Historical Events in March 1955

  • Mar 1 Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
  • Mar 1 KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 1 Pakistan v India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw
  • Mar 2 King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
  • Mar 2 William Inge's "Bus Stop" premieres in NYC

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Mar 3 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 4 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
  • Mar 5 WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 5 2nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77

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Mar 6 Dutch premiere of Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot"

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Mar 6 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 7 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas & Loretta Young win
  • Mar 7 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter

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Mar 7 Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Mar 13 Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal
  • Mar 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 14 Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal
  • Mar 15 Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses
  • Mar 15 US Air Force unveils self-guided missile
  • Mar 15 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge

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Mar 16 President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Mar 17 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.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Mar 18 I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
  • Mar 19 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats La Salle 77-63
  • Mar 20 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 21 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece
  • Mar 21 Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
  • Mar 24 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
  • Mar 24 British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years

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Mar 24 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 25 E Germany granted full sovereignty by occupying power, USSR

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Mar 25 United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Mar 26 "Ballad of Davy Crockett" becomes the #1 record in US
  • Mar 26 109th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Quare Times wins
  • Mar 27 9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours & Pajama Game win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 27 Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)

  • Mar 27 WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 28 NZ cricket all out for 26 v England at Eden Park

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 30 27th Academy Awards: "On the Waterfront", Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly win

  • Mar 31 Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston
  • Mar 31 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