May 1955

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The following events occurred in May 1955:

May 1, 1955 (Sunday)

May 2, 1955 (Monday)

  • In the UK, the Delph Donkey passenger train service is withdrawn from stations between Oldham and Delph.[2]

May 3, 1955 (Tuesday)

  • Born: David Hookes, Australian cricketer, in Mile End, Adelaide (died 2004)

May 4, 1955 (Wednesday)

May 5, 1955 (Thursday)

  • West Germany becomes a sovereign country recognized by important Western foreign countries, such as France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

May 6, 1955 (Friday)

  • The Western European Union charter comes into effect.
  • The Burmese ship SS Pyidawtha runs aground and is wrecked in the Bay of Bengal, off Cheduba Island.[3]

May 7, 1955 (Saturday)

May 8, 1955 (Sunday)

  • Born: Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, in Adwa (died 2012)

May 9, 1955 (Monday)

  • West Germany joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

May 10, 1955 (Tuesday)

May 11, 1955 (Wednesday)

May 12, 1955 (Thursday)

  • New York's Third Avenue Elevated runs its last train between Chathem Square in Manhattan and East 149th Street in the Bronx, thus ending elevated train service in Manhattan.[5]
  • Local elections are held in the UK cities of Leeds and Liverpool.[6]

May 13, 1955 (Friday)

May 14, 1955 (Saturday)

May 15, 1955 (Sunday)

  • The Austrian State Treaty, which restores Austria's national sovereignty, is concluded between the four occupying powers following World War II (the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union, and France) and Austria, setting it up as a neutral country.[9]
  • Lufthansa begins its international service, with flights between West Germany and London, Paris, and Madrid.

May 16, 1955 (Monday)

May 17, 1955 (Tuesday)

May 18, 1955 (Wednesday)

  • Dutch coaster Urmajo runs aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom. All ten crew are rescued by the Ramsgate lifeboat. They would later be returned to the ship which refloated on the next tide. Urmajo was towed into Ramsgate by the tug Ocean Cock.[11]
  • Died: Mary McLeod Bethune, 79, US educator

May 19, 1955 (Thursday)

  • The Black Sash women's movement is founded in South Africa by Jean Sinclair, Ruth Foley, Elizabeth McLaren, Tertia Pybus, Jean Bosazza, and Helen Newton-Thompson.[12]

May 20, 1955 (Friday)

May 21, 1955 (Saturday)

May 22, 1955 (Sunday)

May 23, 1955 (Monday)

May 24, 1955 (Tuesday)

May 25, 1955 (Wednesday)

May 26, 1955 (Thursday)

May 27, 1955 (Friday)

May 28, 1955 (Saturday)

May 29, 1955 (Sunday)

May 30, 1955 (Monday)

May 31, 1955 (Tuesday)

  • As tensions in the Formosa Strait ease, the People's Republic of China releases four captured American fliers. It will release all other captured Americans over the summer.[18]

References

  1. Büla, Maurice & Schertenleib, Jean-Claude (2001). Continental Circus 1949–2000. Chronosports S.A. ISBN 2-940125-32-5
  2. Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 157. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "SS Pyidawtha [+1955]". wrecksite.eu. Retrieved 10 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. nationalwarcollege.org "Remembering James E. McInerney, Jr., Class of 1970," 16 October 2014, 15:26.
  5. Paumgarten, Nick (July 4, 2011), "Looking for Someone", The New Yorker, p. 27, The demolition of the Third Avenue Elevated subway line set off a building boom and a white-collar influx.....<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. ""Little Election" Raises Hopes of Conservatives". Edmonton Journal. 13 May 1955. Retrieved 2 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Text of Warsaw Pact" (PDF). United Nations Treaty Collection. Retrieved 22 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Al-Sharq Al-Al-Awsat Newspaper. 8 July 2008.
  9. Website of the 2005 Jubilee Year
  10. James Agee (1909–1955) Chronology of his Life and Work
  11. "10 Saved From Ship On Goodwins" The Times (London). Thursday, 19 May 1955. (53224), col C, p. 6.
  12. The Beginning of the Sash 1955-1956
  13. "DFB-Pokal 1954-55" (in German). fussballdaten.de. 2008. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Archbishop James Donald Scanlan". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 5 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  16. "Minesweeper Holed In Engine Room" The Times (London). Tuesday, 31 May 1955. (53234), col F, p. 6.
  17. "Collier Aground Off Norfolk" The Times (London). Tuesday, 31 May 1955. (53234), col F, p. 6.
  18. Isenberg, Michael T., Shield of the Republic: The United States Navy in an Era of Cold War and Violent Peace, Volume I: 1945-1962, New York: St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-09911-8, p. 621.