6 Slava LRBMs and 25 R-5 Pobeda MRBMs, only the former are considered capable of striking the British Isles. The majority of the Soviet strategic nuclear forces aimed at Europe consists of long range flying bombs and strategic jet bombers, the former being concentrated around the Kola Peninsula.

In the Far East, China begins to move troops back from the Indian border and announces that the Soviet-Chinese Treaty of Amity and Cooperation has been temporarily suspended for full administrative review. The pro-Soviet faction within the Imperial Court is finally and thoroughly purged at the direction of Chancellor Fu Manchu and their screams last long into the night. Chinese troops move up to the Mongolian and Tartar borders, leading to a Soviet defensive reaction that continues over the next 18 months.

August 30:
British forces and Soviet-backed rebels clash in Northern Iraq, including a brief engagement between Centurion and T-54 tanks. Stalin works himself into an incredible fury over the reverses in China and Turkey over the course of several hours and finally orders the Strategic Rocket Forces to prepare to launch their nuclear missiles against Europe. Preparations are observed by the orbiting Royal Space Force spy telescopes onboard King George VI Station. The rocket base at Plesetsk is destroyed by a 2.5 Mt Blue Danube hydrogen bomb dropped in a secret RAF preemptive attack by a high flying specially modified Avro Vulcan. The world teeters on the edge of war for two hours. Stalin dies in mysterious circumstances at his dacha outside Moscow and is replaced by a troika of Molotov, Malenkov and Ivan Serov, who seek a peaceful end to the crisis.

Prime Minister Eden announces the resolution to the crisis, Stalin's demise and the Soviet offer of peace to the world over the BBC. The globe dares to breath once more.

August 31:
The aftermath of the Middle East War and the world crisis is an uncertain one, with Egypt, Syria and Iraq still restively lying under British military occupation, yet without any hope of external aid or intervention. Israel finds itself decidedly isolated from its Arab neighbours, having reinforced its status as the greatest local military power in the region. The relationship between Britain, the United States and France, the very cornerstone of the Western alliance, has been smashed asunder, leaving both sides of the Atlantic to pick up the myriad pieces amid bitter recriminations of betrayal. The new leadership of the Soviet Union are severely chastened and shocked by how close they came to utter destruction and are unified with a determination to never again be faced with such inferiority. Britain has achieved a great victory and kept its dominance over the Middle East, but the ruthlessness and power displayed in the fighting has been in many ways a double-edged sword in regard to how other peoples and states view the Empire; it gives additional credence to voices within India that call for a more independent path.

Economically, the impact of the crisis, mobilisation and the international financial chaos thrusts a number of states into a sharp recession; Britain, Canada, France and the United States record their worst economic performance for a decade. The wounds inflicted on world trade and economic confidence will take many years to heal and efforts to lower tariff barriers seem further away than ever.

British and Commonwealth casualties in the fighting of August amount to 532 killed and missing and 4945 wounded and French losses are 129 killed and 892 wounded. Over 20,000 Egyptian soldiers have been killed or are missing, along with at thousands of civilian casualties in the bombings and invasion. Syrian and Iraqi casualties are mainly military in nature and amount to an estimated 5200 killed and missing and twice that many wounded. The atomic bombing of Plesetsk resulted in at least 3264 known deaths and injuries, with others to follow from the effects of radiation; the sinkings of Soviet submarines and shipping add another 653 to that final figure.

September
September 1: Recall of the US Ambassador to the Court of St. James to Washington for consultations with President Thompson.
September 2: The collapse of a rail bridge in India kills 126.
September 3: Announcement of the temporary institution of petrol rationing in Britain.
September 4: First test flight of the American X-15 rocket plane.
September 5: Public funeral of Stalin in Moscow, an affair largely unattended by foreign dignitaries as a result of the recent war.
September 6: The French government indicates that it is suspending direct bilateral defence cooperation with Britain and the United States as part of a general review of international commitments in the aftermath of the Middle Eastern War.
September 7: An abandoned merchant freighter is found by a US Navy patrol bomber floating 250nm east of Nassau. Further investigations reveal no cargo nor any sign of life.
September 8: Vasily Stalin makes his first public appearance in Moscow since the mysterious death of his father.
September 9: Canadian SAS patrols locate the crew of the USAF B-47 that crashed over Alaska during the August Crisis; they had survived with the aid of local Eskimos.
September 10: Further British reinforcements arrive in Egypt to replace British airborne and Royal Marine combat forces which are gradually being withdrawn to refit.
September 11: End of Typhoon Emma, which has devastated large parts of Okinawa and Korea over the last two weeks.
September 12: A British oil tanker is the first merchant ship to pass through the Suez Canal since July.
September 13: Invention of the hard disk drive by IBM.
September 14: General Zadeh and the surviving leaders of the Egyptian coup are sentenced to death for high treason in Cairo. They are publicly impaled in Ismailia Square two hours later.
September 15: Melbourne defeat Collingwood in the 1956 VFL Grand Final 18.21 (129) to 6.12 (48) in front of a crowd of 125,432 spectators at the MCG.
September 16: Sven Tyrsson's Moderate Party emerges from the Swedish General Election with the highest number of seats, winning 87 out of 256 and forming a grand coalition with the Conservatives, the Liberal Party and the Farmer's League.
September 17: A USAF B-52B Stratofortress crashes near Castle AFB, California, killing all on board.
September 18: First flight of the Tu-104 jet airliner in the Soviet Union.
September 19: American wizards demonstrate a revolutionary new teleportation gate far in advance of known European and Soviet devices.
September 20: King Ludwig II of Bavaria opens the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich.
September 21: Assassination of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza.
September 22: The United States Air Force conducts the first live fire test of an operational ICBM, launching an Atlas missile from Vandenberg AFB, California to its target point in the Pacific Proving Ground some 200nm south of Kwajalein.
September 23: 72 Egyptian soldiers are blown from guns in Cairo in the latest series of postwar reprisals.
September 24: Installation of a new dedicated transatlantic telephone cable.
September 25: President Thompson gives a widely publicized speech condemning international aggression and destabilisation by Communist forces and calling for expedited decolonisation by the European states in order to promote international freedom and democracy. The speech is extremely popular on both sides of US politics.
September 26: A secret report by the Luftwaffe recommends the acquisition of long range strategic missiles and heavy bombers to deter any future Soviet aggressive threats of similar character to those issued against Britain and France during the August Crisis.
September 27: Two members of the Paris Jockey Club die after an ill fated duel at the opera.
September 28: Beginning of a high level intergovernmental conference between Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands aimed at resolving differences exposed by recent events.
September 29: The Provisional Government of Korea is arrested by a group of army officers in Seoul.
September 30: First test firing of the British Army's new strategic nuclear artillery 'supergun' off the coast of Western Australia.

October
October 1: France refuses to accept a German proposal to reopen talks on the Saar.
October 2: The Korean junta announces that they will take all necessary measures to preserve the rule of democracy and law in the reunited country.
October 3: President Thompson takes time out from campaigning for a private meeting with former British Prime Minister Harcourt in Albany.
October 4: Britain and Australia conduct an atomic test at Maralinga, South Australia.
October 5: Opening of The Ten Commandments, a Biblical epic directed by Cecil B. DeMille starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, in New York City.
October 6: American scientists announce the discovery of a new advanced medical compound with astounding healing properties.
October 7: General elections in Kenya result in a strong victory to the United Party, which wins 13 of 25 total seats.
October 8: New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen throws the only perfect game in World Series history in Game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers, leading to a Yankees victory.
October 9: The Korean military government invites Crown Prince Yi Un and the Imperial Family to return to the country.
October 10: The new super battleship HMS Hood returns to a rapturous welcome in Portsmouth after being deployed on combat operations in the Mediterranean.
October 11: Discovery of an ancient Atlantean ruin in Antarctica by British explorers.
October 12: Air Marshal Sir William 'Billy' Bishop officially retires from the Royal Canadian Air Force.
October 13: Launch of the first atomic powered submarine of the Red Navy in Severodvinsk.
October 14: The first after-action report by the Royal Air Force on operations in the Middle East War is delivered to the Committee of Imperial Defence. It emphasises the value of tactical and strategic airlift capacity and describes the role of medium and heavy bombers as vital.
October 15: Two London restaurant critics are arrested after publicly dueling at Piccadilly Circus.
October 16: A suspicious fire in Luzhniki Stadium causes significant damage to the newly opened building.
October 17: Bobby Fischer, 13, defeats chess grandmaster Donald Byrne in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament in New York City.
October 18: Five English schoolchildren uncover a secret lemonade smuggling racket run by gypsies in Dorset.
October 19: A Turkish proposal to ban the use of dragons in warfare is vetoed by Britain at the League of Nations.
October 20: Austria-Hungary begins to extend confidential feelers to Britain, France and the United States regarding a security alliance.
October 21: Establishment of the Federation of the British Pacific Islands, a regional grouping of Britain's colonial holdings in the South and Central Pacific.
October 22: FBI agents swoop on a meeting of surviving organised crime bosses in Philadelphia, arresting 15.
October 23: A secret meeting between British and American military officials in Montreal ends cordially after several fruitful agreements on coordination of patrols, operations and intelligence sharing, despite currently strained political relations.
October 24: RNAS air-sea rescue Avro Lancasters patrolling out of Freetown, Sierra Leone spot the survivors of a sunken merchantman off the coast of West Africa. Once recovered, they report the attack of a strange great white whale.
October 25: French Premier Charles de Gaulle orders the initiation of a super priority development programme for a French hydrogen bomb and long range ballistic missile capacity.
October 26: Publication of A Sunset Crown, the seventh novel in the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
October 27: A piano formerly owned by Richard Wagner is seen flying out over the Bay of Biscay, having mysteriously taken off from Bayreuth two days ago.
October 28: Pope Pius XII issues the encyclical Luctuosissimi eventus, calling for peace and succour for suffering peoples across Eastern Europe and the world.
October 29: The international city of Tangiers is formally handed over to Morocco, although its former protecting powers retain extensive basing and extraterritorial rights and privileges.
October 30: A United States Navy exploration team arrives at the South Pole by air.
October 31: Waves of hauntings and weird events are reported across the United States throughout the night of Halloween.

