On this day: October 29

POSTED: 9:43 PM Oct 28 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Oct 29 2014

The Red Cross is formed, the New York Stock Exchange crashes on "Black Tuesday," Cassius Clay fights for the first time, John Glenn returns to space, and Sandy slams the East Coast, all on this day.

OTD October 29 - Sinai
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United States Army Heritage and Education Center

1956: The Suez Crisis begins as Israeli forces invade the Sinai Peninsula and push Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal. Israel was responding to Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's decision to nationalize the canal. Israel was quickly assisted by British and French forces, which bombed Cairo in an attempt to regain Western control of the canal and remove Nasser from power. The United States, the Soviet Union and the United Nations would put pressure on Britain, France and Israel to pull out from Egypt, and Anglo-French forces withdrew before the end of the year, but Israeli forces remained until March 1957, prolonging the crisis. In April 1957, the canal was fully reopened to shipping.

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