Historical Events for April 1955

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Events 1 - 54 of 54

1st - Armed military action taken against bureaucratic strike in Amsterdam
1st - EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus
1st - WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast
2nd - US female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
2nd - US male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
2nd - Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
3rd - Balt Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs KC Athletics)
3rd - Fire in cinema in Sclessin, Belgium, kills 39
3rd - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Oklahoma City Golf Open
3rd - Night express train in Guadalajara derails, killing 300
Beat Poet Allen GinsbergBeat Poet Allen Ginsberg 3rd - The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges.
4th - British government signs military treaty with Iraq
5th - Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him
6th - "3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances
6th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
6th - Yemen: failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam
9th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
10th - 19th Golf Masters Championship: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279
10th - 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk 10th - Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine
10th - Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely
11th - Sobers starts run of 85 Test Cricket appearances for WI uninterrupted
11th - The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang.
12th - 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
12th - salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched
13th - 20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)
14th - Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to wear the Yankee uniform
Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou EnlaiPremier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai 14th - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
14th - WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
15th - Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois)
15th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
17th - Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
18th - "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 176 perfs
18th - 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street signals installed
18th - 1st Bandoeng Conference - Afro-Asian conference opens
MacDonalds Entreprenuer Ray KrocMacDonalds Entreprenuer Ray Kroc 19th - 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
19th - The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.
20th - "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 perfs
21st - Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
21st - J Lawrence & R E Lee's "Inherit the Wind" premieres in NYC
21st - Minas Gerais Argentina tunnel caves in; 30 die
22nd - KC Athletic's 1st game, beat Tigers 6-2
23rd - "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances
LPGA Golfer Betsy RawlsLPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls 23rd - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Open
24th - Conference of Bandung against colonialism/for self determination, ends
24th - Gaullists lose elections in France
24th - KFDM TV channel 6 in Beaumont, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
24th - KMAU (now KGMV) TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
28th - WBIQ TV channel 10 in Birmingham, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
29th - Giovanni Gronchi elected third president of Italy
30th - Element 101, Mendelevium, announced
30th - Imperial Bank of India nationalized
30th - Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks
30th - West German unions protest for 40-hour work week & more wages

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