Category Archives: 1950s

‘The Night of the Hunter’ premieres in Des Moines 60 years ago tonight (July 26 1955)

Video: 'The Night of the Hunter' trailer

(Tuesday, July 26, 1955, evening CDT)The Night of the Hunter, a horror film about a bogus preacher who marries an outlaw’s widow in search of the man’s hidden loot, premiered today in Des Moines, Iowa.

Directed by Charles Laughton, the film starred Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish and Gloria Castillo.

President Eisenhower presents ‘Open Skies’ proposal 60 years ago today (July 21 1955)

Video: 'The 1955 Geneva Conference and Open Skies' (July 21, 1955, at 1:59)

(Thursday, July 21, 1955, afternoon CEST; during the Cold War) — During a summit in Geneva, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented his “Open Skies” proposal under which the U.S. and the Soviet Union would trade information on each other’s military facilities and allow aerial reconnaisance (the Soviets rejected the proposal).

U.S. Air Force Academy swears in first class of cadets in Colorado 60 years ago today (July 11 1955)

Video: 'First Air Force Academy Class 1955 Lowry Air Force Base Colorado'

(Monday, July 11, 1955; during the Cold War) — 306 young men, awkwardly earnest in their new khaki uniforms with blue caps and blue shoulder boards, swore today to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” becoming the first cadets at the new Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.

‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago today (July 9 1955)

(Saturday, July 9, 1955)“Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets, widely considered to be the record that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world, was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for eight consecutive weeks (July 9/16/23/30, Aug. 6/13/20/27, 1955).

The song is ranked No. 158 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”