What Happened in August 1955

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 1st microgravity research begins
  • Aug 1 Tengku Abdul Rahman forms Malacca government
  • Aug 1 WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 2 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Aug 3 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing
  • Aug 3 Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days
  • Aug 3 Roger Moens runs world record 800 m (1:45.7)

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Aug 4 Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 5 After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games
  • Aug 7 Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel
  • Aug 7 KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins
  • Aug 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan

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Aug 8 Fidel Castro forms the "26th of July Movement", a Cuban vanguard revolutionary organization

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Aug 8 Geneva conference held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy
  • Aug 11 Indonesia government of Harahap forms
  • Aug 12 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
  • Aug 12 US President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour
  • Aug 12 WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 13 Larry Doby's ends AL record of 167 errorless games in outfield
  • Aug 15 WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, VA (ABC) begins
  • Aug 15 Hurricane Connie dissipates after killing 43 in NC, SC, Virginia & Maryland
  • Aug 16 Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage
  • Aug 18 -19] Hurricane Diane, kills 400 in US
  • Aug 18 46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record)
  • Aug 18 Sjukri al-Quwatli re-elected president of Syria
  • Aug 19 32.4 cm precipitation at Burlington, Connecticut (state record)
  • Aug 19 Hurricane Diane kills 200 & 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. US)
  • Aug 19 US raises import duty on bicycles 50%
  • Aug 19 WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's)
  • Aug 20 Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco & Algeria

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Aug 21 Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • Aug 23 Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
  • Aug 25 Last Soviet forces leave Austria
  • Aug 25 16th Venice Film Festival: "Ordet" directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 26 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • Aug 26 "Pather Panchali", Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee and Karuna Banerjee, is released
  • Aug 27 "Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published
  • Aug 27 Sandy Koufax fans 14 Reds, both teams combine for record 23 strikeouts
  • Aug 28 1st NFL preseason sudden death football, Rams beats Giants 23-17
  • Aug 28 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
  • Aug 31 1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Aug 31 KTRE TV channel 9 begins broadcasting in Lufkin, Texas (ABC/NBC affiliate)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Arun Lal, cricketer (Indian batsman mid-80's)
  • Aug 1 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006)
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Lowe, country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 2 Roberta Wallach, American actress (Civil Wars), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 2 Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
  • Aug 2 Tim Dunigan, American Actor
  • Aug 3 Corey Burton, American voice actor
  • Aug 4 Andrew M Allen, Captain USMC/astronaut (STS 46, 62, 75), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 4 Billy Bob Thornton, American actor (Sling Blade), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Aug 4 Charles D "Sam" Gemar, Yankton SD, army/astronaut (STS 38, 48, 62)
  • Aug 4 Alberto Gonzales, American U.S. Attorney General
  • Aug 5 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister, Scarecrow), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 6 Tom Inskeep, Bluffton Ind, Canadian Tour golfer
  • Aug 7 Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer
  • Aug 7 Greg Nickels, mayor of Seattle
  • Aug 7 Wayne Knight, American actor
  • Aug 7 Gregoris Valtinos, Greek actor and director
  • Aug 8 Ali Score, rock drummer (Flock Of Seagulls)
  • Aug 8 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • Aug 8 Herbert Prohaska, Austrian footballer
  • Aug 8 Branscombe Richmond, American actor (Renegade, Commando), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 9 Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL QB (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
  • Aug 9 John E. Sweeney, American politician
  • Aug 9 Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
  • Aug 10 Marja-Liisa Hamalainen, Finnish cross country skier (Oly-gold-1984)
  • Aug 11 Norio Honaga, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Aug 11 Sylvia Hermon, British politician
  • Aug 11 Marc Bureau, French Canadian politician
  • Aug 12 Heintje, [Hendrik Simons], Dutch singer (Mama)
  • Aug 12 Ann M. Martin, American author

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Aug 13 Betsy King, American LPGA golfer (1990 US Women's Open), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Aug 13 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver
  • Aug 13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver
  • Aug 13 Paul Greengrass, English film director
  • Aug 15 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Aug 15 Larry Mathews, actor (Ritchie-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Burbank, California
  • Aug 17 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
  • Aug 17 Janet Quist playmate (Dec, 1978), born in Austin, Texas
  • Aug 17 Kevin Welch, California, country songwriter/actor (Thing Called Love)
  • Aug 17 Richard Hilton, American heir
  • Aug 18 Taher ElGamal, Egyptian scientist
  • Aug 19 Peter Gallagher, Armonk NY, actor (Player, Summer Lovers, Dreamchild)
  • Aug 19 Ned Yost, American baseball player and manager
  • Aug 20 Jay Acovone, Mahopac NY, actor (Det Rado-Hollywood Beat)
  • Aug 20 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 20 Rob Wiedijk, Dutch rock vocalist (Bob Color)
  • Aug 22 Will Shetterly, American writer (Dogland), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Aug 22 Chiranjeevi [Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad], Telugu film actor, dancer and producer, born in Mogalthur, India
  • Aug 24 Mike Huckabee, US politician (Governor of Arkansas (R) 1996-2007), Presidential candidate, born in Hope Arkansas
  • Aug 25 Vijayakanth, Tamil actor and politician, born in Thirumangalam, India
  • Aug 27 Diana Scarwid, actress (Extermites, Psycho 3, Heat), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Aug 27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 27 Laura Fygi, Dutch singer
  • Aug 27 Robert Richardson, American cinematographer
  • Aug 29 Diamanda Galas, composer
  • Aug 29 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 30 Martin Jackson, rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
  • Aug 30 Richard "Butch" Johnson, archer (Olymp-gold-1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 31 Edwin Corley Moses, Dayton, 400m hurdler (Oly-2 gold/br-76, 84, 88)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25 "Dracula" actor Bela Lugosi (72) weds Hope Lininger (36)

  • Aug 29 "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 9 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bayern/general-fieldmarshal, dies
  • Aug 2 Wallace Stevens, US poet/writer (Owl's Clover), dies at 75
  • Aug 2 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1901)
  • Aug 5 Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
  • Aug 5 Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, of cancer aged 21
  • Aug 9 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer, dies at 57

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Aug 12 Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • Aug 12 James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • Aug 14 Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian, dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (b. 1861)
  • Aug 23 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • Aug 27 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies

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Aug 28 Emmett Till, kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money Mississippi

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till