November
November 1: Production begins of an 8" atomic artillery shell in the United States.
November 2: Opening of the first Sizzler restaurant in California.
November 3: Sir Charles Ratcliffe is awarded the Order of the Garter for unspecified special services to the Crown, having recently recovered from frostbite.
November 4: Dread weregoats terrorise a small town in Vermont through the night, before vanishing without trace.
November 5: Two suspected Soviet spies are arrested by ASIO agents in Sydney after a lengthy investigation.
November 6: Republican President Roger Thompson comfortably defeats Democrat Averell Harriman in the 1956 US Presidential Election, winning 325 electoral college votes to 197, with Whig candidate James Stephenson winning 22 votes.
November 7: Reopening of the border between Byzantine Greece and Ottoman Turkey.
November 8: The Times predicts that absolute poverty will be eradicated in Britain within the next three years.
November 9: A public demonstration of a flying car takes place in Los Angeles.
November 10: Unknown assailants attempt to assassinate the Palatine of Hungary with grenades and gunfire, but are foiled by his quick-thinking bodyguard wizards.
November 11: A giant iceberg is observed in the South Pacific by USS Glacier northeast of Victoria Land in the Ross Sea, measuring an estimate 208 by 60 miles.
November 12: The Committee for Imperial Defence and the Foreign Office finally reach an agreement on the conditions and scheduling for the sale of former Royal Navy aircraft carriers to Argentina, Brazil and Chile, with the latter particularly concerned with not sparking the third major arms race in South America within half a century.
November 13: Forward deployments of Strategic Air Command B-47 and B-49 bombers to Britain are halted indefinitely. Strategic bomber deployments to Iceland, France, Spain and Morocco continue.
November 14: Scotland Yard establishes a secret anti-vampire squad in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, MI5 and the Army.
November 15: Opening of the American Middle Eastern Technical University in Angora, Turkey.
November 16: Steel beer cans go on sale in Australia.
November 17: Mislabelled poisonous mushrooms sicken over 150 people in the French province of Sarre.
November 18: A Canadian merchant ship is capsized off Hong Kong by a marauding dragon turtle.
November 19: Indonesian fighter jets conduct dangerous maneuvers close to Dutch cruisers off the coast of the Moluccas.
November 20: British scientists secretly test a new, powerful poison gas at a secret chemical warfare facility in Canada.
November 21: German intelligence presents photographic evidence of a new supersonic Soviet bomber to Britain, France and the United States.
November 22: Opening of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, in front of a crowd of almost 150,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
November 23: The Ministry of Food issues an official denial of rumours regarding a forthcoming shortage of fats, clearing stating that there is no suet crisis.
November 24: Two well-known geneticists disappear from a hotel in Vienna, the latest in a series of mysterious abductions of prominent biological scientists.
November 25: Leon Trotsky suffers a minor heart attack in Rio de Janeiro.
November 26: Britain announces that it will reduce its troop commitment in Korea to a single brigade within eight months.
November 27: The TM-76 Mace tactical atomic cruise missile enters service with the United States Air Force.
November 28: A reclusive Anglo-American millionaire suggests the creation of a theme park populated by dinosaurs.
November 29: Three murderers are hanged at Newgate Prison in London.
November 30: Floyd Patterson wins the world heavyweight championship, beating Archie Moore.

December
December 1: Resignation of Indonesian Vice President Hatta due to profound differences with Sukarno.
December 2: An explosive device planted by the Mad Bomber explodes in a Brooklyn movie theatre, injuring 10 people.
December 3: A massive explosion at Bush Terminal in New York City kills 10 and injures 270.
December 4: A secret report by the Air Ministry recommends the significant strengthening of RAF Fighter Command's long range defences, particularly surface to air guided weaponry.
December 5: The Scandinavian Defence Union begins its annual winter exercises in Sweden and Norway.
December 6: Production begins at a major new oil refinery in Buenos Aires.
December 7: American scientists in the International Scientific Laboratory on Luna report the discovery of a new metallic element.
December 8: Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. The USA tops the medal tally with 104, followed by Australia with 50, Germany, competing for the first time since 1936, with 46 and Britain with 42.
December 9: Sir Henry Moseley is awarded his second Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum physics.
December 10: Cyril Norman Hinshelwood and Nikolay Semyonov jointly win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research into the mechanism of chemical reactions.
December 11: Chinese martial artists working with British intelligence expose and destroy a drug smuggling ring disguised as an ice factory in Bangkok, Thailand.
December 12: The Angolan Communist Party establishes a clandestine independence organisation in Portuguese West Africa.
December 13: A dire council of evil is held in London, with the only attendees consisting of a polite elderly lady and a silent figure in a dark bucket helm.
December 14: The Malayan colonial government reports no incidents of violence or attacks by communist terrorists have occured over the past nine months.
December 15: Criminals attempting to rob Notre Dame are chased off by a strange hunchbacked figure and are subsequently captured by French police.
December 16: Opening of the first atomic power station in Canada in Ontario.
December 17: A motion is passed by the Assembly of the League of Nations calling for an end to colonisation; it is viewed as a purely symbolic action, given the French and British vetoes in the Council of the League.
December 18: South African police begin a round-up of suspected Communist agents in a series of dawn raids.
December 19: Japan is formally readmitted to the League of Nations.
December 20: Demonstration of a number of new German jet aircraft at a Berlin airshow.
December 21: Indian Prime Minister Sir Rama Vikramaditya Singh arrives in Peking for a surprise visit that is thought by many to signify a new wind of change in relations between the British and Chinese Empires.
December 22: 16 Spanish diplomats are expelled from Britain on suspicion of being members of the Inquisition.
December 23: Traffic in Milan grinds to a standstill after a series of malfunctions paralyse the traffic light network.
December 24: Sir Dalton Cholmondeley announces that his recent expedition to West Africa has discovered a hitherto unknown valley populated by strange creatures in the depths of the jungle.
December 25: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh combine in the annual Royal Christmas Message televised on the BBC across the world, despite Prince Philip currently being onboard HMY Britannia off the coast of Antarctica.
December 26: Five US agents are exchanged for a group of Soviet agents in a midnight rendezvous on a Danube bridge between Bulgaria and Romania.
December 27: Strange reports of a mysterious plague ravaging the lands of the Maya in Yucatan reach Mexico City.
December 28: Annual per capita egg consumption in Australia is recorded as 312.
December 29: Peasants revolt in Western China, destroying a local Imperial garrison.
December 30: The US Army establishes an experimental airmobile brigade as a test of newly developed theories of tactical aerial transport.
December 31: TASS announces that Soviet rocket scientists have made a major breakthrough in advanced engine technology and that the world will see the results in the new year.


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Fantastic stuff!

The 'Suet Crisis' war really strayed rather too close to the nuclear tripwire for comfort!

I imagine a substantial quantity of perfidious skulduggery was performed by HMG's agents and associates to achieve Russian and Turkish regime changes at such short notice.

Five go mad in Dorset!

Italian Job a decade early?

Guided bouncing bomb! Possibly too silly even for the RAF, who can we get to try it? Oh yes the FAA, they'll have a go at anything :-)

So many many more - great stuff carry on


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February 13: Two witches are burnt at the stake in Edinburgh.


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Thanks for the comments, chaps. This one has taken a long time to put together, so it is good to get some feedback and reaction.

Bernard:

I was hoping that the incongruity of that would strike some. Witchcraft remains a capital crime, albeit an extremely rare one; burning is seen as both a deterrent and the only way to make sure that the witch stays dead. It has not been used very often in the 20th century (67 up to and including 1956) and is increasingly contentious in the 'modern' world.

