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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.
- April 15, 1955 – McDonald’s restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois
- April 19, 1955 – The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.
- April 23, 1955 – The Canadian Labour Congress is formed by the merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labour.
- April 24, 1955 – The Bandung Conference ends: 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
- May 12, 1955 – Nineteen days after bus workers went on strike in Singapore, rioting breaks out and seriously impacts Singapore’s bid for independence.
- June 11, 1955 – Eighty-three are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest ever accident in motorsports.
- November 1, 1955 – The bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 occurs near Longmont, Colorado, killing all 39 passengers and five crew members aboard the Douglas DC-6B airliner.
- November 4, 1955 – After being destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
- December 20, 1955 – Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom.
Who Were Born On 1955?
- February 13, 1955 – Joe Birkett, American lawyer
- March 10, 1955 – Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
- May 23, 1955 – Luka Bloom, Irish singer/songwriter
- June 1, 1955 – Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 58th Yokozuna
- June 2, 1955 – Dana Carvey, American actor
- July 3, 1955 – Sanma Akashiya, Japanese television performer
- November 21, 1955 – Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
- December 8, 1955 – Milenko Zablaćanski, Serbian actor, director, and playwright (d. 2008)
- December 11, 1955 – Stu Jackson, American basketball head coach
- December 16, 1955 – Carol Browner, American environmentalist and government official