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Note: Music History and Song Lists for 1955 are located HERE
Polio shots are given in schools for the first time.
The famous “Don’t Walk” signs are introduced to the streets of New York City.
US starts sending $216 million in aid to Vietnam. Now if only we could have stopped right at this point!
The U.S. will import 57,115 passenger cars. That number will climb to 668,070 by 1959, which will be a stellar year for imports.
Ann Landers starts her famous column in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Richard J. Daley is elected mayor of Chicago and begins a 21-year reign powered by patronage politics.
Defying Alabama law, Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. An important story.
Campbell home economists develop the recipe for the Green Bean Bake, which continues today as one of the company’s most popular recipes. Some estimates go as high as 20,000,000 servings a year! Want the recipe?
The first home microwave ovens are manufactured by Tappan. They cost $1300 which really slows sales!
Instant Oatmeal is invented by the Quaker Oats Company.
On the Air! You’d find 2,635 AM radio, 553 FM radio and 411 TV Stations.
West Germany is admitted into NATO May 9. The Soviets counter NATO with creation of the Warsaw Pact, signed by eight countries May 14.
Bella Lugosi (Dracula) goes into a hospital for treatment of 20 year drug addition. (No, not blood!)
New drugs Thorazine and Reserpine are found to be very useful in the treatment of mental patients.
Birds-Eye introduces Potato Patties…no more potato scrubbing, peeling or paring for you! Simply fry patties on each side until evenly browned or you can broil or bake them. An important addition to the basic food groups!
Davy Crockett is reborn on TV as three one hour installments of Disney. Supposedly, so many coonskin caps were bought that the racoon population was endangered. Read about it in the Fifties Fads section.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, by Sloan Wilson; Andersonville, by MacKinlay Kantor; and Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh top the Best Seller lists.
The 1955 Thunderbird comes to Ford showrooms. At just under $3000 without options, the Corvette now has competition. And a classic car is born. A Pic
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge, making the new AFL-CIO an organization with 15 million members. George Meany becomes president.
President Eisenhower takes part in the first televised press conference.
Texan Sam Rayburn is elected Speaker of the House of Representatives for the third and final time. When he died in 1961, Rayburn’s 48 consecutive years in the U.S. House set a congressional record for continuous service.
Albert Einstein, the worlds greatest genius, dies at age 76.
Johnson & Johnson invents the first “baby shampoo”. No More Tears!
There are 38,426 motor vehicle related deaths. While in the air, there were 9 accidents resulting in 158 fatalities.
Unemployment is 4.4%
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