So, what was 1955 like? Well, a lot of stuff happened in 1955.
The Wikipedia page on events in 1955 gives a good account of what happened during the year.
For some of the musical stuff that was going on back in 1955, check out this good link.
Some of the movies from that year include Bad Day at Black Rock directed by John Sturges, The Blackboard Jungle directed by Richard Brooks, East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan, one of my favourite films of all-time, Kiss Me Deadly directed by Robert Aldrich, Disney's Lady and the Tramp, The Night of the Hunter directed by Charles Laughton, Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, The Rose Tattoo directed by Daniel Mann, The Seven Year Itch directed by Billy Wilder, and of course, To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, to name but a few.
Lots of good stuff the year of my birth.
This birthday is going to mark a change in how I celebrate my birthday, to be honest. I'm not going to do anything to really celebrate my birthday this year, although I'll be spending some time with friends and family (likely over the course of the weekend). I will possibly go to dinner with friends and family on the weekend, but the extent of my celebrating will involve a bit of Chinese food and some cheesecake. No blackforest or Bailey's Irish Cream any more, sad to say. So I'm not going to indulge too much. (Besides, if I can't have a bit of cake or whatever on my birthday, when can I, I ask you?)
Anyway, I hope that I'm a better person in the coming year, and I hope that I get a bit of happiness, good health, peace and prosperity for the coming year as well.