What Happened in March 1954

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 In spring training, baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 1 Rebellion during visit of pres Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die
  • Mar 1 US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Mar 4 James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • Mar 4 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 6 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 7 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 7 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • Mar 8 Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 9 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Mar 9 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 11 US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Mar 13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • Mar 13 Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
  • Mar 14 Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game
  • Mar 14 KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
  • Mar 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Mar 15 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 19 1st rocket-driven sled on rails tested in Alamogordo, NM
  • Mar 19 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 19 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 19 Weekes, Worrell & Walcott complete centuries in innings v England
  • Mar 20 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • Mar 20 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
  • Mar 20 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • Mar 21 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan
  • Mar 22 Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 25 26th Academy Awards: "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor/actress

  • Mar 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical "Sacra virginitas" (On consecrated virginity)
  • Mar 25 RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
  • Mar 26 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Mar 28 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon & Kismet win
  • Mar 28 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
  • Mar 28 WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • Mar 31 USSR offers to join NATO

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Ron Howard, Oklahoma, American actor/director (American Graffiti, Happy Days)
  • Mar 1 Catherine Bach, Warren Oh, actress (Daisey Duke-The Dukes of Hazzard)
  • Mar 1 Janis Gill, Torrance Cal, singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo-Midnight Girl)
  • Mar 2 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • Mar 3 Keith Carlton Fergus, PGA golfer (1995 Honda Classic-8th), born in Temple, Texas
  • Mar 3 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Mar 4 Catherine O'Hara, comedienne (Beetlejuice, SCTV), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 4 Peter Erling Jacobsen, Portland OR, PGA golfer (1990 Bob Hope)
  • Mar 4 Mark Chorvinsky, American author and editor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 4 François Fillon, French politician, Prime Minister of France
  • Mar 4 Willie Thorne, English snooker player
  • Mar 5 Marsha Warfield, comedian/actress (Roz-Night Court)
  • Mar 7 Matt Frenette, rock drummer (Loverboy)
  • Mar 8 Cheryl Baker, rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • Mar 8 David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
  • Mar 8 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Mar 9 Charmain Elaine Sylvers, rocker
  • Mar 9 Keven Wade, Chappaqua NY, screen writer (Working Girls)
  • Mar 9 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA member and leader of the hunger strike at Maze Prison where he died in 1981
  • Mar 11 Gale Norton, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • Mar 12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • Mar 13 Robin Duke, comedienne (SNL, SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 14 Adrian Zmed, actor (TJ Hooker, Dance Fever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 14 David La Croix, race horse trainer
  • Mar 14 Jann Browne, country singer (Mexican Wind)
  • Mar 15 Craig Wasson, Oregon, actor (Body Double, 4 Friends, Men's Club)
  • Mar 16 Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
  • Mar 16 Hollis Stacy, LPGA golfer (US Open 1977, 78), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Mar 16 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • Mar 16 Nancy Wilson, SF, rock guitarist (Heart-Never, What about Love)
  • Mar 16 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 17 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • Mar 17 Wally Stocker, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You), born in London, England
  • Mar 18 James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
  • Mar 19 Charles Pinnell, horse trainer
  • Mar 19 Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • Mar 20 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • Mar 20 Jim Seales, Hamilton Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Mar 20 Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • Mar 21 Mary Jane Smith, Van Nuys Ca, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1993)
  • Mar 23 Moses Malone, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Milw Bucks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • Mar 23 Geno Auriemma, American basketball coach
  • Mar 24 Donna Pescow, actress (Angie, Out of this World, Rainbow), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 24 Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
  • Mar 24 Robert Carradine, actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 25 Elli Stai, Greek journalist and TV presenter
  • Mar 25 Thom Loverro, American sportswriter
  • Mar 26 Curtis Sliwa, founder (Guardian Angels)/radio personality (WABC)
  • Mar 26 Piers Gardner, director (British Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
  • Mar 26 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • Mar 28 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 29 Karen Anne Quinlan, NJ, famous comatose patient (right to die case)
  • Mar 31 Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (20) weds socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Georg Gohler, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Noel Gay, [Richard Moxon Armitage], composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 5 Julian Lowell Coolidge, mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Louis Zimmermann, violinist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Otto Diels, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
  • Mar 8 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 9 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (b. 1874)
  • Mar 14 Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Arthur Fickenscher, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor, dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Mar 19 Walter Braunfels, composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Harry Lawrence Freeman, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69