The Book of Me Written By You~Prompt 12~The Year I Was Born

I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:

This week’s prompt ~ Prompt 12 ~ The Year I was Born

What happened....
Historical - international, national and local
Family events

The first thing that comes to my mind about the year I was born is that it was also the year Disneyland opened! 

Here are a few more things happened that year ~ Can you guess what year it was?


January 2nd ~ Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is 

January 17 ~ Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test 

January 19th ~ 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV

January 19th ~ "Scrabble" debuts on board game 

January 20th ~ 1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton


January 22nd ~ Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen 

January 25  US and Panama sign canal treaty


February 2nd ~ 1st presidential news conference on network TV-
Eisenhower on ABC

February 9th ~ US federations of trade unions merge 
into AFL/CIO

February 12th President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to 

 February 12th ~ McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 
and stays #1 for 10 weeks

 February 15th ~ 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced

February 26th ~ "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater 
NYC after 149 performances


March 3rd ~ Elvis Presley made his 1st TV appearance

March 7th ~ 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, 
Danny Thomas and Loretta Young

March 7th ~ Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised

March 15th ~ US Air Force unveils self-guided missile

March 16th ~ President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic 
weapons in case of war

March 24th ~ 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service

March 24th ~ Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" 
opens for 694 performances

March 26th ~ "Ballad of Davy Crockett," becomes the 
#1 record in US

March 27th ~ Steve McQueen makes his network TV 
debut (Goodyear Playhouse)

March 30th ~ 27th Academy Awards - "On the 
Waterfront," Brando and Grace Kelly win

March 31st ~ US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes 
Chase National (3rd largest bank) and Bank of the Manhattan 
Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan


April 5th ~ Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, 
Anthony Eden succeeds him

April 6th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test 

April 9th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test 

April 10th ~ Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio 

April 12th ~ Salk polio vaccine safe and effective; 4 
billion dimes marched

April 14th ~ Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to 
wear the Yankee uniform

April 15th ~ Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast 
food restaurants (Illinois)

April 15th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test 

April 18th ~ 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street 
signals installed

April 19th ~ 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22

April 22nd ~ Congress orders all US coins bear motto 
"In God We Trust"

April 29th ~ G Gronchi elected president of Italy

April 30th ~ West German unions protest for 40-hour 
work week and more wages


May 2nd ~ Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams 
for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)

May 5th ~ "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater 
NYC for 1022 performances

May 5th ~ Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce

May 5th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada test 

May 6th ~ West Germany joins NATO

May 7th ~ 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8

May 7th ~ USSR signs peace treaty with France and 

May 13th ~ Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of 
at least 463'

May 14th ~ US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean

May 15th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

May 15th ~ Vienna Treaty: Brit, France, US and USSR 
restores Austria's independence

May 16th ~ Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 
for heavyweight boxing title

May 21st ~ 1st transcontinental round-trip solo 
flight-sunrise to sunset

May 22nd ~ Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix 
(aged 55) finishes 6th

May 25th ~ Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas and most of Blackwell Oklahoma

May 27th ~ Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV


          June 4th ~ "Mickey Rooney Show," TV comedy last airs on NBC

June 5th ~ NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago 
Billy Pierce

          June 6th ~ Bill Haley and The Comets, "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1
June 7th ~ "$64,000 Question" premieres on CBS TV

June 7th ~ 1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower)

June 8th ~ Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax

June 9th ~ 100°F - Hottest day in Seattle Washington

June 10th ~ 1st separation of virus into component parts reported

June 11th ~ 1st magnesium jet airplane flies

June 11th ~ 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 

June 11th ~ Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race 


June 12th ~ Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network

June 15th ~ The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual
"Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the 
USA's preparations for a nuclear attack.

