Video: 'Labor Merger. AFL and CIO Join Forces 1955 Newsreel'
(Monday, December 5, 1955, 10:00 a.m. EST) — The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged today in New York to form the AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany
(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.
(Saturday, November 26, 1955) — “Sixteen Tons” by The Tennessee Ernie Ford peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for seven consecutive weeks (Nov. 26, Dec. 3/10/17/24/31, 1955, Jan. 7, 1956).
Video: 'Elvis Presley: Good Rockin' Tonight (the 1955 album)'
(Monday, November 21, 1955) — RCA Records purchased the contract, singles and released masters of 20-year-old Elvis Presley today from Sam Phillips of Sun Records for an unprecedented sum of $40,000 ($35,000 to Sun and a $5,000 bonus to Presley).
Video: 'The Phil Silvers Show Season 1 Episode 9 Eating Contest'
(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.
(Friday, November 11, 1955, 4:00 p.m. EST) — U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower returned to Washington today to a roaring “welcome home” from thousands of well wishers, nearly seven weeks after suffering a serious heart attack while on vacation in Denver.