What Happened in January 1955

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
  • Jan 1 WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins
  • Jan 1 41st Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
  • Jan 1 21st Sugar Bowl: #5 Navy beats #6 Mississippi, 21-0
  • Jan 1 21st Orange Bowl: #14 Duke beats Nebraska, 34-7
  • Jan 2 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
  • Jan 2 Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
  • Jan 3 Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
  • Jan 5 KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC)
  • Jan 7 WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • Jan 8 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
  • Jan 8 Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open
  • Jan 8 WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 15 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
  • Jan 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch's "From Jewish Folk Poetry" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 15 USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
  • Jan 16 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • Jan 16 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
  • Jan 17 Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
  • Jan 18 Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army
  • Jan 18 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
  • Jan 19 "Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
  • Jan 19 "Scrabble" debuts on board game market

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Jan 19 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 20 The first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton, Connecticut
  • Jan 22 Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
  • Jan 23 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 23 KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 23 Express train travelling from York to Bristol derails, killing 14 and injuring many other passengers
  • Jan 25 Jill Kinmont hits a tree & breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race
  • Jan 25 Russia ends state of war with Germany
  • Jan 25 US & Panama sign canal treaty
  • Jan 25 Columbia University scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
  • Jan 27 "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances
  • Jan 27 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 29 John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
  • Jan 31 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • Jan 31 43rd Women's Australian Championships: Beryl Penrose beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-4, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 43rd Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Lew Hoad (9-7, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Michael James Sullivan, PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 2 Tex Brashear, American voice actor
  • Jan 3 Cynthia Sykes, Coffeyville Ky, actress (Flamingo Road, St Elsewhere)
  • Jan 3 Palmolive, English musician (The Slits, The Raincoats)
  • Jan 4 Kathy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • Jan 4 Mark Hollis, English pop musician (Talk Talk, Dum Dum Girl)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6 Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder), born in Consett, County Durham, England

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • Jan 7 Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)
  • Jan 8 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 8 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 9 Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic
  • Jan 9 J. K. Simmons, American actor
  • Jan 10 Luci Martin, rocker vocalist (Chic)
  • Jan 10 Michael Schenker, heavy metal rocker (MSG-Coming on Strong, Scorpions)
  • Jan 12 Patty Hayes, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 12 Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter
  • Jan 13 Fred White, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • Jan 13 Jay McInerney, author (Bright Lights, Big City)
  • Jan 13 Titus M Mafolo, South African journalist/ANC-leader
  • Jan 13 Trevor Rabin, rocker (Yes)
  • Jan 13 Paul Kelly, Australian singer
  • Jan 15 Enrico Mentana, Milan Italy, Italian newscaster (RAI)
  • Jan 16 Jerry M Linenger, PhD/Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 81/84), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jan 17 Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 18 Johannes AM "Hans" van Tongeren, Dutch actor (Hunk)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 18 Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 18 Mable Fergerson, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Simon Rattle, England, orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symph Orch)
  • Jan 19 Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-born actor and comedian
  • Jan 20 Joe Doherty, Ireland, IRA activist (jailed in US)
  • Jan 20 Wyatt Knight, American actor
  • Jan 20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
  • Jan 21 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • Jan 21 Jeff Koons, American artist
  • Jan 22 Thomas David Jones, Balt Md, PhD/Astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98)
  • Jan 22 Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician
  • Jan 22 John Wesley Shipp, Norfolk, Virginia, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live)
  • Jan 23 Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jan 23 Robin Zander, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police)
  • Jan 24 James Montgomery, US 100m swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1976)
  • Jan 24 Julian Holland, rocker (Squeeze)
  • Jan 26 Lucia Mendez, Mexico, spanish singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 26 Eddie Van Halen, Nijmegan Neth, rock guitarist (Van Halen-Jump, 1984)

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • Jan 27 Richard Young, Glasgow Ky, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
  • Jan 27 Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 27 John G. Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States
  • Jan 27 Alexander Stuart, British author
  • Jan 27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 28 Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Jan 29 John Tate, US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • Jan 30 Curtis Strange, Norfolk VA, PGA golfer (1989 US Open)
  • Jan 30 Judith Tarr, US, sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica)
  • Jan 30 Michael Thompson, guitarist (Afterburn, Fresh, Sahara, Gridlock'd)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 31 Virginia Ruzici, Campia Turzii Romania, tennis star (1978 French Open champion)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 15 Film director Stanley Kubrick (26) weds theatrical designer Ruth Sobotka (29)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 17 Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • Jan 4 Dominicus Johner, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Francois Rasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 4 Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, Dutch preacher, dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
  • Jan 7 Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Rodolfo Graziani, Italian Marshal, fascist and Viceroy of Italian East Africa, dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Yves Tanguy, French/American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • Jan 17 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • Jan 17 J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • Jan 17 Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • Jan 21 Maarten P Vrij, Dutch lawyer/criminologist/High Council, dies at 59
  • Jan 21 Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • Jan 24 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • Jan 27 Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • Jan 29 Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51
  • Jan 31 John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89