In 1950 a train crash in Richmond Hills, New York kills 79. In 1953 The Colgate Comedy Hour is broadcast "In Living Color". In 1954 the Humane Society is founded. In 1955 RCA buys the rights to Elvis Presley from Sam Phillips for $40,000.
Born on this date - French military leader/president/author Charles DeGaulle (1890), aviator/author Wiley Post (1898), songwriter/actor Hoagy Carmichael (1899), multi-millionaire Doris Duke (1912), comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921), director Arthur Hiller (1923), baseball pitcher Lew Burdette (1926) and actor Robert Vaughn (1932).