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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1955 AD


January 1: Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
January 1: WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, Florida (CBS) begins
January 2: 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
January 3: Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
January 5: KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
January 7: Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (New York City)
January 7: WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mount Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 8: Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
January 8: Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
January 8: Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open
January 8: WUNorth Carolina TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 14: Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
January 15: 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
January 15: D Shostakovich' "From Jewish Folk Poetry," premieres in Leningrad
January 15: U.S.S.R. ends state of war with German Federal Republic
January 16: Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
January 16: NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
January 17: Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
January 19: 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
January 19: "Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
January 19: "Scrabble" debuts on board game market
January 20: 1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton Conn
January 22: Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
January 23: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
January 23: KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
January 25: Columbia U scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
January 25: Jill Kinmont hits a tree and breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race
January 25: Russia ends state of war with Germany
January 25: United States and Panama sign canal treaty
January 27: "Plain and Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 476 performances
January 29: John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
January 31: RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer


February 1: HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
February 2: 1st presidential news conference on network TV, Eisenhower on ABC
February 8: Malenkov resigns as U.S.S.R. premier, Bulganin replaces him
February 9: Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
February 9: U.S. federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
February 12: McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 and stays #1 for 10 weeks
February 12: President Eisenhower sends 1st U.S. advisors to South Vietnam
February 12: Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
February 12: WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
February 13: Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
February 13: KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
February 13: Patty Berg wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
February 14: WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins
February 15: 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
February 17: Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
February 17: Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Bowden of CAN
February 17: KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
February 17: Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright U.S.
February 17: Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
February 18: Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey and Iraq a defense alliance
February 19: South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
February 20: Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
February 22: British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets sail
February 23: Edgar Faure forms French government
February 24: Pact of Baghdad between Iraq and Turkey signed
February 24: "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 461 performances
February 26: 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith
February 26: "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 149 performances
February 27: Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open


March 1: Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
March 1: KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast
March 1: Pakistan vs. India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw
March 2: King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
March 2: William Inge's "Bus Stop," premieres in New York City
March 3: Elvis Presley's 1st TV appearance on "Louisiana Hayride" show
March 4: 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
March 5: WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
March 6: Dutch premiere of Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot"
March 6: Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
March 7: 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas and Loretta Young
March 7: Baseball Commish Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter
March 7: Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised
March 13: Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal
March 13: Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
March 14: Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal
March 15: Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses
March 15: U.S. Air Force unveils self-guided missile
March 15: WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
March 16: Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge
March 16: President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war
March 17: Maurice "Rocket" Richard suspended, sparks 7 hour riot in Montreal
March 18: I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
March 19: 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats La Salle 77-63
March 20: KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
March 21: Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece
March 21: Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
March 24: 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
March 24: Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances
March 25: East Germany granted full sovereignty by occupying power, U.S.S.R.
March 26: "Ballad of Davy Crockett," becomes the #1 record in US
March 27: 9th Tony Awards: Desperate Hours and Pajama Game win
March 27: Steve McQueen makes his network TV debut (Goodyear Playhouse)
March 27: WPRI TV channel 12 in Providence, RI (ABC) begins broadcasting
March 28: New Zealand cricket all out for 26 vs. England at Eden Park
March 30: 27th Academy Awards - "On the Waterfront," Brando and Grace Kelly win
March 31: Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI vs. Australia, Kingston
March 31: U.S. Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes Chase National (3rd largest bank) and Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan


