May 1955 calendar

May 1955

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 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 May 1955: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1955?


  • 01 May 1955 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament.
  • 02 May 1955 Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for
  • 05 May 1955 Damn Yankees opens at 46th Steet Theater in New York City for 1022 performances.
  • 06 May 1955 West Germany joins NATO
  • 07 May 1955 West Europe Union established.
  • 09 May 1955 German Federal Republic joins NATO.
  • 11 May 1955 Israel attacks Gaza.
  • 12 May 1955 Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter
  • 14 May 1955 US performs nuclear test in Pacific Ocean.
  • 15 May 1955 Austrian state treaty signed making Austria independent again
  • 16 May 1955 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
  • 17 May 1955 Dutch Government of Drees resigns.
  • 18 May 1955 Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam
  • 19 May 1955 Atkinson and Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt West Indies versus Australia.
  • 20 May 1955 Argentine parliament accepts separation of church and state.
  • 21 May 1955 House of Flowers closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 22 May 1955 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • 23 May 1955 Presbyterian Church begins accepting women ministers
  • 25 May 1955 First ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition led by Joe Brown and George Band.
  • 26 May 1955 7th Heaven opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 27 May 1955 Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 28 May 1955 Bob Sweikert wins Indianapolis 500 with an average speed of 128.213 mph.
  • 29 May 1955 Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns.
  • 30 May 1955 KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, ID (CBS / NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 31 May 1955 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to railroad strike.
  • 05 May 1955 The General Treaty, by which France, Britain and the United States recognize the sovereignty of West Germany, comes into effect.
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Music charts

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

  1. - A Blossom Fell
  2. - Unchained Melody
  3. - The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
  4. - Ballad Of Davy Crockett
  5. - Melody Of Love

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Stranger In Paradise
  2. - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
  3. - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
  4. - Give Me Your Word
  5. - Earth Angel


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1955?

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.

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.

The Vows Of The Peacock by Alice Walworth Graham

The Vows Of The Peacock


Signed and dedicated by the author on the half-title page

Venture Into Darkness by Alice Tisdale Hobart

Venture Into Darkness


This rare antiquarian book is a facsimile of the original. It may have marks, marginalia, and other imperfections due to its age.

The Scotswoman by Inglis Clark Fletcher

The Scotswoman


The Scotswoman Hardcover June 10, 1976, Inglis Clark Fletcher