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Notable Historical Events - 1955

1955David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government

1955Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season

1955Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

195527th Academy Awards - "On the Waterfront", Brando & Grace Kelly win

1955Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRS in a season

1955Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)

1955Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Open

1955After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

1955Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13

1955Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him

1955Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100

1955Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois)

1955Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

195575th US Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Ken Rosewall beats (9-7 6-3 6-3)

1955Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!"

1955Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien - 2nd best-selling novel

1955The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang.

1955Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.

1955Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)

1955salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched

1955Stan Musial hits his 300th HR

1955Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised

1955Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH

1955Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1955Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement"

1955Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered

1955Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

1955Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt

1955United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.

1955The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges.

1955Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks

1955Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

1955RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss

1955Heavyweight champ Rocky Mariano KOs Archie Moore in round 9

1955Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine

1955Walt Disney's "Lady & the Tramp" released

1955Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1955Mont Canadien Jean Beliveau scores 2nd fastest hat trick (44 seconds)

195569th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen (6-3 7-5 6-1)

1955NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce

1955Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in SF

1955The Russell-Einstein Manifesto is released by Bertrand Russell in London.

1955Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger

1955Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade

1955 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps 
Jan 1
WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins 
Jan 2
1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS) 
Jan 2
Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated. 
Jan 3
Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama 
Jan 5
KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast 
Jan 7
Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC) 
Jan 7
WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 8
Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt 
Jan 8
Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak 
Jan 8
Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open 
Jan 8
WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 14
Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony, premieres in Phila 
Jan 15
1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum 
Jan 15
D Shostakovitch' "From Jewish Folk Poetry," premieres in Leningrad 
Jan 15
USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic 
Jan 16
Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open 
Jan 16
NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19 
Jan 17
Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage 
Jan 18
Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army 
Jan 19
"Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS 
Jan 19
"Scrabble" debuts on board game market 
Jan 19
1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower) 
Jan 20
1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton Conn 
Jan 22
Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms 
Jan 23
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
Jan 23
KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Jan 25
Jill Kinmont hits a tree & breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race 
Jan 25
Russia ends state of war with Germany 
Jan 25
US & Panama sign canal treaty 
Jan 25
Columbia University scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years 
Jan 27
"Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 perfs 
Jan 29
John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962) 
Jan 31
RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer 
Feb 1
HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark 
Feb 2
1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC 
Feb 8
Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him 
Feb 8
The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants. 
Feb 9
Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law 
Feb 9
US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO 
Feb 12
McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks 
Feb 12
Pres Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to S Vietnam 
Feb 12
Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan 
Feb 12
WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Feb 13
Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls 
Feb 13
KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Feb 13
