July 1955 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 5 Six week old British dock strike ends as London dockers return to work
  • Jul 9 First black executive on White House staff (E Frederic Morrow)
  • Jul 9 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops billboards chart
  • Jul 9 Strike in Belgium for 5 day work week

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Jul 9 The Russell-Einstein Manifesto is released by Bertrand Russell in London.

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Jul 11 Congress authorizes all US currency to say "In God We Trust"
  • Jul 11 New USAF Academy dedicated at Lowry AFB in Colorado with 300 cadets
  • Jul 12 Christian Democratic Party forms in Argentina
  • Jul 13 The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London.
  • Jul 14 2 killed, many dazed when lightning strikes Ascot racecourse, England
  • Jul 15 18 Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by 34 more laureates
  • Jul 17 Arco Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power
  • Jul 17 Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
  • Jul 18 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially
  • Jul 18 280 mm rain in Martinstown, Dorset (UK-record)
  • Jul 19 Balclutha ties up at Pier 43 & becomes a floating museum
  • Jul 19 Yarkon Water Project opens to supply water to Negev desert in Israel
  • Jul 21 USS Seawolf launched, 1st submarine powered by liquid metal cooled nuclear reactor

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Jul 22 Richard Nixon becomes the first US Vice President to preside over a cabinet meeting

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 24 Ali Sastroamidjojo of government resigns in Indonesia
  • Jul 26 Ted Allen throws a record 72 consecutive horseshoe ringers
  • Jul 27 Austria regains full independence after 4-power occupation since WWII
  • Jul 27 Israeli passenger plane shot down above Bulgaria, 58 die
  • Jul 28 The Union Mundial pro Interlingua is founded at the first Interlingua congress in Tours, France.
  • Jul 29 Smokey Burgess hits 3 HRs to help Pirates beat Reds 16-5
  • Jul 29 USSR performs nuclear Test

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Kevin Michael Grace, Canadian journalist
  • Jul 3 Sanma Akashiya, Japanese television performer
  • Jul 6 William Wall, Irish writer
  • Jul 9 Sergei Vladimirovich Krichevsky, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jul 14 L. Brent Bozell, American author and activist
  • Jul 17 Paul Stamets, American mycologist and environmentalist
  • Jul 18 Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician
  • Jul 18 Bernd Fasching, Austrian painter and sculptor
  • Jul 25 Bantubonke Holomisa, minister of Defense of Transkei (1988- )
  • Jul 25 Kike Elomaa, Finnish bodybuilder
  • Jul 27 Cat Bauer, American novelist
  • Jul 29 Dave Stevens, American illustrator

Weddings in History

  • Jul 2 Desmond Tutu marries Leah Nomalizo Shinxani

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 29 Mexican artist Diego Rivera (68) marries 4th wife art dealer Emma Hurtado

Painter Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)
  • Jul 10 Henry W Methorst, Dutch director (Central Bureau of Statistic), dies
  • Jul 13 Beulah Ecton Woodard, US sculptor, dies at 59
  • Jul 13 Ruth Ellis, last English woman (murderess), executed by hanging
  • Jul 16 Jean de Merode, [Marie-Louise Courtenay], Belgian princess, dies at 81
  • Jul 19 Koos [Jacobus J] Vorrink, Dutch soc-democrat (SDAP/AJC/PvdA), dies at 64
  • Jul 23 Cordell Hull, statesman, dies