What Happened in February 1954

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • Feb 1 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
  • Feb 1 The County soccer team forms in Doetinchem
  • Feb 1 42nd Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley (6-3, 6-4)
  • Feb 1 42nd Men's Australian Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Rex Hartwig (6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2)
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game

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Feb 2 President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 2 Snow falls on Gibraltar
  • Feb 3 Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
  • Feb 5 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy
  • Feb 10 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
  • Feb 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Oslo won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 10 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Gundi Busch GER
  • Feb 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Hayes Alan Jenkins US
  • Feb 11 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • Feb 12 The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill
  • Feb 13 Frank Selvey scores 100 points for Furman beating Newberry 149-95
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

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Feb 14 Sen John F. Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 14 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation-Berkeley, California
  • Feb 15 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 18 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • Feb 20 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 20 General Zahedi wins election in Persia

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Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • Feb 23 Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
  • Feb 25 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
  • Feb 26 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
  • Feb 26 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
  • Feb 28 Patty Berg/Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • Feb 28 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Billy Mumy, California, actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte)
  • Feb 1 Mike Campbell, guitarist (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers-Breakdown)
  • Feb 1 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag)
  • Feb 2 Christie Brinkley, [Ex-Mrs Billy Joel], model/actress (SI, Vacation)
  • Feb 2 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)

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Feb 2 Ina Garten, American author and TV personality (Barefoot Contessa), born in Brooklyn, New York

Host of Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten
Host of Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten
  • Feb 2 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • Feb 3 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 5 Roseanne Katan, Jamacia, playmate (Sep, 1978)
  • Feb 5 Cliff Martinez, American musician
  • Feb 6 Scott Kempner, "Top Ten" rocker (Del Lords)
  • Feb 7 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 7 Dieter Bohlen German composer
  • Feb 7 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • Feb 9 Ulrich Walter, German FR, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • Feb 9 Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 9 Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist
  • Feb 9 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 10 Larry McWilliams, baseball player
  • Feb 11 Catherine Hickland, actress (Capitol, Star Trek IV), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • Feb 11 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter
  • Feb 12 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • Feb 12 Philip Zimmermann, American cryptographer

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Feb 15 Matt Groening, cartoonist (Life in Hell, Simpsons)

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Matt Groening
  • Feb 15 Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 16 Iain [Menzies] Banks, UK, sci-fi author (Wasp Factory), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 16 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • Feb 16 Margaux Hemingway, Portland Or, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce)
  • Feb 17 Rene Russo, actress (Ransom)
  • Feb 18 John Travolta, actor (Welcome Back Kotter, Pulp Fiction), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Feb 19 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • Feb 19 Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • Feb 19 Socrates, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 20 Anthony Stewart Head, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Feb 20 Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)
  • Feb 20 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • Feb 20 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
  • Feb 21 Ivo van Damme, Belgium, 800/1500m dash (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • Feb 23 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • Feb 24 Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby
  • Feb 25 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)
  • Feb 25 John Doe, American musician
  • Feb 26 John Bolger, actor (Capt Gabe McNamara-Another World)
  • Feb 26 Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, Prime Minister of Turkey
  • Feb 27 Neal Schon, rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English)
  • Feb 28 Brian Billick, American football coach

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Actor Leonard Nimoy (22) weds actress Sandra Zober

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Theodor Rogalski, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 4 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 8 Mabel Paige, actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73
  • Feb 11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • Feb 12 Dziga Vertov, [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • Feb 17 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • Feb 26 William R Inge, English theologist/philosopher, dies at 93