Patty Berg wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open 
Feb 14
WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins 
Feb 15
1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced 
Feb 17
Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB 
Feb 17
Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe & Bowden of CAN 
Feb 17
KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting 
Feb 17
Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US 
Feb 17
Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 
Feb 18
Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance 
Feb 19
South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect 
Feb 20
Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open 
Feb 22
British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets sail 
Feb 23
Edgar Faure forms French government 
Feb 24
"Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances 
Feb 24
Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed 
Feb 26
"Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances 
Feb 26
1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith 
Feb 27
Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open 
Mar 1
Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48 
Mar 1
KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast 
Mar 1
Pakistan v India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw 
Mar 2
King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father 
Mar 2
William Inge's "Bus Stop," premieres in NYC 
Mar 3
Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride" 
Mar 4
1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent 
Mar 5
WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Mar 6
Dutch premiere of Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot" 
Mar 6
Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open 
Mar 7
7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas & Loretta Young win 
Mar 7
Baseball Commish Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter 
Mar 7
Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised 
Mar 13
Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal 
Mar 13
Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship 
Mar 14
Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal 
Mar 15
Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses 
Mar 15
US Air Force unveils self-guided missile 
Mar 15
WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Mar 16
Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge 
Mar 16
President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war 
Mar 17
After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city. 
Mar 18
I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan 
Mar 19
17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats La Salle 77-63 
Mar 20
KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Mar 21
Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece 
Mar 21
Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums" 
Mar 24
1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service 
Mar 24
British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years 
Mar 24
Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances 
Mar 25
E Germany granted full sovereignty by occupying power, USSR 
Mar 25
United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. 
Mar 26
"Ballad of Davy Crockett" becomes the #1 record in US 
Mar 27
9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours & Pajama Game win 
Mar 27
Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse) 
Mar 27
WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Mar 28
NZ cricket all out for 26 v England at Eden Park 
Mar 30
27th Academy Awards - "On the Waterfront", Brando & Grace Kelly win 
Mar 31
Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston 
Mar 31
US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes Chase National (3rd largest bank) & Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan 
Apr 1
Armed military action taken against bureaucratic strike in Amsterdam 
Apr 1
EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus 
Apr 1
WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast 
Apr 2
US female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright 
Apr 2
US male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins 
Apr 2
Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules 
Apr 3
Balt Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs KC Athletics) 
Apr 3
Fire in cinema in Sclessin, Belgium, kills 39 
Apr 3
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Oklahoma City Golf Open 
Apr 3
Night express train in Guadalajara derails, killing 300 
Apr 3
The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges. 
Apr 4
British government signs military treaty with Iraq 
Apr 5
Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him 
Apr 6
"3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances 
Apr 6
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Apr 6
Yemen: failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam 
Apr 9
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Apr 10
19th Golf Masters Championship: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279 
Apr 10
9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3 
Apr 10
Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine 
Apr 10
Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely 
Apr 11
Sobers starts run of 85 Test Cricket appearances for WI uninterrupted 
Apr 11
The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang. 
Apr 12
1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2 
Apr 12
salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched 
Apr 13
20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record) 
Apr 14
Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to wear the Yankee uniform 
Apr 14
