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Gregorian calendar 1955

Ab urbe condita 2708
Armenian calendar 1404
Bahá'í calendar 111 – 112
Buddhist calendar 2499
Coptic calendar 1671 – 1672
Ethiopian calendar 1947 – 1948
Hebrew calendar 5715 5716
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2010 – 2011
 - Shaka Samvat 1877 – 1878
 - Kali Yuga 5056 – 5057
Holocene calendar 11955
Iranian calendar 1333 – 1334
Islamic calendar 1374 – 1375
Japanese calendar Shōwa


(昭和 30年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2615
Julian calendar 2000
Korean calendar 4288
Thai solar calendar 2498
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January 7: Marian Anderson at the Met



January 22: ICBM


  • February 1Ray Kroc opens a McDonald's fast food restaurant (the company's 9th since it was founded in 1940), but Kroc later takes over the company and oversees its worldwide expansion.
  • February 4 – Pact of Mutual Cooperation "Baghdad Pact" signed.
  • February 10Seventh Fleet of the United States Navy helps the Republic of China evacuate Chinese Nationalist army and residents from the Tachen Islands to Taiwan.
  • February 12U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends the first U.S. advisors to South Vietnam.
  • February 16 – Nearly 100 die in a fire at a home for the elderly in Yokohama, Japan.
  • February 19Southeast Asia Treaty Organization established.
  • February 22 – In Chicago's Democratic primary, Mayor Martin H. Kennelly loses to the head of the Cook County Democratic Party, Richard J. Daley, 364,839 to 264,77.

February 1: McDonald's


  • March 2Claudette Colvin (a fifteen year old African American girl) refuses to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white woman after the driver demands it. She is carried off the bus backwards whilst being kicked and handcuffed and harassed on the way to the police station.
  • March 5WBBJ-TV signs on the air in the Jackson, Tennessee, with WDXI as its initial call-letters, to expanded American commercial television in mostly-rural areas.
  • March 7 – The Broadway musical version of Peter Pan, which had opened in 1954 starring Mary Martin, is presented on television for the first time by NBC-TV with its original cast, as an installment of Producers' Showcase. It is also the first time that a stage musical is presented in its entirety on TV almost exactly as it was performed on stage. This program gains the largest viewership of a TV special up to this time, and it becomes one of the first great TV family musical classics.
  • March 17 – The Richard Riot occurs in Montreal.
  • March 19KXTV of Stockton, California, signs on the air in the United States, being the 100th commercial television station in this country.
  • March 20 – Evan Hunter's movie adaptation of the novel Blackboard Jungle premieres in the United States, featuring the famous single, Rock Around the Clock, by Bill Haley and His Comets. Teenagers jump from their seats to dance to the song.


  • April 1EOKA A starts a revolution British rule in Cyprus (taken over from the Ottoman Empire in 1878 and a Crown Colony since 1925).
  • April 5
    • Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
    • Richard J. Daley defeats Robert Merrian to become Mayor of Chicago by a vote of 708,222 to 581,555.
  • April 6Anthony Eden becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • April 11 – The Taiwanese Kuomintang put a time-bomb on the airplane Kashmir Princess, killing 16 but failing to assassinate the People's Republic of China leader, Zhou Enlai.
  • April 12 – The Salk polio vaccine, having passed large-scale trials earlier in the United States, receives full approval by the FDA.
  • April 14 – The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup for the 7th time in franchise history. Detroit wouldn't win the Cup again until 1997.
  • April 15Middle East Treaty Organization (MENTO).
  • April 16Burma-Japanese peace treaty, signed in Rangoon on November 5, 1954, comes into effect, formally ending a state of war between the two countries that had not existed for a long time.
  • April 17Imre Nagy, the communist Premier of Hungary, is ousted for being too moderate.
  • April 18April 24Asian-African Conference held in Indonesia.


