August 1955 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 1st microgravity research begins
  • Aug 1 Tengku Abdul Rahman forms Malacca government
  • Aug 2 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Aug 3 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing
  • Aug 3 Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days
  • Aug 3 Roger Moens runs world record 800 m (1:45.7)

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Aug 4 Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 5 After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games
  • Aug 7 Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel
  • Aug 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan

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Aug 8 Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement"

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Aug 8 Geneva conference held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy
  • Aug 11 Indonesia government of Harahap forms
  • Aug 12 US President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour
  • Aug 13 Larry Doby's ends AL record of 167 errorless games in outfield
  • Aug 15 Hurricane Connie dissipates after killing 43 in NC, SC, Virginia & Maryland
  • Aug 16 Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage
  • Aug 18 -19] Hurricane Diane, kills 400 in US
  • Aug 18 46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record)
  • Aug 18 Sjukri al-Quwatli re-elected president of Syria
  • Aug 19 32.4 cm precipitation at Burlington, Connecticut (state record)
  • Aug 19 Hurricane Diane kills 200 & 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. US)
  • Aug 20 Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco & Algeria

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Aug 21 Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • Aug 25 Last Soviet forces leave Austria
  • Aug 27 "Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published
  • Aug 27 Sandy Koufax fans 14 Reds, both teams combine for record 23 strikeouts
  • Aug 31 1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, Tx)
  • Aug 31 1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated, Chicago, Ill

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
  • Aug 4 Andrew M Allen, Captain USMC/astronaut (STS 46, 62, 75), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 4 Charles D "Sam" Gemar, Yankton SD, army/astronaut (STS 38, 48, 62)
  • Aug 4 Alberto Gonzales, American U.S. Attorney General
  • Aug 7 Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer
  • Aug 7 Greg Nickels, mayor of Seattle
  • Aug 9 John E. Sweeney, American politician
  • Aug 11 Sylvia Hermon, British politician
  • Aug 11 Marc Bureau, French Canadian politician
  • Aug 12 Ann M. Martin, American author
  • Aug 17 Richard Hilton, American heir
  • Aug 18 Taher ElGamal, Egyptian scientist
  • Aug 22 Will Shetterly, writer
  • Aug 24 Mike Huckabee, US politician (Governor of Arkansas (R) 1996-2007), Presidential candidate, born in Hope Arkansas
  • Aug 27 Robert Richardson, American cinematographer

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bayern/general-fieldmarshal, dies
  • Aug 2 Wallace Stevens, US poet/writer (Owl's Clover), dies at 75

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Aug 12 Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • Aug 12 James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • Aug 14 Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian, dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (b. 1861)
  • Aug 27 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies

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Aug 28 Emmett Till, kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money Mississippi

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till