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3 
Apr 14
WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 
Apr 15
Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois) 
Apr 15
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Apr 17
Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open 
Apr 18
"Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 176 perfs 
Apr 18
1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street signals installed 
Apr 18
1st Bandoeng Conference - Afro-Asian conference opens 
Apr 19
59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22 
Apr 19
The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network. 
Apr 20
"Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 perfs 
Apr 21
Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season 
Apr 21
J Lawrence & R E Lee's "Inherit the Wind" premieres in NYC 
Apr 21
Minas Gerais Argentina tunnel caves in; 30 die 
Apr 22
KC Athletic's 1st game, beat Tigers 6-2 
Apr 23
"Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances 
Apr 23
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Open 
Apr 24
Conference of Bandung against colonialism/for self determination, ends 
Apr 24
Gaullists lose elections in France 
Apr 24
KFDM TV channel 6 in Beaumont, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Apr 24
KMAU (now KGMV) TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Apr 28
WBIQ TV channel 10 in Birmingham, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Apr 29
Giovanni Gronchi elected third president of Italy 
Apr 30
Element 101, Mendelevium, announced 
Apr 30
Imperial Bank of India nationalized 
Apr 30
Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks 
Apr 30
West German unions protest for 40-hour work week & more wages 
May 1
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament 
May 1
Bob Feller's 15th 1 or less hitter (12 1-hitters, 3 no-hitters) 
May 2
India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or "Untouchables" punishable 
May 2
Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof) 
May 2
WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
May 5
"Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances 
May 5
Indian parliament accept Hindu divorce 
May 5
US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site 
May 5
West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers 
May 6
West Germany joins NATO 
May 7
81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8 
May 7
USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain 
May 7
West European Union established 
May 9
German Federal Republic joins NATO 
May 11
Israel attacks Gaza 
May 12
Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0) 
May 13
Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463' 
May 14
US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean 
May 14
Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania 
May 15
Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazachstan begins 
May 15
KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
May 15
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 15
Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence 
May 15
The first ascent of Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain. 
May 16
Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in SF 
May 16
King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo 
May 16
Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown 
May 16
Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title 
May 17
Dutch government of Drees resigns 
May 18
28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record) 
May 18
Atkinson & Depeiaza take WI from 6-187 to 6-494 in day v Aust 
May 18
Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam 
May 19
Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI v Australia 
May 20
Argentine parliament accepts separation of church & state 
May 21
"House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances 
May 21
1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset 
May 21
WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, WI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 
May 22
Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th 
May 25
Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla 
May 26
"7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances 
May 26
Conservatives win British parliamentary election 
May 26
Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade 
May 27
Boston Red Sox Norm Zauchin gets 10 RBIs, beating Senators 16-0 
May 27
Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV 
May 28
81st Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 1:54.6 
May 28
Indianapolis 500: Bob Sweikert wins 
May 28
Fay Crocker wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open 
May 28
Henry Bolte becomes Premier of the state of Victoria. 
May 29
Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns 
May 30
KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, ID (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
May 30
Said el-Mufti forms Jordan government 
May 30
Tunisia begins domestic self governing 
May 31
Construction begins on Soviet cosmodrome launch facilities 
May 31
Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike 
May 31
US Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed" 
Jun 1
Habib Bourguiba ends exile from Tunisia 
Jun 2
The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948. 
Jun 3
KLFY TV channel 10 in Lafayette, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Jun 3
Stan Musial hits his 300th HR 
Jun 4
"Mickey Rooney Show" TV comedy last airs on NBC 
Jun 5
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open 
Jun 5
NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce 
Jun 6
Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1 
Jun 7
"$64,000 Question" premieres on CBS TV 
