January 1: Sudan gained its independence from an Anglo-Egyptian condominium.
March 2: France terminated its protectorate over Morocco.
March 20: France terminated its protectorate over Tunisia.
April 7: Spain terminated its protectorate over Morocco.
September 24: The Solomon Islands was granted a new badge.
October 25: Hungary returned to its 1946-1949 coat of arms.
October 29: Tangier was reincoprorated into Morocco.
Sometime in 1956: Multiple copies of the Bhutanese flag were made for the first time. Although based on a photograph of the original, the new flags different in the colour and orientation of the dragon.