(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.
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.”
Video: 'THIRD AVENUE EL - "The Vanishing El" - New York City's last "El" trains.'
(Thursday, May 12, 1955, 6:00 p.m. EDT) — The main portion of the Third Avenue El closed tonight from Chatham Square to East 149th Street in the Bronx, ending the operation of elevated service in Manhattan.
Video: 'Damn Yankees (OBC) - Those Were The Good Old Days'
(Thursday, May 5, 1955, 7:45 p.m. EDT) — Damn Yankees, a new musical based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, opened tonight on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre in New York. The production starred Ray Walston (Mr. Applegate) and Gwen Verdon (Lola).
(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.
(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