(Saturday, April 30, 1955) — “Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)” by Pérez Prado and His Orchestra was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for 10 consecutive weeks (Apr. 30, May 7/14/21/28, June 4/11/18/25, July 2, 1955).
(Saturday, April 30, 1955) — “Birth of the Boogie” by Bill Haley and His Comets was the #17 song on today’s Billboard Most Played in Juke Boxes chart for one week.
Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 2' (Apr. 28, 1955, at 12:20)
(Thursday, April 28, 1955; during the Cold War) — The Battle of Saigon, a month-long battle between the Vietnamese National Army of the State of Vietnam (later to become the Army of the Republic of Vietnam) and the private army of the Bình Xuyên organised crime syndicate, began today. Continue reading Battle of Saigon begins 60 years ago today (Apr 28 1955)
Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 2' (Apr. 27, 1955, at 13:07)
(Wednesday, April 27, 1955, 10:31-11:06 a.m. EDT; during the Cold War) — United States policy in South Vietnam’s political crisis is still in the balance, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower indicated today.
He said he could not give “any final answer” to questions about South Vietnam, saying the subject was “still under discussion” with Gen. J. Lawton Collins, U.S. special representative to Saigon.
(Thursday, April 21, 1955, 8:00 p.m. EST) — The Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play Inherit the Wind, a story that fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial as a means to discuss the then-contemporary McCarthy trials, opened tonight on Broadway at the National Theatre in New York.
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(Monday, April 18, 1955, 1:15 a.m. EST) — Dr. Albert Einstein, one of the great thinkers of the ages and Time Person of the Century, died in his sleep early today in Princeton, New Jersey, at age 76. Continue reading Physicist Albert Einstein, 76, dies in Princeton, New Jersey 60 years ago this hour (Apr 18 1955)
Video: 'McDonald's Franchise #1 in Des Plaines, IL'
(Friday, April 15, 1955) — Ray Kroc opened the first franchised McDonald’s restaurant today at 400 North Lee Avenue in Des Plaines, Illinois, near Chicago.
Video: 'Jonas Salk Polio Vaccine Discovery Public Domain Newsreel PublicDomainFootage.com'
(Tuesday, April 12, 1955) — The Salk vaccine against polio, an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus, was declared safe and effective today.
Video: 'Marty' trailer
(Monday, April 11, 1955) — Marty, a romantic drama film about a lonely butcher who finds love despite the opposition of his friends and family, premiered today at the Sutton theater in New York City.
Directed by Delbert Mann, the film starred Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Frank Sutton, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris, Esther Minciotti and Augusta Ciolli.