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NOVEMBER 14, 1955
Lester Pearson meets with British PM Anthony Eden and suggests a UN force to keep the peace on the Israeli Egyptian border.
JUly 26, 1956
Suez Canal is nationalised.

Britain starts preparing to invade Egypt.
JULY 28, 1956
Lester Pearson already sees a looming disaster for the Western alliance.
JULY 30, 1956
Ottawa is blasted by the Opposition for not adequately supporting Great Britain.

AUGUST 1, 1956

Lester Pearson tries to defend his government's position.

AUGUST 7, 1956

Pearson sends deeply pessimistic telegram to his High Commissioner in London.

AUGUST 8, 1956

Pearson defends his policy in the House of Commons.

AUGUST 16–23, 1956

The UK convenes conference of canal users in London. Egypt refuses to attend and ignores all conference's proposals for international ownership of the Canal.

Lester Pearson meets with UK Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd.

SEPTEMBER 19–21, 1956

2ND London Conference of Suez canal users. Egypt does not accept the conclusions.

SEPTEMBER 24, 1956

Canadian delegation at the UN sends Pearson a pessimistic summary of negotiations.

SEPTEMBER 25, 1956

Canadian delegation at the UN cables Pearson another summary warning of trouble to come.

SEPTEMBER 27, 1956

Canadian High Commissioner in London meets with UK Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd to try and change UK policy.

OCTOBER 13, 1956

The Security Council adopts grounds for possible settlement of the crisis.

OCTOBER 14, 1956

The British Prime Minister meets with French officials to discuss fabricating an excuse to invade Egypt.

OCTOBER 29, 1956

As part of a pre-arranged deal with Britain and France, the Israeli army invades Egypt.

OCTOBER 30, 1956

Britain and France announce they will land their own troops to keep the peace in Egypt.

The UN tries to deal with the issue.

Lester Pearson suspects collusion between Israel, France and the UK. He is horrified by the huge break in US UK relations.

OCTOBER 31, 1956

The RAF starts bombing Egyptian targets.

Lester Pearson starts formulating his peace proposal.

NOVEMBER 1, 1956

Pearson flies to the UN and starts building support for his peacekeeper proposal.

NOVEMBER 2, 1956

Pearson informally suggests the UN should create its first peacekeeping force (UNEF).

Pearson flies back to Ottawa.

NOVEMBER 3, 1956

Pearson flies back to the UN with a formal proposal for UNEF.

NOVEMBER 4, 1956

The UN votes for Pearson’s UNEF proposal.

NOVEMBER 5, 1956

British and French paratroops forces land in Egypt.

Pearson works with UN officials to create the UN command for UNEF.

NOVEMBER 6, 1956

Britain and France fight on in Egypt despite massive condemnation but then decide to ceasefire at midnight.

NOVEMBER 7, 1956

Britain and France declare a cease-fire.

NOVEMBER 15, 1956

The first UN contingents arrive in Egypt.

NOVEMBER 26, 1956

In the House of Commons, Pearson and St. Laurent are attacked by the Opposition for betraying the Mother Country.

JUNE 10, 1957

The Liberal lose the election and Pearson is no longer foreign minister.

DECEMBER 10 1957

Lester Pearson receives the Nobel Peace prize.