What Happened in 1955

Significant Events

  • Apr 11 Chartered Air India plane the "Kashmir Princess" is bombed and crashes into the South China Sea in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by a Kuomintang secret agent
  • 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

Would You Believe?

Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

On April 15, 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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