  • May 1 – Warsaw Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance signed (Warsaw Treaty Organization) (effective June 6).
  • May 5West Germany becomes a sovereign country recognized by important Western foreign countries, such as France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
  • May 6WEU charter effective.
  • May 9 – West Germany joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • May 11Japanese National Railways' ferry Shiun Maru sinks after collision with sister ship Uko Maru in thick fog off Takamatsu, Shikoku, in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan; 166 passengers (many children) and two crew are killed. This event is influential in plans to construct the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (built 1986-98).
  • May 12– New York's Third Avenue Elevated runs its last train between Chathem Square in Manhattan and East 149th Street in the Bronx, thus ending elevated train service in Manhattan.
  • May 14 – Eight Communist Bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defence treaty in Warsaw, Poland, that is called the Warsaw Pact.
  • May 15Austrian State Treaty, which restores Austria's national sovereignty, is concluded between the four occupying powers following World War II (the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union, and France) and Austria, setting it up as a neutral country.
  • May 25Joe Brown and George Band are the first to attain the summit of Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, as part of a British team led by Charles Evans.


  • June 7 – The TV quiz program The $64,000 Question premieres on CBS-TV in the United States, with Hal March as the host.
  • June 11Le Mans disaster: eighty-three people are killed and at least 100 are injured after two race cars collide in the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • June 13Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the Soviet Union, is discovered.
  • June 16Lady and the Tramp, the Walt Disney company's 15th animated film, premieres in Chicago, Illinois.


  • July 7 – The New Zealand Special Air Service is formed.
  • July 13Ruth Ellis (born 1926) is hanged for murder in London, becoming the last woman ever to be executed in the United Kingdom.
  • July 17 – The American Broadcasting Company broadcasts a sneak preview of Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
  • July 18
    • Disneyland opens to the public in Anaheim, California.
    • The first nuclear-generated electrical power is sold commercially, partially powering the town of Arco, Idaho.
    • The Illinois Governor, William Stratton, signs the "Loyalty Oath Act", passed by the State Legislature, which mandates all public employees take a loyalty oath to Illinois and the United States, or lose their jobs.
    • The first Geneva Summit meeting between the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and France begins. It ends on July 23.
  • July 27El Al Flight 402 from Vienna, Austria to Tel Aviv-Yafo via Istanbul is shot down over Bulgaria. All 58 passengers and crewmen aboard the Lockheed Constellation airplane are killed.
  • July 28 – The first Interlingua Congress in Tours, France, leading to foundation of the Union Mundial pro Interlingua.


August 19: Hurricane Diane

  • August 19Hurricane Diane hits the northeastern United States, killing over 200 people, and causing over $1.0 billion in damage.
  • August 20 – Hundreds of people are killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
  • August 22 – Eleven schoolchildren are killed when their school bus is hit by a freight train in Spring City, Tennessee.
  • August 25 – The last Soviet Army occupation forces leave Austria.
  • August 27 – First edition of the Guinness Book of Records is published, in London.


September 30: James Dean dies in a car wreck.

  • September 2 – Under the guidance of Dr Humphry Osmond, Christopher Mayhew ingests 400 mg of mescaline hydrochloride and allows himself to be filmed as part of a Panorama special for BBC TV that was never broadcast.
  • September 6Istanbul Pogrom: Istanbul's Greek minority is the target of a government-sponsored pogrom.
  • September 10 – The long-running program Gunsmoke debuts on the CBS-TV network.
  • September 14 – Pope Pius XII elevates many of the Apostolic Vicariates in Africa to Metropolitan Archdioceses
  • September 15Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in Paris by Olympia Press.
  • September 19September 21 – The President of Argentina, Juan Peron, is ousted in a military coup.
  • September 19Hurricane Hilda kills about 200 people in Mexico.
  • September 22 – Independent Commercial Television (ITV) begins broadcasting in the United Kingdom.
  • September 23Alec Guinness meets the actor James Dean. Guinness supposedly has a premonition of Dean's death.
  • September 24Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States suffers a coronary thrombosis while on vacation in Denver, Colorado.
  • September 30 – Actor James Dean is killed when his automobile collides with another car at a highway junction near Cholame, California. Dean is just 24 years old.


  • October 2Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV program debuts on the NBC-TV network in the United States.
  • October 3The Mickey Mouse Club TV program debuts on the ABC-TV network in the United States.
  • October 4
    • The Reverend Sun Myung Moon is released from prison in Seoul, South Korea.
    • The Brooklyn Dodgers finally win the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees 2–0 in Game 7 of the 1955 baseball playoff.
  • October 5Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California.
  • October 11 – 70-mm film for projection is introduced with the theatrical release of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical film, Oklahoma!
  • October 14ODECA secretariat inaugurated.
  • October 20
  • October 26
    • After the last Allied troops have left the country and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty, Austria declares its permanent neutrality.
    • Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam to be a republic with himself as its President and forms the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.
  • October 29Soviet battleship Novorossiysk explodes at moorings in Sevastopol Bay, killing 608, the Soviet Union's worst naval disaster.


