1955 was a full decade removed from World War Two, and one of the great Allied commanders of the war, General Dwight D. Eisenhower had become President Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States. In 1955, President Eisenhower made a fateful decision that would affect American foreign policy and millions of lives for many years: he sent the first American soldiers as advisors to Vietnam.
This was also a year of notable developments in the Cold War between the West and the East, led by the United States and the Soviet Union, respectively. In the East, the Warsaw Pact was signed in May. This was a mutual defense treaty among the Soviet countries and Soviet satellite nations as an equivalent to the Western powers’ formation of NATO. In the West, the United States made significant commitments to defense technology. In January, the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, went out to sea for the first time. During the same month, the Pentagon formally announced a plan to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads attached to them.
1955 was also a landmark year for the Civil Rights Movement in America. In December of this year, Rosa Parks famously refused to obey a bus drivers’ order to get out of her seat to make room for a white passenger. This sparked several significant protests in her city of Montgomery, Alabama.
There were also some notable developments for popular culture this year, as Jim Henson created an early version of Kermit the Frog. In July of 1955, Walt Disney opened his world-famous theme park – Disneyland – in Anaheim, California.
Finally, the world lost one of its brightest minds this year – Albert Einstein passed away at the age of 76. However, the world gained two more brilliant people, as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were born this year.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 1955 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Bill Haley and His Comets - (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
- Les Baxter & His Orchestra - Unchained Melody
- Frank Sinatra - Learnin' The Blues
- Roger Williams - Autumn Leaves
- Mitch Miller Orchestra & Chorus - The Yellow Rose Of Texas
- Bill Hayes - The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
- Pat Boone - Ain't That A Shame
- Four Aces - Melody Of Love
- Fess Parker - Ballad Of Davy Crockett
- Fontane Sisters - Seventeen
Top #10 songs in the UK
- Tennessee Ernie Ford - Give Me Your Word
- Frankie Laine With The Mellomen - Cool Water
- Slim Whitman - Rose Marie
- Eddie Calvert - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
- Perez 'Prez' Prado & His Orchestra - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
- Rosemary Clooney & The Mellomen - Mambo Italiano
- Ruby Murray - Softly Softly
- David Whitfield - Ev'rywhere
- Mitch Miller - The Yellow Rose Of Texas
- Jimmy Young - The Man From Laramie
Which were the most popular books released in 1955 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1955 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 1955
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1955