What Happened in June 1955

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Tunisian nationalist leader Habib Bourguiba returns to Tunisia after imprisonment and exile in France
  • Jun 2 The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.
  • Jun 3 KLFY TV channel 10 in Lafayette, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Jun 3 Stan Musial hits his 300th HR

  • Jun 4 "Mickey Rooney Show" TV comedy last airs on NBC

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 4 French Championships Men's Tennis: Defending champion Tony Trabert beats Sven Davidson of Sweden 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

  • Jun 4 French Championships Women's Tennis: Angela Mortimer of England beats American Dorothy Knode 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 for her first Grand Slam singles title

Sports History

Jun 5 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

  • Jun 7 "$64,000 Question" hosted by Hal March, premieres on CBS TV

TV Show Appearance

Jun 7 1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower)

Historic Event

Jun 7 India Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visit USSR

Sports History

Jun 8 L.A. Dodgers option pitcher (and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager) Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for future Hall of Famer, pitcher Sandy Koufax

  • Jun 9 Temperature reaches 100°F in Seattle, Washington, the then hottest day on record
  • Jun 9 Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 10 1st separation of virus into component parts reported
  • Jun 10 KWEX TV channel 41 in San Antonio, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 11 1st magnesium jet airplane flies
  • Jun 11 Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)
  • Jun 12 Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network
  • Jun 12 TV comedy "Mister Peepers" starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC
  • Jun 13 Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans, France
  • Jun 14 Chile becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty
  • Jun 15 Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
  • Jun 15 The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual "Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA's preparations for a nuclear attack
  • Jun 15 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rome the rights to host the 1960 Summer Olympic Games
  • Jun 18 "3 for Tonight" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 19 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100
  • Jun 19 Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 1-0 in 15 innings; ties longest shutout in club history

US Golf Open

Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Jack Fleck wins an 18-hole playoff by 3 strokes to claim his only major title and deny Ben Hogan a record fifth US Open title

  • Jun 20 "Almost Crazy" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 16 performances

Music History

Jun 21 Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!"

Historic Event

Jun 22 Antonio Segni forms government in Italy

  • Jun 22 US air patrol plane shot down above Bering sea

Film Release

Jun 22 Walt Disney's animated film "Lady & the Tramp" released

  • Jun 24 5th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Rats" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)

Baseball Event

Jun 24 Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)

  • Jun 25 "Can Can" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances
  • Jun 25 "Imogene Coca Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Historic Event

Jun 25 Notre Dame du Haut chapel designed by Le Corbusier is consecrated in Ronchamp, France

  • Jun 26 Freedom Charter signed in South Africa

Sports History

Jun 26 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Patty Berg wins her 5th WO title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs and Fay Croker; first WO played at stroke play

  • Jun 27 "Julius LaRosa Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Jun 27 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)
  • Jun 29 Argentine state of siege ends

Television Debut

Jun 30 "Johnny Carson Show" debuts on CBS-TV


Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler (31 tournament c'ships; Kyushu Tournament 1981-88), born in Fukushima, Japan (d. 2016)
  • Jun 1 Lorraine Moller, New Zealand athlete (Olympic bronze marathon 1996; Boston Marathon 1984; Osaka Ladies Marathon 1986, 87, 89), born in Putaruru, New Zealand
  • Jun 1 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • Jun 2 Chantal Hochuli, Swiss-born socialite
  • Jun 2 Dana Carvey, American comedian and actor (SNL - "George Bush"; Wayne's World - "Garth"), born in Missoula, Montana
  • Jun 2 Gary Grimes, American actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 4 Mary Testa, American stage actress (On The Town), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 4 Paul Stewart, British writer (The Edge Chronicles, Far Flung Adventures), born in London, England
  • Jun 5 Edino Nazareth Filho, Brazilian football player
  • Jun 5 Hugh Marsh, Canadian session, touring, and jazz electric violinist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 6 Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedian (King of Comedy, Nancy on Roseanne), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jun 7 Bill Koch, American skier, born in Brattleboro, Vermont
  • Jun 7 Joey Scarbury, American singer-songwriter ("Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)"), born in Ontario, California
  • Jun 7 Jon Balke, Norwegian jazz pianist, composer and band leader (Magnetic North Orchestra), born in Furnes, Norway
  • Jun 7 William Forsythe, American actor (Raising Arizona; Once Upon a Time in America; Boardwalk Empire), born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
  • Jun 8 (Thomas) Griffin Dunne, American actor (American Werewolf in London, Who's That Girl; After Hours), and filmmaker, born in New York City
  • Jun 8 Greg Ginn, American punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (Black Flag), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Jun 8 James Jonathan Sylvers, American keyboardist and vocalist (The Sylvers -"Boogie Fever"), born in Los Angeles, California

