What Happened in August 1954

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 WKBT TV channel 8 in La Crosse, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 South African Natives Resettlement Act comes into being, empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg
  • Aug 1 41st Tour de France won by Louison Bobet of France
  • Aug 2 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia
  • Aug 3 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  • Aug 4 Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
  • Aug 4 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla.
  • Aug 5 Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern & 15 pioneers
  • Aug 5 Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 6 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 7 "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
  • Aug 7 Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
  • Aug 7 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • Aug 10 Dutch Indonesian Union breaks up
  • Aug 10 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
  • Aug 10 At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.
  • Aug 11 BC Lions plays its 1st CF game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • Aug 11 Formal peace ends 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French & Communist Viet Minh
  • Aug 12 Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
  • Aug 13 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
  • Aug 14 WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, NY (NBC) begins
  • Aug 15 Alfredo Stroessner names himself president of Paraguay
  • Aug 15 WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
  • Aug 16 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • Aug 16 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood
  • Aug 18 James E. Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting
  • Aug 19 Ralph J Bunche named undersecretary of UN
  • Aug 22 WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 15th Venice Film Festival: "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Renato Castellani wins Golden Lion

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Aug 23 President Getulio Vargas of Brazil resigns temporarily

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • Aug 23 First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

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Aug 24 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 24 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
  • Aug 24 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante" premieres in London
  • Aug 25 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • Aug 29 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens
  • Aug 30 Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast
  • Aug 31 Hurricane Carol hits New England, 70 die, Costliest ever hurricane at the time and 1st storm name to be retired.
  • Aug 31 Indians beat Yanks 6-1 for record tying 26 wins in August (1931 A's)
  • Aug 31 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Lisa Brown, KC, Mo, actress (Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns)
  • Aug 2 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Aug 2 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • Aug 3 Denise Craig, WBL forward (Dayton Rockettes, NY Stars)
  • Aug 3 Gary Peters, English footballer
  • Aug 4 Janet Coles, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 5 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Bx NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • Aug 6 Carl C Perkins, (Rep-D-KY, 1984- )
  • Aug 6 Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer
  • Aug 6 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto
  • Aug 7 Caroline Aaron, actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Aug 8 Nigel Mansell, formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)
  • Aug 11 Joe Jackson, English singer/pianist/composer (The Harder they Come)
  • Aug 11 Lina Polito, Naples Italy, actress (Love & Anarchy)
  • Aug 11 M V Narasimha Rao, cricketer (Indian leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79)
  • Aug 11 Yashpal Sharma, cricketer (Indian right-handed batsman early 80')
  • Aug 11 Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • Aug 12 Sam J. Jones [Samuel Gerald], American actor (Flash Gordon, Code Red), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)

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Aug 12 François Hollande, 24th President of France (Socialist: 2012-), born in Rouen, France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • Aug 13 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Aug 13 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 14 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player
  • Aug 14 Monica Baltodano, Leon, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution commander
  • Aug 15 Mary Jo Salter, American poet

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Aug 15 Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden (d. 2004)

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Aug 16 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Aug 17 Eric Johnson, American guitarist
  • Aug 18 Umberto Guidoni, PhD/astronaut (STS 75), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 19 Oscar Larrauri, Argentine racing driver
  • Aug 20 Al Roker, weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 20 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 20 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Aug 20 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Don Stark, American actor
  • Aug 21 Archie Griffin, NFL runningback (won 2 Heisman Trophies, Ohio State)
  • Aug 21 Steve Smith, rock drummer (Journey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 John Colwell, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1978 Simon Fraser)
  • Aug 24 Alain Daigle, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 25 Elvis Costello, [Declan Patrick McManus], Lon, rock vocalist (Allison)
  • Aug 25 Gilbert "Gibus" Duclos-Lassalle, French cyclist
  • Aug 25 Martin Jourard, keyboardist/vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Aug 26 Michael Chetwood, rocker
  • Aug 26 Sarah Lundy, horse trainer
  • Aug 26 Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
  • Aug 26 Wally Murphy, American guitarist
  • Aug 26 Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
  • Aug 27 Derek Warwick, race car driver
  • Aug 27 John Lloyd, England, tennis star (former husband of Chris Everet)
  • Aug 27 Mike Kelley, Wayne, Michigan, artist (More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 George Church, American geneticist
  • Aug 29 Chet Catallo, guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Aug 29 Julio Fernandez, jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Aug 29 Michael P[aul] Kube-McDowell, US, sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery)
  • Aug 30 David Paymer, actor (Love Mary, Mr Saturday Night)
  • Aug 30 Gerard Hadders, Dutch postage stamp designer (1991 children stamp)
  • Aug 30 Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  • Aug 31 Tula, [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Musician Johnny Cash (22) marries 1st wife Vivian Liberto (20)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies
  • Aug 2 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42

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Aug 3 Colette, [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
  • Aug 6 Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
  • Aug 8 Gino Tagliapietra, composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 11 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)
  • Aug 13 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71

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Aug 14 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • Aug 17 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • Aug 19 Alcide de Gasperi, Italian premier (1945..53), dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Getulio D Vargas, President and dictator of Brazil: 1930-45, 51-54, suicide at 71

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas