|US Patents 1790-1836|
|2016 Trivia & History|
|2015 Trivia & History|
|2014 Trivia & History|
|2013 Trivia & History|
|2012 Trivia & History|
|2011 Trivia & History|
|2010 Trivia & History|
|2009 Trivia & History|
|2008 Trivia & History|
|2007 Trivia & History|
|2006 Trivia & History|
|2005 Trivia & History|
|2004 Trivia & History|
|2003 Trivia & History|
|2002 Trivia & History|
|2001 Trivia & History|
|2000 Trivia & History|
|1999 Trivia & History|
|1998 Trivia & History|
|1997 Trivia & History|
|1996 Trivia & History|
|1995 Trivia & History|
|1994 Trivia & History|
|1993 Trivia & History|
|1992 Trivia & History|
|1991 Trivia & History|
|1990 Trivia & History|
|1989 Trivia & History|
|1988 Trivia & History|
|1987 Trivia & History|
|1986 Trivia & History|
|1985 Trivia & History|
|1984 Trivia & History|
|1983 Trivia & History|
|1982 Trivia & History|
|1981 Trivia & History|
|1980 Trivia & History|
|1979 Trivia & History|
|1978 Trivia & History|
|1977 Trivia & History|
|1976 Trivia & History|
|1975 Trivia & History|
|1974 Trivia & History|
|1973 Trivia & History|
|1972 Trivia & History|
|1971 Trivia & History|
|1970 Trivia & History|
|1969 Trivia & History|
|1968 Trivia & History|
|1967 Trivia & History|
|1966 Trivia & History|
|1965 Trivia & History|
|1964 Trivia & History|
|1963 Trivia & History|
|1962 Trivia & History|
|1961 Trivia & History|
|1960 Trivia & History|
|1959 Trivia & History|
|1958 Trivia & History|
|1957 Trivia & History|
|1956 Trivia & History|
|1955 Trivia & History|
|1954 Trivia & History|
|1953 Trivia & History|
|1952 Trivia & History|
|1951 Trivia & History|
|1950 Trivia & History|
|1949 Trivia & History|
|1948 Trivia & History|
|1947 Trivia & History|
|1946 Trivia & History|
|1945 Trivia & History|
|1944 Trivia & History|
|1943 Trivia & History|
|1942 Trivia & History|
|1941 Trivia & History|
|1940 Trivia & History|
|1939 Trivia & History|
|1938 Trivia & History|
|1937 Trivia & History|
|1936 Trivia & History|
|1935 Trivia & History|
|1934 Trivia & History|
|1933 Trivia & History|
|1932 Trivia & History|
|1931 Trivia & History|
|1930 Trivia & History|
|1929 Trivia & History|
|1928 Trivia & History|
|1927 Trivia & History|
|1926 Trivia & History|
|1925 Trivia & History|
|1924 Trivia & History|
|1923 Trivia & History|
|1922 Trivia & History|
|1921 Trivia & History|
|1920 Trivia & History|
1955 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1955 65 Years Ago | History Snapshot
World Series Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Detroit Red Wings|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Tony Trabert/Doris Hart|
|Tony Trabert/Louis Brough|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1955 - Duke over Nebraska
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1955 - Ohio State over USC
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1955 - Navy over Ole Miss
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Lee Meriwether (San Fancisco, CA)|
|Carlene King Johnson (Vermont)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Brigitte Bardot, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Davis, Doris Day, Anita Ekberg, Anne Francis, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Jennifer Jones, Grace Kelly, Julie London, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Meadows, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Jane Wyatt|
"Now it's time to say good-bye to all our company, / M-I-C...
Edward R. Murrow asked Jonas Salk who owned the patent to the polio vaccine, his response was "Well, the people, I would say... there is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"
1955 Pop Culture History
|In 1948, Swiss engineer George de Mestral took his
dog on a hike. When he got home, he noticed there were many burrs
on the dog. He examined one under the microscope. He noticed that
the burrs had small hooks that enabled them to cling to the soft fur.
De Mestral patented Velcro in 1955.
TV remote control became public.
In 1955, Pennsylvania set a goal of having a state park within 25 miles of every citizen.
Quaker Oats bought 19 acres of land in the Yukon, divided it into 21 million one-square-inch parcels, and sold the deeds as an advertising promotion. Ten years later, all of it was repossessed by Canada due to $37.20 in unpaid back taxes.
In 1955 and 1956, Chrysler sold the Dodge La Femme, a car marketed exclusively to women. It included a designer purse with accessories, an umbrella and an upholstery pattern of pink rosebuds for the interior.
Brought to the market in 1953, 'Eggo'waffles were originally called 'Froffles', but the name was changed in 1955 after feedback about their 'eggy' taste.
Velcro (patent #2,717,437) was invented by George de Mestral. He was inspired by burrs that stuck to his dog's fur.
