1955 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 297

  • May 14 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • May 14 Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
  • May 15 Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazakhstan begins
  • May 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 15 Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence
  • May 15 The first ascent of Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain.
  • May 16 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
  • May 17 Dutch government of Drees resigns
  • May 18 28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record)
  • May 18 Atkinson & Depeiaza take WI from 6-187 to 6-494 in day v Aust
  • May 18 Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam
  • May 19 Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI v Australia
  • May 20 Argentine parliament accepts separation of church & state
  • May 21 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
  • May 22 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • May 25 Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 26 Conservatives led by Anthony Eden win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 26 Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 28 Henry Bolte becomes Premier of the state of Victoria.
  • May 29 Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns
  • May 30 Said el-Mufti forms Jordan government
  • May 30 Tunisia begins domestic self governing
  • May 31 Construction begins on Soviet cosmodrome launch facilities
  • May 31 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike
  • May 31 US Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed"
  • Jun 1 Habib Bourguiba ends exile from Tunisia
  • Jun 2 The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.
  • Jun 6 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 7 1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jun 7 India premier Nehru visit USSR
  • Jun 9 100°F - Hottest day in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 10 1st separation of virus into component parts reported
  • Jun 11 1st magnesium jet airplane flies
  • Jun 14 Chile becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • Jun 15 Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
  • Jun 15 The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual "Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA's preparations for a nuclear attack.
  • Jun 16 Pope Pius XII ex-communicates Argentine Pres Juan Peron
  • Jun 22 Antonio Segni forms government in Italy
  • Jun 22 US air patrol plane shot down above Bering sea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Walt Disney's "Lady & the Tramp" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Jun 24 Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)
  • Jun 24 5th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Rats" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 26 Freedom Charter signed in South Africa
  • Jun 27 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)
  • Jun 29 Argentine state of siege ends
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 197 of 197

  • Jun 13 Alan Hansen, Scottish football pundit
  • Jun 14 Larry Burrows, fictional character (Mr Destiny)
  • Jun 14 Michael D. Duvall, California State Assemblyman
  • Jun 15 Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)
  • Jun 16 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • Jun 17 Gail Jones, Australian author
  • Jun 23 Pierre Corbeil, Canadian politician
  • Jun 24 Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Guru of Siddha Yoga
  • Jun 26 Mary Margaret Brownie, RI, fictional ID of Prymaat (Coneheads)
  • Jun 27 Frank H G de Grave, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • Jun 29 Charles J Precourt, Waltham Mass, astronaut (STS 55, 71, 84, sk:91)
  • Jun 29 Terence M. O'Sullivan, American activist
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sep 1 Billy Blanks, American martial artist
  • Sep 4 Brian Schweitzer, American politician, governor of Montana
  • Sep 6 Carl Erwin Walz, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 51, 65, 79), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Efim Zelmanov, Russian mathematician
  • Sep 9 John Kricfalusi, Canadian animator
  • Sep 10 Giannina Facio Franco, San Jose Costa Rica, Mrs Phillipe Junot
  • Sep 15 Mac Sweeney, (Rep-R-TX, 1985- )
  • Sep 15 Željka Antunović, Croatian politician
  • Sep 15 Renzo Rosso, Italian clothing designer
  • Sep 16 Liz Knights, publisher
  • Sep 20 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament
  • Sep 21 Richard J Hieb, Jamestown ND, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65)
  • Sep 21 Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • Sep 22 John Brennan, American Director of the CIA, born in North Bergen, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Riccardo Illy, Italian politician
  • Sep 28 Stéphane Dion, Canadian politician
  • Sep 30 Frankie Kennedy, flute player
  • Oct 1 Duško Tadić, Bosnian Serb
  • Oct 7 Ralph Johnson, American computer scientist
  • Oct 12 Ante Gotovina, Croatian general
  • Oct 15 Cathy Ladman, comedienne (Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead)
  • Oct 17 Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek politician
  • Oct 18 Rita Verdonk, Dutch politician
  • Oct 20 David Profumo, English novelist
  • Oct 26 Stephen K Robinson, PhD/astronaut (STS 85, sk:95), born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 27 Debra Bowen, American politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 28 Bill Gates [William Henry], billionaire founder/CEO (Microsoft), born in Seattle, Washington

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Nov 4 Matti Vanhanen, Prime Minister of Finland
  • Nov 5 Sylvester Louis Adams, murderer
  • Nov 5 Karan Thapar, Foremost Indian Journalist, Political Analyst & Commentator
  • Nov 7 Detlef Ultsch, German judoka
  • Nov 9 Bob Nault, French Canadian politician
  • Nov 10 James Chapman, American novelist
  • Nov 11 Jigme Singye Wangchuk, king of Bhutan (1972- )
  • Nov 15 Henry Corra, American documentarian
  • Nov 16 Pierre Larouche, Canadian National Hockey League player
  • Nov 19 Gloria Guida, Merano Italy, Miss Teenage Italy (1974)
  • Nov 20 Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, Great Britain, cosmonaut
  • Nov 23 Steven Brust, [Karl Zoltan], US, sci-fi author (Yendi, Jhereg)
  • Nov 23 Mary Landrieu, American politician, senior senator of Louisiana
  • Nov 24 Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
  • Nov 24 Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Swedish politician
  • Nov 26 Tracy [Raye] Hickman, US, sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • Nov 28 Adem Jashari, Albanian freedom fighter
  • Nov 30 Richard Burr, American politician
  • Dec 3 Warren Jeffs, American convicted polygamist
  • Dec 7 John Watkins, Australian politician
  • Dec 10 Jacquelyn Mitchard, American novelist
  • Dec 12 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman
  • Dec 16 Carol M Browner, US Administrator (EPA)
  • Dec 16 Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • Dec 20 Sammy Mitchell, US programmer (Qedit/TSE/Semware)
  • Dec 23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-), born in Glasgow
  • Dec 24 Clarence Gilyard Jr, Moses Lake Wash, actor (Chips, Duck Factory)
  • Dec 25 Claus Strigel, director (Obituary for the Automobile, Act of God)
  • Dec 26 Evan Bayh, American politician
  • Dec 27 Barbara Olson, American political commentator (d. 2001)
  • Dec 31 Dawood Ibrahim, Indian crime boss

Weddings in History


Deaths in History