On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1955

Historical Events

  • "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith
  • Harry Belafonte records "Day-O" (Banana Boat Song)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan

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
  • Thomas Newman, American film score composer (The Shawshank Redemption), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
1955 Highlights

About October 20, 1955

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 65 years, 11 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

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