Sometimes it can be fun to look back several decades and reminisce on the “good old days,” as it were. Today, we’re going to explore what it was like about 60 years ago, in 1955, just for fun. Some of you may have fond nostalgia of this era as children, while some of you could be too young to remember it outside history books and stories from your parents or grandparents. Either way, though, fun facts from the past are always interesting, so stick around and learn some recent historical trivia, or wax nostalgic about your childhood.
Cars Were Gaining Popularity
Personal automobiles had been around before 55, of course, but it was in this year that they started gaining real widespread popularity. In fact, 7.9 million cars were sold that year, and by the end of the year, 7 out of 10 families in the U.S. owned motor vehicles. This was also the decade in laws requiring seat belts were put in place, mandating seat belts be included in all new cars that were built from then on.
The 1950s also saw the continued rise of rock-n-roll music in popularity. Idols of the era included Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, and Chuck Berry and the Platters.
The McDonald’s Legacy Began
The fast food giant McDonald’s had its humble beginnings this year as the first ever McDonald’s was erected in 1955…kind of. It actually had even humbler beginnings in 1940, when Richard and Maurice McDonald started a barbecue restaurant, only to turn it into a hamburger stand in 1948. 1955, however, was when it became a corporation, and when the first restaurant that would be at all recognizable as the McDonald’s we know today was built.
Coca-Cola Came in Cans for the First Time
The Coca-Cola company had been alive and well for some time, but 1955 was when they first began selling the iconic bubbly brown beverage in cans. Up until then, it was only available in bottles.
The Disneyland resort and theme park opened in Anaheim, California in July 1955, the construction of which had started in 1954, and been originally planned earlier that decade.
First Guinness Book of World Records Was Published
The year of 1955 was the beginning of a grand tradition as the first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was published August 27th, 1955 in the U.K. (the U.S. got it a year later).