December 16th, 1955, was a Friday. It was Day 350 of 1955. The decade was the Fifties.
67 years, 5 months, and 19 days have passed since December 16th, 1955.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on December 16th, 1955 was "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Let's take a walk down memory lane.
The date is December 16th, 1955, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Most people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.
The Christmas season of 1955 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations 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 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 Cisco Kid", "I Love Lucy", "Our Miss Brooks", and "The Danny Thomas Show". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Adventures of Superman", "Adventures of Pow Wow", and "Mighty Mouse Playhouse". Popular toys at the moment include Dimestore soldiers, Spinning Tops, BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, and Roy Rogers Plastic Figures.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 16th, 1955.
The Christmas period of 1955 was in full swing by this stage. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were feeling stressed, retail stores were filled with shoppers, and everyone was making plans for the big day.
Tailfins on cars were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
The most popular movies of 1955 included Cinerama Holiday, Mister Roberts, Battle Cry, "Oklahoma!", Guys and Dolls, Lady and the Tramp, and Picnic.
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.
General Motors President Harlow Curtice was named 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.
In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.
Panty raids were a popular college prank at the time. Large groups of male students would "raid" the living quarters of their female counterparts and then steal their underwear as proof that the raid had been successful. These raids took place during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
Women and young girls were wearing wide, unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts." These were solid-colored skirts that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
The "DA haircut" was extremely popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed-back hairstyle that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Duck's Ass," which is what many people liked to call the style.
Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums, and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.
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 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.
Almost everyone had rotary phones in the 1950s. However, the heavier metal dial components were being phased out and replaced with plastic.
More and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
Cases of Polio were particularly high, 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.
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Television shows that people were watching in December 1955.
American Western series about ranch operator Jim Newton and his adopted son Joey Clark.
Western drama series.
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.
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.
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.
The Ed Sullivan Show
1955 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Thunderbird, the Chevrolet Task Force, the Ford Fairlane, the Pontiac Safari, the Ford Squire and the Peugeot 403.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1955.
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
The Mickey Mouse Club
Father Knows Best
Winky Dink and You
Adventures of Superman
Tom and Jerry
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1955.
Matchbox toy cars
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Mr. Potato Head
Feed the Elephant
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
Tiny Tears (doll)
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 of their early childhood.
If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out December 16th, 1961, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 16th.
Stand-up comedian. Deceased
Born on December 16th, 1961
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.
Boyz II Men.
Born on December 16th, 1971
He was born exactly 16 years after this date.
German soccer player.
Born on December 16th, 1988
He was born exactly 33 years after this date.
Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1955.
Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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