Video: '"Producers' Showcase" Peter Pan (7 March 1955)' (4 videos)
(Monday, March 7, 1955, 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST) — NBC-TV presented the full-length Broadway production of Peter Panlive tonight in color (only a black-and-white kinescope recording survived) as part of Producers’ Showcase, with nearly all of the show’s original cast.
The show attracted a then-record audience of 65-million viewers, the highest ever up to that time for a single television program.
(Saturday, March 5, 1955, 8:00 p.m. local time) — Singer Elvis Presley made his television debut tonight on the regional show Louisiana Hayride carried by KSLA-TV Shreveport (although audio recordings exist, there is no known video footage of this appearance).
(Saturday, February 5, 1955) — “Earth Angel” by The Penguins was the #8 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for three weeks. Rolling Stone placed it at number 152 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
(Wednesday, January 19, 1955, 10:32 a.m. EST; during the Cold War) — A presidential news conference was filmed for television and newsreels for the first time today, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.