What Happened on January 7, 1955

Historical Events

Boxing 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

Music History

Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera"

  • WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Kaphan, American recording engineer, composer, session (American Music Club) and new age music (Hybrid) pedal steel guitar player, born in San Francisco, California
Born in 1955

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur Keith, Scottish anthropologist (human evolution), dies at 88
  • Gerald Hartigan, South African cricketer (batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies at 70

About January 7, 1955

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 8 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Finger Of Suspicion - Dickie Valentine with The Stargazers