Jun 7
1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower) 
Jun 7
India premier Nehru visit USSR 
Jun 8
Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax 
Jun 9
100°F - Hottest day in Seattle, Washington 
Jun 9
Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge 
Jun 10
1st separation of virus into component parts reported 
Jun 10
KWEX TV channel 41 in San Antonio, TX (IND) begins broadcasting 
Jun 11
1st magnesium jet airplane flies 
Jun 11
87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29 
Jun 11
Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues) 
Jun 12
"Mr Peepers" (TV Comedy) starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC 
Jun 12
Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network 
Jun 13
Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans France 
Jun 14
Chile becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty. 
Jun 15
Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever 
Jun 15
The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual "Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA's preparations for a nuclear attack. 
Jun 16
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament 
Jun 16
Pope Pius XII ex-communicates Argentine Pres Juan Peron 
Jun 18
"3 for Tonight" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 85 performances 
Jun 19
55th US Golf Open: Jack Fleck shoots a 287 at Olympic CC in SF 
Jun 19
Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100 
Jun 19
Phils beat Cubs 1-0 in 15, ties longest shut out in Phillies history 
Jun 20
"Almost Crazy" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 16 performances 
Jun 21
Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!" 
Jun 22
Antonio Segni forms government in Italy 
Jun 22
US air patrol plane shot down above Bering sea 
Jun 23
Walt Disney's "Lady & the Tramp" released 
Jun 24
Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff) 
Jun 25
"Can Can" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances 
Jun 25
"Imogene Coca Show" last airs on NBC-TV 
Jun 26
Freedom Charter signed in South Africa 
Jun 26
Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open 
Jun 27
"Julius LaRosa Show" debuts on CBS-TV 
Jun 27
1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois) 
Jun 29
Argentine state of siege ends 
Jun 30
"Johnny Carson Show" debuts on CBS-TV 
Jul 1
69th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen (6-3 7-5 6-1) 
Jul 1
KOTA TV channel 3 in Rapid City, SD (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jul 2
"7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances 
Jul 2
"Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances 
Jul 2
"Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC 
Jul 2
10th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Fay Crocker 
Jul 2
62nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Louise Brough beats B Fleitz (7-5 8-6) 
Jul 5
English harbor strike ends 
Jul 7
1st LPGA Championship won by Beverly Hanson 
Jul 9
First black executive on White House staff (E Frederic Morrow) 
Jul 9
Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops billboards chart 
Jul 9
Strike in Belgium for 5 day work week 
Jul 9
The Russell-Einstein Manifesto is released by Bertrand Russell in London. 
Jul 11
Congress authorizes all US currency to say "In God We Trust" 
Jul 11
New USAF Academy dedicated at Lowry AFB in Colorado with 300 cadets 
Jul 12
22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at County Stad, Milw 
Jul 12
Christian Democratic Party forms in Argentina 
Jul 13
The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London. 
Jul 14
2 killed, many dazed when lightning strikes Ascot racecourse, England 
Jul 15
WNDU TV channel 16 in South Bend, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Jul 15
Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others. 
Jul 16
"Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland 
Jul 17
Arco Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power 
Jul 17
Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California. 
Jul 18
1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially 
Jul 18
280 mm rain in Martinstown, Dorset (UK-record) 
Jul 19
Balclutha ties up at Pier 43 & becomes a floating museum 
Jul 19
Yarkon Water Project opens to supply water to Negev desert in Israel 
Jul 21
USS Seawolf launched, 1st submarine powered by liquid metal cooled nuclear reactor 
Jul 22
1st VP to preside over cabinet meeting-R Nixon 
Jul 22
Phillies longest win streak since 1892 hits 11 
Jul 23
NY Yankees Bob Cerv & E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch HRs 
Jul 24
Ali Sastroamidjojo of government resigns in Indonesia 
Jul 24
Betty Jameson/Mary Faulk wins Virg Hot Springs 4-Ball Golf Tournament 
Jul 26
37th PGA Championship: Doug Ford at Meadowbrook CC Detroit 
Jul 26
Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester 
Jul 26
Ted Allen throws a record 72 consecutive horseshoe ringers 
Jul 27
Austria regains full independence after 4-power occupation 
Jul 27
Israeli passenger plane shot down above Bulgaria, 58 die 
Jul 28
The Union Mundial pro Interlingua is founded at the first Interlingua congress in Tours, France. 
Jul 29
Smokey Burgess hits 3 HRS to help Pirates beat Reds 16-5 
Jul 29
USSR performs nuclear Test 
Jul 30
Louison Bobet wins his 3rd Tour de France 
Jul 31
Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Battle Creek Golf Open 
Jul 31
KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast 
Jul 31
WHIS (now WVVA) TV channel 6 in Bluefield, WV (NBC) 1st broadcast 
Aug 1
1st microgravity research begins 
Aug 1
Tengku Abdul Rahman forms Malacca government 
Aug 1
WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Aug 2
USSR performs nuclear test 
Aug 3
Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing 
Aug 3
Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days 
