Marian Anderson became the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera,
The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, launched,
60,000 non-white residents of Sophiatown were evicted as a result of the South African policy of apartheid,
The short-lived Baghdad Pact was signed,
US President Dwight Eisenhower sent the first US advisors to Vietnam which would eventually lead to US involvement in the Vietnam War,
Jim Henson built the first version of Kermit the Frog,
Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks were arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to abide by laws regarding segregation of the city’s buses.
The Broadway musical adaptation of Peter Pan debuted on American television,
6,000 people rioted in Montreal to protest the suspension of the Canadiens star player, Maurice Richard,
Eighty year old Winston Churchill resigned his second term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,
Richard J. Daley won his fist election as Mayor of Chicago, a position he held for the next 21 years,
The Salk polio vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration,
Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s,
The $64,000 Question, Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Mickey Mouse Club, The Honeymooners, and Captain Kangaroo debuted on American television.
Ruth Ellis was the last woman executed in the United Kingdom,
Hurricane Diane struck the northeastern US, causing over one billion dollars in damage,
The first edition of the The Guinness Book of Records was published,
Argentinian President Juan Peron was ousted in a coup,
James Dean was killed in a car accident,
Emmett Till was murdered,
Lady and the Tramp premiered,
Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel, Lolita, was published,
The world’s population was 2.7 billion people,
Rowan Atkinson, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Costner, Eddie Van Halen, US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, John Grisham, Greg Norman, Kelsey Grammer, Jeff Daniels, Steve Jobs, Penn Jillette, Gary Sinise, Bruce Willis, Moses Malone, Reba McEntire, Earl Campbell, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Rooker, Barbara Kingsolver, Dodi Fayed, Judy Davis, Kate Mulgrew, Donatella Versace, Tom Bergeron, Chris Berman, Mark David Chapman, Jack Morris, Debra Winger, Bill Paxton, Chow Yun-Fat, Dana Carvey, Sandra Bernhard, Tim Berners-Lee, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Smits, Willem Dafoe, Iman, Billy Bob Thornton, Wayne Knight, Peter Gallagher, Mike Huckabee, Yo-Yo Ma, Darrell Hammond, Bill Gates, Maria Shriver, Roland Emmerich, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Nye, Howie Mandel, Billy Idol, and Jane Kaczmarek were born,
While John Mott, Sir Alexander Fleming, Charlie Parker, Albert Einstein, Cordell Hull, Wallace Stevens, Carmen Miranda, Cy Young, Dale Carnegie, Shemp Howard, and Honus Wagner died.
The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1955.
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