Tim Berners-LeeTim Berners-Lee (67 years old)

Jun 8 English inventor (World Wide Web), born in London, England

  • Jun 10 Andrew Stevens, American actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 10 Stanislav Kropilák, Slovak basketball power forward-center (4 × FIBA European Selection; 5 × Czech Player of the Year; BK Inter Bratislava), born in Kremnica, Slovakia (d. 2022)
  • Jun 11 Tony Allcock, English bowls player (World Singles Champion (1986-87, 2002), born in Leicestershire
  • Jun 11 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 13 Alan Hansen, Scottish soccer defender (26 caps; Liverpool 434 games) and broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day), born in Sauchie, Scotland
  • Jun 14 Kim Lankford, American actress (Gingers-Knots Landing), born in Montebello, California
  • Jun 14 Larry Burrows, fictional character (Mr Destiny)
  • Jun 14 Michael D. Duvall, American politician (Member of the California State Assembly from the 72nd district), born in Alameda County, California
  • Jun 14 Paul O'Grady, English TV presenter, comedian and drag queen (Lily Savage), born in Tranmere, England
  • Jun 14 Vince Evans, American football quarterback (USC; MVP Rose Bowl 1977; NFL: Chicago Bears, LA / Oakland Raiders), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jun 15 Julie Hagerty, American actress (Airplane, Princesses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jun 15 Polly Draper, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jun 15 Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)
  • Jun 16 Laurie Metcalf, American actress (Roseanne, Ladybird), born in Carbonville, Illinois
  • Jun 16 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Tree Rollins, American NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Jun 17 Gail Jones, Australian author (Dreams of Speaking), born in Harvey, Western Australia
  • Jun 21 David Marshall Grant, American actor (Legs, French Postcards), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • Jun 21 Juan Carlos Orellana, Chilean soccer left winger (11 caps; Deportes Temuco, CSD Colo-Colo, O'Higgins FC), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2022)
  • Jun 21 Leigh McCloskey, American actor (Dallas, Executive Suite, Gen Hosp), born in Los Angeles, California

Michel PlatiniMichel Platini (67 years old)

Jun 21 French footballer, born in Jœuf, France

  • Jun 22 Jeffrey Mumford, American contemporary classical composer, and educator, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 23 Glenn Danzig [Anzalone], American rock musician, singer (The Misfits; Samhain; Danzig), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • Jun 23 Jean Tigana, French footballer
  • Jun 23 Maggie Greenwald, American film director and writer
  • Jun 23 Pierre Corbeil, Canadian politician
  • Jun 24 Betsy Randle, American actress
  • Jun 24 Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Guru of Siddha Yoga
  • Jun 24 Loren Roberts, American golfer (British Senior Open 2006, 09; US Open 1994 runner-up), born in San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jun 25 Michael Sabatino, American actor (Days of Our Life, Bold & Beautiful), born in Venice, California
  • Jun 26 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist and singer (The Clash, 1976-83 - "Rock The Casbah"; Big Audio Dynamite, 1984-97 - "Rush"), born in London, England
  • Jun 27 Frank de Grave [Franciscus Hendrikus Gerardus de Grave], Dutch politician (VVD), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jun 27 Isabelle Adjani, French actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 27 Sam Tshabalala, South African guitarist, and composer (The Malopoets; Sabeka), born in South Africa
  • Jun 28 Eric Gates, English football player, born in Ferryhill, County Durham, England

Nikolay ZimyatovNikolay Zimyatov (67 years old)

Jun 28 Soviet-Russian cross-country skier (5 Olympic golds 1980 & 84), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

  • Jun 28 Shirley Cheriton, English actress (Debbie Wilkins-EastEnders), born in London
  • Jun 28 Thomas Hampson, American lyric baritone, born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • Jun 29 Charles J. Precourt, American NASA astronaut (STS 55, 71, 84, sk:91), born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Jun 29 Terence M. O'Sullivan, American labor union activist who is president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), born in San Francisco, California

Famous Weddings

Lew Hoad

Jun 18 Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England

  • Jun 26 Actor Geoffrey Holder marries Carmen de Lavallade

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 3 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, dies at 31
  • Jun 6 Max Meldrum, Scottish-Australian painter (founder of Australian Tonalism), dies at 79
  • Jun 10 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), dies at 76
  • Jun 11 Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • Jun 11 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), dies at 72
  • Jun 11 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 75
  • Jun 16 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, dies at 90
  • Jun 18 Walter Rein, German composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 18 Willy Burkhard, Swiss composer, dies at 55
  • Jun 22 Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31
  • Jun 22 Wyllis Cooper, American TV narrator (Volume One), dies at 56
  • Jun 27 Jan van den Tempel, Dutch politician (SDAP), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Max Pechstein, German painter and graphic artist (Oceania), dies at 73