What Happened in June 1954

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Emile Zatopek runs record 6 mile: (27:59.2)/10,000m (28:54.2)
  • Jun 2 John Costello (Cons) becomes premier of Ireland
  • Jun 4 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  • Jun 4 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • Jun 5 "Your Show Of Shows" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 5 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ecclesiae fastos
  • Jun 6 Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 7 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Jun 10 KQED TV channel 9 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 10 PBS reaches SF: KQED (Channel 9) starts broadcasting
  • Jun 12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • Jun 12 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 12 Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is originally released
  • Jun 12 Milwaukee Braves Jim Wilson no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • Jun 13 Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine laid in Bronx

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 President Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jun 15 Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factories nationalized
  • Jun 15 UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland
  • Jun 16 Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 16 Ngô Đình Diệm elected Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam (South Vietnam)

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jun 17 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
  • Jun 18 Pierre Mendès forms French government
  • Jun 18 4th Berlin International Film Festival: "Hobson's Choice" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 19 54th US Golf Open: Ed Furgol shoots a 284 at Baltusrol GC in NJ
  • Jun 19 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 19 Tasmanian Devil debuts in "Devil May Hare" by Warner Bros
  • Jun 21 John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0)
  • Jun 22 Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
  • Jun 23 122°F (50°C), Overton, Nevada (state record until June 29, 1994)
  • Jun 24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances
  • Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • Jun 27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • Jun 27 CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
  • Jun 28 111°F (44°C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 US Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr Robert Oppenheimer

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Jun 30 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57
  • Jun 30 Yank pitcher Tom Morgan ties record by hitting 3 batters in 1 inning This was also Bobby Brown's last game; he retired to become a doctor

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles-Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • Jun 2 Dennis Haysbert, American actor (Allstate Insurance, The Unit), born in San Mateo, California
  • Jun 3 Cindy Ferro, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 3 Dan Hill, rocker (Sometimes When We Touch)
  • Jun 3 Wally Weir, Quebec ice hockey player
  • Jun 5 Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)
  • Jun 5 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave), born in London, England
  • Jun 5 Phil Neale, English cricketer and coach, born in Scunthorpe
  • Jun 5 Nancy Stafford [Nancy Elizabeth], Wilton Manors, Florida, American actress (Joan-St Elsewhere, 1977 Miss Florida)
  • Jun 5 Haluk Bilginer, Turkish actor
  • Jun 6 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 6 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • Jun 7 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 7 Louise Erdrich, American author
  • Jun 8 Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister
  • Jun 9 Pete Byrne Bath, English rocker (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, Somerset
  • Jun 9 George Pérez, American comic book artist
  • Jun 9 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer
  • Jun 11 Gary Fencik, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 11 John Dyson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman)
  • Jun 12 Tineke Schouten, Dutch TV host
  • Jun 12 Neil Oatley, English engineer
  • Jun 13 Bo [Robert] Donaldson, American rock vocalist (Billy Don't Be a Hero), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jun 13 Daniel Seemiller, Pitts, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • Jun 13 Jorge Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Malo), born in Autlán de Navarro
  • Jun 13 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician
  • Jun 13 Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer
  • Jun 13 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian economist (Minister of Finance 2011-15), born in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State
  • Jun 14 Will Patton, actor (No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jun 15 James Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 15 Terri Gibbs, blind singer (Somebody's Knockin'), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Jun 15 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • Jun 15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (d. 1996)
  • Jun 16 Gary Roberts, rocker (Boomtown Rats)
  • Jun 16 Jeffrey S Ashby, astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 17 Mark Linn-Baker, American actor (Perfect Strangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 18 William Beard, rock drummer (Face To Face)
  • Jun 19 Jim Cooper, (Rep-D-TN, 1983- )
  • Jun 19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • Jun 19 Kathleen Turner, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • Jun 20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • Jun 20 Michael Anthony, rock bassist/singer (Van Halen-Pretty Woman)
  • Jun 20 Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • Jun 21 Anne Kirkbride, Oldham Lancashire, English actress (Deidre-Coronation Street)
  • Jun 21 Jeremy Coney, cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters)
  • Jun 21 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (Eldin-Murphy Brown), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 21 Müjde Ar, Turkish actress
  • Jun 21 Mark Kimmitt, American Army general, 16th Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2008-9), born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • Jun 21 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer
  • Jun 22 Amparo Munoz, Malgra Spain, Miss Universe (1974)
  • Jun 22 Bobby Valentino, rocker (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Jun 22 Charles T Canady, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Jun 22 Chris Lemmon, American actor (Wishmaster, Duet), born in Los Angeles, California [or Jan 22]
  • Jun 22 Freddie Prinze, American comedian/actor (Chico & the Man), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 25 David Paich, rock keyboardist (Toto-Africa)
  • Jun 25 John Kimmel, horse trainer
  • Jun 25 Lina Romay, actress (Conan the Barbarian), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jun 25 Daryush Shokof, Iranian filmmaker
  • Jun 28 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), born in Edinburgh (d. 2016)
  • Jun 28 Alice Krige, South African actress (Chariots of Fire, Ladykiller)
  • Jun 28 Ava Barber, country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 29 Rick Honeycutt, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jun 30 Bryn B Burrows, rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Jun 30 Ken Olin, actor (Thirtysomething, Det Quinn-EZ Street), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 30 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2004)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 23 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg (21) weds taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (b. 1869)
  • Jun 4 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • Jun 7 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41 (b. 1912)
  • Jun 10 Will Rossiter, composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Nikolai Obouhov, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • Jun 22 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • Jun 25 Eduard M Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 83
  • Jun 28 Red deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26