What Happened in January 1954

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • Jan 1 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 1 Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism
  • Jan 1 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • Jan 1 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • Jan 1 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • Jan 2 Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 4 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 4 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • Jan 7 Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • Jan 8 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
  • Jan 9 -87°F (-66°C), Northice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
  • Jan 9 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
  • Jan 9 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Louise Bogan & Leonie Adams
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden
  • Jan 10 A Comet jet airliner crashes in the Mediterranea; 35 people are missing
  • Jan 11 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
  • Jan 12 Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 13 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
  • Jan 13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • Jan 14 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
  • Jan 16 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
  • Jan 17 Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)
  • Jan 18 Fanfani forms Italian government
  • Jan 20 -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)
  • Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's' "Concertino opus 94" premieres
  • Jan 20 The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • Jan 21 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
  • Jan 21 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames, Connecticut.
  • Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 98-93 (OT) at New York City

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 22 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win

  • Jan 23 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • Jan 24 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
  • Jan 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 26 Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Jan 30 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
  • Jan 30 Fanfani government of Italy resigns

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 1 Bob Menendez, American politician
  • Jan 2 Ludmila Borozna, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jan 2 Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • Jan 2 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • Jan 3 Ross The Boss [Ross Friedman], American guitarist (The Dictators), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 3 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 3 Ned Lamont, American businessman
  • Jan 4 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • Jan 5 Bryan Hitt, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You)
  • Jan 6 Anthony Minghella, director and screenwriter (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London (d. 2008)
  • Jan 6 Norbert Hahn, German DR, 2 man luge (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Jan 6 Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect
  • Jan 6 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer
  • Jan 6 Trudie Styler, English actress
  • Jan 7 Alan Butcher, cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20)
  • Jan 9 Lance Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • Jan 11 Saskia ten Batenburg, Dutch actress (Factory, Hunk)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 12 Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Jan 13 Vicki McCarty, playmate (Sep, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler
  • Jan 15 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 15 Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
  • Jan 17 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 17 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Jan 17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • Jan 18 Ted DiBiase, Retired Professional Wrestler
  • Jan 19 Katey Sagal, singer/actress (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Steve DeBerg, NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers)
  • Jan 19 Cindy Sherman, American artist
  • Jan 19 Katharina Thalbach, German actress and film director
  • Jan 22 Chris Lemmon, actor (Brothers & Sisters, Duet) [or Jun 22], born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 22 Tully Blanchard, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 22 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician
  • Jan 23 Edward Ka-spel, English singer/songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots)
  • Jan 23 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas
  • Jan 23 Rick Finch, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • Jan 23 Trevor Hohns, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989)
  • Jan 24 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • Jan 25 Condredge Holloway, Alabama, CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto)
  • Jan 25 Richard Finch, rock bassist (KC & Sunshine-That's the Way I Like It)
  • Jan 25 Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer
  • Jan 25 Kim Gandy, American feminist
  • Jan 26 Kim Hughes, cricketer (brilliant Australian batsman 1977-84)
  • Jan 26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • Jan 27 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • Jan 27 Peter Laird, American comic-book artist
  • Jan 27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • Jan 28 Anicee Alvina, actress (Friends), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 28 Shawn Murray, rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • Jan 28 Rick Warren, American pastor and author
  • Jan 29 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 29 Oprah Winfrey, Kosciusko Mississippi, Talk show host and actress ('The Oprah Winfrey Show' 'Colour Purple')

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Jan 29 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • Jan 30 Alides Hidding, singer/guitarist (Time Bandits)
  • Jan 31 Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)
  • Jan 31 Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marraige at San Francisco City Hall

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 16 Painter Marcel Duchamp (66) weds Alexina Duchamp (48) in New York City

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890)
  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Fred Raymond, composer, dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher/drawer, dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
  • Jan 11 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Michail M Prishvin, Russian writer, dies
  • Jan 18 Sydney Greenstreet, actor (Conflict, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • Jan 19 Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (b. 1885)
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
  • Jan 21 Billy Jenkins, dies at 69
  • Jan 26 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 31 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • Jan 31 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65