October 26: Austria free.

  • November 1 – The Vietnam War begins between the South Vietnam Army and the North Vietnam Army in which the latter is allied with the Viet Cong.
    • A time bomb explodes in the cargo hold of United Airlines Flight 629, a Douglas DC-6B airliner flying above Longmont, Colorado, killing all 39 passengers and 5 crew members on board.
  • November 3 – The five-and-one-half-mile long Rimutaka Railroad tunnel opens in New Zealand.
  • November 5 – Racial segregation is outlawed on trains and buses in Interstate Commerce in the United States.
  • November 19C. Northcote Parkinson first propounds 'Parkinson's Law', in The Economist.
  • November 20Bo Diddley makes his television debut on Ed Sullivan's Toast Of The Town show for the CBS-TV network.
  • November 26 – The British Governor of Cyprus declares a State of Emergency on the island.


  • December 1
    • In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refuses to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger and is arrested, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott.

December 14: Tappan Zee Bridge opens.

  • December 4
    • The International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations was founded in Luxembourg.
  • December 5
    • The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge to become the AFL-CIO.
    • The Montgomery Improvement Association is formed in Montgomery, Alabama, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other Black ministers to coordinate a Black people's boycott of all city buses.
  • December 9Adnan Menderes of DP forms the new government of Turkey (22nd government)
  • December 14
  • December 22 – American cytogeneticist Joe Hin Tjio discovers the correct number of human chromosomes, forty-six.
  • December 31General Motors Corporation becomes the first American corporation to make a profit of over one billion dollars in one year.

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  • Strömsund Bridge in Sweden is completed, being the first significant cable-stayed bridge of the modern era.[1]

World population[]



  • January 1
    • Mario Andreacchio, Australian film director
    • Mary Beard, British classicist
  • January 2Vivien Savage, French singer
  • January 6Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor
  • January 9J. K. Simmons, American actor
  • January 13
    • Ran Ito, Japanese actress
    • Paul Kelly, Australian musician
    • Jay McInerney, American writer
  • January 17
    • Steve Earle, American musician
    • Mami Koyama, Japanese voice actress
  • January 18Kevin Costner, American actor, producer and director
  • January 19 – Sir Simon Rattle, English conductor
  • January 20
    • Joe Doherty, Provisional Irish Republican Army member
    • Hiromi Ota, Japanese singer
  • January 21Jeff Koons, American artist
  • January 22Keiko Takahashi, Japanese actress
  • January 26
    • Edward Van Halen, Dutch-born American rock musician (Van Halen)
    • Björn Andrésen, Swedish actor
  • January 27
  • January 28
    • Vinod Khosla, venture capitalist
    • Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
    • George Tokoro, Japanese TV personality and singer-songwriter
  • January 29
    • Eddie Jordan, American basketball player and head coach
    • Femi Pedro, Lagos State, Nigeria


  • February 2Leszek Engelking, Polish poet, writer and translator
  • February 3Kirsty Wark, Scottish television presenter
  • February 6Michael Pollan, American journalist
  • February 7Miguel Ferrer, American actor
  • February 8
    • John Grisham, American novelist
    • Xu Bing, Chinese artist
  • February 9
    • Charles Shaughnessy, English actor
    • Jerry Beck, American animation historian
  • February 10
    • Chris Adams, British professional wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
    • Greg Norman, Australian golfer
  • February 12Ai Satō, Japanese voice actress
  • February 13Akiko Yano, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • February 15Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • February 17Mo Yan, Chinese writer
  • February 19Jeff Daniels, American actor
  • February 21Kelsey Grammer, American actor and comedian
  • February 23
    • Howard Jones, English musician
    • Flip Saunders, American basketball coach
  • February 24
    • Alain Prost, French race car driver
    • Steve Jobs, American computer pioneer (d. 2011)


