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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.
- May 9, 1955 – Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
- May 14, 1955 – Cold War: Eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
- 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 26, 1955 – The South African Congress Alliance adopts the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in Kliptown.
- July 17, 1955 – Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
- August 19, 1955 – In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives.
- November 23, 1955 – The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia.
- 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 14, 1955 – Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sri Lanka join the United Nations.
Who Were Born On 1955?
- January 16, 1955 – Jerry M. Linenger, NASA astronaut
- January 28, 1955 – Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
- February 24, 1955 – Steve Jobs, American computer pioneer (d. 2011)
- March 9, 1955 – Ornella Muti, Italian actress
- April 25, 1955 – Américo Gallego, Argentine footballer
- August 4, 1955 – Billy Bob Thornton, American actor and writer
- August 7, 1955 – Diane Downs, American convicted murderer
- October 4, 1955 – Jorge Valdano, Argentine footballer
- October 18, 1955 – Rita Verdonk, Dutch politician
- December 26, 1955 – Evan Bayh, American politician, 46th Governor of Indiana, and United States Senator from Indiana