1955 MUMMER'S PARADE The Mummers stage their colorful kaleidoscope of mirth and melody in Philadelphia, PA. 10,000 take part in the 55th annual parade, featuring 21 string bands and countless costumes and floats.
Date: January 1, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:42:00, No Audio
INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW The world's fashion capital focuses on automotive stylings with a breathtaking display of tomorrow's cars, today, exhibited by the leading auto-manufacturing nations in the greatest show of its sort.
PAUL ANDERSON WINS HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE Weighlifters gather in Germany for the World Championships. It's America's Paul Anderson of Tocoa, Georgia, only 22 years old, who steals the show with an incredible record-shattering performance to win the heavyweight title.
T.C.U. VERSUS ALABAMA Jim Swink of Texas Christian University provides gridiron thrills of the week as he runs wild against an ebbing Crimson Tide, sparking the T.C.U. Horned Frogs to a 21-0 victory in Alabama.
NETHERLANDS AIR FORCE GETS NEW JETS - 1955 The first of 200 top of the line Thunderstreak jet fighters are delivered to the Netherlands Air Force to replace obsolete jets. Dutch airmen look on admiringly as the new craft demonstrate their capabilities.
EXPERIMENTAL X2 ROCKET - 1955 The thermal, or heat barrier, is the goal of the experimental X2 rocket plane carried aloft then released by a B29 at 30,000 feet. The tiny plane is part of a test for metals and alloys that can withstand enormous heat caused by friction at top speeds.
AIRBORNE TROOP EXERCISE TRAGEDY - 1955 Soldiers dig through the still smoldering wreckage that took the lives of 66 servicemen in Germany during an airborne troop exercise. Two C119 Flying Boxcars hit in mid-air then plummeted to earth in flames - the Air Force’s third worst disaster.
Date: August 11, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:37:00, With Audio
ATHLETES & IKE URGE SPORTS FOR KIDS- 1955 Key sports figures of the day such as Willie Mays and Jack Fleck gather with President Eisenhower and V.P. Richard Nixon in urging the youth of America to participate in sports. It's all part of a presidential campaign to push physical fitness for America's youth.
RUSSIAN AGRICULTURAL EXPERTS ARRIVE IN U.S. - 1955 Twelve Russian agricultural (farm) experts arrive for a six-week study tour of America’s corn and hog belt. An equal number of Americans are guests of Russia too in an exchange of knowledge and good will that transcends political barriers.
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