Timbo:

The Middle Eastern War was an extremely dangerous series of events stemming from miscalculations by Britain, France, the United States and the Soviet Union, combined with Stalin entering the final stages of complete insanity (exacerbated by some experimental life extension and cloning technologies obliquely referred to so far. It is what the whole postwar period has been leading up to in many ways. I do intend to write on 1956 more extensively, but the world did come within minutes of a very nasty nuclear war before Stalin's successors stepped back from the brink.

It is a lot bigger than Suez in @ and somewhat ironically doesn't really involve the Suez Canal in a direct manner. It doesn't coincide with a Hungarian uprising analogue, which occurs earlier to stoke tensions in Europe.

Zadeh is not a substitute Nasser, but is rather a foreign agent who exceeds his orders when things go to his head. The broader issues in Egypt are very similar, but the strategic situation is quite different.

The Turkish regime change was fairly easy, given that the Ottoman court is always bubbling with intrigue and plots. A bit of encouragement for some friendly types and some subtle reminders via Vulcan overflights was all that was needed to get the ball rolling.

In the case of Stalin, it is a very complex and rushed operation; it should be obvious who is responsible. It becomes possible due to a factor which has been telegraphed on a number of times in the timeline and stories - the British have an agent in the Politburo itself.

The activities of the Famous Five are closer to their original adventures than the 80s parody, which I haven't seen and don't intend to; not really my cup of tea.

The Milan traffic problems are related to the Italian Job, but are more of a problem that creates the opportunity for something to happen later on...

Guided bouncing bombs are an example of trying to push an invention beyond the point of diminishing returns up an evolutionary cul de sac. They may still get a work out.

I'll put up a comprehensive list of notes tomorrow night.


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I can recognize that there are supposed to be some easter eggs here, but I can't identify them. I hope that its because they're mostly oriented at the British audience.

Loved the description of the events. Close to "two minutes to midnight" or whatever idiot thing the peaceniks come up with instead in this time line.

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There are a fair few littered about, but they aren't exclusively British. For example, the Swedish and Polish colonial holdings are subtle indicators of past events and slightly different force patterns.

There isn't the same public interest in the Doomsday Clock, nor are the general public aware how close the world got to the brink. There are niche peace groups who rise in profile after the indications of a nuclear initiation in the USSR come out, but they also struggle with the perception they are Comintern stooges. The CND never takes off here, for reasons that should be apparent.


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I did pick up on the Swedish and Polish colonies, but I didn't perceive them as Easter eggs. Thought they were just part of the story.

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Quite a few things fall into that category of storyline material, some of which have an eggy component.

1956 Notes
- Tom Sawyer has a very rich and interesting life
- No tower blocks being built in London and other British cities will result in some very different skyscapes. Urban architecture is a general area of significant difference.
- Crystal treasures in Borneo are part of a wider puzzle
- Australia joins Canada and Britain in Commonwealth nuclear club
- Japanese scientists building military robots will not see results for many years
- The British Defence White Paper is delayed by events and results in some different conclusions in 1957.
- Madagascar has a rather different history
- Porkkala was ceded to the Soviets for 15 years as part of the treaty ending the Winter War, which is rather different to reflect the Finnish 'victory'.
- The kidnapped miniature giant space hamster is a reference to Minsc and Boo from the computer game Baldur's Gate 2
- Both Kenya and Malaya see their insurgencies wrapped up a bit quicker
- The 'Great Spring' is rather more successful than the Great Leap Forward, having far more realistic goals and working from an improved base
- Maltese incorporation into Britain will go forward and provides a model for several other smaller colonial holdings. This will eventually result in something like the French situation as larger colonies progress towards Dominion status. As of 1956, the remaining colonies are largely concentrated in East and West Africa, in addition to Ceylon, Cyprus, Burma, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, the various Pacific Islands, Kuwait, Aden, the Falklands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Azure Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ceylon, Burma and Malaya are projected as becoming independent Dominions by the mid 60s.
- Machinations in the Middle East really come to a head this year, showing the cost of having two distinctly separate strategic approaches in the broad Western alliance. In the end, neither are quite right.
- Sweden has a smattering of colonies in the West Indies, Africa, the Far East and the Pacific. Poland was given Togoland after World War One, mirroring some of the @ developments when a Czechoslovak mandate was bandied about.
- Stalin makes his greatest (and last) postwar play this year, having spent a decade undermining the British position in the Middle East and now attempting to sweep them from the area, to be replaced by malleable nationalist governments and gutting the strength and unity of the Empire. It is a very dangerous ploy, but one with extremely rich potential rewards.
- Ship sizes have risen dramatically in the postwar period and large supertankers are starting to enter service.
- Sword of Freedom beating Marty is a slight butterfly coming from the Korean War victory and associated effects on popular culture.
- Devon Loch does not collapse on the final straight of the Grand National.
- The Type 125 radar is exceptionally powerful and expensive, having a range out to 3000 miles in good conditions.
- Reaction to the Auca missionaries is somewhat different, but the punitive expedition doesn't actually go ahead, with cooler heads prevailing.
- Pigs do fly in Chicago
- Conversion of the Hawaiis will give some very powerful guided missile air defence ships alongside the Monitors.
- Lionel Crabb doesn't disappear.
- Dwarven separatists in Greece will be heard from again...
- The Piri Reis Map actually has some mysterious ancient origins here.
- Aerocarriers are not a particularly efficient weapon at this time.
- The CF-103 is in service, reflecting a more powerful and advanced Canadian military.
- Vincent Van Gogh has a more settled and happier life. A certain doctor may be involved.
- The Sino-Indian situation occurs independently from European and Middle Eastern tensions, but is seen (falsely) as part of a wider Sino-Soviet global power play. Fu Manchu is playing a much longer and deeper game.
- A chocolate palace melting in India is a reference to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- The Austro-German Crisis is engineered by Soviet agents to act as a feint, drawing attention away from the Middle East. This has the potentially disastrous effect of raising tensions in Europe and putting the West and East on the path to war.
- Japanese and German naval rearmament is a response to Soviet and Chinese moves, but also serves as a cause of alarm for other regional states.
- The mutations coming after the radiological accident in NYC will serve as the precursor to a few characters.
- US testing of a 25 Mt hydrogen bomb is part of a more active international nuclear testing environment, which leads to a few more deaths, some accidents and perhaps more to be heard from Godzilla, who has evaded vigorous hunts so far.
- The Iskandar Citadel is a medieval structure in Alexandria, as the Great Lighthouse continues to stand, butteflying away the Citadel of Qaitbay.
- Events in Egypt have really been bubbling up since WW2 and now boil over, as previous attempts at repression have just delayed a nationalist explosion.
- The Commonwealth states act as a united bloc, although this really sows the seeds of long term change in India, which ends the year on track for a far more independent foreign policy path. This acts to temper British power and policy.
- A border wall exists between the United States and Mexico.
- The Chicago Post story is a concoction of the KGB and is soon written off as fake black propaganda, but has enough impact at a crucial time to influence a significant minority of American public opinion.
- Soviet-Turkish reconciliation comes as a big shock to the world and rapidly changes the strategic calculus of the Middle East, albeit temporarily.
- Andrea Doria saved by Superman.
- Stalin's Rio missive is designed to drive the US and Britain apart and confuses the situation for a few crucial days.
- Jim Laker takes all 20 wickets rather than 19. The remainder of the Ashes tour being called off mirrors the fate of the West Indian tour of England in 1939.
- The Pinetree Convention represents the general amity between the professional military staff of the USA and Britain; this carries on over the years, even if political relations are damaged.
- American entreaties towards the Egyptian military government are an understandable and realistic reaction, but it does muddy the waters with Britain.
- The snowballing mobilisations put the world on a track that is very difficult to escape.
- Soviet conclusions regarding British force capacity is flawed and reflects some British misdirection efforts by agents inside the Soviet intelligence services. Britain is scraping the bottom of the barrel and commits virtually her entire strategic reserve, leaving home defence for the Territorial Army. Essentially, the choice is between deploying a suitable field army to Europe (particularly Germany) or intervening in the Middle East; choosing the latter sends some very consequential signals to Britain's European allies and is one of the factors that sends the Atlantic Alliance into freefall.
- The British garrison in the Suez Canal Zone acts as a trigger for the active period of crisis, but also distracts Egyptian and world attention while mobile forces move into place. One consequence of the crisis is that the USA and Soviet Union reappraise their opinions of Imperial power projection.
- The failure of the Geneva Conference is the nadir of Western unity, with a number of states viewing the Soviet-American agreement on the Spaak Plan and the Multilateral Force (something of an analogue to the UN Emergency Force from @, with the name being familiar from a different source) as a betrayal. Foreign Secretary Bertie Wooster doesn't particularly help things, even with Jeeves preventing a complete disaster. It does drive Britain and France together in a marriage of convenience, although French forces are concentrated on their former Syrian possessions.
- The shootdown of the USN plane over the Taiwan Strait happens at exactly the wrong time and almost kicks off a world war.
- Operation Musketeer's five initial assaults divide Egyptian attention, surrounding Cairo and denying them strategic space.
- In Iraq, the airborne advance up the Tigris and Euphrates is based on WW2 island hopping and leads to other nations taking careful note of its success.
- The Avro 707 Avalon gets a brief moment in the sun in Egypt and Iraq; it is powered by an afterburning Avon and is ultimately an evolutionary dead end, reflecting the rushed rearmament production choices during the early part of the Korean War.
- British military authorities keep very careful and close control of all coverage of the fighting in Egypt and are largely successful in their efforts, but this leads to allegations of having something to hide. Sometimes, you just can't win.
- A Sino-Soviet split occurring at the height of the crisis increases its complexity.
- The abandoned merchant freighter found in the Bermuda Triangle is linked to the Middle Eastern Crisis.
- Swedish politics are rather different and the long period of Social Democratic dominance doesn't occur. Sven Tyrsson is a direct descendant of Per Tyrsson of the medieval ballad Per Tyrssons döttrar i Vänge, adapted by Ingmar Bergman in The Virgin Spring and even looks a lot like Max von Sydow.
- King Ludwig of Bavaria is rather old at this point.
- The spate of dueling is related to international events; in the build up to the Middle East crisis, the Soviet SKV did make use of certain magical enchantments that heighten aggression and literally stoke the fires of Arab discontent in the Middle East.
- Reprisals in the aftermath of the war are quite brutal.
- The US live fire test of an ICBM is a pointed reminder of their nuclear strength to several parties.
- Germany begins to move towards developing its own deterrent; this will remain secret for a long time, before causing problems at an unspecified point in the future...
- The Korean coup leads to a surprise development
- Lemonade smuggling gypsies are as nothing before the efforts of the Famous Five!
- Austria-Hungary is feeling rather vulnerable and is looking for a powerful friend...
- The Federation of the British Pacific Islands consists of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, the Solomons, New Hebrides, Gilberts and Ellice Islands, the Phoenix Islands, the Union Islands, Nauru and the Cook Islands and several other islands and island chains that don't exist in our world.
- C.S. Lewis will be writing several different Narnia books in an extended series.
- The Great White Whale strikes again!
- The title of Palatine of Hungary remains in use within Austria-Hungary.
- South America begins to tool up with aircraft carriers; the arms race is not avoided, raising tensions by the 1960s.
- Trotsky outlives Stalin.
- Suet crisis.
- Newgate Prison remains in existence; there is an Old Bailey, located adjacent to it.
- Geneticists disappearing is a future plot point.
- A dinosaur park?
- Henry Moseley's career is long and illustrious
- Martial artists + ice factory + drug smugglers = The Big Boss
- The ghost of Quasimodo still haunts the environs of Notre Dame, but cannot enter hallowed ground.
- Several observers take note of Milan's traffic problems.