June 19th ~ Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100

June 23rd ~ Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" released

June 24th ~ Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)

June 27th ~ 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)

June 30th ~ "Johnny Carson Show," debuts on CBS-TV


July 2nd ~ "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC

July 9th ~ Bill Haley and The Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops billboards chart

July 9th ~ First black executive on White House staff (E Frederic 

July 11th ~ Congress authorizes all US currency to say "In God We Trust"

July 12th ~ 22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at 
County Stad, Milw

July 17th ~ Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County

July 17th ~ Arco Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power

July 17th ~ Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, 

July 18th 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold 

July 29th ~ USSR performs nuclear Test


August 2nd ~ USSR performs nuclear test

August 3rd ~ Automobile Association of America ends support of 
auto racing

August 3rd ~ Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days

August 4th ~ Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of 
CIA headquarters

August 7th ~ Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor 
to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan.

August 12th ~ Pres Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents 
to $1 an hour

August 19th ~ Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion dollars damage storm (N.E. US)

August 20th ~ 1st airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph)-HA 
Hanes, Palmdale Ca

August 26th ~ 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)

August 27th ~ "Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published

August 31st ~ 1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, Tx)

 August 31st ~ 1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated, Chicago, Illinois


September 5th ~ Fred Kaps becomes world champion magician

September 9th ~ Don Zimmer, hits 4,000th Dodger home run    

September 9th ~ Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on Ed Sullivan's Show

September 10th ~ "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV

September 18th ~ Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets 
Field (ties Joe Adcock)

September 20th ~ Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law 
(Pirates) in both ends of DH

September 20th ~ Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRS in a 


September 21st ~ Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for 
heavyweight boxing title

September 24th ~ President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

September 26th ~ NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 

September 28th ~ 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-
TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)

September 30 ~ James Dean died in a car accident in California. 


October 1st ~ "Honeymooners" premieres

October 2nd ~ "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres

October 3rd ~ "Captain Kangaroo" premieres on CBS-TV, Good 
Morning, Captain!

October 3rd ~ "Mickey Mouse Club" premieres

October 8th ~ World's most powerful aircraft carrier, USS 
Saratoga, launched

October 17th ~ Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel

October 20th ~ Harry Belafonte records "Day-O" (Banana Boat Song)

October 25th ~ Tappan sells 1st microwave oven


November 5th ~ Date returned to in "Back to the Future" by Marty McFly

November 6th ~ USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern 
Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

November 7th ~ Supreme Court of Baltimore bans segregation in 
public recreational areas

November 9th ~ UN disapproves of South Africa's apartheid 

November 16th ~ 1st speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) 
(Donald Campbell)

November 16th ~ Johnny Cash made his 1st chart appearance with 
"Cry Cry Cry"

November 18th ~ Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered 

November 22nd ~ USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern 
Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

November 22nd ~ RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records and Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck 
driver from Tupelo Miss

November 25th ~ Race segregation forbidden on trains and buses between US states


December 1st ~ Rosa Parks (black) arrested for refusing to move 
to the back of bus

December 5th ~ AFL and CIO merge, with George Meany as 

December 5th ~ Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery 
Alabama by Rosa Park

December 6th ~ NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 
Question" on boxing

December 8th ~ Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd 
MVP Award

December 19th ~ Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes"

December 29th ~ Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never 
Know" at age 13

December 31st ~ The General Motors Corporation becomes the 
first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

Popular Books

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof- Tennessee Williams
Moonraker (James Bond #3)-
 Ian Fleming
Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot #30)- Agatha Christie

The year was…1955

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 


Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved


  1. 1955! Montgomery Bus Boycott gave it away to me. I knew 1950s with Eisenhower as President but not the year until then. Nice post.

  2. I'm so glad you posted this today. I too was born in 1955...March
    Things have really changed from our time.

  3. I always find these activities interesting. I should start participating in this, just so I can get back to blogging.

  4. The Path Traveled ~ A birthday year sister! Mine is September. Things have really changed!

  5. Mavis, I saw you were starting with Prompt 12! Yeah!

  6. Your post tells me that you are a few years younger than I.


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