What Happened on October 20, 1955

Historical Events

Music History

Calypso singer Harry Belafonte records his signature tune "Day-O" (Banana Boat Song) in NYC

  • Ira Levin's stage comedy "No Time for Sergeants", based on Mac Hymans's novel, starring Andy Griffith, and featuring Don Knotts, opens at Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 796 performances

Historic Publication

Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

  • Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
1955 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • David Profumo, English novelist (Bringing the House Down), born in London, England
  • Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV host (All You Need Is Love), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sheldon Whitehouse, American politician (Senator-D-Rhode Island 2007-), born in New York City
  • Thomas Newman, American film score composer (The Shawshank Redemption; Finding Nemo; Six Feet Under; WALL-E), born in Los Angeles, California
Born in 1955

Famous Deaths

  • Eino Roiha, Finnish pianist, composer, and musicologist dies at 51

About October 20, 1955

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 67 years, 7 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: The Man From Laramie - Jimmy Young