Historical Events for Year 1955

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Events 1 - 150 of 541

Jan 1st - Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
Jan 1st - WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins
Jan 1st - 41st Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
Jan 1st - 21st Sugar Bowl: #5 Navy beats #6 Mississippi, 21-0
Jan 1st - 21st Orange Bowl: #14 Duke beats Nebraska, 34-7
Jan 2nd - 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
Jan 2nd - Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
Jan 3rd - Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
Jan 5th - KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
Jan 7th - Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC)
Jan 7th - WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 8th - Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
Jan 8th - Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
Jan 8th - Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open
Jan 8th - WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 14th - Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres in Phila
Jan 15th - 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
Jan 15th - Dmitri Shostakovitch's "From Jewish Folk Poetry" premieres in Leningrad
Jan 15th - USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
Jan 16th - Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
Jan 16th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
Jan 17th - Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
Jan 18th - Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army
Jan 18th - 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
Jan 19th - "Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
Jan 19th - "Scrabble" debuts on board game market
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower Jan 19th - 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
Jan 20th - The first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton, Connecticut
Jan 22nd - Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
Jan 23rd - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
Jan 23rd - KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
Jan 23rd - Express train travelling from York to Bristol derails, killing 14 and injuring many other passengers
Jan 25th - Jill Kinmont hits a tree & breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race
Jan 25th - Russia ends state of war with Germany
Jan 25th - US & Panama sign canal treaty
Jan 25th - Columbia University scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
Jan 27th - "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 perfs
Jan 27th - 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
Jan 29th - John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
Jan 31st - RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
Jan 31st - 43rd Women's Australian Championships: Beryl Penrose beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-4, 6-3)
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken RosewallTennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall Jan 31st - 43rd Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Lew Hoad (9-7, 6-4, 6-4)
Feb 1st - HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
Feb 2nd - 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
Feb 8th - Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him
Feb 8th - The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 kmĀ²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.
Feb 9th - Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
Feb 9th - US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
Feb 10th - The US Navy evacuate 1000s from Tachen Islands in the Pacific
Feb 12th - McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
Feb 12th - President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
Feb 12th - Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
Feb 12th - WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 13th - Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
Feb 13th - KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 13th - Patty Berg wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
Feb 14th - WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins
Feb 15th - 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
Feb 17th - Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
Feb 17th - Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe & Bowden of CAN
Feb 17th - KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
Feb 17th - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
Feb 17th - Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
Feb 18th - Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
Feb 19th - South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
Feb 20th - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
Feb 22nd - British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
Feb 23rd - Edgar Faure forms French government
Feb 24th - "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances
Feb 24th - Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed
Actress Judy GarlandActress Judy Garland Feb 24th - 12th Golden Globes: On The Waterfront, Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win
Feb 26th - "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances
Feb 26th - 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith
Feb 27th - Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
Mar 1st - Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
Mar 1st - KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast
Mar 1st - Pakistan v India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw
Mar 2nd - King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
Mar 2nd - William Inge's "Bus Stop" premieres in NYC
Mar 3rd - Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Mar 4th - 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
Mar 5th - WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
Mar 5th - 2nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77
Mar 6th - Dutch premiere of Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot"
Mar 6th - Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
Mar 7th - 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas & Loretta Young win
Mar 7th - Baseball Commish Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter
Mar 7th - Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised
Mar 13th - Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal
Mar 13th - Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Mar 14th - Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal
Mar 15th - Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses
Mar 15th - US Air Force unveils self-guided missile
Actress Mary MartinActress Mary Martin Mar 15th - WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 16th - Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge
Mar 16th - President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war
Mar 17th - After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.
Mar 18th - I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
Mar 19th - 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats La Salle 77-63
Mar 20th - KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 21st - Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece
Mar 21st - Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
Mar 24th - 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
Ice Hockey Player Maurice RichardIce Hockey Player Maurice Richard Mar 24th - British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years
Mar 24th - Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances
Mar 25th - E Germany granted full sovereignty by occupying power, USSR
Mar 25th - United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.
Mar 26th - "Ballad of Davy Crockett" becomes the #1 record in US
Mar 26th - 109th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Quare Times wins
Mar 27th - 9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours & Pajama Game win
Mar 27th - Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)
Mar 27th - WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting
Mar 28th - NZ cricket all out for 26 v England at Eden Park
Mar 30th - 27th Academy Awards - "On the Waterfront", Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly win
Actress Grace KellyActress Grace Kelly Mar 31st - Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston
Mar 31st - US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes Chase National (3rd largest bank) & Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan
Apr 1st - Armed military action taken against bureaucratic strike in Amsterdam
Apr 1st - EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus
Apr 1st - WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast
Apr 2nd - US female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
Apr 2nd - US male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
Apr 2nd - Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
Apr 3rd - Balt Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs KC Athletics)
Apr 3rd - Fire in cinema in Sclessin, Belgium, kills 39
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise SuggsGolfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs Apr 3rd - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Oklahoma City Golf Open
Apr 3rd - Night express train in Guadalajara derails, killing 300
Apr 3rd - The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges.
Apr 4th - British government signs military treaty with Iraq
Apr 5th - Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him
Apr 6th - "3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances
Apr 6th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 6th - Yemen: failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam
Apr 9th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 10th - 19th Masters Golf Tournament: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279
Apr 10th - 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3
Apr 10th - Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine
Apr 10th - Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk Apr 11th - Sobers starts run of 85 Test Cricket appearances for WI uninterrupted
Apr 11th - The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang.
Apr 11th - "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair premieres in New York (Best Picture 1956)
Apr 12th - 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
Apr 12th - Salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched
Apr 13th - 20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)
Apr 14th - Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to wear the Yankee uniform
Apr 14th - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
Apr 14th - WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
Apr 15th - Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois
McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray KrocMcDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc Apr 15th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Apr 17th - Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
Apr 18th - "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 176 perfs

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