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* [[April 4]]: [[Michael R. Jordan]], pastor of [[New Era Baptist Church]]
* [[April 4]]: [[Michael R. Jordan]], pastor of [[New Era Baptist Church]]
* [[April 6]]: [[Michael Rooker]], actor
* [[April 6]]: [[Michael Rooker]], actor
* [[April 16]]: [[Mart Avant]], musician
* [[May 6]]: [[Debra Ghigna]], author and poet
* [[May 6]]: [[Debra Ghigna]], author and poet
* [[May 7]]: [[Dale Quin]], English teacher
* [[May 7]]: [[Dale Quin]], English teacher

Revision as of 07:03, 8 January 2021

1955 was the 84th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.


Monkey Island, constructed in 1955
The 1955 Red Diamond building fire







See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1955






In 1955 Panamanian president José Antonio Remón Cantera was assassinated. Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine was introduced. West Germany was recognized as a sovereign state and joined NATO. Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. Gunsmoke premiered on CBS. Juan Peron was ousted by coup in Argentina. Racial segregation in interstate buses was banned. Rosa Parks kicked off the Montgomery bus boycott.

Notable births in 1955 included Kevin Costner, Eddie Van Halen, John Grisham, Arsenio Hall, Bruce Willis, Reba McEntire, Billy Bob Thornton, Edwin Moses, Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Deaths in 1955 included Albert Einstein, James Agee, Charlie Parker, James Dean, and Honus Wagner.

Top grossing films of 1955 included Lady and the Tramp, Rebel Without a Cause, and Oklahoma. Nobakov's Lolita was published in Paris. William Faulkner won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for A Fable and Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The top pop songs were Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock", Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons", and Mitch Miller's "Yellow Rose of Texas."

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