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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.
- February 27, 1955 – Soviet Union regional elections, 1955.
- April 1, 1955 – The EOKA rebellion against The British Empire begins in Cyprus, with the goal of obtaining the desired unification (“enosis”) with Greece.
- April 3, 1955 – The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl against obscenity charges.
- April 18, 1955 – 29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.
- May 18, 1955 – Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ends.
- 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.
- June 13, 1955 – Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, is discovered.
- June 26, 1955 – The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
- November 23, 1955 – The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia.
Who Were Born On 1955?
- January 17, 1955 – Steve Javie, American professional basketball referee
- January 27, 1955 – Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
- February 18, 1955 – Raymond Rougeau, Canadian wrestler
- March 22, 1955 – Lena Olin, Swedish actress
- April 28, 1955 – Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest
- July 7, 1955 – Len Barker, American baseball player
- July 21, 1955 – Taco, Dutch singer
- August 17, 1955 – Colin Moulding, English bass player, singer and songwriter (XTC)
- November 9, 1955 – Fernando Meirelles, Brazilian film director
- December 21, 1955 – Jane Kaczmarek, American actress