Category Archives: 1950s

‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley and His Comets debuts at #22 in USA 60 years ago today (May 14 1955)

(Saturday, May 14, 1955)“Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets (featuring the late Danny Cedrone on the electric guitar solo), widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world, debuted at #22 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores top 30 chart.

Riot breaks out at Elvis Presley concert in Jacksonville 60 years ago today (May 13 1955)

Video: 'Elvis Presley Interview 1955 Jacksonville, FL'

(Friday, May 13, 1955) — A riot broke out at an Elvis Presley concert today at the Gator Bowl Baseball Park in Jacksonville, Florida, the first time trouble was reported at one of his concerts. Witnesses say the crowd went crazy when Presley said, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.”

West Germany becomes a fully sovereign state 60 years ago today (May 5 1955)

(Thursday, May 5, 1955; during the Cold War) — The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) became a sovereign state today when the United States, France, and Great Britain end their military occupation, which had begun with the end of World War II in 1945.

With Konrad Adenauer as chancellor (pictured above reading a paper), West Germany was given the right to rearm and become a full-fledged member of the western alliance against the Soviet Union.