April 1: Armed military action taken against bureaucratic strike in Amsterdam
April 1: EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus
April 1: WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida (CBS) 1st broadcast
April 2: Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
April 2: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
April 2: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
April 3: Baltimore Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs Kansas City Athletics)
April 3: Fire in cinema to Sclessin Belgium, kills 39
April 3: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Oklahoma City Golf Open
April 3: Night express train in Guadalajara derails, killing 300
April 4: British government signs military treaty with Iraq
April 5: Winston Churchill resigns as British Prime Minister, Anthony Eden succeeds him
April 6: "3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 85 performances
April 6: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 6: Yemen: failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam
April 9: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 10: 19th Golf Masters Championship: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279
April 10: 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft. Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3
April 10: Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine
April 10: Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely
April 11: Sobers starts run of 85 Test Cricket appearances for WI uninterrupted
April 12: 1st game in Kansas City, Kansas City A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
April 12: Salk polio vaccine safe and effective; 4 billion dimes marched
April 13: 20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)
April 14: Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to wear the Yankee uniform
April 14: Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
April 14: WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
April 15: Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants in Illinois
April 15: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 17: Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
April 18: 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street signals installed
April 18: 1st Bandoeng Conference - Afro-Asian conference opens
April 18: "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 176 performances
April 19: 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
April 20: "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 92 performances
April 21: Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
April 21: J Lawrence and R E Lee's "Inherit the Wind," premieres in New York City
April 21: Minas Gerais Argentina tunnel caves in; 30 die
April 22: Congress orders all U.S. coins bear motto "In God We Trust"
April 22: Kansas City Athletic's 1st game, beat Tigers 6-2
April 23: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Open
April 23: "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 583 performances
April 24: Conference of Bandung against colonialism/for self determination, ends
April 24: Gaullists lose elections in France
April 24: KFDM TV channel 6 in Beaumont, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 24: KMAU (now KGMV) TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
April 28: WBIQ TV channel 10 in Birmingham, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
April 29: G. Gronchi elected president of Italy
April 30: Element 101, Mendelevium, announced
April 30: Imperial Bank of India nationalized
April 30: Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks
April 30: West German unions protest for 40-hour work week and 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 poses discrimination "onaanraakbaren" 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 New York City for 1022 performances
May 5: Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce
May 5: U.S. 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: U.S.S.R. signs peace treaty with France and Great Britain
May 7: West Europe 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 home runs of at least 463'
May 14: U.S. performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
May 14: Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania
May 15: Austrian state treaty signed making Austria independent again
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: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 15: Vienna Treaty: Brit, France, U.S. and U.S.S.R. restores Austria's independence
May 16: Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in San Francisco
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 and Depeiaza take WI from 6-187 to 6-494 in day vs. Australia
May 18: Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam
May 19: Atkinson and Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI vs. Australia
May 20: Argentine parliament accepts separation of church and state
May 21: 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
May 21: "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 165 performances
May 21: WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, Wisconsin (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
May 22: Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
May 23: Presbyterian Church begins accepting women ministers
May 25: Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas and most of Blackwell Okla
May 26: "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater New York City 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: Bob Sweikert wins Indianapolis 500
May 28: Fay Crocker wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
May 29: Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns
May 30: KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, Idaho (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 railroad strike
May 31: Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed"


June 1: Habib Bourguiba ends exile from Tunisia
June 3: KLFY TV channel 10 in Lafayette, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
June 3: Stan Musial hits his 300th home run
June 4: "Mickey Rooney Show," TV comedy last airs on NBC
June 5: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
June 5: New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' home run off Chicago Billy Pierce
June 6: Bill Haley and Comets, "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1
June 7: 1st President to appear on color TV, Eisenhower
June 7: "$64,000 Question" premieres on CBS TV
June 7: India premier Nehru visit U.S.S.R.
June 8: Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax
June 9: 100 degrees F - Hottest day in Seattle Washington
June 9: Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, vs. South Africa, Trent Bridge
June 10: 1st separation of virus into component parts reported
June 10: KWEX TV channel 41 in San Antonio, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
June 11: 1st magnesium jet airplane flies
June 11: 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29
June 11: Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators, race continues
June 12: "Mr Peepers" (TV Comedy) starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC
June 13: Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans, France
June 15: Australia score 8-758 vs. West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
June 16: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
June 16: Pope Pius XII ex-communicates Argentine President Juan Peron
June 18: "3 for Tonight" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 85 performances
June 19: 55th U.S. Golf Open: Jack Fleck shoots a 287 at Olympic CC in SF
June 19: Mickey Mantle hits career home run # 100
June 19: Phils beat Cubs 1-0 in 15, ties longest shut out in Phillies history
June 20: "Almost Crazy" opens at Longacre Theater New York City for 16 performances
June 22: Antonio Segni forms government in Italy
June 22: U.S. air patrol plane shot down above Bering sea
June 23: Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" released
June 24: Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st home run (off Billy Hoeff)
June 25: "Can Can" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 892 performances
June 25: "Imogene Coca Show," last airs on NBC-TV
June 26: Actor Geoffrey Holder marries Carmen de Lavallade
June 26: Freedom Charter signed in South Africa
June 26: Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
June 27: 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted, Illinois
June 27: "Julius LaRosa Show," debuts on CBS-TV
June 29: Argentine state of siege ends
June 30: "Johnny Carson Show," debuts on CBS-TV


