On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1955

Historical Events

  • Construction begins on Soviet cosmodrome launch facilities
  • Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike
  • US Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed"

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben de Lisi, British fashion designer
  • Laura Baugh, American golfer, writer, broadcaster (LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year 1973), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Tommy Emmanuel, Australian-American acoustic guitarist (Stevie's Blues), born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales

Famous Deaths

  • Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), dies in crash in Indianapolis 500 at 36
  • Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impresario and opera director (OpĂ©ra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), dies at 95
1955 Highlights

About May 31, 1955

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 66 years and 23 days
Leap Year: No

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