On This Day

What Happened on November 3, 1955

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Argentine ex-president Juan Perón arrives in Nicaragua

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • Australia takes control of Cocos Islands
  • Bernardus J Alfrink installed as archbishop of Utrecht
  • First virus crystallized (announced)

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Scientists Carlton E. Schwerdt and Fred L. Schaffer announce they have crystallized the pure polio virus, meaning they can better determine the virus' chemical and biological properties

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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Famous Birthdays

  • Phil Simms, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1986 [MVP], 90; NY Giants) and broadcaster (ESPN, NBC CBS), born in Springfield, Kentucky
1955 Highlights

About November 3, 1955

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 1 month and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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