Events in year of 1955

  • 01-01Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
  • 01-01WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, Florida (CBS) begins
  • 01-021st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
  • 01-03Jose Ramon Guizado becomes President of Panama
  • 01-05KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 01-07Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC)
  • 01-07WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-08Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • 01-08Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open
  • 01-08WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-151st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
  • 01-15USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
  • 01-16Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • 01-16NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
  • 01-17Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
  • 01-19"Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
  • 01-19"Scrabble" debuts on board game market
  • 01-191st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
  • 01-201st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton Conn
  • 01-22Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
  • 01-23Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 01-23KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 01-25Columbia University scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
  • 01-25Jill Kinmont hits a tree and breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race
  • 01-25Russia ends state of war with Germany
  • 01-25US and Panama sign canal treaty
  • 01-27"Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances
  • 01-29John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
  • 01-31RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • 02-01HC Hansen appointed Premier of Denmark

People born in year of 1955

  • 01-01Michael James Sullivan: Gary, Indiana -- PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open)
  • 01-03Cynthia Sykes: Coffeyville, Kentucky -- Actress (Flamingo Road, St Elsewhere)
  • 01-04Kathy Forester: Lookout Mountain, Georgia -- Country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • 01-04Mark Hollis: English pop musician (Talk Talk, Dum Dum Girl)
  • 01-08Mike Reno: Vancouver, British Columbia -- Rock vocalist (Loverboy)
  • 01-10Luci Martin: Rocker vocalist (Chicago)
  • 01-10Michael Schenker: Heavy metal rocker (Madison Square Garden - Coming on Strong, Scorpions)
  • 01-12Patty Hayes: LPGA golfer
  • 01-13Fred White: Rocker (Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • 01-13Jay McInerney: Author (Bright Lights, Big City)
  • 01-13Titus M Mafolo: South African journalist / ANC-leader
  • 01-13Trevor Rabin: Rocker (Yes)
  • 01-15Enrico Mentana: Milan, Italy -- Italian newscaster (RAI)
  • 01-16Jerry M Linenger: Mount Clemens, Michigan -- PhD / Cmdr USN / Astronaut (STS 81 / 84)
  • 01-17Steve Earle: San Antonio, Texas -- Country singer (Guitar Town)
  • 01-18Johannes AM "Hans" van Tongeren: Dutch actor (Hunk)
  • 01-18Kevin Costner: Los Angeles, California -- Actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham)
  • 01-18Mable Fergerson: Los Angeles, California -- 4x400m runner (1972 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 01-19Simon Rattle: England, United Kingdom -- Orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symph Orch)
  • 01-20Joe Doherty: Ireland -- IRA activist (jailed in US)
  • 01-21Peter Fleming: New Jersey, United States -- Tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • 01-22Thomas David Jones: Baltimore, Maryland -- PhD / Astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98)
  • 01-23Reginald Calloway: Trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 01-24James Montgomery: US 100m swimmer (1976 Olympics - 3 Gold Medals)
  • 01-24Julian Holland: Rocker (Squeeze)
  • 01-26Lucia Mendez: Mexico -- Spanish singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno)
  • 01-27Richard Young: Glasgow, Kentucky -- Singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
  • 01-29John Tate: United States -- Heavyweight boxer (1968 Olympics - Bronze Medalist)
  • 01-30Curtis Strange: Norfolk, Virginia -- PGA golfer (1989 US Open)
  • 01-30Judith Tarr: United States -- Sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica)

People died in year of 1955

  • 01-04Dominicus Johner: Composer, dies at 80
  • 01-04Francois Rasse: Composer, dies at 81
  • 01-04Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard: Dutch preacher, dies at 84
  • 01-11Rodolfo Graziani: Italian East-Africa Minister of Defense, dies at 72
  • 01-15Yves Tanguy: French / American sailor / surrealistic painter
  • 01-16Jonkheer Reneke de Marees van Swinderen: Dutch min (1908-13)
  • 01-16Reneke de Marees van Swinderen: Dutch Minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • 01-17J A Veraart: Economist, dies at 68
  • 01-17Joannes A Veraart: Dutch Judge / MP, dies at 68
  • 01-21Maarten P Vrij: Dutch lawyer / criminologist / High Council, dies at 59
  • 01-27Ernst Penzoldt: Writer
  • 01-29Hans Hedtoft: Premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51
  • 01-31John R Mott: US Theologist / founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
  • 02-12Tom Moore: Actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • 02-14Charles Cuvillier: Composer, dies at 77
  • 02-15S Z Sakall: Actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 71
  • 02-17Otto J Gombosi: Hungarian / US musicologist, dies at 52
  • 02-25Marij Kogoj: Composer, dies at 59
  • 02-27Tom Howard: Comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66
  • 03-07Tom Dugan: Actor (Pick a Star), dies at 66
  • 03-08Clementine: Princess of Belg, Wife of V Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 82
  • 03-09Matthew A Henson: Met Peary on 6 / 4 / 1909 at North Pole, dies at 88
  • 03-11Alexander Fleming: English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73
  • 03-12Charlie "Bird" Parker: US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in New York City
  • 03-12Theodor Plievier: Writer
  • 03-13Yung Deva: King of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • 03-16Mayhew Lake: Composer, dies at 75
  • 03-21Muriel Aked: Dies at 67
  • 03-29Everard Verachtert: Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81
  • 04-07Theda Bara: Actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62