July 1: 69th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen (63 75 61)
July 1: KOTA TV channel 3 in Rapid City, SD (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
July 2: 10th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Fay Crocker
July 2: 62nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Louise Brough beats B Fleitz (75 86)
July 2: "7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 44 performances
July 2: "Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 16 performances
July 2: Desmond Tutu marries Leah Nomalizo Shinxani
July 2: "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC
July 5: English harbor strike ends
July 7: 1st LPGA Championship won by Beverly Hanson
July 9: 1st black executive on White House staff, E. Frederic Morrow
July 9: Bill Haley and Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops billboards chart
July 9: "Rock Around Clock" hits #1 on Top 100 chart
July 9: Strike in Belgium for 5 day work week
July 11: Congress authorizes all U.S. currency to say "In God We Trust"
July 11: New USAF Academy dedicated at Lowry AFB in Colorado with 300 cadets
July 12: 22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at County Stad, Milw
July 12: Christian Democratic Party forms in Argentina
July 14: 2 killed, many dazed when lightning strikes Ascott racetrack, England
July 15: WNDU TV channel 16 in South Bend, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
July 16: "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
July 17: Arco, Idaho becomes 1st U.S. city lit by nuclear power
July 17: Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County
July 18: 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially
July 18: 280 mm rain in Martinstown, Dorset, UK-record
July 19: Balclutha ties up at Pier 43 and becomes a floating museum
July 19: Yarkon Water Project opens to supply water to Negev desert in Israel
July 21: 1st sub powered by liquid metal cooled reactor launched-Seawolf
July 22: 1st Vice President to preside over cabinet meeting-R Nixon
July 22: Phillies longest win streak since 1892 hits 11
July 23: New York Yankees Bob Cerv and E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch home runs
July 24: Ali Sastroamidjojo of Government resigns in Indonesia
July 24: Betty Jameson/Mary Faulk wins Virg Hot Springs 4-Ball Golf Tournament
July 26: 37th PGA Championship: Doug Ford at Meadowbrook CC Detroit
July 26: Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester
July 26: Ted Allen throws a record 72 consecutive horseshoe ringers
July 27: Austria regains full independence after 4-power occupation
July 27: Bulgaria shoots down a plane heading for Israel (58 die)
July 27: Israeli passenger plane shot down above Bulgaria, 58 die
July 29: Smokey Burgess hits 3 home runs to help Pirates beat Reds 16-5
July 29: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test
July 30: Louison Bobet wins his 3rd Tour de France
July 31: Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Battle Creek Golf Open
July 31: KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
July 31: WHIS (now WVVA) TV channel 6 in Bluefield, WV (NBC) 1st broadcast


August 1: 1st microgravity research begins
August 1: Tengku Abdul Rahman forms Malacca government
August 1: WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (PBS) begins broadcasting
August 2: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
August 3: Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing
August 3: Hurricane Connie begins pounding U.S. for 11 days
August 3: Roger Moens runs world record 800 m (1:45.7)
August 4: Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters
August 5: After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games
August 7: Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel
August 7: KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins
August 8: Fidel Castro forms "July 26th Movement"
August 8: Geneva conference held to discuss peaceful uses of atomic energy
August 11: Indonesia government of Harahap forms
August 12: 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
August 12: President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour
August 12: WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
August 13: Larry Doby's ends AL record of 167 errorless games in outfield
August 15: WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia (ABC) begins
August 16: Fiat Motors orders 1st private atomic reactor
August 17: Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion damage
August 18: 46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record)
August 18: Hurricane Diane, kills 400 in US
August 18: Sjukri al-Quwatli re-elected president of Syria
August 19: 32.4 cm precipitation at Burlington, Connecticut (state record)
August 19: Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. U.S.)
August 19: U.S. raises import duty on bicycles 50%
August 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)
August 20: 1st airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph)-HA Hanes, Palmdale, California
August 20: Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria
August 23: Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
August 25: Last Soviet forces leave Austria
August 26: 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
August 27: Guinness Book of World Records 1st published
August 27: Sandy Koufax fans 14 Reds, both teams combine for record 23 strikeouts
August 28: 1st NFL preseason sudden death football, Rams beats Giants 23-17
August 28: Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
August 31: 1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, Texas)
August 31: 1st solar automobile demonstrated, Chicago, Illinois
August 31: KTRE TV channel 9 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting


