Historical Events in September 1955

  • Sep 1 2 Egyptian fighters shot down over Israel
  • Sep 1 KARD (now KSNW) TV channel 3 in Wichita, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 KCRA TV channel 3 in Sacramento, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 KTBS TV channel 3 in Shreveport, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 Dodger Don Newcombe hits NL pitcher record 7th HR of season
  • Sep 5 Fred Kaps becomes world champion magician
  • Sep 5 WKRG TV channel 5 in Mobile, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 WTTW TV channel 11 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 "Catch a Star" opens at Plymouth Theater, NYC; runs for 23 performances
  • Sep 6 J van Tilburg appointed governor of Suriname

Sports History

Sep 7 New York Yankee Whitey Ford becomes 5th MLB pitcher to hurl consecutive 1 hitters

  • Sep 8 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • Sep 9 Don Zimmer, hits 4,000th Dodger home run
  • Sep 10 "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV starring James Arness

Sports History

Sep 11 75th US National Championships Men's Tennis: American Tony Trabert wins his second home title; beats Ken Rosewall of Australia 9-7, 6-3, 6-3

  • Sep 11 Dedication of the first Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Bern Switzerland Temple

Sports History

Sep 11 Juan Manuel Fango in a Mercedes wins season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza to take his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Englishman Stirling Moss

  • Sep 11 KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Defending champion Doris Hart beats Patricia Ward Hales of England 6-4, 6-2
  • Sep 12 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 Swiss inventor George de Mestral is granted a patent for what would become known as Velcro
  • Sep 14 Herb Score sets rookie record of 235 strikeouts (en route 245)

Music Recording

Sep 14 Little Richard records "Tutti Frutti" at J & M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Sep 15 WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, Florida (CBS) begins
  • Sep 16 Bauer & Berra homer in 9th beating Red Sox 5-4 taking over 1st
  • Sep 16 US Auto Club forms to oversee four major auto racing categories

Sports History

Sep 16 Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt

Sports History

Sep 17 Future MLB Hall of Famer Baltimore Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game

  • Sep 17 Sammy Fain and Dan Shapiro's musical comedy "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC. after 176 performances

Baseball Record

Sep 18 Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)

Historic Event

Sep 19 An army and navy revolt forces Argentine President Juan Perón to resign and flee to Paraguay

Baseball Record

Sep 19 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season

  • Sep 19 Hurricane Hilda, kills 200 in Mexico
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 21 In his last fight, undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano KOs light heavyweight Archie Moore in the 9th round at Yankee Stadium, NYC

  • Sep 21 Last allied occupying troops leave Austria
  • Sep 21 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 22 -28] Hurricane Janet, kills 500 in the Caribbean

Britain's First-Ever TV Ad

Sep 22 Commercial television begins in the UK with the launch of ITV, soon airs the 1st advert on UK TV, for Gibbs SR toothpaste

  • Sep 22 On BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denies this was to spoil the launch of rival network ITV

Murder of Interest

Sep 23 All white jury finds Roy Brant and John William Milam not guilty of the brutal murder of black teenager Emmett Till in Sumner, Mississippi, in landmark case that would help inspire civil rights movement in the US

  • Sep 23 Pakistan signs Pact of Baghdad
  • Sep 23 Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2
  • Sep 24 "Catch a Star" closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 23 performances

Music History

Sep 24 "The Judy Garland Special" kicks off the anthology performance series "Ford Star Jubilee" on CBS-TV

Historic Event

Sep 24 US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

  • Sep 24 Washington Senators lose their 99th & 100th games of season

Sports History

Sep 25 Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ

  • Sep 25 The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded
  • Sep 26 NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929
  • Sep 28 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • Sep 28 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Sergeant Preston" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 Ali Sastroamidjojo's PNI wins elections in Indonesia

Historic Event

Sep 29 Arthur Millers "View From The Bridge" premieres in NYC

Film & TV History

Sep 30 American actor and cultural icon James Dean is killed in a car crash aged 24