Janet Collins retired from the Metropolitan Opera Ballet

13 Nov 1951, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA — Janet Collins is shown in her dressing room with bouquet of flowers, after her performance as ballerina in the Met’s opening opera of the season, Composer: Giuseppe Verdi. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Janet Collins closes out her career at the Metropolitan Opera on May 25, 1954 in Canada with Aida.  The choreographer was Zachary Solov and Aida had 27 performances that season.


Janet Collins







Other Happenings in 1955


American History:

  • January  20; 1st live US coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
  • March  31; US Department of Health, Education & Welfare established

    World History:
  • February  21; Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
  • March  26; Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio
  • April  25; Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in “Nature” magazine

    Arts and Sciences:
  • January  22; Arthur Miller’s “Crucible” premieres in NYC
  • February  5; “Peter Pan” by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC
  • May 28; Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-“Melody”
  • Nov 25th; “Guys & Dolls” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,200 performances
  • Dec 1st;Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine’s 1st centerfold


Human and Civil Rights:

  • January  1; The Bantu Education Act (later renamed the Black Education Act) commenced, providing the legal underpinning of several aspects of the apartheid system, most importantly in education
  • August 4; Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
    (the project was “accidentally” integrated on July 30, 1953, because the CHA assumed that Betty Howard, an exceptionally fair-skinned African American, was white.)
  • June 8; Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court


  • September  6, Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38
  • September  13, Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Phila A’s
  • Sep 17th; Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
  • Oct 8th; Birmingham Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson’s Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group
  • Oct 18th; Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times

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