  • March 1 – Sir Timothy Laurence, second husband of Anne, Princess Royal
  • March 2
    • Shoko Asahara, Japanese cult leader (Aum Shinrikyo)
    • Jay Osmond, American pop singer
  • March 3Kent Derricott, Canadian TV personality in Japan
  • March 4Dominique Pinon, French actor
  • March 5
    • Penn Jillette, American magician and comedian
    • Julien Dray, French politician
  • March 6Alberta Watson, Canadian actress
  • March 7Tommy Kramer, American football player
  • March 8
    • Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1981)
    • Joellyn Auklandus, American writer
  • March 9
    • Ornella Muti, Italian actress
    • Franco Uncini, Italian motorcycle racer
  • March 10Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
  • March 11Nina Hagen, German pop singer
  • March 13
    • Bruno Conti, Italian football player
    • Glenne Headly, American actress of film, stage and television
  • March 15
    • Robert Kabbas, Australian weightlifter
    • Dee Snider, American rock singer (Twisted Sister)
  • March 16
    • Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
    • Bruno Barreto, Brazilian film director
  • March 17Gary Sinise, American actor, producer and director
  • March 18
    • Guillermo Dávila, Venezuelan actor and singer
    • Dwayne Murphy, American baseball player
  • March 19
  • March 20Mariya Takeuchi, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • March 21Philippe Troussier, French football coach
  • March 22
    • Pete Sessions, American politician
    • Valdis Zatlers, president of Latvia
    • Lena Olin, Swedish actress
  • March 23Moses Malone, American basketball player
  • March 26Danny Arndt, Canadian ice hockey player
  • March 28
    • John Alderdice, Irish politician
    • Reba McEntire, American country singer and actress
  • March 29
    • Earl Campbell, American football player
    • Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor
    • Marina Sirtis, English actress
  • March 31Angus Young, Australian rock guitarist (AC/DC)


  • April 3Mick Mars, American rock guitarist (Mötley Crüe)
  • April 5
    • Janice Long, British radio disc jockey
    • Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist
  • April 6
    • Michael Rooker, American actor
    • Janet Ellis, British children's TV presenter
  • April 7
    • Grace Hightower, American philanthropist, actress and singer
    • Werner Stocker, German actor (d. 1993)
    • Gregg Jarrett, American lawyer turned journalist
    • Akira Nishino, Japanese soccer player and manager
  • April 8
    • Kane Hodder, American actor
    • Barbara Kingsolver, American fiction writer
  • April 9Kate Heyhoe, American food writer
  • April 11Kevin Brady, American politician
  • April 13
    • Steve Camp, American Christian musician
    • Hideki Saijo, Japanese singer and actor
  • April 15Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (d. 1997)
  • April 16 – Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
  • April 18Bobby Castillo, American baseball player
  • April 21
    • Ebiet G Ade, Indonesian singer and songwriter
    • Toninho Cerezo, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • April 23
    • Judy Davis, Australian actress
    • Fumi Hirano, Japanese voice actress and essayist
    • Tony Miles, English chess player (d. 2001)
  • April 24John de Mol, Dutch media tycoon
  • April 25
    • John Nunn, English chess player and mathematician
    • Parviz Parastui, Iranian actor
  • April 26Chen Daoming, Chinese actor
  • April 27Eric Schmidt, American software engineer and businessman
  • April 28Eddie Jobson, English musician
  • April 29
    • Wendee Lee, American voice actress
    • Kate Mulgrew, American actress
    • Yūko Tanaka, Japanese actress


  • May 1Ray Buttigieg, Maltese composer and poet
  • May 2
    • Willie Miller, Scottish footballer
    • Donatella Versace, Italian designer
    • Dave Winer, American software pioneer
  • May 3David Hookes, Australian cricketer (d. 2004)
  • May 4
    • Avram Grant, Israeli football manager
    • Robert Ellis Orrall, American singer
  • May 6Tom Bergeron, American television host
  • May 8Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia (d. 2012)
  • May 9Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • May 10
    • Chris Berman, American sports broadcaster
    • Mark David Chapman, American murderer of John Lennon
  • May 16
    • Olga Korbut, Russian gymnast
    • Jack Morris, American baseball player
    • Hazel O'Connor, English singer-songwriter and actress
    • Debra Winger, American actress
  • May 17Bill Paxton, American actor
  • May 18Chow Yun-fat, Hong Kong actor
  • May 19
    • James Gosling, Canadian software engineer
    • Mark Staff Brandl, American and Swiss artist and art historian
    • Th. Emil Homerin, American scholar of religion
  • May 20
    • Diego Abatantuono, Italian actor
    • Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • May 22
    • Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, American jazz guitarist (d. 2008)
    • Dale Winton, English radio DJ and television presenter
  • May 24
    • Rosanne Cash, American entertainer
    • Rumiko Ukai, Japanese voice actress
  • May 25
    • Suguru Egawa, Japanese baseball player
    • Connie Sellecca, American actress
  • May 26
    • Doris Dörrie, German actress and screenplay writer
    • Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • May 30
    • Colm Tóibín. Irish novelist
    • Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, Japanese Kabuki actor
  • May 31
    • Susie Essman, American actress
    • Tommy Emmanuel, Australian guitarist


