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 States.
Celebrity James Dean was killed in a car crash.
TV remote control becomes public
Two labor unions merge, the AFL and the CIO unted to become the AFL-CIO.
The Microwave oven was invented.
McDonald's first opened in 1955.
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 game-bird. 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.
Popular Christmas Gifts include the Tonka Trucks, Play-Doh (off-white), Bild Lilli dolls (predecessor to Barbie), Pluto Paltter Flying Saucer (A frisbee type item.
Vladimir Nabakov's Lolita was published. US publishers were initially reluctant to associate themselves with such a controversial work.
* Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets
* Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
* The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
* Unchained Melody - Les Baxter
* The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
* Love Is a Many Splendored Thing - Four Aces
* Sincerely - McGuire Sisters
* Ain't That a Shame - Pat Boone
* Dance With Me Henry - Georgia Gibbs
* Melody of Love - Billy Vaughn
* Learnin' the Blues - Frank Sinatra
* Hearts of Stone - Fontaine Sisters
* Tweedle Dee - Georgia Gibbs
* Moments to Remember - Four Lads
* Mr. Sandman - Chordettes
* Let Me Go Lover - Joan Weber
* Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler
* Ko Ko Mo - Perry Como
* Only You - Platters
Billy Bob Thornton
David Lee Roth