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A few stats to round things off.

1956/1957 Largest GDPs
1.) USA: $4,873,662,469,055 (- 0.83%)
2.) Britain: $1,781,203,042,802 (- 1.25%)
3.) Soviet Union: $1,772,407,190,414 (+ 3.51%)
4.) Germany: $1,691,358,960,629 (+ 8.67%)
5.) China: $1,120,159,112,089 (+ 5.65%)
6.) India: $981,542,830,143 (+ 10.53%)
7.) Japan: $965,369,553,267 (+ 6.79%)
8.) France: $863,645,071,866 (+ 3.27%)
9.) Canada: $773,689,428,846 (-0.78%)
10.) Italy: $606,415,304,978 (+ 7.98%)
11.) Austria-Hungary: $518,059,254,135 (+ 3.64%)

1956/1957 Largest Populations
1.) China: 718,293,605
2.) India: 514,744,483
3.) Soviet Union: 310,429,681
4.) USA: 282,642,787
5.) Japan: 204,138,563
6.) Indonesia: 169,333,586
7.) Germany: 154,297,267
8.) Britain: 123,998,432
9.) France: 119,468,505
10.) Austria-Hungary: 100,047,369
11.) Brazil: 98,221,743

1956/1957 Share of World Industrial Output
USA: 35.7%
Soviet Union: 12.3%
Britain: 10.4%
Germany: 6.6%
Japan: 5.1%
France: 4.7%
Canada: 3.5%
China: 3%

1956/57 Steel Production
1.) USA: 145 million tons
2.) USSR: 102 million tons
3.) Germany: 58 million tons
4.) Britain: 54 million tons
5.) Austria-Hungary: 36 million tons
6.) France: 30 million tons
7.) Poland: 29 million tons
8.) Canada: 27 million tons
9.) Benelux: 26 million tons
10.) China: 20 million tons

1956/57 Coal Production
1.) USA: 662 million tons
2.) USSR: 487 million tons
3.) Britain: 429 million tons
4.) Germany: 400 million tons
5.) China: 275 million tons
6.) Poland: 234 million tons
7.) Austria-Hungary: 192 million tons
8.) France: 141 million tons
9.) India: 105 million tons
10.) South Africa: 87 million tons

1956/57 Aircraft Production
USSR: 5924
USA: 4872
Britain: 2165
China: 2153
France: 1088
Germany: 884
Canada: 827

1956/57 Tank Production
USSR: 9970
USA: 5249
Britain: 2438
China: 1984
Germany: 1529
France: 1475
Canada: 632
Austria-Hungary: 504
Italy: 481
Sweden: 450

1956/57 Defence Spending
USA: $726.18 billion/£20,748 million (14.9%)
Soviet Union: $453.74 billion/£12,964 million (25.6%)
Britain: $327.74 billion/£9364 million (18.4%)
Germany: $240.17 billion/£6862 million (14.2%)
China: $209.47 billion/£5985 million (18.7%)
France: $134.73 billion/£3849 million (15.6%)

(Several countries have quite a spike in defence spending this year to reflect the costs of the brief war)

A few extra thoughts:

- British military procurement changes markedly as a result of the war, shifting heavily towards offensive and defensive missile systems, ASW vessels and weapons system and several advanced aircraft. The Blue Streak ICBM and Black Arrow MRBM, the aircraft that will become the TSR-2, the Rotodyne, Blue Water and a few other goodies are already well and truly in the pipeline, but SLBMs, ABMs, improved flying bombs/cruise missiles, stand-off weapons for V-Force, VSTOL fighters, Mach 3 bombers, long range Army IRBMs and a multitude of other systems have their origin in the 1956 War.
- The bulk of remaining equipment procured in the late 40s is facing block obsolescence, in this case the Hunters and Canberras that are the backbone of much of the tactical strength of the RAF. There is also something of a changing of the guard with regard to the Centurion; it is still very powerful and world class, but the writing is on the wall for the future.
- This occurs at the cost of the field formations of the Army Reserve, which are amalgamated with the Territorial Army in a dual tier system. Putting a full sized army into the field has proved to be too expensive for Britain on its own and Commonwealth formations take on even more importance.
- Soviet, American, French, German and Japanese conclusions are quite different and are reflected in their future development.
- The smaller European states are quite horrified by the whole turn of events.
- The story of 1957-1961 is one of gradual rapprochment, aided in large part by the events of 1960...


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1957

January
January 1: Arturo Toscanini suffers a stroke at his home in New York City.
January 2: The SSM-A-23 Dart anti-tank missile enters service with the United States Army.
January 3: Trans-World Airlines becomes the first civil airline to offer freshly brewed coffee to passengers.
January 4: Jackie Robinson announces his retirement from Major League baseball.
January 5: South African cricketer Russell Endean becomes the first man to be dismissed for handling the ball in a Test Match.
January 6: Italian motorists report a strange, silent migration of giant frogs through Tuscany.
January 7: A bomb is set off in an Algiers cafe, killing 11 people.
January 8: The first commercial electricity is produced by the Shippingport atomic power station in the United States in Pennsylvania
January 9: German research alchemists conclude that the newly discovered drug thalidomide should not be used by pregnant women.
January 10: Restrictions on public gatherings are lifted in Egypt as the country gradually returns to normalcy.
January 11: Jack Graham is executed by gas chamber in Colorado for the murder of his mother and 44 others in the bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 on November 1st 1955.
January 12: Plans for the construction of a pair of small modern aircraft carriers for the Royal Swedish Navy are finalised.
January 13: The Wham-O Company produces the first frisbee.
January 14: Humphrey Bogart dies of cancer in California, aged 57.
January 15: Release of Throne of Blood, a Japanese adaption of Macbeth, directed by Akira Kurosawa.
January 16: Soviet diplomats propose a phased reduction of the presence of troops in Central Europe to reduce tensions.
January 17: A survey of public opinion in Britain finds an increase in support for independent television broadcasting.
January 18: Three USAF B-52 Stratofortresses complete the fastest round the world flight, recording an average speed of 642mph.
January 19: A high altitude Soviet nuclear test above Kapustin Yar fizzles, causing considerable consternation.
January 20: The Communist Party achieves an expected victory in the Polish national elections, receiving over 99% of the vote.
January 21: President Thompson is sworn in by Chief Justice Harlan at his inauguration in Washington D.C.
January 22: George P. Metesky is arrested on suspicion of being the notorious 'Mad Bomber'.
January 23: Chinese officials offer to end the state of war between China and Japan in return for normalised relations.
January 24: The Indian government commissions a white paper on the promotion of industrial development.
January 25: Raoul Wallenberg is appointed as Swedish ambassador to Israel.
January 26: Opening of the Ibirapuera Planetarium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
January 27: 13 cars are involved in a bizarre pile-up that leaves them hanging precariously off the edge of a sharp cliff in New Jersey.
January 28: A bomb explodes in a Parisian cafe. Responsibility is claimed by a mysterious group calling themselves The Black Circle.
January 29: The Ford Motor Company becomes a publicly traded entity.
January 30: Completion of the Trans-Persian Pipeline.
January 31: A Douglas DC-7 collides with an USAF F-89 Scorpion over the San Fernando Valley, killing five in the air and a further four on the ground as the DC-7 crashes onto a high school playing field.

