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Royal family at theatre, L-R Princess Margaret, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Gp Capt Townsend, Princess Elizabeth 31 October
1955: Princess Margaret cancels wedding

Princess Margaret calls off her plans to marry divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend.


James Dean 30 September
1955: James Dean killed in car smash
Hollywood actor James Dean is killed when his sports car is involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.

Photo of a policeman outside Holloway Prison 13 July
1955: Ruth Ellis hanged for killing lover
Convicted murderer Ruth Ellis is hanged at Holloway Prison, London.

Albert Einstein 18 April
1955: Albert Einstein dies
Eminent scientist Dr Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, dies in hospital aged 76.

Winston Churchill 5 April
1955: Sir Winston Churchill resigns
Sir Winston Churchill resigns as prime minister of Britain due to failing health.

1955
23 Jan 1955: Express train crashes killing 14

10 Feb 1955: US evacuates Pacific islands

22 Feb 1955: American tennis star 'Little Mo' to quit

11 Mar 1955: Farewell to scientist who discovered penicillin

21 Apr 1955: Fleet Street papers back after strike

05 May 1955: Dr Salk promotes polio vaccine in UK

09 May 1955: West Germany accepted into Nato

14 May 1955: Communist states sign Warsaw Pact

27 May 1955: Election victory for Tories under Eden

11 Jun 1955: Le Mans disaster claims 77 lives

23 Jun 1955: Queen Elizabeth sails on schedule

17 Jul 1955: Moss claims first Grand Prix victory

22 Sep 1955: New TV channel ends BBC monopoly

07 Dec 1955: Attlee steps down as Labour leader

14 Dec 1955: Gaitskell elected Labour leader

16 Dec 1955: Queen opens London Airport terminal

20 Dec 1955: Yugoslavia wins UN vote
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