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What Happened in 1955

Important Events in 1955

  • Apr 11 Chartered Air India plane the "Kashmir Princess" is bombed and crashes into the South China Sea in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by a Kuomintang secret agent
  • May 5 West Germany is granted full sovereignty by its three occupying powers
  • Jul 15 18 Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by 34 more laureates
  • Aug 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
  • Dec 1 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama

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1955 in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
  • Jan 19 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
  • Apr 11 "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair premieres in New York (Best Picture 1956)
  • Jun 30 "Johnny Carson Show" debuts on CBS-TV

1955 in Music

  • Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera
  • Jul 9 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops the billboards chart, one of the best-selling singles ever
  • Nov 5 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio after it was destroyed in World War II
  • Nov 22 RCA Records make its best investment paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract

1955 in Sport

  • Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera
  • Feb 17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 (not broken until 2001)

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

On October 20, 1955

Famous People in 1955

World Leaders in 1955

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Ray Kroc opens first McDonald's Inc. fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

On April 15, 1955

Famous Weddings in 1955

Famous Divorces in 1955

  • Aug 9 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage
  • Dec 30 Actor Gregory Peck (39) divorces real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (44) after 13 years of marriage

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