23. What event is commemorated on this postage stamp?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #23
The nationalization of the Suez Canal on July 26, 1956 (١٩٥٦/٧/٢٦ in Arabic). This move by President Gamal Abdel Nasser, while arguably legal according to international law (Suez Canal Company stockholders were promised compensation), led to the week-long Suez War between Egypt and combined forces of Israel, Britain and France. The conflict ended when Israel, Britain and France bowed to pressure from the U.S. and USSR and withdrew.
Today the canal is among Egypt’s main sources of income after tourism.