What Happened in December 1955

Historical Events

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Dec 1 Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks
  • Dec 3 KTVE TV channel 10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 4 Mgr Alfrink installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • Dec 5 AFL & CIO merge, with George Meany as president
  • Dec 5 Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks
  • Dec 5 The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO.
  • Dec 6 NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 Question" on boxing
  • Dec 8 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)

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Dec 8 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Dec 8 Turkish government of Menderes forms

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Dec 8 Black Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers", directed by Alexander Mackendrick and starring Alec Guinness is released in the UK

  • Dec 12 1st prototype of hovercraft patented by British engineer Christoper Cockerell
  • Dec 14 Dutch Reformed Church condemns woman/wife as vicar
  • Dec 14 Tappan Zee Bridge in NY opens to traffic
  • Dec 14 16 countries join the United Nations, including Austria, Finland, Italy, and Spain
  • Dec 19 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes"
  • Dec 20 Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales
  • Dec 21 2nd National Film Awards (India): "Mirza Ghalib" wins the Golden Lotus

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Dec 24 Author Aldous Huxley takes LSD for the first time

  • Dec 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music
  • Dec 26 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14
  • Dec 26 RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV
  • Dec 28 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)

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Dec 29 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 31 "Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Dec 31 The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Uwe Benter, German FR, coxsman (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Dec 1 Mark Thompson, American disc jockey and actor
  • Dec 1 Verónica Forqué, Spanish actress
  • Dec 2 Dennis Christopher, actor (Breaking Away, California Dreaming), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 3 Melody Anderson, Edmonton, actress (Natalie Dillon-All My Children)
  • Dec 3 Warren Jeffs, American convicted polygamist
  • Dec 4 Brian Prout, Troy NY, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • Dec 4 Cassandra Wilson, jazz singer
  • Dec 4 Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 6 Bill Lloyd, Bowling Green Ky, singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You)
  • Dec 6 Malcolm Jarvis, cricket lefty paceman (Zimbabwe's 1st Test side)
  • Dec 6 Rick Buckler, [Paul Richard Buckler], rock drummer (Jam)
  • Dec 6 Steven Wright, droll comedian (Steven Wright Live)
  • Dec 6 Tish Hinojosa, San Antonia Tx, country singer (Something in the Rain)
  • Dec 7 Priscilla Barnes, Ft Dix NJ, actress (License to Kill, 3s Company)
  • Dec 7 John Watkins, Australian politician
  • Dec 8 Ian Greig, cricketer (brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982)
  • Dec 9 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician
  • Dec 10 Jacquelyn Mitchard, American novelist
  • Dec 11 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 12 Lenore Rittenhouse, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dec 12 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman
  • Dec 12 Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
  • Dec 14 Jane Crafter, Perth Australia, golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams)
  • Dec 15 Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • Dec 16 Carol M Browner, US Administrator (EPA)
  • Dec 16 Graeme Stevenson, cricketer (England medium pacer 1980-81)
  • Dec 16 Xander Berkeley, American actor
  • Dec 16 Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • Dec 19 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • Dec 20 Ed Kuepper, German/Australian, singer/songwriter (Saints)
  • Dec 20 Pierre Bokma, Dutch actor (Avonden, Leedvermaak)
  • Dec 20 Sammy Mitchell, US programmer (Qedit/TSE/Semware)
  • Dec 21 Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
  • Dec 21 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
  • Dec 22 Lonnie Smith, American baseball player
  • Dec 23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-), born in Glasgow
  • Dec 24 Anwar Khan, cricketer (bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979)
  • Dec 24 Clarence Gilyard Jr, Moses Lake Wash, actor (Chips, Duck Factory)
  • Dec 24 Grand L. Bush, American actor
  • Dec 25 Claus Strigel, director (Obituary for the Automobile, Act of God)
  • Dec 25 William Andrews, actor (Sealed Cargo)
  • Dec 25 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer
  • Dec 26 Evan Bayh, American politician
  • Dec 27 Barbara Olson, American political commentator (d. 2001)
  • Dec 27 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver
  • Dec 29 Jan Pijnenburg, Dutch rock drummer (Doe Maar-Bomb)
  • Dec 29 Neil Giraldo, rocker (Pat Benatar Band)
  • Dec 30 Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)
  • Dec 31 Dawood Ibrahim, Indian crime boss

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (47) weds Cecilia Suyat

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 30 Actor Gregory Peck (39) divorces real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (44) after 13 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • Dec 5 Paul Harvey, actor (Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73

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Dec 6 Honus Wagner, baseball player, dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Dec 8 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
  • Dec 9 Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)
  • Dec 11 Franz Adolf Syberg, composer, dies at 51
  • Dec 11 Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
  • Dec 13 Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
  • Dec 21 Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • Dec 22 Len Braund, cricketer (23 Tests for England 987 runs 47 wkts), dies
  • Dec 24 Nana Bryant, actress (Mrs Nestor - Our Miss Brooks), dies at 67
  • Dec 27 Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (b. 1881)
  • Dec 30 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)