  • June 1Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler (58th Yokozuna grand champion)
  • June 2Dana Carvey, American actor and comedian
  • June 5Fernando Borrego Linares, Cuban singer and songwriter (aka Polo Montañez)
  • June 6
    • Sandra Bernhard, American comedian, actress, author and singer
    • Chris Nyman, American baseball player
  • June 7Tim Richmond, American race car driver (d. 1989)
  • June 8
    • Tim Berners-Lee, English inventor of the World Wide Web
    • Griffin Dunne, American actor and director
  • June 10
    • Floyd Bannister, American baseball player
    • Andrew Stevens, American actor, producer and director
  • June 11Yuri Sedykh, Ukrainian hammer thrower
  • June 14
    • Kim Lankford, American actress, businesswoman, and horse wrangler
    • Paul O'Grady, English talk show host and comedian
  • June 15Polly Draper, American actress, screenwriter, playwright, producer and director
  • June 16Laurie Metcalf, American actress
  • June 18Sandy Allen, American, world's tallest woman (d. 2008)
  • June 20Tor Norretranders, Danish author
  • June 21
    • Aloysius Amwano, Nauruan politician
    • Jean-Pierre Mader, French singer-songwriter
    • Leigh McCloskey, American actor
    • Michel Platini, French football player
    • Tim Bray, Canadian computer programmer
  • June 22Glenn Danzig, American rock singer (The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig)
  • June 23Alan J. Gow, British motorsport executive
  • June 24Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Indian head of Siddha Yoga
  • June 26Yoko Gushiken, Japanese boxer
  • June 27Isabelle Adjani, French actress
  • June 30David Alan Grier, American actor and comedian


  • July 1
    • Sanma Akashiya, Japanese comedian and actor
    • Lisa Scottoline, American novelist
  • July 2Stephen Walt, American political scientist
  • July 3
    • Matt Keough, American baseball player
    • John Cramer, American game show announcer
  • July 5
    • Sebastian Barry, Irish playwright, novelist, and poet.
    • Henry Lee Summer, American singer
  • July 8Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress
  • July 9
    • Fred Norris, American radio personality
    • Jimmy Smits, American actor
  • July 11Balaji Sadasivan, Singaporean politician and neurosurgeon
  • July 18Bernd Fasching, Austrian painter and sculptor
  • July 21
    • Howie Epstein, American musician and producer (d. 2003)
    • Marcelo Bielsa, Argentine football player and manager
  • July 22
    • Willem Dafoe, American actor
    • Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistani politician
  • July 26Michele Pillar, American Christian musician
  • July 27Allan Border, Australian cricketer
  • July 31Jakie Quartz, French singer


  • August 2Caleb Carr, American writer
  • August 4
    • Gerrie Coetzee, South African boxer
    • Billy Bob Thornton, American actor, director and screenwriter
  • August 6
    • Ron Davis, American baseball player
    • Gordon J. Brand, English golfer
  • August 7Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer
  • August 8Diddú (Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir), Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • August 9Doug Williams, American football quarterback
  • August 10Mel Tiangco, Television host and newscasters 24 Oras
  • August 13Daryl, American magician
  • August 14Gillian Taylforth, English actress
  • August 17Richard Hilton, American businessman
  • August 19
    • Peter Gallagher, American actor
    • Terry Harper, American baseball player
  • August 20Agnes Chan, Hong Kong born TV personality in Japan
  • August 22Chiranjeevi, Indian actor
  • August 24Mike Huckabee, American politician, former Governor and 2008 Presidential candidate
  • August 27
    • Laura Fygi, Dutch singer
    • Sergey Khlebnikov, Soviet speed skater (d. 1999)
  • August 30Mayumi Muroyama, Japanese manga artist
  • August 31
    • Olek Krupa, Polish actor
    • Edwin Moses, American athlete


