On This Day

What Happened on July 9, 1955

Historical Events

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

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • E. Frederic Morrow is the first African American executive on US White House staff
  • Strike in Belgium for 5 day work week

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

Philosopher Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein

Famous Birthdays

  • Fred Norris, American comedy writer and singer (Howard Stern Show), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Jimmy Smits, American actor (Victor-LA Law, 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? 65 years, 4 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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