September 1: 2 Egyptian fighters shot down over Israel
September 1: KARD (now KSNW) TV channel 3 in Wichita, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 2: KCRA TV channel 3 in Sacramento, California (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 3: KTBS TV channel 3 in Shreveport, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 5: Fred Kaps becomes world champion magician
September 5: Phillies Don Newcombe hits NL pitcher record 7th home run of season
September 5: WKRG TV channel 5 in Mobile, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
September 5: WTTW TV channel 11 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 6: "Catch a Star" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 23 performances
September 6: J van Tilburg appointed governor of Suriname
September 7: Yankees Whitey Ford is 5th to throw consecutive 1-hitters, beats A's
September 8: Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
September 9: Don Zimmer, hits 4,000th Dodger home run
September 9: Louise Suggs wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
September 10: "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV
September 11: 69th U.S. Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats Patricia Ward (64 62)
September 11: 75th U.S. Mens Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Ken Rosewall beats (97 63 63)
September 11: KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
September 12: KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
September 14: Herb Score sets rookie record of 235 strikeouts (en route 245)
September 15: WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, Florida (CBS) begins
September 16: Bauer and Berra homer in 9th beating Red Sox 5-4 taking over 1st
September 16: U.S. Auto Club forms to oversee 4 major auto reacing categories
September 16: Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt
September 17: "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 176 performances
September 17: Future Hall of Famer Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game
September 18: Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Mile High Golf Open
September 18: Willie Mays hits record tying 9th home run at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)
September 19: Argentine president Juan Peron, resigns and flees
September 19: Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season
September 19: Hurricane Hilda, kills 200 in Mexico
September 20: Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
September 20: Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 home runs in a season
September 21: Last allied occupying troops leave Austria
September 21: Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
September 21: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
September 22: Commercial TV begins in England
September 22: Heavyweight champ Rocky Mariano KOs Archie Moore in 9
September 22: Hurricane Janet, kills 500 in Caribbean
September 23: Pakistan signs Pact of Baghdad
September 23: Yankees clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2
September 24: "Catch a Star" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 23 performances
September 24: President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver
September 24: Washington Senators lose their 99th and 100th games of season
September 25: Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ
September 25: Patty Berg wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
September 26: NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929
September 28: 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (New York Yankees beat Dodgers)
September 28: WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, North Carolina (NBC) begins broadcasting
September 29: Ali Sastroamidjojo's PNI wins elections in Indonesia
September 29: Arthur Millers "View From The Bridge," premieres in New York City
September 29: "Sergeant Preston," debuts on CBS


October 1: "Honeymooners" premieres
October 1: Piet Lieftinck becomes director v/h IMF (World bank)
October 1: WORA TV channel 5 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (TCI) begins broadcasting
October 2: 9th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 3-1 at Detroit
October 2: Actress Joyce Randolph marries publisher Richard Charles
October 2: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres
October 2: Chiva Stoica becomes premier of Romania
October 2: WHTN (now WOWK) TV ch 13 in Huntington-Charleston, WV (CBS) begins
October 3: "Captain Kangaroo" premieres on CBS-TV, Good Morning, Captain!
October 3: Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira becomes President of Brazil
October 3: "Mickey Mouse Club" premieres
October 3: Soviet battleship "Novorossiisk" strikes WW II mine in Baltic Sea
October 3: WDBJ TV channel 7 in Roanoke, Virginia (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 3: WTVS TV channel 56 in Detroit, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
October 4: Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating Yankees in 7
October 4: Reverend Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul
October 6: LSD made illegal in U.S.
October 7: Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga at Brooklyn launched
October 8: Worlds most powerful aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga launched
October 9: Betty Jameson wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open
October 11: All Peron feast days disposed of in Argentina
October 11: Persia signs Pact of Baghdad
October 12: Hurricane Connie, kills 43 in NC, SC, Virginia and Maryland
October 12: Hurricane Hazel, kills 68 in Haiti
October 13: 1st edition of L'express publishes in Paris
October 17: Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel
October 18: Track and Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athelete
October 18: University of California discovers anti-proton
October 20: Harry Belafonte records "Day-O" (Banana Boat Song)
October 20: Ira Levin's "No Time for Sergeants," premieres in New York City
October 20: "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith
October 20: Yankees begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
October 22: WWNY TV channel 7 in Carthage-Watertown, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
October 23: Dominican League moves to winter baseball for 1st time
October 25: Austria resumed its sovereignty after departure of last Allied occupation forces, for 1st time since German occupation of 1938
October 25: Branch Rickey steps down as General Manager of the Pirates
October 25: Tappan sells 1st microwave oven
October 26: 1st edition of "Village Voice" (New York City) published
October 26: British troops occupy Saudi-Arabic oil field at Boeraimi
October 26: Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as president
October 27: Argentine peso devalued
October 27: Satomi Myodo, renews Zen nun vows and takes Buddhist name of Daien Myodo
October 28: Egypt and Saudi-Arabia sign defense treaty
October 29: Belgium signs accord for 5 day work week (45 hours)
October 29: Emile Zatopek runs world record 15 mile (1:14:01) and 25,000m (1:16:36)
October 30: Imtiaz Ahmed scores 209 vs. New Zealand, the record for a no 8 batsman