Aug 3
Roger Moens runs world record 800 m (1:45.7) 
Aug 4
Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters 
Aug 5
After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games 
Aug 7
Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel 
Aug 7
KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins 
Aug 7
Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan. 
Aug 8
Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement" 
Aug 8
Geneva conference held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy 
Aug 11
Indonesia government of Harahap forms 
Aug 12
22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000) 
Aug 12
Pres Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour 
Aug 12
WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Aug 13
Larry Doby's ends AL record of 167 errorless games in outfield 
Aug 15
WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, VA (ABC) begins 
Aug 15
Hurricane Connie dissipates after killing 43 in NC, SC, Virginia & Maryland 
Aug 16
Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor 
Aug 17
Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage 
Aug 18
-19] Hurricane Diane, kills 400 in US 
Aug 18
46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record) 
Aug 18
Sjukri al-Quwatli re-elected president of Syria 
Aug 19
32.4 cm precipitation at Burlington, Connecticut (state record) 
Aug 19
Hurricane Diane kills 200 & 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. US) 
Aug 19
US raises import duty on bicycles 50% 
Aug 19
WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's) 
Aug 20
1st airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph)-HA Hanes, Palmdale Ca 
Aug 20
Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco & Algeria 
Aug 21
Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered 
Aug 23
Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open 
Aug 25
Last Soviet forces leave Austria 
Aug 26
1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup) 
Aug 27
"Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published 
Aug 27
Sandy Koufax fans 14 Reds, both teams combine for record 23 strikeouts 
Aug 28
1st NFL preseason sudden death football, Rams beats Giants 23-17 
Aug 28
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament 
Aug 31
1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, Tx) 
Aug 31
1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated, Chicago, Ill 
Aug 31
KTRE TV channel 9 in Lufkin, TX (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 
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
Fred Kaps becomes world champion magician 
Sep 5
Dodger Don Newcombe hits NL pitcher record 7th HR of season 
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 for 23 performances 
Sep 6
J van Tilburg appointed governor of Suriname 
Sep 8
Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers) 
Sep 9
Don Zimmer, hits 4,000th Dodger home run 
Sep 9
Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open 
Sep 10
"Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV 
Sep 11
69th US Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats Patricia Ward (6-4 6-2) 
Sep 11
75th US Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Ken Rosewall beats (9-7 6-3 6-3) 
Sep 11
KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (IND) begins broadcasting 
Sep 11
Dedication of the first Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Bern Switzerland Temple. 
Sep 12
KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Sep 14
Herb Score sets rookie record of 235 strikeouts (en route 245) 
Sep 15
WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, FL (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 4 major auto reacing categories 
Sep 16
Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt 
Sep 17
"Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 176 perfs 
Sep 17
Future Hall of Famer Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game 
Sep 18
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Mile High Golf Open 
Sep 18
Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock) 
Sep 19
Argentine president Juan Peron, resigns & flees 
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 
Sep 21
Last allied occupying troops leave Austria 
Sep 21
Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for heavyweight boxing title 
Sep 21
USSR performs nuclear test 
Sep 21
Heavyweight champ Rocky Mariano KOs Archie Moore in round 9 
Sep 22
(ITV) Commercial TV begins in UK; meanwhile on BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denied that this was a spoiler! 
Sep 22
-28] Hurricane Janet, kills 500 in Caribbean 
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 
Sep 24
US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver 
Sep 24
Washington Senators lose their 99th & 100th games of season 
Sep 25
Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ 
Sep 25
Patty Berg wins LPGA Clock Golf Open 
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 
Sep 29
Arthur Millers "View From The Bridge" premieres in NYC 
Oct 1
"Honeymooners" premieres 
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 
Oct 2
9th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 3-1 at Detroit 
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 pres 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
Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating Yankees in 7 
Oct 4
Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul 
Oct 7
Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga launched at Brooklyn 
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 
Oct 9
Betty Jameson wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open 
Oct 11
All Peron feast days disposed of in Argentina 
Oct 11
Persia signs Pact of Baghdad 
Oct 12
-13] Hurricane Hazel, kills 68 in Haiti 
Oct 13
