February 1955 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
  • Feb 8 Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him
  • Feb 8 The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.
  • Feb 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
  • Feb 9 US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
  • Feb 10 The US Navy evacuate 1000s from Tachen Islands in the Pacific

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Feb 12 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 12 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
  • Feb 13 Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
  • Feb 15 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 17 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • Feb 18 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
  • Feb 19 South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
  • Feb 22 British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
  • Feb 23 Edgar Faure forms French government
  • Feb 24 Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed
  • Feb 26 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Kate Ashbrook, general secretary (Open Spaces Society)
  • Feb 1 Virginia "Ginny" Leng [Elliott], British eventer (1986 World Champion)
  • Feb 3 Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • Feb 3 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • Feb 4 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • Feb 7 Mario Coutinho, Brazilian physician

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Feb 8 John Grisham, writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)

Writer John Grisham
John Grisham
  • Feb 13 Joe Birkett, American lawyer
  • Feb 14 R Jeremy H Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 14 Carol Kalish, American publishing executive (d. 1991)
  • Feb 15 Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • Feb 15 Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • Feb 16 Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 17 Mo Yan, Chinese novelist

Novelist Mo Yan
Mo Yan
  • Feb 18 Miles Tredinnick, English playwright
  • Feb 21 Sir Steven Fayburgh, British diplomat

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Feb 24 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple (d. 2011), born in San Francisco, California

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 17 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

Novelist J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger

Deaths in History

  • Feb 18 Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)
  • Feb 23 Paul Claudel, French poet/playwright (L'otage), dies at 86