February
February 1: Death of retired German Field Marshal Frederick von Paulus in Dresden.
February 2: FBI Director Ness declares that the vestiges of organised crime will be expunged from American public life.
February 3: France declares that it will not allow League of Nations observers unrestricted access to ongoing security operations in Algeria.
February 4: A coal gas explosion in a mine in Bishop, Virginia kills 37 men.
February 5: US experts declare that the advance of modern technology has made dragons obsolete in warfare.
February 6: Martian inspired fashions sweep a number of fashion shows in Paris, launching a brief craze for Martian clothing.
February 7: First successful test of the SSM-A-24 battlefield multipurpose guided missile at White Sands, New Mexico. It is designed to fill a perceived niche between the Dart ATGM and longer range artillery.
February 8: Commissioning of the first Project 627 class atomic submarine in the Soviet Union.
February 9: The US Army begins secret testing of an experimental serum for enhanced physical capabilities on volunteers in California.
February 10: Foundation of the Confederation of African Football in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
February 11: A plot to steal the beef reserved for the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London is thwarted by three young adventurers.
February 12: American researchers announce the development of a new formula of superhard steel armour.
February 13: The Soviet Union claims it has developed the world's most powerful rocket.
February 14: Austro-Hungarian Foreign Ministry officials arrive in Berlin for talks with the German government.
February 15: Andrei Gromyko becomes Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union.
February 16: Release of Ingmar Bergman's film The Seventh Seal in Sweden.
February 17: A fire at an elderly people's home in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72.
February 18: Walter James Bolton is hanged at Mount Eden Prison, Auckland for the murder of his wife.
February 19: Commercial hovercraft services across the English Channel are reinstated.
February 20: First successful test of a nuclear thermal rocket engine.
February 21: The Malayan colonial government declares an end to the state of emergency
February 22: Several Republican Congressmen call for an increase in tariffs on British products.
February 23: Masked gunmen rob two banks in Belgrade, making off with substantial amounts of cash.
February 24: A bombing of a bank in Hamburg is claimed by the Black Circle.
February 25: The body of an unidentified young boy is found on a Philadelphia sidewalk, sparking the 'Body in the Box' investigation.
February 26: German economists estimate that Germany will overtake Britain to become the second largest economy in the world by 1960.
February 27: The first British atomic ballistic missile submarine begins construction at Barrow.
February 28: Sales begin of the Ferranti Argus computing engine.

March
March 1: Publication of The Cat in the Hat in the United States.
March 2: Formation of Sud Aviation after a merger between SNCASE and SNCASO.
March 3: Housing construction and automotive sales in the United States fall for a third consecutive month.
March 4: First publication of the S&P 500 Index in the United States by Standard & Poor's.
March 5: An accident-prone Frenchman wrecks havoc in a new department store in Paris.
March 6: The Thieves' Guild of London offers a reward of £500,000 for information on the Black Circle gang.
March 7: King Abdullah signs an extension of the Anglo-Jordanian Security Treaty for a further 10 years.
March 8: Royal Canadian Air Force fighters attempt to intercept a UFO over Baffin Island, but it soon disappears beyond their reach.
March 9: The Gold Coast is granted internal self-government within British West Africa.
March 10: A meeting of prominent British intellectuals and pacifists opposed to nuclear weapons takes place in London.
March 11: American Polar explorer Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd dies in Boston.
March 12: Establishment of the first heavy tank battalions of the German Army.
March 13: Labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa is arrested by the FBI and charged with bribery.
March 14: US officials begins discussions with France, Italy and Japan on the forward deployment of Thor medium range ballistic missiles; talks with Britain have been on indefinite hold since the events of the previous year.
March 15: President Sukarno declares a state of emergency and martial law throughout Indonesia.
March 16: Reports reach London that a group of natives in the New Hebrides have begun to worship Prince Phillip as a deity.
March 17: 24 people, including Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, are killed in the crash of a C-47 in Cebu.
March 18: Japanese scientists exhibit the prototype of a humanoid robot child.
March 19: US Marines complete the replacement of earlier amtracks with the new LVT-6.
March 20: The Korean government announces that a nationwide referendum will be held on the future form of government for the country.
March 21: General elections in Thailand are cast in doubt after widespread allegations of vote rigging and corruption.
March 22: Installation of new coastal defence missiles in Gibraltar.
March 23: Tibetan authorities report increased unrest in border villages and communities in Kham.
March 24: Britain and Germany sign a confidential memorandum of understanding regarding security guarantees in the event of armed conflict with the Soviet Union.
March 25: Initiation of Project Orion in the United States.
March 26: Beginning of US Navy exercises in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.
March 27: The Mona Lisa goes missing from the Louvre, sparking a firestorm of global attention and speculation.
March 28: Imperial Japanese Navy air patrols detect signs of a large sea creature around Marcus Island. The Japanese military goes on alert for the next two weeks.
March 29: Around the World in Eighty Days wins Best Picture at the 29th Academy Awards, with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr winning Best Actor and Best Actress for The King and I.
March 30: A conference begins in Bern regarding the mutual reduction of Western and Soviet troops in Europe.
March 31: US consumer confidence shows its first signs of rising in several months as automotive and consumer goods sales begin to increase.

April
April 1: A BBC television report describes the workings of the annual harvest of spaghetti trees in Switzerland.
April 2: The Distant Early Warning Line is activated in Canada under the control of the US and Canadian Armed Forces.
April 3: Marshal Zhukov is forced to retire in the latest indications of considerable change in the top echelon of Soviet politics.
April 4: Singapore is granted domestic self rule within the British Empire.
April 5: The first anime series, Saiyu-ki, is broadcast on NHK in Japan.
April 6: Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis establishes Olympic Airlines from a number of smaller carriers.
April 7: A series of tornadoes cause significant damage across the Carolinas.
April 8: Local elections in Burma result in resounding victories for nationalist candidates.
April 9: Dr. John Bodkin Adams is found guilty of the murder of a patient and sentenced to death by hanging.
April 10: French police and Interpol report a number of promising leads regarding the Mona Lisa.
April 11: Commissioning of the Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi.
April 12: The United States conducts a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
April 13: Release of Twelve Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda.
April 14: Colonial authorities in Kenya declare an end to the state of emergency, marking the official conclusion of the Mau-Mau Rebellion.
April 15: Saturday mail delivery in the United States is restored after a brief interruption due to industrial action.
April 16: Pan-Arab nationalists meet in Turkey to plan a new strategy for regional independence and unity.
April 17: Formation of the Icelandic People's Party, which calls for an end to the presence of foreign troops.
April 18: Beachgoers at Acapulco are attacked by sharks falling from the sky in a freak event sparked by a tornado.
April 19: A large supercarrier is laid down in Toulon, France.
April 20: Studies begin in the United States on the logistical requirements of a voyage of exploration beyond the asteroid belt.
April 21: Pope Pius XII issues the encyclical Fidei Donum, on the issue of Catholic missions in Africa.
April 22: John Bodkin Adams is hanged at Pentridge Prison.
April 23: First broadcast of The Sky at Night on BBC television.
April 24: An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale strikes the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, destroying hundreds of buildings around the city of Fethiye.
April 25: Controlled nuclear fission at the Sodium Reactor Experimental facility in Southern California.
April 26: An Admiralty study proposes the construction of two small-scale Floating Fortresses to be located between Shetland and Norway and in the Dogger Bank to provide optimal anti-submarine and anti-aircraft defence for the North Sea approaches to Britain.
April 27: USN submarines begin shadowing Soviet vessels on deployment in the Atlantic.
April 28: Anti-colonial protests and violence begin anew in the Belgian Congo.
April 29: Vessels of the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet delivery relief supplies to victims of the Turkish earthquake.
April 30: Interpol agents discover the Mona Lisa inside a well in a small village in the Black Forest. It is returned to France, but the culprits remain at large.

