News and Events of 1955

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 2.780 billion
population by decade

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
Population: 165,931,202
Life expectancy: 69.6 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.5

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $415.1 billion
Federal spending:   $68.44 billion
Federal debt:   $274.4 billion
Consumer Price Index:   26.8
Unemployment:   5.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.03


World Series
Brooklyn Dodgers d. NY Yankees (4-3)
NBA Championship
Syracuse d. Ft. Wayne Pistons (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Detroit d. Montreal (4-3)
Women: Louise Brough d. B. Fleitz (7-5 8-6)
Men: Tony Trabert d. K. Nielsen (6-3 7-5 6-1)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
San Francisco d. La Salle (77-63)
NCAA Football Champions
Oklahoma (11-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: A Fable, William Faulkner
Music: The Saint of Bleecker Street, Gian Carlo Menotti
Drama: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Oscars awarded in 1955
Academy Award, Best Picture: On the Waterfront, Sam Spiegel, producer (Columbia)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Iceland)

1955 Emmy Awards

1955 Tony Awards

Miss America: Lee Meriwether (CA)

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  • Rebel without a Cause, Marty, East of Eden, Bad Day at Black Rock, Picnic



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Vincent du Vigneaud (US), for work on pituitary hormones

Physics: Polykarp Kusch and Willis E. Lamb, Jr. (US), for atomic measurements

Physiology or Medicine: Hugo Theorell (Sweden), for work on oxidation enzymes


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