March 1955 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
  • Mar 2 King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
  • Mar 2 William Inge's "Bus Stop" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 4 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent

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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 13 Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal
  • 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 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
  • Mar 18 I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
  • 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
  • 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 27 9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours & Pajama Game win
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • Mar 2 Ken Salazar, American politician
  • Mar 4 Benny Alexander, sec-gen (South African Pan-Africanist Movement)
  • Mar 5 Penn Jillette, Mass, magician (Penn & Teller-Penn & Teller are Dead)
  • Mar 13 Patricia J Engfer, general manager (Hyatt Regency-Orlando)
  • Mar 15 Dee Snider, Massapequa NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • Mar 17 Cynthia McKinney, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Mar 18 Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, Mo.
  • Mar 22 Valdis Zatlers, 7th President of Latvia
  • Mar 22 Pete Sessions, American politician
  • Mar 25 Daniel Boulud, French chef and restaurateur
  • Mar 27 Patrick McCabe, Clones County Monaghan, Irish novelist
  • Mar 28 John Alderdice, Northern Irish politician

Deaths in History

  • Mar 5 Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)
  • Mar 8 Clementine, Princess of Belg, wife of V Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Matthew A Henson, met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88

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Mar 11 Alexander Fleming, English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73

  • Mar 11 Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)
  • Mar 12 Theodor Plievier, writer, dies
  • Mar 13 Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere, dies
  • Mar 13 Yung Deva, king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • Mar 16 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • Mar 21 Muriel Aked, dies at 67
  • Mar 22 Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • Mar 23 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (b. 1875)
  • Mar 29 Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81