1955 is a common year starting on Saturday.
- Bandung Conference
- Assassination of Florida judge Curtis Chillingworth
- June 11 - On the Le Mans racetrack, three cars crash into spectator's grandstand - 70 dead, more than 100 injured
- June 20 - Very long (7min 08sec) total solar eclipse visible in Southeast Asia. During the entire Second Millennium, only seven total solar eclipses exceeded seven minutes of totality. This was the next to last.
- August 19 - In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives.
- August 20 - Eight World Scout Jamboree opens in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.
- August 20 - In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria, raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
- August 27 - The first edition of the Guinness Book of Records
- August 28 - Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, is murdered in Money, Mississippi, by white men angered because he whistled at a white woman while buying groceries.
- September 14 - Konrad Adenauer travels to Moscow to establish diplomatic relations and to negotiate for the release of the remaining German prisoners of war in the Soviet Union
- September 16 - A military coup in Argentina deposes Juan Peron.
Year in topic
- May 3 - David Hookes, cricketer (d. 2004)
- May 9 - Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
- May 10 - Chris Berman, sports anchor
- May 10 - Mark David Chapman, assassin
- May 11 - Mark Herndon, Alabama (band)
- May 16 - Olga Korbut, gymnast
- May 16 - Jack Morris, baseball pitcher
- May 16 - Hazel O'Connor, British singer
- May 16 - Debra Winger, actress
- May 17 - Bill Paxton, actor
- May 18 - Chow Yun-Fat, actor
- May 20 - Zbigniew Preisner, film composer
- May 26 - Morimoto Masaharu, Japanese chef (Iron Chef)
- May 26 - Doris Dörrie, actor and screenplay writer
- May 28 - John McGeoch, musician, (d. 2004)
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