1955 in History



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 "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 Date returned to in "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future II"
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 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 New York 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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