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Major Events of 1955

1955 (Roman Numerals: MCMLV) was the 55th year of the 20th century. 1955 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Saturday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1955.
News Events of 1955

West Germany joins NATO.


Warsaw Pact formed by Communist states in Eastern Europe and USSR.

29 African and Asian states meet at the Bandung Conference in Indonesia.

First McDonald's restaurant opens.

RCA offers a $35,000 contract to Elvis Presley.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

EOKA begins a military/terrorist campaign against British rule of Cyprus.

Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minster of the UK due to ill health.

Winston Churchill

Austrian State Treaty restores Austria sovereignty as a neutral country.

Ruth Ellis is the last woman to be hanged in the UK.

First edition of Guinness Book of Records is published.

Cardiff is announced to be the capital city of the Principality of Wales.

General Motors is the first US corporation to make a profit of over 1 billion dollars in a year.

Disneyland opens in California.

Sports in 1955

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