October 31, 1956

A possible withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact

General Béla Király, a political prisoner who had just been recently released, is chosen to lead the National Guard by the Revolutionary Defense Committee. That afternoon, Nagy announces that negotiations will commence for Hungary’s departure from the Warsaw Pact.

The Hungarian Worker’s Party renames itself the Hungarian Socialist Worker’s Party, the name it would use until October, 1989.

In Moscow, Nikita Khrushchev decides to invade Hungary and put an end to the revolution. France and the United Kingdom join Israel against Egypt in the Suez Crisis.