What Happened in September 1955

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 2 Egyptian fighters shot down over Israel
  • Sep 1 KARD (now KSNW) TV channel 3 in Wichita, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 KCRA TV channel 3 in Sacramento, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 KTBS TV channel 3 in Shreveport, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 Fred Kaps becomes world champion magician
  • Sep 5 Dodger Don Newcombe hits NL pitcher record 7th HR of season
  • Sep 5 WKRG TV channel 5 in Mobile, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 WTTW TV channel 11 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 "Catch a Star" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Sep 6 J van Tilburg appointed governor of Suriname
  • Sep 8 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • Sep 9 Don Zimmer, hits 4,000th Dodger home run
  • Sep 9 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Sep 10 "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV
  • Sep 11 KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 Dedication of the first Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Bern Switzerland Temple.
  • Sep 11 6th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by 16.5 points

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 11 75th U.S. Men's National Championship: Tony Trabert beats Ken Rosewall (9-7, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Sep 11 69th U.S. Women's National Championship: Doris Hart beats Patricia Ward Hales (6-4, 6-2)
  • Sep 12 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 Herb Score sets rookie record of 235 strikeouts (en route 245)
  • Sep 15 WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL (CBS) begins
  • Sep 16 Bauer & Berra homer in 9th beating Red Sox 5-4 taking over 1st
  • Sep 16 US Auto Club forms to oversee four major auto racing categories

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 17 "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Sep 17 Future Hall of Famer Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game
  • Sep 18 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Mile High Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 18 Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 19 Argentine president Juan Peron resigns & flees

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 19 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 19 Hurricane Hilda, kills 200 in Mexico
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season
  • Sep 21 Last allied occupying troops leave Austria

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 21 Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Sep 21 USSR performs nuclear test

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 21 Heavyweight champ Rocky Mariano KOs Archie Moore in round 9

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Sep 22 (ITV) Commercial TV begins in UK; meanwhile on BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denied that this was a spoiler!
  • Sep 22 -28] Hurricane Janet, kills 500 in Caribbean
  • Sep 23 Pakistan signs Pact of Baghdad
  • Sep 23 Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2
  • Sep 24 "Catch a Star" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Sep 24 Washington Senators lose their 99th & 100th games of season
  • Sep 25 Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ
  • Sep 25 Patty Berg wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
  • Sep 25 The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded.
  • Sep 26 NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929
  • Sep 28 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • Sep 28 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Sergeant Preston" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 Ali Sastroamidjojo's PNI wins elections in Indonesia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Arthur Millers "View From The Bridge" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Bruce Foxton, rock guitarist (Jam)
  • Sep 1 Billy Blanks, American martial artist
  • Sep 2 Linda Purl, Greenwich Ct, actress (Gloria-Happy Days, Matlock)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 3 Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
  • Sep 4 Brian Schweitzer, American politician, governor of Montana
  • Sep 5 Bruno Zarrillo, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • Sep 6 Anne Henning, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Sep 6 Carl Erwin Walz, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 51, 65, 79), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Efim Zelmanov, Russian mathematician
  • Sep 7 Mira Furlan, Croatian actress
  • Sep 9 John Kricfalusi, Canadian animator
  • Sep 10 Charlotte Lewis, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 10 Giannina Facio Franco, San Jose Costa Rica, Mrs Phillipe Junot
  • Sep 10 Pat Mastelotto, rock drummer (Mr Mister, King Crimson)
  • Sep 12 Peter Scolari, New Rochelle New York, American actor (Newhart, Bosom Buddies)
  • Sep 12 Nina Blackwood, Mass, actress/VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad)
  • Sep 13 Joe Morris, American musician
  • Sep 15 Mac Sweeney, (Rep-R-TX, 1985- )
  • Sep 15 Željka Antunović, Croatian politician
  • Sep 15 Renzo Rosso, Italian clothing designer
  • Sep 16 Liz Knights, publisher
  • Sep 16 Robin Yount, baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits)
  • Sep 16 Vicki Tabor, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 16 Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer
  • Sep 17 Scott William Simpson, PGA golfer (1987 US Open), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 17 Koralia Karanti, Greek actress
  • Sep 17 Charles Martinet, American actor
  • Sep 18 Jeana Tomasino, Milwaukee Wis, playmate (Nov, 1980)
  • Sep 18 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor (d. 2006)
  • Sep 19 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 19 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician (d. 2006)
  • Sep 20 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament
  • Sep 21 Rebecca Balding, Little Rock Ark, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap)
  • Sep 21 Richard J Hieb, Jamestown ND, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65)
  • Sep 21 Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • Sep 22 Jerry Anderson, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1982, 83), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 22 Jeffrey Leonard, Major League baseball player
  • Sep 22 John Brennan, American Director of the CIA, born in North Bergen, New Jersey
  • Sep 23 Patti Weaver, WV, actress (Days of our Life, Gina-Young & Restless)
  • Sep 24 Riccardo Illy, Italian politician
  • Sep 25 Adelmo "Zucchero" Fornaciari, Italian R&B-singer (Senza una Donna)
  • Sep 25 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing)
  • Sep 25 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German footballer
  • Sep 25 Ludo Coeck, Belgian footballer (d. 1985)
  • Sep 26 Carlene Carter, Nashville Tn, country singer (I Fell in Love)
  • Sep 28 Stéphane Dion, Canadian politician
  • Sep 29 Ken Weatherwax, American actor (Pugsley-Addams Family), born in LA, CA
  • Sep 29 Mark Mitchell, actor (Larger than Life, Lift Off, Ground Zero)
  • Sep 29 Vicki Fergon, Palo Alto CA, LPGA golfer (1979 Lady Stroh's)
  • Sep 29 Benoît Ferreux, French actor
  • Sep 30 Frankie Kennedy, flute player

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 18 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 18 Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (27) weds Peruvian economist Hilda Gadea (34) in Mexico

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Philip Loeb, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 61
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Kattnigg, composer, dies at 60
  • Sep 7 Earnest Rabel, Austrian/US civil rights activist, dies at 81
  • Sep 7 Ham Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1900)
  • Sep 8 John de Young, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 69
  • Sep 10 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer, dies at 70
  • Sep 12 Gustave Vanzype, Belgian literary (La Gazette), dies at 86
  • Sep 14 F C Weiskopf, writer, dies
  • Sep 16 Leopold CMS Amery, British minister of Colonies (India), dies at 81
  • Sep 19 John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • Sep 27 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • Sep 28 Arthur Donaldson, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 30 James Dean, actor (Rebel Without a Cause), dies in a car crash at age 24

Actor James Dean
James Dean
  • Sep 30 Michael Chekhov, actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64