OIL BOOMS EXPANDS CITY OF CARACAS - 1955 Venezuela's oil-rich economy results in a booming Caracas with aerial and ground views of the city highlighting its development. President Marcos Jimenez dedicates a modern school, and a housing project for 13,000.
1955 PAN AMERICAN GAMES Track and field records topple in the Pan American Games held in Mexico City, Mexico. The pole vault crown is captured yet again by Rev. Bob Richards with the U.S. sweeping the games followed by Argentina and Mexico.
CABLE CAR SCALES MONT BLANC - 1955 Gorgeous aerial and passenger POVs as the towering heights of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak are now accessible by a new cable car which travels up the mountain leaving the town below far behind.
AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE JANET IN MEXICO - 1955 The aftermath of deadly Hurricane Janet in Mexico that swept across the Yucatan Peninsula leaves flooded lands, 600 dead and thousands more homeless. Refugees get aid in the form of food and typhoid shots even as they try to put together their lives and say goodbye to loved ones who perished in the storm.
USS FORRESTAL SUPERCARRIER - 1955 The USS Forrestal goes on a five-day test cruise prior to her official commission. The giant supercarrier could hold 40,000 people on her enormous flight deck and is under the command of Navy Captain E.D. Edwards.
Date: August 30, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:46:00, With Audio
CALIFORNIA & PACIFIC NORTHWEST FLOODS - 1955 The worst disaster since the San Francisco earthquake hits California and the Pacific Northwest as storms roar in on a 1,000 mile front and bring record floods in their wake. A wall of water inundates California towns leaving over 50,000 homeless and 47 dead.
NAVY TESTS FLYING PLATFORM - 1955 The Navy takes a flying platform for a test run. The experimental craft was designed and built by Hiller Helicopters of Palo Alto, California - one for the science fiction books.
Date: April 10, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:01:03:00, No Audio
AQUA SHOW OPENS IN NEW YORK - 1955 A New York aqua show in New York City features the Corps de Water Ballet synchronized swimmers, high divers and even the Aqua-zanies whose clown antics on the high board are incredible.
Date: June 21, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:01:09:00, No Audio
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