Historical Events in December 1955

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Dec 1 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a 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 American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (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.