May
May 1: A large super battleship is laid down in Leningrad.
May 2: Fighting breaks out in Eastern Tibet as rebellious locals ambush a military patrol.
May 3: The Imperial Chinese Navy conducts its most extensive oceanic exercises since the Korean War, closely shadowed by US and Japanese ships and aircraft.
May 4: Manchester United defeats Aston Villa 3-2 in the FA Cup Final to become the first team in the 20th Century to win the double of the league title and the FA Cup.
May 5: The final episode of I Love Lucy is broadcast on CBS.
May 6: US Senator John F. Kennedy is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage.
May 7: Scotland Yard detectives and agents of the Witchfinder General raid a secret meeting of the Hellfire Club, disrupting a perverse ceremony and sparking a gun and spell battle. 19 survivors are taken into custody.
May 8: Momofuku Ando of Nissin Foods invents the instant noodle in Japan.
May 9: IBM displays a model of a new integrated computing engine considerably smaller than previous machines.
May 10: Conflict breaks out between Colombia and Peru as border guards exchange fire.
May 11: Thousands of people report seeing a blue telephone box flying in the skies over London.
May 12: Colombian and Peruvian fighters clash over the disputed border region of Amazonas. Both sides lose a pair of F-80 Shooting Stars in the first jet fighter combat in South America.
May 13: Britain conducts a hydrogen bomb test on Christmas Island in the Pacific.
May 14: CIA agents successfully rescue a number of captured agents being held in a secret Soviet prison camp in Northern Siberia using an experimental rocket.
May 15: Billy Graham begins a new crusade in New York City, attracting 20,000 people to Madison Square Garden for its opening night.
May 16: A fire damages a US weather station on drift ice in the Arctic Sea.
May 17: The Peruvian naval task force lead by the battleship Huascar bombards the Colombian port of Tumaco, inflicting moderate damage.
May 18: A Tibetan battalion is forced back from its approach towards the rebellious areas of Kham by a series of artificial avalanches and heavy mortar fire.
May 19: Peru and Colombia agree to a ceasefire under heavy pressure from the League of Nations and the United States.
May 20: Canadian sailors report a sighting of a massive megalodon north of Hawaii. The creature breaches several times and is seen attacking and killing an adult blue whale.
May 21: Beginning of the Hellfire Club trial; the defendants face charges of murder, blasphemy, demonology, necromancy, witchcraft and sacrilege.
May 22: A USAF B-60 crashes at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. A Mark 17 bomb is released, but there is no initiation.
May 23: Anti-American riots break out in Taipei, Taiwan.
May 24: Open days are held in Royal Air Force stations across Britain as part of Empire Air Day.
May 25: Barthélémy Boganda calls for the establishment of the United States of Latin Africa.
May 26: Beginning of Exercise Sunrise, a series of large Commonwealth naval maneuvers in the Coral Sea involving aircraft carriers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and New Avalon.
May 27: Regular flights by Soviet spacecraft to Luna recommence after length negotiation.
May 28: The Liberal Party wins the most seats in the Austro-Hungarian general election, enabling them to form a minority government, the first non-Social Democrat administration since the Second World War.
May 29: Resignation of the Laotian government.
May 30: Real Madrid beats Fiorentina 2-0 in the final of the European Cup in Madrid.
May 31: Imperial China expresses its official displeasure with unrest in Tibet, a sign that is interpreted in Delhi and London as an indication of Chinese backing for the rebellion.

June
June 1: Don Bowden becomes the first American to break the 4 minute barrier for the mile.
June 2: USAF Captain Joseph Kittinger sets a new world record for high altitude balloon flight, reaching a height of 108,249ft.
June 3: Noel Coward returns home from the West Indies to refute the allegation that he is living abroad for tax evasion purposes.
June 4: Police arrest four suspected communists trying to infect the water supply of Seattle with an unknown substance.
June 5: Wild weather lashes New England overnight, but clears into a bright day with no clear explanation.
June 6: The Royal Air Force conducts a test launch of the Black Arrow medium range ballistic missile in the South African desert.
June 7: A man claiming to be a time traveler is arrested in Sheffield for causing a public nuisance.
June 8: French troops launch a crackdown in Algeria, targeting nationalist and communist sympathizers.
June 9: First ascent of Broad Peak on the Sino-Indian border by an Austro-Hungarian expedition.
June 10: The Hellfire Club concludes with the defendants found guilty of all charges and sentenced to death by burning.
June 11: Commissioning of USS Grayback, the first atomic powered Regulus submarine in the United States Navy.
June 12: A report by the US Joint Intelligence Committee estimates that the United States would need to deploy at least 36 divisions to Europe to defeat the Soviet Union in the event of a non-nuclear war.
June 13: The Mayflower II replica reaches Plymouth, Massachusetts.
June 14: Space Nazis raid a civil convoy en route to Vulcan from Mars.
June 15: US military weather wizards test a new rainfall device, resulting in precisely 24" of steady rain over a distinct target area in 24 hours.
June 16: A full wing of RAF Avro Vulcan strategic bombers arrives in India on surprise show of force mission.
June 17: Four Buckinghamshire children claim to have gone on a fantastical adventure with Merlin.
June 18: Indian paratroopers and a brigade of British Army Gurkhas land in Qamdo, Tibet after an official request for aid in putting down the Kham Uprising.
June 19: China issues a formal protest at the Anglo-Indian intervention in Tibet, but does not move forces overtly towards the area.
June 20: A violent tornado strikes Fargo, North Dakota, killing 12 people.
June 21: FBI agents arrest Wilhelm Fisher on charges of conspiracy in New York City.
June 22: Introduction of the Red Beard tactical atomic bomb to Royal Air Force and Royal Navy service.
June 23: Opening of the Imperial Congress of Wizardry in Birmingham.
June 24: The US Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
June 25: First prototype of the X-20 Dynasoar spaceplane is completed in the United States.
June 26: Beginning of a series of sweeps against rebel forces in Kham by over 20,000 Indian and Gurkha troops.
June 27: Hurricane Audrey inflicts significant damage across Louisiana and Texas, killing 484 people.
June 28: The Medical Research Council of Great Britain reports that there is a definite link between tobacco smoking and lung cancer.
June 29: Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies' Liberal-Country Coalition government is returned to power in a landslide in the Australian Federal Election, winning 98 seats to the 46 of the ALP opposition.
June 30: Successful test firing of a Blue Streak long range ballistic missile from Woomera, South Australia to the Christmas Island test range in the Pacific Ocean.

July
July 1: Beginning of the International Geophysical Year.
July 2: The first postwar protests in Egypt take place since the relaxation of martial law.
July 3: United States, British, Soviet and French diplomats reach a provisional agreement in Bern for the withdrawal of Allied ground and air forces from Germany in return for a withdrawal of forward based Soviet ground and air forces in Poland.
July 4: President Thompson announces that the United States will build a force of rockets and spaceplanes that will be second to none.
July 5: Execution of the Hellfire Club criminals in London.
July 6: Opening of the Harry. S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.
July 7: The Vickers V-1000 Voyager enters regular service with the Royal Air Force.
July 8: Increased reports of violence and communist activity in Portuguese Africa
July 9: Scientists announce the discovery of a new element, nobelium.
July 10: Surrender of the largest group of Kham rebels in Tibet.
July 11: The US Army Corps of Engineers and dwarven experts begin construction of a series of underground defence facilities in the Rocky Mountains.
July 12: President Thompson becomes the first US President to fly in a helicopter.
July 13: Imperial Airways and British Airways take delivery of their first Vickers VC-7 jet airliners.
July 14: The Soviet steamer Eshghbad sinks in the Caspian Sea, killing 270.
July 15: American engineers report that they have grown artificial crystals of silicon of unprecedented size.
July 16: USMC Major John Glenn sets a new transcontinental airspeed record, flying from New York to California in 2 hours and 58 minutes.
July 17: Southern Iraqi grain yields break all previous records as the expansion of fertile, irrigated farmland and weather control experiments over the previous decade begin to come to fruition.
July 18: Establishment of the Civic Trust for England.
July 19: First live test of the MB-1 atomic air-to-air rocket by an F-101 Voodoo in the Plumbbob John nuclear test in Nevada.
July 20: Chancellor of the Exchequer Harold McMillan gives a confident speech on Britain's economic situation to Conservative members in Bedford, proclaiming that 'most of our people have never had it so good.'
July 21: The United States defeats Australia in the Second Test in Melbourne, with American captain Harry Schulz making an unbeaten 155* to win the game on the final day.
July 22: FORTRAN becomes commercially available.
July 23: Opening of the Atlantic Undersea Surveillance Display, an automatic illusory rendering of the entire North Atlantic Ocean displaying the positions of all known friendly and Soviet warships and submarines, located in the top secret Royal Navy War Headquarters deep beneath the Cambrian Mountains.
July 24: Withdrawal of the last USAF combat units from Britain to bases in France, Spain and Italy, completing a process begun in the aftermath of the 1956 War.
July 25: The USSR conducts a successful test of an improved variant of the R-7 Semyorka long range ballistic missile from Tyuratam in the Kazakh SSR.
July 26: Assassination of Guatemalan President Carlos Castillo Armas by a member of his palace guard.
July 27: Retirement of the Northrop B-49 from active USAF service.
July 28: Torrential rain and mudslides kill almost a thousand people in Southern Kyushu, Japan.
July 29: Establishment of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
July 30: Royal Indian Air Force Hawker Hunters destroy a rebel encampment in Kham in a dawn airstrike.
July 31: The Sultan of Arabia proposes a new profit sharing deal with British Petroleum.

