What Happened in April 1954

Historical Events

  • 1st US Air Force Academy established
  • 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 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)
  • 4th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Conference meetingConference of Interest

7th 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
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power & becomes Prime Minister 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

1stFirst Solar Battery

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

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

26th Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 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, British politician (L), immigration minister
  • 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, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Hollywood, California
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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