Wednesday 16 March 1955
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican).
Famous people born on this day include Svetlana Alexeeva and Bruno Barreto.
In UK Give Me Your Word by Tennessee Ernie Ford was in the top 5 hits.
Blackboard Jungle, directed by Richard Brooks, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1955
while The View From Pompey'S Head by Hamilton Basso was one of the best selling books.
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- St. Urho's Day - the fictional patron saint of Finnish immigrants to the US, created by Richard Mattson in 1956
- Latvia - The controversial Latvia Legions are celebrated in Latvia, where about 140,000 men joined the Waffen SS National Legions during World War II, trying to defend Latvia. Since February 23, 2000, this day is no longer an official celebration day.
- Saint Heribert of Cologne (died 1021)
- Saint Eusebia (+680)
- Saint Benedicta (+1260)
- Saint Agapitus
- The first day of the Bacchanalia in ancient Rome
- Svetlana Alexeeva: Russian ice dancer and coach.
- Bruno Barreto: Brazilian director producer and screenwriter.
- Jiro Watanabe: Japanese boxer.
- President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war
- US President Dwight Eisenhower upholds the use of atomic weapons in case of war.
- Josephine Kroesen appointed as first Dutch female judge.
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