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 FLASHBACK 1955

Hamburger makes London debut!




*January 21 - The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union announces end of the war between the USSR and Germany, which began during World War II in 1941. Until then, despite the end of World War II, the USSR was formally at war with Germany.
*March 20 - Blackboard Jungle opened in theaters featuring the song Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and his Comets, thus propelling Rock and Roll as a musical genre. Teenagers jumped from their seats to dance to the song.
*April 5 - Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister.
*April 6 - Anthony Eden became Prime Minister.
April 12 - The Salk polio vaccine was introduced.
July 17 - Disneyland opened in Los Angeles.

ALSO THAT YEAR:
*Luncheon vouchers were introduced.
*Elvis Presley recorded his third single - Milk Cow Blues Boogie and You're a Heartbreaker on his 20th birthday.
*Scrabble went on sale for the first time.
*Advertising hoarding showing Marilyn Monroe with a billowing skirt taken down after pressure from the League of Decency.
*State of Emergency declared in Britain as a result of a dock strike.
*Film premiere of The Dambusters.
*Wimpy opened their first hamburger restaurant in London.
*Fats Domino concert banned in Connecticut as venue owners warned of riots.
*New Zealand all out for 26 against England - it was the lowest Test total in history.
*Warsaw Pact signed uniting Eastern Bloc countries in a similar way to NATO united the West.
*Plans were unveiled for Britain's motorway network.
*James Dean starred in rebel Without a Cause.
*James Dean died in car crash on September 30 at 24 years of age.
*Sony launched world's first mass produced transistor radio.
*BBC obtained exclusive rights to televise Test cricket.
*Wembley hosted first floodlit international soccer match.

Written by The Editor - 17/06/2001 10:18:46

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