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December 16th, 1955.

December 16th, 1955, was a Friday. It was day 350 of 1955. The decade was the 1950s.

65 years, 5 months and 26 days have passed since December 16th, 1955.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

Born on December 16th, 1955.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Xander Berkeley: Actor.

Top song: December 16th, 1955

The best-selling single on December 16th, 1955 was "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Play the top hits from 1955.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1955. Take a trip back to the days of Bill Hayes, Mitch Miller, The Four Aces and The Fontane Sisters.

Take me back to December 16th, 1955!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 16th, 1955 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The Christmas season of 1955 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In music, the song "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States and Sir Anthony Eden is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It's 1955, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from artists such as Perez Prado, Bill Haley & His Comets, Mitch Miller, Roger Williams, Les Baxter, Bill Hayes, The Four Aces, The McGuire Sisters and Pat Boone. In fashion, women are sporting chemise dresses, sheaths, sack dresses and straight-cut suits. Short boxy jackets and shift dresses are also beginning to become popular. Meanwhile, a lot of men are sporting a "Teddy Boy" style that involves leather jackets, greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. Men are also wearing formal suits as daywear. Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Cisco Kid", "You Bet Your Life" and "Gunsmoke". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Adventures of Superman", "Lassie" and "Captain Kangaroo". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Mr. Potato Head.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 16th, 1955.

  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.

  • Movies from 1955.

    Movies from 1955.

    The most popular movies of 1955 included the likes of Cinerama Holiday, Mister Roberts, Battle Cry, "Oklahoma!", Guys and Dolls, Lady and the Tramp and Picnic.

  • 1955 in music.

    1955 in music.

    The radio stations in 1955 were dominated by artists such as Perez Prado, Bill Haley & His Comets, Mitch Miller, Roger Williams, Les Baxter, Bill Hayes, The Four Aces, The McGuire Sisters and Pat Boone.

  • Harlow Curtice.

    Harlow Curtice.

    General Motors President Harlow Curtice was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1955 after his company became the first US company to earn US$1 billion in a single year.

  • Rock and roll.

    Rock and roll.

    In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism.

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.

  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming.

    During the 1950s, the world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high.

    Cases of Polio were particularly high during this period of time and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 65 years, 5 months and 26 days have passed since December 16th, 1955.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1955.
  • Leap Year: 1955 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 16th, 1955, will be 65 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1955 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 16th, 1955.

  • December 1st, 1955: Activist Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to white passengers.
  • December 10th, 1955: The first episode of "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" is broadcast on CBS.
  • This date: December 16th, 1955
  • December 26th, 1955: NFL: The Cleveland Browns defeat the Los Angeles Rams 38-14 to win the 1955 NFL Championship Game.
  • January 1st, 1956: 124 people are killed after a crowd crush occurs at the Yahiko Shrine in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
  • January 8th, 1956: Five Evangelical Christian missionaries from the United States are killed by the Huaorani people of the rain forest of Ecuador.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 16th, 1955, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1955 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 16th, 1955 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Fury - American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • Annie Oakley - American Western series that fictionalizes the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
  • The Danny Thomas Show - American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.
  • Our Miss Brooks - Sitcom about a high school teacher called Constance "Connie" Brooks.
  • The Roy Rogers Show - American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.
  • I Love Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Sky King - Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.
  • The Jack Benny Program - 25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show - TV series that broadcast on CBS.
  • You Bet Your Life - Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.
  • The Colgate Comedy Hour - Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.

Kid's TV shows on December 16th, 1955.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1955.

  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Father Knows Best
  • Lassie
  • Adventures of Superman
  • Crusader Rabbit
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1955.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1955.

  • Mr. Potato Head

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1955.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out December 16th, 1961 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 16th of December.

  • December 16th, 1988: Mats Hummels (German soccer player) was born exactly 33 years after this date.

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1955.

UK Prime Minister.

Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1955.

Irish Taoiseach.

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 16th, 1955 was most likely conceived around the 8th of March, 1955.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 16th, 1955 is close to the 24th of September, 1956.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 16th, 1955.

  • A total of 23,920 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,417 weeks have passed.
  • 2,066,684,400 seconds have passed since the December 16th, 1955.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,411,131,800 times.
  • Since December 16th, 1955, the earth has travelled approximately 1,066,409,150,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 344,447,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 177,734,858 steps. That's about 78,993 miles!
  • Since this date, 24,800,213 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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