1st edition of L'express publishes in Paris 
Oct 17
Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel 
Oct 18
Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athelete 
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) 
Oct 20
Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan 
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 - 2nd best-selling novel 
Oct 22
WWNY TV channel 7 in Carthage-Watertown, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Oct 23
Dominican League moves to winter baseball for 1st time 
Oct 25
Austria resumed its sovereignty after departure of last Allied occupation forces, for 1st time since German occupation of 1938 
Oct 25
Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates 
Oct 25
Tappan sells 1st microwave oven 
Oct 26
First edition of "Village Voice" (NYC) published 
Oct 26
British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi 
Oct 26
Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres 
Oct 27
Argentine peso devalued 
Oct 27
Satomi Myodo, renews Zen nun vows & takes Buddhist name of Daien Myodo 
Oct 28
Egypt & 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
Imtiaz Ahmed scores 209 v NZ, the record for a no 8 batsman 
Oct 31
Mgr Alfrink appointed archbishop of Utrecht 
Nov 1
Time bomb aboard United DC-6 kills 44 above Longmont, Colorado 
Nov 2
Clarton-Schwerdt & Schaffer discover polio virus 
Nov 2
David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government 
Nov 3
First virus crystallized (announced) 
Nov 3
Alabama woman bruised by a meteor 
Nov 3
Argentine ex-president Peron arrives in Nicaragua 
Nov 3
Australia takes control of Cocos Islands 
Nov 3
Bernardus J Alfrink installed as archbishop of Utrecht 
Nov 4
The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio after it was totally destroyed in World War II. 
Nov 5
Mont Canadien Jean Beliveau scores 2nd fastest hat trick (44 seconds) 
Nov 5
New Vienna Opera house opens (Austria) 
Nov 5
Date returned to in "Back to the Future" by Marty McFly 
Nov 6
11th Ryder Cup: US, 8-4 at Thunderbird Ranch & CC Calif 
Nov 6
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Nov 7
Supreme Court of Baltimore bans segregation in public recreational areas 
Nov 9
Michael Gazzo's "Hatful of Rain," premieres in NYC 
Nov 9
NZ all out for 70 v Pakistan at Dacca 
Nov 9
UN disapproves of South Africa's apartheid politics 
Nov 10
"Vamp" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 60 performances 
Nov 12
1st West German officers sworn in 
Nov 12
E Arcaro, E Sande & G Woolf 1st inductees in Jockey hall of fame 
Nov 13
1st live telecast from non-contiguous foreign country-Havana Cuba 
Nov 13
Argentine general Pedro Aramburu succeeds E Lonardi as president 
Nov 15
Poland & Yugoslavia sign trade agreement 
Nov 16
1st speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) (Donald Campbell) 
Nov 16
KLM orders 8 DC-8s 
Nov 16
Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Yussuph V returns to Morocco 
Nov 18
Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered flight 
Nov 19
KXMB TV channel 12 in Bismarck, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 19
National Review publishes its first issue. 
Nov 20
Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v NZ 
Nov 20
Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 v NZ 
Nov 21
Argentina asks Panama for return of ex-president Peron 
Nov 21
KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
Nov 22
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Nov 22
RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss 
Nov 23
British transfer Cocos (Keeling) Is in Indian Ocean to Australia 
Nov 24
1st test flight of Fokker's F-27 Friendship 
Nov 25
Race segregation forbidden on trains & buses between US states 
Nov 25
Walter Piston's 6th Symphony premieres 
Nov 25
Clement Attlee resigns as leader of the UK Labour Party 
Nov 26
"Boy Friend" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 483 performances 
Nov 26
43rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 34-19 
Nov 26
Emergency crisis proclaimed in Cyprus 
Nov 28
KMVI (now WMAU) TV channel 12 in Wailuku, HI (IND) begins broadcasting 
Nov 28
KTHV TV channel 11 in Little Rock, AR (CBS) begins broadcasting 
Nov 29
Turkish government of Menderes resigns 
Nov 30
"Pipe Dream" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 245 performances 
Nov 30
Argentine government disbands Peronistic party 
Dec 1
Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger 
Dec 3
KTVE TV channel 10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
Dec 4
Mgr Alfrink installed as Archbishop of Utrecht 
Dec 5
AFL & CIO merge, with George Meany as president 
Dec 5
Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks 
Dec 5
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO. 
Dec 6
NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 Question" on boxing 
Dec 8
21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB) 
Dec 8
Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award 
Dec 8
Turkish government of Menderes forms 
Dec 12
1st prototype of hovercraft patented by British engineer Christoper Cockerell 
Dec 14
Dutch Reformed Church condemns woman/wife as vicar 
Dec 14
Tappan Zee Bridge in NY opens to traffic 
Dec 19
Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" 
Dec 20
Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales 
Dec 25
Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music 
Dec 26
Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14 
Dec 26
RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV 
Dec 28
44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0) 
Dec 29
Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13 
Dec 31
"Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances 
Dec 31
The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year. 
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