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

CommunicationHistoric Communication

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

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him

Soviet Leader Georgy Malenkov
Soviet Leader
Georgy Malenkov
  • 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 #1 & stays #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 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances
  • Feb 24 Pact of Baghdad signed between Iraq & Turkey

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 24 12th Golden Globes: "On The Waterfront", Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win

  • Feb 26 "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 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 competitor (1986 World Champion), 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 8 Ethan Phillips, actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager)
  • Feb 8 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary), born in Montebello, California (d. 2018)

Person of interestJohn Grisham

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

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • 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

Person of interestGreg Norman

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

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Feb 10 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 10 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • Feb 10 Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • Feb 12 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathelete (Olympics 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • Feb 12 Bill Laswell, US 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 saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • Feb 13 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), 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 (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. English record producer and audio engineer (No Jacket Required, In the Air Tonight, Every Breath You Take), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • Feb 16 Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 16 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • Feb 16 Hunt Block, American actor

Person of interestMo Yan

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

Novelist Mo Yan
Novelist
Mo Yan
  • 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, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)
  • Feb 21 Kelsey Grammer, American actor, comedian, director and activist (Frasier Crane in Cheers, 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, rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)
  • 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

Person of interestSteve Jobs

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

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 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, English singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Peter Christopherson, English musician & 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, comedian (Beverly Hills Cop)
  • Feb 28 Randy Jackson, American rock musician (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 17 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

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 at 52
  • Feb 18 Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)
  • Feb 23 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'otage-1909), dies at 86
  • Feb 25 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 27 Tom Howard, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66