by Matt & Alex
was an extraordinary year. James Dean died in a car crash. The first Rock &
Roll songs make the charts. It was a time of desegregation for African Americans
and a time of better pay. The Montgomery bus boycott begins. Many businesses
developed such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Coca-Cola. Ray Kroc opened his
first McDonald's in Des
became fashionable for men! Women
wore very formal and proper dress wear. Federal
rose to $1 an hour. Artificial
diamonds were first created
and the world said good bye to Albert
Einstein. There were about 1,800
shopping centers in the U.S. because people from the cities were moving to
Annual Academy Awards:
- The IBM
752 computer shipped in February is the first IBM business computer.
opens July 17 in Anaheim, California, 25 miles south of Los Angeles.
- The Brooklyn
Dodgers win their first World Series on October 4, 1955. Defeating the
New York Yankees 4 games to 3.
- On December 1 American
Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks, refuses to give up her seat on a bus to
a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, resulted in a city-wide boycott of the
bus company and stirred the civil rights movement across the nation.
- The Tappan
Zee Bridge opens to traffic at Tarrytown, N.Y. on December 15. The
cantilever span across the Hudson is 3,793 feet in length.
Co. uses the name "Coke" officially for the first time
U.S. federal minimum wage rises from 75¢ per hour to $1 August 12 by
act of Congress.
Soup Company Campbell’s Soup Co. enters the frozen foods business by
acquiring control of C. A. Swanson & Sons, originator of the "TV
Dinner" Campbell’s will expand the Swanson line of 11 prepared frozen
items to 65 in the next 17 years.
Sanders' KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) has its beginnings as Corbin, Ky.
Restaurateur Harland Sanders travels the country in an old car loaded with
pots and pans. A new highway that diverted traffic from his location has
ruined the roadside restaurant he ran for 25 years.
K breakfast food, introduced by Kellogg, is 4.4 percent sugar.
Motor Co. is founded in Japan under the aegis of Yamaha Musical
Instrument Co. It will be a leading maker of motorcycles.
- The Ford
Thunderbird introduced in the form of a two-seat sports car.
Luther King organizes demonstrations for blacks to demand civil rights.
- Procter & Gamble introduces Crest
Toothpaste. It becomes the top selling toothpaste in the U.S. (It has
Fluoride & other toothpaste companies soon copy Crest).
opens for the first time.
Best Picture: Marty
Best Actress: Anna Magnani for The Rose Tattoo
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine for Marty
Best Comedy: Phil Silvers Show (You'll Never
Best Drama: Producers' Showcase