World Series Champions: Brooklyn Dodgers
NFL Champions: Cleveland Browns
NBA Champions: Syracuse Nationals
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf: Jack Fleck
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies): Tony Trabert/Doris Hart
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Tony Trabert/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions: Oklahoma
NCAA Basketball Champions: San Francisco
Kentucky Derby: Swaps
World Cup (Soccer): West Germany
Brigitte Bardot, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner.
Other FactsRosa 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 States.
Celebrity James Dean was killed in a car crash.
TV remote control becomes public.
The Microwave oven was invented.
McDonald's first opened in 1955.
Two labor unions merge, the AFL and the CIO unted to become the AFL-CIO.
Vladimir Nabakov's Lolita was published. US publishers were initially reluctant to associate themselves with such a controversial work.
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.
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.
Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Harlow Curtice
Miss America:Lee Meriwether (San Francisco, CA)
Miss USA: Carlene King Johnson (Vermont)
Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Tonka Trucks, Play-Doh (off-white), Bild Lilli dolls (predecessor to Barbie), Pluto Paltter Flying Saucer (A frisbee type item).
What Was On TV:The $64,000 Question (CBS), I Love Lucy (CBS), The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS), Disneyland (ABC), The Jack Benny Show (CBS), December Bride (CBS), You Bet Your Life (NBC), Dragnet (NBC), The Millionaire (CBS), I've Got A Secret (CBS).
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