What Happened in February 1955

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Feb 2 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 8 Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him
  • Feb 8 The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.
  • Feb 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
  • Feb 9 US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
  • Feb 10 The US Navy evacuate 1000s from Tachen Islands in the Pacific
  • Feb 12 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Feb 12 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
  • Feb 12 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
  • Feb 12 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13 Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
  • Feb 13 KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 14 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins
  • Feb 15 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 17 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • Feb 17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
  • Feb 18 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
  • Feb 19 South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
  • Feb 20 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 22 British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
  • Feb 23 Edgar Faure forms French government
  • Feb 24 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances
  • Feb 24 Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 24 12th Golden Globes: On The Waterfront, Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win

  • Feb 26 "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • Feb 26 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith
  • Feb 27 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Kate Ashbrook, general secretary (Open Spaces Society)
  • Feb 1 Virginia "Ginny" Leng [Elliott], British eventer (1986 World Champion)
  • Feb 1 Ernie Camacho, baseball player
  • Feb 2 Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
  • Feb 3 Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • Feb 3 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • Feb 4 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • Feb 5 Debra Jo Fondren, Los Angeles Cal, playmate of year (September, 1977)
  • Feb 5 Mike Heath, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 7 Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 7 Mario Coutinho, Brazilian physician
  • Feb 8 Ethan Phillips, actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager)
  • Feb 8 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 John Grisham, writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)

Writer John Grisham
John Grisham
  • Feb 8 Nancy Oliver, American playwright and television writer
  • Feb 9 Charles Shaughnessy, actor (Shane-Days of our Lives, Nanny), born in London, England
  • Feb 9 Jm J Bullock, Casper Wyoming, actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 10 Greg Norman, Queensland, Australia, PGA golfer (1984 Kemper)

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • Feb 10 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Oly-silver-76)
  • Feb 10 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • Feb 10 Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • Feb 12 Arsenio Hall, comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America)
  • Feb 12 Daniele Masala, Italy, pentathelete (Olympics-1976)
  • Feb 12 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
  • Feb 12 Chet Lemon, American baseball player
  • Feb 13 Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • Feb 13 Scott Smith, rock bassist (Loverboy-Get Lucky)
  • Feb 13 Joe Birkett, American lawyer
  • Feb 14 R Jeremy H Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 14 Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 14 James Eckhouse, American actor
  • Feb 14 Carol Kalish, American publishing executive (d. 1991)
  • Feb 14 Rip Rogers, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 15 Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • Feb 15 Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • Feb 15 Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • Feb 15 Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel
  • Feb 16 George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants)
  • Feb 16 Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 16 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • Feb 16 Hunt Block, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 17 Mo Yan, Chinese novelist

Novelist Mo Yan
Mo Yan
  • Feb 18 Miles Tredinnick, English playwright
  • Feb 18 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Feb 19 Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)
  • Feb 20 Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)
  • Feb 21 Sir Steven Fayburgh, British diplomat
  • Feb 22 Tim Young, Scarborough, Ontario, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars)
  • Feb 23 Howard Jones, rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)
  • Feb 24 Alain Prost, Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93)
  • Feb 24 Bob Abrams, Ohio, rocker (Buckinghams)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 24 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple (d. 2011), born in San Francisco, California

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Feb 25 Leann Hunley, actress (Dane Carrington-Dynasty, Dawson's Creek)
  • Feb 26 Rupert Keegan, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Formula One racing car driver
  • Feb 27 Garry Christian, rocker
  • Feb 27 Sally Spencer, actress (M J McKinnon-Another World)
  • Feb 27 Peter Christopherson, English musician and video director
  • Feb 28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic-gold-1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 28 Gilbert Gottfried, comedian (Beverly Hills Cop)
  • Feb 28 Randy Jackson, guitarist (Zebra-Tell Me What You Want), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 17 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

Novelist J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 12 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • Feb 14 Charles Cuvillier, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 15 S Z Sakall, actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • Feb 18 Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)
  • Feb 23 Paul Claudel, French poet/playwright (L'otage), dies at 86
  • Feb 25 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 27 Tom Howard, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66