On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1955

Historical Events

  • Dutch government of Drees resigns

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Paxton, American actor (True Lies; Twister; Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)

Famous Deaths

  • Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • Camilla Wedgwood, English anthropologist (Malekula: A Vanishing People in the New Hebrides), dies of cancer at 54
  • Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian composer, dies at 75
  • Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50
1955 Highlights

About May 17, 1955

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 67 years
Leap Year: No

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

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