What Happened in July 1954

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Cards' Joe Cunningham hits 2 HRs for record 3 HRs in his 1st 2 days
  • Jul 1 Test Cricket debut of Khalid Hassan, 16 yrs 352, then world record
  • Jul 1 WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 68th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jaroslav Drobný beats Ken Rosewall (13-11 4-6 6-2 9-7)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jul 2 Denis Compton scores 278 in 290 minutes v Pakistan
  • Jul 3 "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
  • Jul 3 61st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats L Brough (6-2 7-5)
  • Jul 3 9th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Jul 3 Food rationing ends in Britain
  • Jul 4 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • Jul 4 FIFA World Cup: West Germany defeats Hungary 3-2 for footballs 5th World Cup in Bern
  • Jul 4 Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
  • Jul 5 B-52A bomber made its maiden flight
  • Jul 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Khalid Hassan aged 16 yrs, 356 days
  • Jul 5 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.
  • Jul 6 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 6 Tunisian government of M'zali, resigns
  • Jul 7 Formation of the TANU party (Tanganyika African National Union ) in Tanzania
  • Jul 7 Steve Gilchrist, Canadian politician (Cabinet Minister and Member of Provincial Parliament, in Ontario), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 8 KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 8 Military junta selects colonel Armas president of Guatemala
  • Jul 9 83rd British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
  • Jul 11 1st White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Miss
  • Jul 12 Major League Baseball Players Association founded

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Jul 12 President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jul 12 ANC President Albert Luthuli banned by South African Minister of Justice from attending public gatherings and confined to the magisterial district of Lower Tugela, Natal
  • Jul 13 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Jul 13 Dean Stone gets credit for AL win, although he didn't retire a batter, he threw out Shoendienst trying to steal home, AL-11 NL-9
  • Jul 14 117°F (47°C), East St Louis, Illinois (state record)
  • Jul 14 118°F (48°C), Warsaw & Union, Missouri (state record)
  • Jul 15 110°F (43°C) at Balcony Falls, Virginia (state record)
  • Jul 15 1st commercial jet transport plane built in US tested (Boeing 707)
  • Jul 15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 17 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • Jul 17 Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
  • Jul 17 Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany
  • Jul 18 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Inverness Four-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 18 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • Jul 20 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North & South
  • Jul 20 Tennis champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident
  • Jul 20 West German secret service head Otto John defects to German DR
  • Jul 21 At Geneva, France agrees to independence of North & South Vietnam
  • Jul 22 US Virgin Islands adopt constitution (Revised Organic Act)
  • Jul 22 WTHI TV channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 25 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Fort Wayne Golf Open
  • Jul 26 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 27 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller GC St Paul Minn
  • Jul 27 Armistice divides Vietnam into two countries
  • Jul 28 Ernest Bloch's 4th string quartet premieres

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 "On the Waterfront", directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, is released (Best Picture 1955)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Jul 30 Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles

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Jul 30 Elvis Presley joins Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jul 30 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jul 31 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • Jul 31 First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Michael Daniel Reid, Bainbridge MD, PGA golfer (1987 Seiko Tucson)
  • Jul 2 Wendy Schaal, actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 3 Debbie Skinner, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 4 Jim Beattie, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jul 5 John Wright, NZ cricketer (opening batsman 1978-92)
  • Jul 5 Leni Björklund, Swedish politician
  • Jul 5 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith)
  • Jul 6 Allyce Beasley, Bkln, actress (Agnes Dipesto-Moonlighting)
  • Jul 6 James Kiberd, actor (Trevor Dillon-Loving, All My Children)

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Jul 6 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • Jul 9 Debbie Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Jul 10 Andre Dawson, MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Jul 10 Gene Holder, American musician (the dBs)
  • Jul 10 Neil Tennant, North Shields, Tyne-and-Wear, English singer/songwriter (Pet Shop Boy-West End Girl)
  • Jul 11 Benny Defranco, rocker (Defrnco Family)
  • Jul 11 Butch Reed, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 12 Wolfgang Dremmler, German footballer
  • Jul 13 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jul 13 Louise Mandrell, Corpus Christi Tx, country singer (Mandrell Sisters)
  • Jul 13 Ray "Candles" Bright, Australian cricket slow-left armer (1977-86)
  • Jul 13 Sezen Aksu, Turkish singer
  • Jul 13 Rick Chartraw, American ice hockey player
  • Jul 14 Jos Zoomer, Amsterdam Neth, rock drummer (Vandenberg)
  • Jul 15 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Oly-20-1996)
  • Jul 16 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 Angela Merkel, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (2005-), born in Hamburg, West Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Jul 17 J. Michael Straczynski, American author
  • Jul 18 Imtiaz Ali, cricketer (brother of Inshan One Test WI v India 1976)
  • Jul 18 Ricky Skaggs, Cordell Ky, country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts)
  • Jul 18 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jul 18 Tobias Picker, composer
  • Jul 19 Srđa Trifković, Serbian-American journalist
  • Jul 20 Jay Jay French, guitarist (Twisted Sister-Not Gonna Take It), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 20 Moira Harris, American actress
  • Jul 22 Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 22 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 22 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • Jul 22 Al Di Meola, American guitarist
  • Jul 24 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)
  • Jul 25 Ken Greer, rock guitarist (Red Rider)
  • Jul 25 Lynn Frederick, Middlesex England, actress (Schizophrenia)

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Jul 25 Walter Payton, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • Jul 26 Lawrence Watt-Evans, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Sword of Bheleu)
  • Jul 26 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian American tennis star (Australia 1987), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 27 G. S. Bali, Indian politician
  • Jul 28 Ken Margolis, rocker (Mink DeVille)
  • Jul 28 Steve Morse, American rocker ( Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • Jul 28 Mikey Sheehy, Gaelic footballer
  • Jul 28 Bruce Abbott, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 28 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1998-2013), born in Sabaneta, Barinas State, Venezuela (d. 2013)

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Jul 28 Gerd Faltings, German mathematician
  • Jul 29 Flo Hyman, Inglewood California, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Jul 30 Ken Olin, actor (Hill St Blues, Michael-30 Something), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 31 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Football coach Al Davis (25) weds Carol Segal

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 17 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (b. 1895)
  • Jul 6 Dirk Verbeek, actor/director (Hofstad Stage), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1877)
  • Jul 13 Irving Pichel, dies at 63
  • Jul 13 M C Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter/wife of Diego Rivera, dies at 47
  • Jul 14 Jacinto Benavente y Martinez, Spanish playwright, dies at 87
  • Jul 14 Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)
  • Jul 17 Dirk B Nanninga, painter, dies at 85

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Jul 18 George Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster, dies at 59

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • Jul 19 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 20 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), dies at 52
  • Jul 24 Mary Church Terrell, educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Hans Lodeizen, [Johan Frederik], poet (Travel to Congo), dies at 26
  • Jul 29 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • Jul 31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)