Historical Events in October 1955

  • Oct 1 Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche becomes the first rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards rushing in his first 2 games; totals 153 against Detroit Lions after 194 yards in debut v Chicago Bears
  • Oct 1 Jackie Gleason's sitcom "The Honeymooners" debuts on CBS, replacing his variety series; production ends after 39 episodes
  • Oct 1 Piet Lieftinck becomes director v/h IMF (World bank)
  • Oct 1 WORA TV channel 5 in Mayaguez, PR (TCI) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres on CBS television in the US
  • Oct 2 9th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat All-Stars, 3-1
  • Oct 2 Chiva Stoica becomes premier of Romania
  • Oct 2 WHTN (now WOWK) TV ch 13 in Huntington-Charleston, WV (CBS) begins
  • Oct 3 "Captain Kangaroo" premieres on CBS-TV, Good Morning, Captain!
  • Oct 3 "Mickey Mouse Club" premieres
  • Oct 3 Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira becomes President of Brazil
  • Oct 3 Soviet battleship "Novorossiisk" strikes WW II mine in Baltic Sea
  • Oct 3 WDBJ TV channel 7 in Roanoke, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 WTVS TV channel 56 in Detroit, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 Baseball World Series: Brooklyn Dodgers win their first WS with a 2-0 victory against arch-rival NY Yankees at Yankee Stadium in Game 7; MVP: Brooklyn pitcher Johnny Podres
  • Oct 4 Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul
  • Oct 7 Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga launched at Brooklyn

Historic Event

Oct 7 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.

  • Oct 8 World's most powerful aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, launched

Historic Event

Oct 11 All Peron feast days disposed of in Argentina

  • Oct 11 Persia signs Pact of Baghdad
  • Oct 13 1st edition of L'express publishes in Paris

Contract of Interest

Oct 15 Buddy Holley opens for Bill Haley & His Comets in Lubbock, Texas, and impresses Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, leading to a recording contract with a misspelling that creates "Buddy Holly"

  • Oct 17 Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel
  • Oct 18 Buganda Agreement between Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda Protectorate, and Mutesa II, Kabaka of Buganda

Sports History

Oct 18 Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athlete

  • Oct 18 University of California discovers anti-proton
  • Oct 20 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith
  • Oct 20 Harry Belafonte records "Day-O" (Banana Boat Song)

Historic Publication

Oct 20 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

  • Oct 20 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
  • Oct 22 WWNY TV channel 7 in Carthage-Watertown, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 Dominican Professional Baseball League moves to winter play for first time
  • Oct 25 Austria resumed its sovereignty after departure of last Allied occupation forces, for 1st time since German occupation of 1938

Sports History

Oct 25 Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates

  • Oct 25 Tappan sells 1st microwave oven
  • Oct 26 British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi
  • Oct 26 First edition of "Village Voice" (NYC) published

Historic Event

Oct 26 Ngô Đình Diệm proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as President

Film Release

Oct 27 "Rebel Without a Cause", directed by Nicholas Ray, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood, is released

  • Oct 27 Argentine peso devalued

Nobel Prize

Oct 27 Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Oct 27 Satomi Myodo, renews Zen nun vows & takes Buddhist name of Daien Myodo
  • Oct 28 Egypt and Saudi Arabia sign defense treaty
  • Oct 29 Belgium signs accord for 5 day work week (45 hours)
  • Oct 29 Emile Zatopek runs world record 15 mile (1:14:01) & 25,000m (1:16:36)
  • Oct 30 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • Oct 30 Businessman and horse breeder William Woodward, Jr. is shot dead by his wife Ann Cromwell after she mistook him for an intruder
  • Oct 30 Imtiaz Ahmed scores 209 v NZ, the record for a no 8 batsman
  • Oct 31 Mgr Alfrink appointed archbishop of Utrecht