December 21st, 1955, was a Wednesday. It was Day 355 of 1955. The decade was the Fifties.
67 years, 9 months, and 6 days have passed since December 21st, 1955.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
People who were born on this exact date.
The best-selling single on December 21st, 1955 was "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 21st, 1955.
Christmas 1955 was just days away. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were buying last-minute presents for their loved ones, and stores were packed with shoppers. Schools, colleges, and non-retail businesses were also beginning to close for the holiday season.
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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News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 21st, 1955.
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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)
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 21st.
Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on December 21st, 1955.
Sir Anthony Eden was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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