August
August 1: The Colonial Office announces that Kenya will be granted self-government within 10 years.
August 2: Launch of the German battleship Deutschland in Hamburg.
August 3: British Special Air Service forces launch a series of raids against rebel positions in the hinterland of Oman.
August 4: Several French newspapers carry editorials critical of the ongoing colonial conflicts in Indochina and North Africa.
August 5: US economic statistics indicate that recovery from the 1956 recession is well underway, with growth in the second quarter of 1957 reaching 2%.
August 6: The Committee for Imperial Defence recommends the formation of a coordinating headquarters for various colonial regiments in the British Pacific Islands, who are playing an increasingly large role in security plans and projections.
August 7: Morocco and Tunisia sign a mutual security agreement.
August 8: Last small-scale fighting in Tibet as the remaining Kham rebels melt into the mountains to cross the Chinese border.
August 9: Introduction of the F-106 to USAF service with Air Defence Command.
August 10: A walking statue is destroyed by heroes in Southern Mexico.
August 11: American and British officials meet in Washington to discuss the territorial status of Antarctica and the question of military basing.
August 12: The Indian government invites groups of British, Canadian and American agricultural scientists to a conference in New Delhi as part of a new agricultural strategy.
August 13: Introduction of the M162 120mm quad automatic anti-aircraft gun by the United States Army. It is designed to replace previous coastal defence weapons in light of changed threats.
August 14: Publication of The Guns of Navarone by Alastair MacLean, a highly fictionalised account of the destruction of the dread German guns in the Aegean Campaign of World War Two.
August 15: A study finds that 89% of US households own a television set.
August 16: Argentine domestic steel production tops 5 million tons for the first time.
August 17: Former British Prime Minister Sir Richard Harcourt arrives in Washington D.C. for back-channel talks with the Thompson Administration.
August 18: Invention of the modern laser by Gordon Gould at Columbia University.
August 19: Lester Pearson is elected head of the Liberal Party of Canada.
August 20: Final ceremonial surrender of rebel Kham headmen to Tibetan authorities.
August 21: The Mexican Army exhibits the prototype of a new domestically produced armoured vehicle.
August 22: President Thompson's approval rating reaches its highest level of 79%.
August 23: Austria-Hungary begins development of an indigenous guided missile project.
August 24: Publication of a secret British defence study on the operational and strategic lessons and consequences of the Middle Eastern War. Considerable emphasis is placed on the vital role played by Commonwealth forces.
August 25: Movement of British troops into bases in the Netherlands begins.
August 26: Germany takes delivery of 600 Honest John rocket launchers.
August 27: Death of former South African Prime Minister Sir Jan Smuts at the age of 87.
August 28: First sales of rock and roll records in Chicago.
August 29: Stanley Barton is elected leader of the Labour Party.
August 30: The United States Air Force issues a requirement for a long range strike fighter/bomber capable of supersonic performance.
August 31: A proposed Anglo-French defence agreement collapses as a result of intractable differences.

September
September 1: 175 people perish in a railway accident in Jamaica.
September 2: The German cabinet is divided in a secret discussion over nuclear weapons, with a narrow majority against the idea at this time in the light of the international situation.
September 3: Senator John W. Bricker introduces an amendment that would limit Presidential authority to sign treaties in an indication of perceived increased support for a move back from foreign engagements.
September 4: The Prince of Switzerland states that, although a world without atomic weapons would be in Swiss interests, it would be forced to develop them should her neighbours do so.
September 5: President Thompson declines an invitation to visit Great Britain.
September 6: 37 suspected Soviet agents are declared personae non grata by the British government.
September 7: The Polish People's Army begins a programme of expansion as it receives substantial deliveries of equipment from withdrawing Soviet forces. Western agents report that several Soviet units seem simply to have changed their uniforms.
September 8: Stanley Barton criticizes the Conservative Government for cutting defence spending.
September 9: North Vietnamese guerrillas and agents begin infiltrating South Vietnam.
September 10: The Ministry of Magic announces an investigation into educational standards and safety conditions at British private colleges of wizardry.
September 11: Brazil enters into discussions with Mexico regarding defence cooperation.
September 12: League of Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld gives a speech in New York City arguing that the moral case for disarmament was of renewed importance in the aftermath of war.
September 13: Comintern agents are ordered to give all support possible to independence movements in Africa and Asia.
September 14: American annual spending on frozen food tops $2 billion.
September 15: Swedish police investigating a series of vampire attacks in the suburbs of Stockholm discover and stake a child vampire.
September 16: A New Zealand man is convicted of murder after burning down a Wellington boarding house and killing its four residents.
September 17: A prominent Polish critic of the Soviet Union dies in London after mysteriously contracting a strange hemorrhagic fever.
September 18: Foreign ministers of the states surrounding the North Sea meet in London to decide on the territorial division of its petroleum resources.
September 19: The US Senate passes a motion supporting decolonisation.
September 20: King Haakon VII of Norway dies at the age of 85 and is succeeded to the throne by Crown Prince Olav.
September 21: Melbourne defeat Essendon 19.13 (127) to 7.12 (54) in front of 105,275 spectators at the M.C.G.
September 22: Yugoslavian elections result in a strong win by the reigning Social Democrats.
September 23: Ernest Hemingway publishes his memoirs, A Moveable Feast.
September 24: The Israeli Army begins a programme of modifying its Conqueror heavy tanks with increased armour.
September 25: Introduction of postcodes in Britain.
September 26: Denmark declines to acquiesce to a Soviet request to expel British forces from Danish territory.
September 27: Prime Minister Eden states that Britain looks to the Commonwealth and the wider world for trade and security.
September 28: Mongolia agrees to the basing of Soviet missiles.
September 29: A major accident at the Mayak plutonium production plant in the Soviet Union contaminates a large area of the surrounding countryside.
September 30: France conducts a test of a boosted fission bomb in the Algerian desert.

October
October 1: Strategic Air Command B-47s, B-52s and B-60s begin airborne alert flights as part of Operation Head Start.
October 2: A new volcanic island appears off the Azure Islands.
October 3: Release of David Lean's epic war film The Bridge over the River Mekong, a stirring account of the 25th Army Group's great drive through Siam and Indochina.
October 4: China and Japan sign a peace treaty in Peking officially ending the state of war between their countries.
October 5: First official deployment of Strategic Air Command B-47s to the British Isles in over a year to two RAF airfields in Ireland.
October 6: Germany and the United States sign an agreement for the purchase of a large quantity of American military equipment and weapons, which comes on the back of extensive defence aid delivered since 1950.
October 7: McDonald's sell their 100 millionth hamburger.
October 8: Prime Minister Eden declares that British standards of living will continue to rise under Conservative rule.
October 9: Germany and the Benelux states agree to a reduction in steel and coal tariffs.
October 10: A fire at the Windscale Atomic Production Plant releases radioactive compounds into the atmosphere, causing some alarm.
October 11: Publication of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
October 12: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip arrive in Canada for a Royal Tour of North America.
October 13: Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland begin joint development of a supersonic jet fighter.
October 14: The British Army of the Rhine is redesignated as British Forces Europe.
October 15: Notable businessmen Bruce Wayne establishes a new fund for the assistance of widows and orphans in his home city of Chicago.
October 16: The Fairey Rotodyne enters service with the Royal Air Force.
October 17: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are received by President Thompson in the White House. The state visit is used by both British and American officials to engineer a gradual process of political rapprochement between the two powers.
October 18: Disbandment of the last cavalry division of the British Army.
October 19: An American expedition sets off to explore the depths of the Congo.
October 20: Roman Catholic priests drive out a restless spirit haunting a girl's school in Massachusetts.
October 21: Leader of the Opposition Stanley Barton declares that Communists have no place in the Labour Party.
October 22: The Imperial Chinese Air Force exhibits a new jet bomber over a military parade in Peking.
October 23: Moroccan troops begin a series of penetrations of Spanish West Africa.
October 24: Archaeologists in Samoa find a remarkable collection of advanced ruins buried beneath the jungle.
October 25: Waves of public protests in Guatemala over British refusal to discuss disputed territories in British Honduras.
October 26: An article in The Timesdescribes the curious revival of popularity of music hall in Britain.
October 27: The Indian delegates on the Imperial Council propose a motion in favour of expedited decolonisation in Africa and Asia.
October 28: Britain relaxes restrictions on the import of foreign mushrooms.
October 29: Toyota begins the export of automobiles to the United States, but is still restricted from exporting to countries within the British Empire.
October 30: Spanish Legionaires fire upon Moroccan irregulars near their mutual border.
October 31: Zombies attack and overrun a Haitian village.

