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1955: Half a Century ago
Fifty years ago Princess Margaret announced she would not be marrying Group Captain Peter Townsend.

It was also the year teen heart-throb James Dean was killed in a car crash, Albert Einstein died and Winston Churchill resigned for the last time.

Famous people born in 1955 included Rowan Atkinson, Ian Botham, Kevin Costner and Dodi Fayed.

What do you remember from half a century ago? Did you witness any headline-hitting event or were you personally involved in a news story?

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James Dean
James Dean died in a road accident on 30 September 1955


Einstein died three days after being admitted to hospital

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