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1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar).



Events of 1955

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  • ((March 2)) Claudette Colvin (a fifteen year old african american girl) Refuses to give up her seat to a white wonam after the bus driver demands it. She was carried off the bus backwords, whilst being kicked and handcuffed. She was harrased on the way to the police station while the officers tried to guess her bra size.
  • March 5WBBJmarker-TV signs on the air in the Jackson, Tennesseemarker, with WDXI as its initial call-letters, to expanded American commercial television in mostly-rural areas.
  • March 7 – The Broadway musical version of Peter Pan, which had been created in 1954, starring Mary Martin, is presented on television for the first time by NBC-TV. It is also the first time that a stage musical is presented in its entirety on TV exactly as it was performed on stage. This program gains the largest viewership of a TV special up to this time, and it becomes one of the first great TV children's classics.
  • March 17 – The Richard Riot occurs in Montrealmarker.
  • March 19KXTVmarker of Stockton, Californiamarker, signs on the air in the United Statesmarker, being the 100th commercial television station in this country.
  • March 20 – Evan Hunter's movie adaptation of the novel Blackboard Jungle premieres in the United States, featuring the famous single, Rock Around the Clock, by Bill Haley and his "Comets". Teenagers jump from their seats to dance to the song.


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World population

Africa: 246,746,000
Asia: 1,541,947,000
Europe: 575,184,000
South America: 190,797,000
North America: 186,884,000
Oceania: 14,265,000


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