Pop Culture Madness!

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Tony Trabert/Doris Hart

1955 Trivia

<< - 1954
World Series Champions:
Brooklyn Dodgers
NFL Champions:
Cleveland Browns
NBA Champions:
Syracuse Nationals
Stanley Cup Champs:
Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf:
Jack Fleck
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Tony Trabert/Doris Hart
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Tony Trabert/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
San Francisco
Kentucky Derby:
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Lana Turner
"The Quote"
"Now it's time to say good-bye to all our company, / M-I-C...
Jimmie: See you real soon.
Mouseketeers: K-E-Y...
Jimmie: Why? Because we like you!
Mouseketeers: M-O-U-S-E!" - Mickey Mouse Club

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Harlow Curtice
Miss America:
Lee Meriwether (San Fancisco, CA)
Miss USA:
Carlene King Johnson (Vermont)
The Scandals:
Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. This event of peaceful protest was a catalyst for the civil rights movement in the United States.

Dr. Joyce Brothers was disliked by the producers of The 64,000 Question, and her opponent was coached. They purposely asked her a boxing question, figuring a girl wouldn't get the answer. She did.

John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Lee Van Cleef, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Powell all eventually died of cancer, probably from filming The Conquerer together near a Nevada nuclear testing site.

Celebrity Car Death: James Dean

1955 Pop Culture News:
TV remote control becomes public.

In 1955 and 1956, Chrysler sold the Dodge La Femme, a car marketed exclusively to women. It included a designer purse with accessories, an umbrella and an upholstery pattern of pink rosebuds for the interior.

Microwave oven was invented.

The first edition of the Guinness Book of Records was published by the Guinness Brewing Company following a debate in a pub (tavern) over the fastest species of european gamebird.
It is the Wood Pigeon.
The fastest bird of prey would be the Peregrine Falcon.

You've been there. Pretty much everybody has visited a McDonalds since it first opened in 1955.

Two labor unions, the AFL and the CIO unted to become the AFL-CIO.

Vladimir Nabakov's Lolita was published. US publishers were initially reluctant to associate themselves with such a controversial work.

1st appearances & 1955's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tonka Trucks, Play-Doh (off-white), Bild Lilli dolls (predecessor to Barbie), Pluto Paltter Flying Saucer (a frisbee type item)
1955 Most Popular TV shows:
1. The $64,000 Question (CBS)
2. I Love Lucy (CBS)
3. The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS)
4. Disneyland (ABC)
5. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
6. December Bride (CBS)
7. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
8. Dragnet (NBC)
9. The Millionaire (CBS)
10. I've Got A Secret (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1955 include:
Bill Haley & His Comets, Bill Hayes, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, The Crew-Cuts, Don Cornell, The Drifters, Eddie Fisher, Fontane Sisters, Four Aces, Frank Sinatra, Georgia Gibbs, Jaye P. Morgan, Joe Turner, Johnny Desmond, LaVern Baker, Les Baxter, McGuire Sisters, Mitch Miller, The Moonglows, Nat 'King' Cole, Pat Boone, Perez Prado, Perry Como, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, 'Tennessee' Ernie Ford, Teresa Brewer

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1955:
December 4, 1954 - January 21, 1955: The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman

January 22, 1955 - February 4, 1955: Joan Weber - Let Me Go, Lover!

February 5, 1955 - February 11, 1955: The Fontane Sisters - Hearts Of Stone

February 12, 1955 - March 25, 1955: The McGuire Sisters - Sincerely

March 26, 1955 - April 29, 1955: Bill Hayes - The Ballad Of Davy Crockett

April 30, 1955 - July 8, 1955: Pérez Prado - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

July 9, 1955 - September 2, 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets - (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock

September 3, 1955 - October 14, 1955: Mitch Miller - The Yellow Rose of Texas

October 15, 1955 - October 28, 1955: The Four Aces - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

October 29, 1955 - November 25, 1955: Roger Williams - Autumn Leaves

November 26, 1955 - January 13, 1956: Tennessee Ernie - Sixteen Tons

Popular Music in 1955 - # 1 Hits of 1955