January 1955 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
  • Jan 2 Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
  • Jan 3 Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
  • Jan 15 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
  • Jan 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch's "From Jewish Folk Poetry" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 15 USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
  • Jan 17 Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
  • Jan 18 Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army
  • Jan 19 "Scrabble" debuts on board game market

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Jan 19 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 20 The first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton, Connecticut
  • Jan 22 Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
  • Jan 23 Express train travelling from York to Bristol derails, killing 14 and injuring many other passengers
  • Jan 25 Jill Kinmont hits a tree & breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race
  • Jan 25 Russia ends state of war with Germany
  • Jan 25 US & Panama sign canal treaty
  • Jan 25 Columbia University scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
  • Jan 29 John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 9 Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic
  • Jan 13 Jay McInerney, author (Bright Lights, Big City)
  • Jan 13 Titus M Mafolo, South African journalist/ANC-leader
  • Jan 16 Jerry M Linenger, PhD/Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 81/84), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jan 20 Joe Doherty, Ireland, IRA activist (jailed in US)
  • Jan 21 Jeff Koons, American artist
  • Jan 22 Thomas David Jones, Balt Md, PhD/Astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98)
  • Jan 22 Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician
  • Jan 23 Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jan 27 John G. Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States
  • Jan 27 Alexander Stuart, British author

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 28 Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Jan 30 Judith Tarr, US, sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 17 Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • Jan 4 Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, Dutch preacher, dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Rodolfo Graziani, Italian Marshal, fascist and Viceroy of Italian East Africa, dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Yves Tanguy, French/American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • Jan 17 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • Jan 17 J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • Jan 17 Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • Jan 21 Maarten P Vrij, Dutch lawyer/criminologist/High Council, dies at 59
  • Jan 24 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • Jan 27 Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • Jan 29 Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51
  • Jan 31 John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89