On This Day

What Happened in February 1955

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
  • Feb 1 Hap Day becomes the first man to serve as Toronto Maple Leafs' captain, coach and general manager when he is appointed to run the famous Canadian NHL club

Historic Communication

Feb 2 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC

Historic Event

Feb 8 Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him

  • Feb 8 The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.
  • Feb 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
  • Feb 9 US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
  • Feb 10 The US Navy evacuate 1000s from Tachen Islands in the Pacific
  • Feb 12 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to No. 1 and stays No. 1 for 10 weeks
  • Feb 12 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
  • Feb 12 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
  • Feb 12 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13 Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
  • Feb 13 KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 14 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins
  • Feb 15 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 17 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • Feb 17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 (not broken until 2001)
  • Feb 18 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
  • Feb 19 South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
  • Feb 22 British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
  • Feb 23 Edgar Faure forms French government
  • Feb 24 Pact of Baghdad signed between Iraq & Turkey

Music Premiere

Feb 24 Cole Porter's final Broadway musical "Silk Stockings", loosely based on the Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 478 performances

Musical Finale

Feb 26 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 152 performances

  • Feb 26 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Kate Ashbrook, British general secretary of the Open Spaces Society
  • Feb 1 Virginia Leng, British equestrian rider (World C'ship individual 1986; Olympic silver x 2, bronze x 2 1984, 88), born in Malta
  • Feb 2 Michael Talbott, American actor (Stan-Miami Vice), born in Waverly, Iowa
  • Feb 3 Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • Feb 3 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • Feb 4 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • Feb 5 Debra Jo Fondren, American model & actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 5 Mike Heath, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Feb 6 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 7 Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 7 Mario Coutinho, Brazilian physician
  • Feb 7 Kathy Flores, American rugby union coach (United States women's team 2002-11; Brown University), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • Feb 8 Ethan Phillips, American actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager), born in Garden City, New York
  • Feb 8 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary), born in Montebello, California (d. 2018)

John Grisham

Feb 8 John Grisham, American writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief), born in Jonesboro, Arkansas

  • Feb 8 Nancy Oliver, American playwright and television writer
  • Feb 9 Charles Shaughnessy, actor (Shane-Days of our Lives, Nanny), born in London, England
  • Feb 9 Jim J. Bullock, American actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort), born in Casper, Wyoming

Greg Norman

Feb 10 Greg Norman, Australian golfer (British Open 1986, 93), born in Mount Isa, Queensland

  • Feb 10 Lusia Harris, American Basketball HOF center (AIAW C'ship & MVP 1975–77, Delta State University; Olympic silver 1976), born in Minter City, Mississippi (d. 2022)
  • Feb 10 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • Feb 10 Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • Feb 12 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathlete (Olympics 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • Feb 12 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer, born in Salem, Illinois
  • Feb 12 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Feb 13 Jan de Ligt, Dutch pop-rock saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets; Gruppo Sportivo), born in The Netherlands
  • Feb 13 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • Feb 13 Joe Birkett, American lawyer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 14 Jeremy Lascelles, British grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 14 Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 14 James Eckhouse, American actor
  • Feb 14 Carol Kalish, American publishing executive (Marvel Comics) (d. 1991)
  • Feb 14 Rip Rogers, American professional wrestler, born in Seymour, Indiana
  • Feb 15 Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • Feb 15 Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • Feb 15 Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • Feb 15 Hugh Padgham, British record producer and audio engineer (Phil Collins; The Police; Spandau Ballet), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Feb 16 Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 16 Jeff Clayton, American session and touring jazz saxophonist and composer (Groove Shop), born in Venice, California (d. 2020) [1]
  • Feb 16 Hunt Block, American actor

Mo Yan

Feb 17 Mo Yan, Chinese novelist and nobel laureate (Red Sorghum Clan, The Republic of Wine), born in Gaomi, Shandong, China

  • Feb 18 Miles Tredinnick, English playwright, born in Warrington, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Saint-Sulpice, Canada
  • Feb 19 Jeff Daniels, American actor (Dumb & Dumber, Speed, The Newsroom), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Feb 20 Néstor Montelongo, Uruguayan soccer utility (36 caps; Montevideo Wanderers, Peñarol, Nacional, Racing), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)

Kelsey Grammer

Feb 21 Kelsey Grammer, American actor, comedian, director and activist ("Frasier Crane" in Cheers and Fraiser), born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

  • Feb 22 Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Feb 23 Howard Jones, British rock pianist, and singer-songwriter (Things Can Only Get Better), born in Southampton, England

Alain Prost

Feb 24 Alain Prost, French Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93), born in Lorette, France

  • Feb 24 Bob Abrams, American rocker (Buckinghams), born in Ohio

Steve Jobs

Feb 24 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)

  • Feb 25 Leann Hunley, actress (Dane Carrington-Dynasty, Dawson's Creek)
  • Feb 26 Rupert Keegan, English Formula One racing car driver, born in Essex, England
  • Feb 27 Garry Christian, British soul singer (The Christians - "Words"), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Peter Christopherson, British rock musician (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), commercial & music video director, born in Leeds, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • Feb 28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 28 Gilbert Gottfried, American stand-up comedian, and actor (SNL; Aladdin - "Iago the Parrot"; The Afflac Duck), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2022)
  • Feb 28 Randy Jackson, American hard rock singer, guitarist, and keyboard player (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Weddings

Brendan Behan

Feb 16 Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 5 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), dies at 82
  • Feb 6 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71
  • Feb 12 Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • Feb 12 S Z Sakall [Gerö Jenö], Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 72
  • Feb 14 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 18 Sadako Sasaki,Japanese child hibakusha (victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb), dies at 12
  • Feb 23 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'otage-1909), dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Tom Howard, Irish-American vaudeville and radio comedian (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies of heart disease at 66