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1955 Historical Event(s)
- January 24, 1955 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- January 25, 1955 – The Soviet Union ends state of war with Germany.
- March 2, 1955 – King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates the throne in favor of his father, King Norodom Suramarit.
- April 15, 1955 – McDonald’s restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois
- June 26, 1955 – The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
- July 27, 1955 – The Allied occupation of Austria stemming from World War II, ends.
- August 28, 1955 – Black teenager Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement.
- September 6, 1955 – Istanbul Pogrom: Istanbul’s Greek and Armenian minority are the target of a government-sponsored pogrom.
- December 1, 1955 – American Civil Rights Movement: In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- December 5, 1955 – E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Who Were Born On 1955?
- February 12, 1955 – Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
- February 14, 1955 – Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
- March 9, 1955 – Ornella Muti, Italian actress
- March 25, 1955 – Daniel Boulud, French chef and restaurateur
- May 1, 1955 – Martin O'Donnell, American composer
- September 23, 1955 – Paolo Rossi, Italian footballer
- October 18, 1955 – Rita Verdonk, Dutch politician
- December 1, 1955 – Verónica Forqué, Spanish actress
- December 6, 1955 – Rick Buckler, British drummer (The Jam)
- December 19, 1955 – Lincoln Hall, Australian mountaineer