What Happened in April 1954

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 US Air Force Academy established
  • Apr 1 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
  • Apr 1 1st US Army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Apr 1 Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
  • Apr 1 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • Apr 3 "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • Apr 3 Don Perry climbs a 20' rope in under 2.8 seconds (AAU record)
  • Apr 4 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 5 Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Apr 6 Mont Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • Apr 6 TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons
  • Apr 6 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Apr 7 German government refuses to recognize DDR

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Apr 7 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Apr 7 WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 8 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
  • Apr 9 WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 9 7th Cannes Film Festival: "Gate of Hell" directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Apr 10 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 10 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Royal Tan wins
  • Apr 11 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 18th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Apr 12 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 12 Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
  • Apr 12 Bill Haley & Comets records "Rock Around Clock"
  • Apr 12 Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
  • Apr 13 Balt Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Apr 14 Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
  • Apr 15 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • Apr 15 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • Apr 16 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 18 Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power & becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
  • Apr 18 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 19 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • Apr 19 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • Apr 20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Apr 21 Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR
  • Apr 21 USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
  • Apr 22 Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
  • Apr 22 NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • Apr 22 US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
  • Apr 22 USSR joins UNESCO
  • Apr 23 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • Apr 24 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • Apr 24 Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
  • Apr 24 WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1stFirst Solar Battery

Apr 25 Bell labs announces the 1st solar battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.

  • Apr 25 British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
  • Apr 25 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
  • Apr 25 WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 26 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 26 The Japanese film "Seven Samurai", starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Apr 30 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano/orch premieres in Haifa

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jeff Porcaro, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 2 Ron Palillo, Ct, actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
  • Apr 3 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer
  • Apr 4 Julie Carmen, Mount Vernon NY, actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out)
  • Apr 5 Christopher S Nelson, actor (Sons & Daughters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 5 Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
  • Apr 5 Stan Ridgeway, rocker (Mosquito-Garage Sale)
  • Apr 6 Judi Bowker, Shawford England, actress (Clash of the Titans)
  • Apr 7 Donna White, LPGA golfer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7 Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial arts actor (Rumble in the Bronx), born in Hong Kong

  • Apr 7 Tony Dorsett, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, Heisman Trophy)
  • Apr 8 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • Apr 8 John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)
  • Apr 8 G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Dennis Quaid, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 9 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
  • Apr 10 Peter MacNicol, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie's Choice), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 12 Marvin Johnson, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • Apr 12 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 13 Barbara Roche, British politician (L), immigration minister
  • Apr 13 Jimmy Destri, rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture)
  • Apr 13 Niels Olsen, Danish singer
  • Apr 14 Bruce Sterling, US, sci-fi author (Involution Ocean, Schismatrix)
  • Apr 15 Emmanuel, Mexico City Mexico, spanish singer
  • Apr 16 Ellen Barkin, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 16 John Bowe, Australian racing driver
  • Apr 17 Kim Tyler, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 17 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • Apr 17 Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Apr 17 Michael Sembello, American musician
  • Apr 18 Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Apr 19 Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • Apr 20 Peter Toohey, cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80)
  • Apr 20 Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 21 Dale Eggeling, Statesboro GA, LPGA golfer (1995 Oldsmobile Classic)
  • Apr 21 James Morrison, American actor
  • Apr 21 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 22 Joseph Bottoms, Santa Barbara Cal, actor (Surfacing, Blind Date)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 23 Michael Moore, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko), born in Flint, Michigan

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • Apr 24 Jack Blades, rock bassist (Damn Yankees-Coming of Age, Night Ranger)
  • Apr 24 Vince Ferragamo, NFL/CFL quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 24 Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
  • Apr 25 Rob Crosby, Sumter SC, country singer (She's a Natural)
  • Apr 28 Ron Zook, American Football Coach
  • Apr 29 Bill Paxon, (Rep-R-New York)
  • Apr 29 Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 29 Jerome 'Jerry' Seinfeld, comedian/actor ('Seinfeld'), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • Apr 29 Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder
  • Apr 30 Gunther Tiersch, German DR, 8 man cox (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Apr 30 Jane Campion, New Zealand film director

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 9 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 10 Auguste Lumière, French photograph/movie pioneer, dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79
  • Apr 10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • Apr 12 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • Apr 13 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (b. 1890)
  • Apr 15 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • Apr 25 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • Apr 28 Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • Apr 29 Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier, dies at 82