Events in year of 1956

  • 01-01Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel for RCA in Nashville
  • 01-01KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-01KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-01Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt and the UK
  • 01-01WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-02Poujadists / communists win French parliamentary elections
  • 01-05Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 01-06Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
  • 01-06KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-07Vinoo Mankad scores 231 vs. New Zealand, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • 01-08Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
  • 01-09Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
  • 01-10Elvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 01-14Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
  • 01-14Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
  • 01-15Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • 01-15D Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
  • 01-15KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-15NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
  • 01-16Egyptian President Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
  • 01-19Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field
  • 01-20Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
  • 01-21"Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • 01-21William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
  • 01-2230 die in a train crash in Los Angeles
  • 01-22Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 01-22Canadian Football Council forms
  • 01-2496.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • 01-2596.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)
  • 01-26Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin are elected to Hall of Fame

People born in year of 1956

  • 01-01Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky: Russian Lieutenant Colonel / Cosmonaut
  • 01-01Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev: Russian Cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • 01-04Ann Magnuson: Charleston, West Virginia -- Actress (Anything But Love, Hunger)
  • 01-04Barney Sumner: Rock guitarist / vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday)
  • 01-04Bernard Albrecht: English pop guitarist (Joy Division)
  • 01-07Robin Walton: Boise, Idaho -- LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th)
  • 01-07Rosalyn Bryant: Chicago, Illinois -- 4x400m runner (1976 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 01-07Trudie Styler: England, United Kingdom -- Wife of Sting / sponsor (Rainforest Concert)
  • 01-09Kimberly Beck Hilton: Glendale, California -- Actress (Kim-Peyton Place)
  • 01-11Kuniaki Kobayashi: Wrestler (WAR / NJPW)
  • 01-13Janet Hubert-Whitten: Actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • 01-13Malcolm Foster: Rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • 01-15Vera Sosulya: USSR -- Toboggan (1980 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-17Mitch Vogel: Alhambra, California -- Actor (Jamie-Bonanza)
  • 01-17Paul Young: Rock vocalist / keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • 01-18Mark Collie: Waynesboro, Tennessee -- Country singer (Another Old Soldier)
  • 01-20John McNally: Naha Okinawa, Japan -- US rapid fire pistol (Olympics - 1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 01-20John Phillips Naber: Evanston, Illinois -- Swimmer (1976 Olympics - 4 Gold / Silver Medals)
  • 01-21Bob Brill: NYC, New York -- Drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
  • 01-22Becky Pearson: LPGA golfer
  • 01-26Lisa Boray [Schulte Nordholt]: Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • 01-26Simon Howard: English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • 01-27Fred Quillan: Portland, Oregon -- WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 01-31Trevor A Manuel: South African UDF / ANC-leader
  • 02-03Pamela Cossey: England, United Kingdom -- Model / sister of transsexual Tula
  • 02-06Jon Walmsley: Lancashire, England -- Actor (Jason-Waltons)
  • 02-06Linda Grovenor: Baltimore, Maryland -- Actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire)
  • 02-09Philip Jackson Ford, Jr.: North Carolina, United States -- Basketball player (1976 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 02-11Kathleen Beller: Queens, New York -- Actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched)
  • 02-12Ad P Melkert: Dutch Minister of Social Affairs (1994- )

People died in year of 1956

  • 01-05Jeanne F Bourgeois: French head mistress (Moulin Rouge), dies at 84
  • 01-10Henricus P Bremmer: Dutch art Historian (Beeldende Kunst), dies at 84
  • 01-10Karl L Schmidt: German / Swiss Theologist (Urchristentum), dies at 64
  • 01-12John Raedecker: Dutch Sculptor (WWII Monument Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • 01-12Norman Kerry: Actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • 01-14Siegfried F Nadel: Aust / British anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52
  • 01-22P A M Speet: Dutch broadcast CEO (KRO)
  • 01-23Alexander Korda: English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • 01-27Erich Kleiber: Austrian conductor
  • 01-29H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken: US essayist / critic (Smart Set), dies at 75
  • 01-30Gerrit Mannoury: Mathematician / philosopher, dies at 88
  • 01-30Jane Seymour: Actress (Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 56
  • 02-02Charley Grapewin: Actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 86
  • 02-04Leendert A Donker: Dutch Social Democratic Party - Minister of Justice, dies at 56
  • 02-04Peder Gram: Composer, dies at 74
  • 02-05Savilly Tartakower: Austrian / Polish / French chess player, dies at 74
  • 02-18Gustave Charpentier: French opera Composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • 02-21Edwin Franko Goldman: Composer, dies at 78
  • 02-26Herman Courtens: Belgian Baron / painter, dies at 72
  • 02-27Frank Dailey: Orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • 02-29Elpidio Quirino: President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65
  • 03-03Willem H Keesom: Dutch physicist (Helium I / II), dies at 79
  • 03-05Erich Itor Kahn: Composer, dies at 50
  • 03-11Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko: Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • 03-16Joseph John Richards: Composer, dies at 77
  • 03-17Fred Allen: Comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • 03-18Friedrich Panzer: German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • 03-18Louis Bromfield: Writer, dies at 59
  • 03-22George A L Sarton: Belgian / US historian, dies at 71
  • 03-25George Luther Foote: Composer, dies at 70