On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1955

Day of the Week: Thursday

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

Person of interestMo Yan

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

Novelist Mo Yan
Mo Yan

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Novelist J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger

Famous Deaths

  • Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian American musicologist, dies at 52