Fun Facts image 1955

Financial

  • Yearly income: $4,130
  • New car: $1,900
  • Gallon of gas: .23¢
  • Black and white television set: $99.95

Showbiz

  • James Dean dies in car accident
  • Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" becomes number-one hit
  • "The $64,000 Question" game show airs
  • "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" airs on television

Other Stuff

  • McDonald's and Disneyland open
  • Quaker's Instant Oatmeal introduced
  • Illinois passes first seat belt use law
  • Microwaves are sold to the public