  • September 1
    • Billy Blanks, American martial artist, inventor of the Tae Bo
    • Bruce Foxton, English musician
  • September 2
    • Robert Duncan, American astrophysicist
    • Natalya Petrusyova, Soviet speed skater
    • Michelle Yim, Hong Kong actress
  • September 4Hiroshi Izawa, Japanese actor
  • September 6Raymond Benson, American author
  • September 7Efim Zelmanov, Russian mathematician
  • September 9John Kricfalusi, Canadian cartoonist
  • September 12Peter Scolari, American actor and comedian
  • September 15
    • Željka Antunović, Croatian politician
    • Renzo Rosso, Italian clothing designer
  • September 16Robin Yount, American baseball player
  • September 17Charles Martinet, American voice-actor
  • September 19Richard Burmer, American composer, sound designer, and musician (d. 2006)
  • September 21Richard Hieb, American astronaut
  • September 24Shinbo Nomura, Japanese manga artist
  • September 25Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German football player
  • September 28Stéphane Dion, Canadian politician


  • October 2Philip Oakey, English rock musician (The Human League)
  • October 5
    • Jean-Jacques Lafon, French singer-songwriter
    • Caroline Loeb, French singer and actress
  • October 7Yo-Yo Ma, French-born Chinese cellist
  • October 13Sergei Shepelev, Russian ice hockey player
  • October 15
    • Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player
    • James B. Aguayo-Martel, physician, surgeon, scientist, inventor
    • Tanya Roberts, American actress
  • October 18
    • Hiromi Go, Japanese singer
    • Timmy Mallett, British television presenter
  • October 19LaSalle Ishii, Japanese TV personality
  • October 21
    • Yasukazu Hamada, Japanese politician
    • Rich Mullins, American Christian musician (d. 1997)
  • October 24Karen Austin, American actress
  • October 25Glynis Barber, English actor
  • October 28
    • Bill Gates, American software entrepreneur
    • Indra Nooyi, Indian CEO
  • October 29
    • Kevin DuBrow, American musician (d. 2007)
    • Etsuko Shihomi, Japanese actress
    • Roger O'Donnell, English musician
  • October 30Jeremy Black, British historian
  • October 31Eduardo V. Manalo, 3rd Executive Minister (Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan) of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ)


  • November 2Chris Burnett, American saxophone player, composer, veteran of US military jazz bands and band leader
  • November 3
    • Phil Simms, American football player
    • Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Japanese film director
    • Teresa De Sio, Italian singer-songwriter
  • November 4Moulana Ghousavi Shah, Author, (Secretary General: The Conference of World Religions)
  • November 4Matti Vanhanen, Prime Minister of Finland
  • November 5
    • Pedro Brieger, Argentine journalist and sociologist.
    • Kris Jenner, American TV personality
    • Karan Thapar, Indian journalist, political analyst & commentator
  • November 6Maria Shriver, American journalist, First Lady of California
  • November 7Detlef Ultsch, German judo athlete
  • November 9Karen Dotrice, English actress
  • November 10Roland Emmerich, German film director
  • November 11Jigme Singye Wangchuk, King of Bhutan
  • November 13Whoopi Goldberg, American actress and comedienne
  • November 14Koichi Nakano, Japanese bicycle racer
  • November 19Dianne de Leeuw, Dutch figure skater
  • November 20Ray Ozzie, American computer programmer
  • November 21Kyle Gann, American composer and music critic
  • November 21Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • November 22George Alagiah, British newsreader, journalist and television news presenter
  • November 23Steven Brust, American author
  • November 24Ian Botham, British cricketer
  • November 25Bruno Tonioli, Film, music video & theater choreographer
  • November 26Tracy Hickman, American Author
  • November 27Bill Nye, American science presenter and public television host
  • November 28Alessandro Altobelli, Italian football player
  • November 29Howie Mandel, Canadian actor and game show host
  • November 30
    • Kevin Conroy, American voice actor
    • Billy Idol, English rock singer
    • Gordon Liu, Chinese actor
    • Michael Beschloss, American historian


