On This Day

What Happened on July 9, 1955

Historical Events

Music History

Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops the billboards chart, one of the best-selling singles ever

  • E. Frederic Morrow is the first African American executive on US White House staff
  • Strike in Belgium for 5 day work week

Historic Event

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto is released by Bertrand Russell in London on the need to avoid nuclear war


Famous Birthdays

  • Fred Norris [Nukis], American comedy writer (Howard Stern Show), singer, guitarist, and actor, born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Jimmy Smits, American actor (LA Law - "Victor"; Running Scared; NYPD Blue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Lisa Banes, American actress (Cocktail; Look Back in Anger), born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
  • Sergei Krichevsky, Ukrainian cosmonaut, born in Primorya, Russia
  • Willie Wilson, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama

Famous Deaths

  • Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, dies at 26
1955 Highlights

About July 9, 1955

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 4 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

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