November 1: Time bomb aboard United DC-6 kills 44 above Longmont Colorado
November 2: Clarton-Schwerdt and Schaffer discover polio virus
November 2: David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government
November 3: 1st virus crystallized (announced)
November 3: Alabama woman bruised by a meteor
November 3: Argentine ex-president Peron arrives in Nicaragua
November 3: Australia takes control of Cocos Islands
November 3: Bernardus J Alfrink installed as archbishop of Utrecht
November 5: Mont Canadien Jean Beliveau scores 2nd fastest hat trick (44 seconds)
November 5: New Vienna Opera house opens (Austria)
November 6: 11th Ryder Cup: U.S., 8-4 at Thunderbird Ranch and CC California
November 6: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
November 9: Michael Gazzo's "Hatful of Rain," premieres in New York City
November 9: New Zealand all out for 70 vs. Pakistan at Dacca
November 9: U.N. disapproves of South Africa's apartheid politics
November 10: "Vamp" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 60 performances
November 12: 1st West German officers sworn in
November 12: Date returned to in "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future II"
November 12: E Arcaro, E Sande and G Woolf 1st inductees in Jockey hall of fame
November 13: 1st live telecast from non-contiguous foreign country-Havana Cuba
November 13: Argentine General Pedro Aramburu succeeds E Lonardi as president
November 15: Poland and Yugoslavia sign trade agreement
November 16: 1st speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) (D M Campbell)
November 16: Johnny Cash made his 1st chart appearance with "Cry Cry Cry"
November 16: KLM orders 8 DC-8's
November 16: Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Yussuph V returns to Morocco
November 18: Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered flight
November 19: KXMB TV channel 12 in Bismarck, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
November 20: Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India vs. New Zealand
November 20: Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 vs. New Zealand
November 21: Argentina asks Panama for return of ex-president Peron
November 21: KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
November 22: RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records and Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo Miss
November 22: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
November 23: British transfer Cocos (Keeling) Is in Indian Ocean to Australia
November 24: 1st test flight of Fokker's F-27 Friendship
November 25: Race segregation forbidden on trains and buses between U.S. states
November 25: Walter Piston's 6th Symphony, premieres
November 26: 43rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 34-19
November 26: "Boy Friend" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 483 performances
November 26: Emergency crisis proclaimed in Cyprus
November 26: Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!"
November 28: KMVI (now WMAU) TV channel 12 in Wailuku, HI (IND) begins broadcasting
November 28: KTHV TV channel 11 in Little Rock, AR (CBS) begins broadcasting
November 29: Turkish government of Menderes resigns
November 30: Argentine government disbands Peronistic party
November 30: "Pipe Dream" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 245 performances


December 1: Rosa Parks (black) arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus
December 3: KTVE TV channel 10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
December 5: AFL and CIO merge, with George Meany as president
December 5: Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks
December 6: NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 Question" on boxing
December 7: Clement Attlee resigns as chairman of England's Labour Party
December 8: 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
December 8: Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award
December 8: Turkish government of Menderes forms
December 12: 1st prototype of hovercraft patented by British engineer Christoper Cockerell
December 14: Dutch Reformed Church condemns woman/wife as vicar
December 14: Tappan Zee Bridge in New York opens to traffic
December 19: Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes"
December 25: Cleveland Browns win NFL championship
December 25: Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music and popular music
December 26: Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating LA 38-14
December 26: RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV
December 28: 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
December 29: Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13
December 31: "Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 60 performances
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