What Happened in April 1954

Historical Events

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

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4th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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13th Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • 14th Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
  • 15th KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 15th Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • 15th WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 15th Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • 16th KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16th Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • 18th Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt
  • 18th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 19th 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • 19th 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • 20th "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • 21st Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR
  • 21st USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
  • 22nd Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
  • 22nd NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • 22nd US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
  • 22nd USSR joins UNESCO
  • 23rd Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • 24th 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • 24th Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
  • 24th WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 25th Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC)
  • 25th British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
  • 25th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
  • 25th WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 26th Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva

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26th Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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7th Jackie Chan, martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx)

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

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

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

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

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

Famous Deaths

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