ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY TAKES SHAPE - 1955 In 1955, the St. Lawrence Seaway began to take shape along with the Power Project associated with the Seaway near Cornwall, where construction of two huge copper dams got started.
HARRY S. TRUMAN VISITS ROME - 1955 Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman visits Rome where he is mobbed with people chanting "Truman for President." He's popular with the Romans who greet him enthusiastically wherever he goes.
4TH INTERNATIONAL WHEELCHAIR OLYMPICS - 1955 At the 4th International Wheelchair Olympics athletes show off their skills in archery, the javelin throw and even basketball. An amazing testament to the spirit of athletics and overcoming obstacles.
CHILDREN RECEIVE SALK POLIO VACCINE - 1955 Science takes a momentous stride forward in 1955 with the advent of a polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. Children line up for the vaccine, which Dr. Salk delivers himself, much to the dismay of one little girl who realizes it may be for her own good but still hates the needles.
PHOTOPLAY MAGAZINE AWARDS - 1955 The annual Photoplay Magazine Awards see a bevy of stars and Hollywood personalities gathered together to honor the brightest and the best. June Allyson wins for most popular actress receiving a kiss from husband Dick Powell, Producer Robert Fellows and Judy Garland also win awards.
Date: February 10, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:51:00, With Audio
POPE PIUS XII CELEBRATES 80TH BIRTHDAY - 1955 At the birthday celebration of Pope Pius XII's 80th birthday, as well as the 17th anniversary of his election, children give the pontiff flowering almond branches then dance around him - a truly touching tribute.
Date: March 2, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:41:00, With Audio
BRITISH SAILORS TOUR GDYNIA, POLAND - 1955 British sailors from the warship "Glasgow" visit the port of Gdynia, Poland - now part of Communist Russia - the first time the English have been there since WWII. Gdynia's main street has been rebuilt but much of the city still lies in ruins as the seamen see the sights then take part in a ceremony to honor Poles who defended the city againt the invading German army.
JUAN PERON OUSTED BY REBELLION - 1955 - 2 Juan Peron, once the beloved president of Argentina, falls out of favor with economic upheavals and an attack on the Catholic Church in Buenos Aires. Four months later pictures of Peron are hurled from windows and burned as a national revolt causes Peron to flee into exile.
Date: September 19, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:29:00, With Audio
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