The "frankfurter" is born, the Holland Tunnel opens to traffic, the Supreme Court integrates Alabama's public buses, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated, and water is found on the moon, all on this day.
1956: The United States Supreme Court upholds a federal district court decision finding Alabama laws requiring segregated buses unconstitutional. A resulting Montgomery, Ala., ordinance allowing black bus passengers to sit virtually anywhere they wanted would go into effect on Dec. 20, 1956, ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott that began a year earlier when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white person.
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