Category Archives: 1950s

Rosa Parks arrested after refusing to give bus seat to white man 60 years ago this hour (Dec 1 1955)


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(Thursday, December 1, 1955, around 6 p.m. local time)Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress, was arrested today after refusing to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.

Bo Diddley performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour (Nov 20 1955)


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(Sunday, November 20, 1955, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Bo Diddley performed “Bo Diddley” on tonight’s live edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading Bo Diddley performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour (Nov 20 1955)

‘The Eating Contest’ episode airs on ‘You’ll Never Get Rich’ 60 years ago this hour (Nov 15 1955)


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(Tuesday, November 15, 1955, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST) — Bilko discovers that the G.I. he’s sponsoring in an eating contest only eats when he’s miserable on tonight’s episode of the CBS sitcom television series You’ll Never Get Rich.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode number 53 on its “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.

‘Better Living Through TV’ episode airs on ‘The Honeymooners’ 60 years ago this hour (Nov 12 1955)


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(Saturday, November 12, 1955, 8:00 p.m. EST) — Ralph devises a get-rich-quick scheme: selling Handy Housewife Helpers on TV on tonight’s episode of the CBS sitcom television series The Honeymooners.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode number 7 on its “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.