On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1955

Historical Events

  • Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 (not broken until 2001)

Famous Birthdays

Mo Yan

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

Famous Weddings

J. D. Salinger

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

Famous Deaths

  • Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, dies of a heart attack at 52
1955 Highlights

About February 17, 1955

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 9 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aquarius