What Happened in 1955

Significant Events

  • May 5 West Germany is granted full sovereignty by its three occupying powers
  • Jul 15 18 Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by 34 more laureates
  • Aug 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
  • Dec 1 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama
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Did You Know?

"Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published

On August 27, 1955


World Leaders in 1955

Famous People in 1955

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 15 Film director Stanley Kubrick (26) weds theatrical designer Ruth Sobotka (29)
  • Jan 17 Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)
  • Feb 16 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 17 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas
  • Mar 17 Erotic writer Ana├»s Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 9 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage
  • Dec 30 Actor Gregory Peck (39) divorces real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (44) after 13 years of marriage
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