  • December 3
    • Melody Anderson, Canadian actress and social worker
    • Steven Culp, American actor
  • December 4Maurizio Bianchi, Italian musician
  • December 7Priscilla Barnes, American actress
  • December 8Ian Greig, English cricketer
  • December 9Asashio Tarō IV, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • December 12Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek politician and businesswoman
  • December 16Chiharu Matsuyama, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • December 17Brad Davis, American basketball player
  • December 16Rob Levin, American founder of the freenode IRC network (d. 2006)
  • December 21Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
  • December 23
    • Keith Comstock, American baseball player
    • Carol Ann Duffy, British poet
  • December 24
    • Mizuho Fukushima, Japanese politician
    • Clarence Gilyard, American actor and college professor
  • December 27Barbara Olson, American television commentator (d. 2001)
  • December 31Jim Tracy, American baseball player

Date unknown[]

  • Michael Burleigh, British historian
  • Gish Jen, American writer
  • Mark Marderosian, American artist





  • May 4Georges Enescu, Romanian composer (b. 1881)
  • May 10
    • Tommy Burns, American boxer (b. 1881)
    • John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (b. 1865)
  • May 11Gilbert Jessop, English cricketer (b. 1874)
  • May 14
    • Charles Pelot Summerall, American general (b. 1867)
    • Anwar Wagdi, Egyptian actor and filmmaker (b. 1904)
  • May 16James Agee, American writer (b. 1909)
  • May 18Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator (b. 1875)
  • May 22Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, American actor (b. 1891)
  • May 26Alberto Ascari, Italian race car driver (b. 1918)
  • May 30Bill Vukovich, American race car driver (b. 1918)
  • June 5
    • Pattillo Higgins, American oil pioneer and businessman (b. 1863)
    • Herbert Stanley, Governor of Northern Rhodesia, Ceylon and Southern Rhodesia (b. 1872)
  • June 11Walter Hampden, American actor (b. 1879)
  • June 17Carlyle Blackwell, American actor (b. 1884)
  • June 19Adrienne Monnier, French poet (b. 1892)
  • June 26Engelbert Zaschka, German helicopter pioneer (b. 1895)


  • July 3Beatrice Chase, British writer (b. 1874)
  • July 13Stanley Price, American film and television actor (b. 1892)
  • July 23Cordell Hull, United States Secretary of State, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1871)
  • July 20Calouste Gulbenkian, Armenian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1869)
  • July 31Robert Francis, American actor (b. 1930)
  • August 2Wallace Stevens, American poet (b. 1879)
  • August 5Carmen Miranda, Portuguese singer and actress (b. 1909)
  • August 8Grace Hartman, American actress (b. 1907)
  • August 12
    • Thomas Mann, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1875)
    • James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • August 13Florence Easton, English opera soprano (b. 1882)
  • August 17Fernand Léger, French painter and sculptor (b. 1881)
  • August 28Emmett Till, American murder victim (b. 1941)



Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsWillis Eugene Lamb, Polykarp Kusch
  • ChemistryVincent du Vigneaud
  • Physiology or Medicine- Axel Hugo Theodor Theorell
  • LiteratureHalldór Kiljan Laxness
  • Peace – not awarded


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People of the year 1955 at Familypedia

80 people were born in 1955

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Page Bailey (1955)James Harris Bailey (1919-1978)Mary Margaret Page (1920-1996)
Randall Eugene Bailey (1955-2010)
Dave Whiting Baird (1955-2013)James Condie Baird (1927-2010)Evelyn Mae Whiting (1931-2016)
Goichi Banno (1955-2020)Hiromoto Banno (1928-2008)Junko Sunaga (1930-2010)
Tim Bateman (1955)Arthur John Bateman (1920-2006)Nikki Elaine Matherly (1919-2000)
Sandra C. Belogus (1955)Kelly Belogus (1925-1995)Faye Averbach (1930-1999)
Timothy John Berners-Lee (1955)Conway Berners-Lee (1921)Mary Lee Woods (1924)
Edgar Miles Bronfman (1955)Edgar Miles Bronfman (1929-2013)Ann Margaret Loeb (1932-2011)
Neil Mallon Bush (1955)George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018)Barbara Pierce (1925-2018)
Francisco Adolfo Cabrera (1955)
Pier Francesco Carrega Bertolini (1955-)Giovanni Battista Carrega Bertolini (1926-2003)Giovanna Zileri dal Verme degli Obbizi (1929-)
John Carrey (1955)Percy Joseph Carrey (1927-1994)Kathleen Oram (1927-1991)
Mary "Robbin" Carroll Bower (1955-)Jasper Louis BowerPatti Carroll-Bower
Pier Ferdinando Casini (1955)
Samantha Castile (1955-2009)Jean-Jacques Castile (1922-1992)Kathleen Ormiston (1925-2000)
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20 children were born to the 31 women born in 1955