Cigarettes were sold in vending machines (yes, like soda or snack machines) that only accepted quarters, but a pack of cigarettes cost only 23 cents. Instead of raising the price, cigarette manufacturers included two pennies in the package.
In 1955 Jack Daniel's was selling about 150,000 cases annually of its black-labeled Tennessee whiskey. That year Frank Sinatra endorsed the liquor during a performance. Because of that, by the end of 1956 Jack Daniel's sold about 300,000 cases.
Clint Eastwood's first acting role was in a science fiction horror film, Revenge of the Creature. His role was uncredited.
Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, and Dustin Hoffman were roommates in NYC before landing any film or television acting roles. The group has since accumulated 19 Academy Award nominations and 5 wins for acting, so far.
In the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe's character is never introduced or called by name and is simply credited as 'The Girl'.
Grandma Gatewood, as she became known, was the first woman to hike the entire 2K+ miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself in 1955. She was 67 years old at the time, a mother of 11 and grandmother of 23.
A crew working in a Temple dropped a 600+ year-old plaster statue of Buddha, only to discover after some of the plaster chipped off, that the statue was actually solid gold. It was big, over 5 tons.
The first edition of the Guinness Book of Records was published by the Guinness Brewing Company following a debate in a pub (tavern) over the fastest species of european gamebird. It is the Wood Pigeon. The fastest bird of prey would be the Peregrine Falcon.
You've been there. Pretty much everybody has visited a McDonalds since it first opened in 1955.
When Pete Seeger was brought before the US House Un-American Activities Committee for alleged Communist activities, he responded to questioning by offering to sing songs for the committee. He was sentenced to a year in jail for contempt of Congress.
Jonas Salk chose not to patent his polio vaccine for the betterment of humanity. As a result, he missed out on earning an estimated $7 billion.
Miles Davis had surgery to remove polyps on his larynx and was told not to talk for 2 weeks.During that time, he got into an argument with an executive and heard his voice fade to a croak in mid-tirade, damaging his vocal cords giving him his raspy whisper that he became known for.
Two labor unions, the AFL and the CIO unted to become the AFL-CIO.
Marlboro used to market their cigarettes as "premium ladies cigarettes". Their slogan was "Mild as May". In 1955 they changed their ads to cowboys and "Marlboro Country" images. Their sales increased 3,241 percent in 1 year.
Vladimir Nabakov's Lolita was published. US publishers were initially reluctant to associate themselves with such a controversial work.
The guitar Marty McFly played in 1955 in Back to the Future wasn't created until 1958.
Women's Football (Soccer) was banned in West Germany for 15 years (1955-1970) because the "combative sport is fundamentally foreign to the nature of women", the "body and soul would inevitably suffer damage", and the "display of the body violates etiquette and decency".
In 1955 Hugh Hefner released a short story about straight men being persecuted in a gay world. After receiving numerous hatemail, he released a statement saying "If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too."
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white
man in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. This event of peaceful
protest was a catalyst for the civil rights movement in the United
Emmett Till, a 14-year-old who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after 'flirting' with a white woman he was friendly with. His killers were acquitted of the crime and later admitted to the murder. Till's mother had an open-casket funeral to display the injustice, helping spur the civil rights movement.
Dr. Joyce Brothers was disliked by the producers of The 64,000 Question, and her opponent was coached. They purposely asked her a boxing question, figuring a girl wouldn't get the answer. She did.
As a young journalist, Dan Rather did heroin and documented his experience.
Mail found among the wreckage of a civilian airliner (El Al Flight 402) shot down in 1955 was forwarded to the intended recipient with a stamp noting that "This piece of mail survived in El-Al airplane that was shot down over Bulgaria on 27.7.1955"
When James Dean first met (Sir) Alec Guinness he asked him to take a look at his brand new Porsche Spyder. Guinness told Dean: "If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week." This encounter took place on September 23, 1955, seven days before Dean's death.
A thunderstorm in Belgium set off 40 000 pounds of buried explosives left over from the WW1 battle of Messines. Luckily, the only casualty was one cow.
Switzerland banned nearly all forms of motor-racing after the tragic 1955 Le Mans Disaster, where fragments of a crashed car flew in the stands, killing 83 spectators and injuring 120, the most deadly accident in motorsport history. The driver who caused the accident, Mike Hawthorn (with the Jaguar team), went on to win the race.
When Albert Einstein died in 1955, the physician who conducted his autopsy at Princeton stole his brain and took it home to perform "research", for which he was ultimately fired after refusing to return the brain. Decades later, he drove to California to return the brain to Einstein's granddaughter.
John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Lee Van Cleef, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell all eventually died of cancer, probably from filming The Conquerer together near a Nevada nuclear testing site.
