On This Day

What Happened on January 7, 1955

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

  • WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
1955 Highlights

About January 7, 1955

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 10 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Capricorn