The UK in the 20th Century: 1955

Can you name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1955?

No. 138 Squadron RAF is formed, becoming the first air unit to carry these weapons.1st January
The film animation adaptation of this George Orwell work is released, becoming the first full-length British-made animated feature on general theatrical release.7th January
EOKA A starts a terrorist campaign against British rule in this European Crown colony.1st April
This 18 year old Manchester United winger becomes the youngest full England international in a 7-2 win over Scotland at Wembley.2nd April
Following Winston Churchill's resignation due to ill-health, this man, the Foreign Secretary, becomes Prime Minister.6th April
This London club win their first First Division title.23rd April
This American virologist promotes a polio vaccine in Britain, with the 500,000th person receiving the vaccine.5th May
This racing driver becomes the first English winner of the British Grand Prix.17th July
This Samuel Beckett play, featuring two characters endlessly awaiting a third character, receives its English language premiere at the Arts Theatre in London.3rd August
This reference book, listing extreme human achievements and natural phenomena, is first published.27th August
These two newsreaders become the first to be seen reading the BBC news (name either).4th September
This company produce their first scale model aircraft kit, of the Supermarine Spitfire at 1/72 scale.14th September
This company begins broadcasting the first commercial television, breaking the 18 year monopoly of the BBC.22nd September
This man begins selling fish fingers in Britain.26th September
This man resigns as leader of the Labour Party after 20 years.7th December
Christopher Cockerell patents his design of this amphibious vehicle.12th December
This city becomes the official capital of Wales.20th December
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