August 1955 calendar

August 1955

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1955.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Anthony Eden (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1955: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1955?


  • 01 Aug 1955 Tengku Abdul Rahman forms Malacca government
  • 03 Aug 1955 Roger Moens runs world record 800 m
  • 04 Aug 1955 Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters
  • 05 Aug 1955 After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games
  • 07 Aug 1955 Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel
  • 08 Aug 1955 Fidel Castro forms July 26th Movement
  • 11 Aug 1955 Indonesia government of Harahap forms
  • 12 Aug 1955 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27
  • 15 Aug 1955 WXEX TV channel 8 in Richmond-Petersburg, VA (ABC) begins
  • 16 Aug 1955 Fiat Motors orders first private atomic reactor.
  • 17 Aug 1955 Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion damage.
  • 18 Aug 1955 46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts
  • 19 Aug 1955 32.4 cm precipitation at Burlington, Connecticut
  • 20 Aug 1955 First airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph) - HA Hanes, Palmdale, California, USA.
  • 22 Aug 1955 Eleven schoolchildren are killed when their school bus is hit by a freight train in Spring City, Tennessee.
  • 23 Aug 1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
  • 25 Aug 1955 Last Soviet forces leave Austria
  • 27 Aug 1955 Guinness Book of World Records 1st published
  • 28 Aug 1955 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
  • 31 Aug 1955 1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, Tx)
  • 17 Aug 1955 Hurricane Diane made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, and it went on to cause major floods and kill more than 184 people.[11]
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1955?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Tina Marie
  2. - The Yellow Rose Of Texas
  3. - Wake The Town And Tell The People
  4. - Maybellene
  5. - The Longest Walk

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Rose Marie
  2. - Cool Water
  3. - Learnin' The Blues
  4. - Evermore
  5. - Ev'rywhere


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1955?

The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power Of Positive Thinking


With more than five million copies printed, The Power of Positive Thinking is an international bestseller. It has helped millions of people around the globe to find fulfillment through Dr.

Not as a Stranger by Morton Thompson

Not as a Stranger


Lucas Marsh has been a child since he was a baby and cannot see himself as anything but a doctor. He is a very naive, glorified doctor.

A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall

A Man Called Peter


Catherine Marshall, in the Preface to A Man Called Peter tells about a dream she had following Peter Marshall's passing. Peter was working in a rose-garden and said, "I!"

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines by Wilbur Shaw

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines


Notes from the dust jacket: "This book is for the millions of automobile owners who understand that the purpose and function of the automobile are to get there fast now, and even faster."

The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester

The Good Shepherd


After reading The Good Shepherd, John P. Marquand wrote that C. S. Forester was the First Admiral of the seven seas fiction.