1955

Article

May 20, 2022

1955 was a free year.

Events

January

March

March 2 - King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk abdicates in favor of his father Norodom Suramarit.

April

April 5 - Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom due to ill health at the age of eighty. April 6 - Anthony Eden becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

May

May 9 - West Germany becomes a member of NATO. May 14 - An agreement on the establishment of the Warsaw Pact is signed in Warsaw. May 15 - The Austrian State Treaty is signed in Vienna, ending a ten-year Allied occupation, and Austria becomes an independent republic within the borders of January 1, 1938.

May

May 26 - A Soviet delegation led by First Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Nikita Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade on its first official visit since 1948.

Jun

June 2 - Yugoslav and Soviet leaders Josip Broz Tito and Nikita Khrushchev sign the Belgrade Declaration, which normalizes relations between Yugoslavia and the USSR, disrupted by a 1948 Informbureau resolution. June 11 - 83 people injured and at least 100 injured when two cars collide in the Le Mans Grand Prix race.

Jul

July 17 - Walt Disney opens its first Disneyland in Anaheim.

September

September 6 - In riots orchestrated by the Turkish government, an enraged mob carries out a pogrom against the remaining Greek population of Constantinople.

October

October 18 - Production of Flag 750 - one of the symbols of the SFRY - begins.

December

December 1 - Tailor Rosa Parks is arrested after she refuses to give way to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, which led to a boycott of buses in Montgomery.

Birth

January

January 6 - Rowan Atkinson, English actor, comedian and screenwriter January 9 - JK Simons, American actor January 18 - Kevin Costner, American actor, director, producer and musician January 18 - Frankie Knuckles, American DJ and music producer (prem. 2014) January 22 - Rajko Žižić, Serbian basketball player and basketball coach (prem. 2003) January 26 - Eddie van Haelen, Dutch-American musician, best known as co-founder and guitarist of Van Halen (prem. 2020) January 28 - Nicolas Sarkozy, French politician, 23rd President of France January 31 - Virginia Ruzic