Celebrity Car Death: James Dean
John Wayne and 90 other people involved in making the 1955 film The Conqueror on location in Utah are believed to have contracted cancer from A-bomb tests that were occurring in nearby Nevada
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Tonka Trucks, Play-Doh (off-white), Bild Lilli dolls (predecessor to Barbie), Pluto Paltter Flying Saucer (a frisbee type item)
The Microwave oven was invented.
Car and Driver began publication
|Reading Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
Reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Reading The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
Playing the Card Game Canasta.
Watching Lady and the Tramp, To Catcha Thief, The Night of the Hunter, The Seven Year Itch, Guys and Dolls, East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause in theaters
1955/56 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. The $64,000 Question (CBS)
2. I Love Lucy (CBS)
3. The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS)
4. Disneyland (ABC)
5. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
6. December Bride (CBS)
7. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
8. Dragnet (NBC)
9. The Millionaire (CBS)
10. I've Got A Secret (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1955 include
Bill Haley & His Comets, Bill Hayes, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, The Crew-Cuts, Don Cornell, The Drifters, Eddie Fisher, Fontane Sisters, Four Aces, Frank Sinatra, Georgia Gibbs, Jaye P. Morgan, Joe Turner, Johnny Desmond, LaVern Baker, Les Baxter, McGuire Sisters, Mitch Miller, The Moonglows, Nat 'King' Cole, Pat Boone, Perez Prado, Perry Como, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, 'Tennessee' Ernie Ford, Teresa Brewer
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1955
|December 4, 1954 - January 21, 1955: The Chordettes
- Mr. Sandman
January 22, 1955 - February 4, 1955: Joan Weber - Let Me Go, Lover!
February 5, 1955 - February 11, 1955: The Fontane Sisters - Hearts Of Stone
February 12, 1955 - March 25, 1955: The McGuire Sisters - Sincerely
March 26, 1955 - April 29, 1955: Bill Hayes - The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
April 30, 1955 - July 8, 1955: Pérez Prado - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
July 9, 1955 - September 2, 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets - (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
September 3, 1955 - October 14, 1955: Mitch Miller - The Yellow Rose of Texas
October 15, 1955 - October 28, 1955: The Four Aces - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
October 29, 1955 - November 25, 1955: Roger Williams - Autumn Leaves
November 26, 1955 - January 13, 1956: Tennessee Ernie - Sixteen Tons
|Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy, All That Heaven Allows, The Adrican Lion, Artists and Models, Bad Dat at Black Rock, Blackboard Jungle, The Court Jester, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, Diabolique, East of Eden, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Deadly, Lady and the Tramp, The Ladykillers, Lola Montes, The Man From Laramie, The Man With the Golden Arm, Marty, Mister Roberts, The Night of the Hunter, Oklahoma!, The Phenix City Story, Picnic, Rebel Without A Cause, Richard III, The Rose Tattoo, The Seven Year Itch, Summertime, To Catch a Thief, Trial|
More Pop Culture History Resources
|Popular Music in 1955
# 1 Hits of 1955
|Pop Culture News|
|Pop-Culture.us is part of the Pop Culture Madness network
- your complete Trivia and entertaining news resource.
Our motto: "All The Pop Culture News That Fits, We Print!"
The facts listed are true to the best of our knowledge and should be considered by readers to be a starting point to learn more about American Popular Culture. Please send and additions or corrections to Editor @popculturemadness.com.
Everything else © copyright 1999-2020 Pop Culture Madness, unless stated otherwise.
By the way, PCM does NOT allow frequent Pop up ads, Pop under ads, or sneaky spyware. Nor do we link to sites that have excessive Pop-ups, spyware or inappropriate (all ages) material. If you find one, please let us know and they are toast!
Also, since we don't "sell out" to those Pop-up advertisers, and we're too proud (so far) to ask for donations, we'd like to proudly point out some of our carefully chosen advertisers throughout the site. They have some cool stuff that should be sitting in your room, or wrapped like a present for a friend.
Please check 'em out!
pop, as in 'popular' :(adjective) Pertaining to the common people, or the people as a whole as distinguished from any particular class.
Having characteristics attributed to the common people and intended for or suited to ordinary people.
culture:(noun) That which is excellent in the arts.
A particular stage of civilization. The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.
madness: (noun) The state of being mad. insanity, senseless folly, intense excitement or enthusiasm.
TL;DR - Privacy Statement: We will not sell, give or share any personal information, including e-mail addresses, of any of our visitors to anyone outside of Pop Culture Madness. com or our affiliated network sites. We do not accept any stealth or spyware advertisers or third party sponsors of such programs. Pop Culture Madness. com and affiliated sites do not send spam, offer get-rich-quick schemes, offer or suggest "enhancement" devices or medications via e-mail.
For purposes of Review, we often (usually) get samples, press access and other 'inside information.'
Take that into account when you read a positive (or negative) Review, on PCM or anywhere on the internet.
PCM does use third-party advertising companies, such as google, to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.