What Happened on February 17, 1955

Historical Events

  • American golfer Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 (not broken until 2001)
  • 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

Sports History

Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US

1955 History

Famous Birthdays

Mo YanMo Yan (68 years old)

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

Born in 1955

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

About February 17, 1955

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 3 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Softly, Softly - Ruby Murray