On This Day

What Happened on September 30, 1955

Historical Events

Film & TV History

American actor and cultural icon James Dean is killed in a car crash aged 24

Famous Birthdays

  • Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), born in Belfast, Northern, Ireland (d. 1994)

Famous Deaths

  • Arnold Struycken, Dutch lawyer, dies at 55

James Dean

James Dean, American actor and cultural icon (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), and 1st actor to be posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, dies in a car crash at age 24

  • Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64
1955 Highlights

About September 30, 1955

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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