223 people died in 1955

 FatherMotherAge at death
Mary Luella Abbott (1865-1955)Myron Abbott (1837-1907)Laura Josephine Allen (1846-1925)
Ida Ellen Adams (1884-1955)William John Adams (1842-1920)Martha E Cheney (1845-1920)
Elizabeth Sarah Isabella Alcorn (1859-1955)John Frederick Alcorn (1836-1902)Isabella Rutherford Strachan (1839-1916)
Jennifer Amerongen (1882-1955)
Kathlyn Anderson (1916-1955)Albert Franklin Anderson (1889-1979)Cora Sherwood (1890-1975)
George Everett Andrus (1886-1955)Millard Andrus (1856-1936)Minerva Deseret Terry (1859-1927)
Charles Anthoney (1867-1955)Richard Anthoney (c1837-1929)Ann Betts (c1846-1902)
Herbert Edwin Ashenden (1868-c1955)William Ashenden (1829-1867)Sarah Blackman (1834-1877)87
Ada Elizabeth Ashton (1861-1955)John Ashton (c1835-1867)Margaret McGuire (1837-1926)
James Edward Baglin (c1874-1955)Charles Cole Baglin (1847-1926)Frances Hanks (1848-1924)
Alfred Francis Baker (1878-1955)Lyman Herman Baker (1848-1920)Elizabeth Goodman (1856-1939)
Frederick Bakon (1873-1955)John Bakon (1843-1921)Hester Minns (1846-1908)
Lewis Henry Baldwin (1873-1955)John Bradley Baldwin (1839-1909)Louise Eldredge Perham (1848-1886)82
Nina Ayesha Baring (1876-1955)Walter Baring (1844-1915)Ellen Guarracino (1849-1914)
Edwin John Barnes (1876-1955)Elephteria Barnes (1845-1916)Rosetta Warren Commins (1849-1932)
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9192 people lived in 1955

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)Laura Barenboim (1882-1932)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Amanda Abadie (1898-1957)Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Jeanette Armellino (1860-1934)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973)Harris Abbot (1812-1884)Caroline Ann Greeley (1836-1911)
Janet Abbot (1910-1970)
Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
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Events of the year 1955 at Familypedia

58 people were married in 1955.

 Joined with
Marie Antoinette Abalain (1931)Rudolf Ernest Pieloor
Thomas William Arnold Anson (1913-1958)Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon (1917-1980)+Monica Neville (1920-1969)
Ada Condie Baird (1925-2016)Woodrow Norman Halford (1919-2003)
John Francis Harcourt Baring, 7th Baron Ashburton (1928-)Susan Mary Renwick (1930-)+Sarah Cornelia Spencer-Churchill (1935-)
Anna Fidelia Beck (1889-1963)Alfred Francis Baker (1878-1955)+ James Klok (1887-1968)
Hubert Brasier (1917-1981)Zaidee Mary Barnes (1928-1982)
Bette Irene Burgess (1934-)Ray LaVille Denison
Glen Travis Campbell (1936-2017)Diane Kirk+Billie Jean Nunley+Sarah Barg+Kimberly Woollen
James Patrick Cannon (1890-1974)Lista Makimson (c1883-c1929)+Rose Greenberg (1890-1969)
Irwin John Cross (1932-?)Colleen Keightley (1936-1986)
Roger Savernake Dickson (1906-1981)Eugenie Camilleri (bef1932-) + Doreen Irving Smith (c1920-) + Maria Zahradnicky (1916-1999)
Edward Earl Dougherty (1939-2007)Nancy Sue Spackey (living)
Edwin Jack Fisher (1928-2010)Mary Frances Reynolds (1932-2016)+Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (1932-2011)+Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia (1938-)+Terry Richard (c1954-)+Betty Wer-Tsung Young (1922-2001)
Leslie Linda Foster (1934)John Irving Shotwell, Jr. (1931)
Gene Fullmer (1931-2015)Dolores Holt (1931-1983)
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There were 0 military battles in 1955.

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