November
November 1: US Class I railroads report that they currently operate a total of 32,584 diesel and 20,632 steam locomotives.
November 2: Opening of the world's first commercial titanium mill in Toronto, Ohio.
November 3: Haitian troops are overrun and consumed by a small horde of zombies in the mountains of Central Haiti.
November 4: A Romanian IL-14 crashes while coming into land at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, killing all 16 officials onboard, including General Secretary Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Foreign Minister Grigore Preoteasa and Politburo member Nikolai Ceausescu.
November 5: British explorers on Venus discover stone tablets clearly emblazoned with some form of writing.
November 6: An article in an American archaeological journal claims that evidence of the ruins of the Lemurian civilisation have been located in Madagascar.
November 7: The Gaither Report calls for a dramatic increase in American strategic offensive and defensive capacity.
November 8: US Marines land in Haiti to assist authorities in combatting the zombie outbreak.
November 9: Ion Gheorghe Maurer takes power as the interim General Secretary of the Communist Party of Romania.
November 10: Maiden flight of the Hawker P.1127 vertical take off fighter.
November 11: The War Office announces that the Army Reserve and Territorial Army will be merged into a single entity to allow for greater efficiency.
November 12: A Japanese research laboratory is raided by a gang of ninjas, who make off with an experimental serum and several other items.
November 13: Large scale flooding in the Po Valley and Venice.
November 14: Arrest of several dozen suspected gangsters at a clandestine meeting in Apalachin, New York.
November 15: Soviet spy Rudolf Abel is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for espionage in a New York court.
November 16: A Mexican DC-4 goes missing flying over the Bahamas.
November 17: British Rail begins trials of a magical levitation train.
November 18: The Soviet Union begins plans for the construction of an orbital space station.
November 19: Egyptologists discover a puzzling series of hieroglyphs that appear to show electrical lights, flying machines, rocket launches and armoured vehicles.
November 20: Foreign Secretary Wooster declares that Antarctica remains an integral part of the British Empire.
November 21: Rearmament of the Egyptian Armed Forces begins.
November 22: Mickey Mantle wins the MVP of the American League for the second time.
November 23: USAF and USMC fighter-bombers eliminate remaining pockets of zombies with heavy napalm attacks.
November 24: American wizards demonstrate the use of a sorcerously enhanced heat ray to intercept an artillery shell.
November 25: Edward Gein is found guilty of murder in Waushara County Court, Wisconsin and sentenced to death.
November 26: Installation of Bristol Bloodhound SAGW sites around Constantinople begins.
November 27: Construction of an atomic reactor begins in Spain as part of the Spanish nuclear weapons project.
November 28: Adventurers claim to have discovered the hidden treasure of Captain Kidd on Oak Island.
November 29: Indian forces withdraw from Tibet.
November 30: Indonesian President Sukarno survives an assassination attempt in Jakarta.

December
December 1: The Indonesian government declares that all Dutch businesses and property will to be nationalised.
December 2: Women are granted the right to vote in Afghanistan.
December 3: Release of Laurence Olivier's theatrical adaption of Macbeth in British cinemas.
December 4: Two passenger trains collide in heavy fog in Lewisham, England, killing 92 people.
December 5: Sukarno announces the expulsion of all Dutch nationals in Indonesia.
December 6: The AFL-CIO votes to expel the Teamsters from their ranks.
December 7: Italian per capita income growth for 1957 exceeds every other major European nation.
December 8: A French torpedo boat collides with an RN MTB off Calais, seriously damaging both vessels.
December 9: The Shah of Persia summons a conclave of politicians and thinkers from across the nation to debate the issue of national reform and modernisation.
December 10: Sir Alexander Todd is awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
December 11: Three drug smugglers are arrested by a special squad lead by renowned LAPD Detective Sergeant Joe Friday.
December 12: Surgeons in the United States conduct an experimental operation proving the viability of the artificial heart.
December 13: A tense confrontation between the Dutch cruiser Eendracht and three Indonesian warships off the Bacan Islands ends with the arrival of RNLAF Canberras from Kao Bay.
December 14: Soviet fighters attempt to shoot down a USAF RB-47 near Kamchatka; the aircraft is damaged, but survives to land at an RCAF airfield in Alaska.
December 15: Australia and New Zealand agree to a reduction of economic barriers between the two nations.
December 16: A Hawaiian referendum on the issue of full statehood results in 93.4% voting to become a US state.
December 17: Fire rips through the East End of London, destroying a number of warehouses and housing tenements.
December 18: The results of the Korean referendum are announced, with 26% supporting a constitutional monarchy, 24% supporting a republic, 24% supporting a parliamentary democracy and 24% supporting a socialist democracy. Each faction claims that the result supports their position and alleges voting irregularities.
December 19: Indian nationalists make substantial gains in local elections.
December 20: American doctors declare that the worst of the Asian Flu pandemic is over.
December 21: Icelandic patrol boats clash with British fishing vessels.
December 22: The High Court of Australia rules that the Commonwealth Government's declaration on the illegality of a dockside worker's strike was valid.
December 23: First public meeting of the Campaign for Nuclear Rearmament in London.
December 24: A German Shepherd working for the Murder Squad of the Vienna Police rescues two schoolboys trapped by a dastardly criminal in an aquarium and is decorated by the Kaiser for his feats.
December 25: Christmas is celebrated across the Free World, with NORAD's regular good-natured attempt's to intercept Father Christmas's sleigh once again falling short.
December 26: The Avro Arrow enters service with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
December 27: Commissioning of the German aircraft carrier SMS Kaiser Wilhelm IV.
December 28: British wizards demonstrate a new levitation spell of unprecedented strength.
December 29: A diplomatic incident occurs in Madrid as the outraged French defence attache challenges British officer Major George Flashman to a duel after a dastardly insult to his wife.
December 30: President Thompson agrees to a Franco-South Vietnamese request for the supply of defence equipment and material.
December 31: The Soviet Union launches a new reconnaissance satellite.


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Spotted what must be a mention of Godzilla and this amongst others:

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April 1: A BBC television report describes the workings of the annual harvest of spaghetti trees in Switzerland.


Now I do wonder whether this is the April Fool's joke of @, or whether there are actual spaghetti trees in Switzerland. :lol:

Having recently seen the film and am in the process of re-reading the book I wonder if you could fit this into the timeline at some point?

"The US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Bedford dissapears in mysterious circumstances whilst on ASW patrol in the Denmark Strait. No survivors are found. The Soviet government denies loosing a submarine in the same area."

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Bernard Woolley wrote:
Spotted what must be a mention of Godzilla and this amongst others:

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April 1: A BBC television report describes the workings of the annual harvest of spaghetti trees in Switzerland.


Now I do wonder whether this is the April Fool's joke of @, or whether there are actual spaghetti trees in Switzerland. :lol:

Having recently seen the film and am in the process of re-reading the book I wonder if you could fit this into the timeline at some point?

"The US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Bedford dissapears in mysterious circumstances whilst on ASW patrol in the Denmark Strait. No survivors are found. The Soviet government denies loosing a submarine in the same area."


The spaghetti harvest was one of the earliest, if not the original BBC April Fools mockumentary.

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It was, IIRC, Nationwide or Panorama. Lots of people were outraged that they had been had and the BBC recieved lots of letters from morons angry viwers.

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Panorama, I believe.

It is a joke here as well, although it may inspire some interesting tree breeding projects by some eccentrics.

Incorporating the Bedford Incident without starting a World War will be difficult, given greater advances in reconnaissance capabilities; there are two particularly relevant updates in this vein in 1957.


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The end of the book is slightly different to the film in that there is no nuclear initiation.
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Instead Bedford sinks the Soviet sub, which does not fire back. However realising the consequences of what has happened getting out the West German Commodore sabotages the remaining ASROC and blows Bedford up. The crew are all killed in the explosion, bar reporter Ben Munceford, who is rescued by the Soviet support ship Novosibirsk.


I'd say that version of the 'dissaperance' of the Bedford could be easier to incorporate. Since she was operating amongst the ice flows of Greenland it could be assumed or suggested in public that she hit an iceflow in the dark and sank. In the book she does narrowly avoid doing that.

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