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.
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.
WORLD LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP - 1955 It's ladies first in the 22-mile World Long Distance Swimming Championship from Capri to Naples, Italy. Lanky Alfredo Camarero of Argentina won the men's division while Margaret Feather of England takes first for the women, making a funny face as she rests after the grueling swim-a-thon.
Date: August 1, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:59:00, With Audio
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.
CIVIL AIR DEFENSE MISSILES & RADAR TOWER - 1955 Civil air defense drills in Chicago are run to arm and aim the Nike air missiles, which guard all major cities in the U.S. against potential attack. The warnings for such attacks come 100 miles off coast from a radar tower anchored to the ocean floor.
22ND ALL STAR SERIES - 1955 The 22nd All Star game gets under way in Milwaukee. Cleveland's Al Lopez and New York's Leo Durocher match managerial wits in the heart stopping game that sees the favored National Leaguers come from behind to win a twelve inning game when Stan Musial clouts a homer to break the tie 6-5.
Date: July 12, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:01:11:00, With Audio
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
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY - 1955 The Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado is the temporary home of the U.S. Air Force Academy until the new academy being built in Colorado Springs is completed. Architect models of the new academy are displayed, then cut to the graduation ceremonies of the cadets.
ELEVEN FREED AIRMEN HOMECOMING - 1955 It's a joyful reunion with loved ones for eleven airmen who are finally freed from their imprisonment and torture in Communist China on August 4th then flown home.
Date: August 11, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:31:00, With Audio
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