What Happened in October 1954

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 British colony of Nigeria becomes a federation
  • Oct 2 8th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Detroit 2-2 at Detroit
  • Oct 2 Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal, India
  • Oct 2 NY Giants sweep Cleve Indians, in 51st World Series
  • Oct 3 "Father Knows Best" premieres
  • Oct 3 KFVS TV channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 5 Hurricane Hazel forms in the Caribbean, killing 400-1000 people inthe Bahamas and Haiti
  • Oct 7 Hassan el Hodeiby, leader of the Muslim Brothership, arrested in Egypt
  • Oct 7 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ad Sinarum gentem
  • Oct 9 KTIV TV channel 4 in Sioux City, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Oct 10 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Oct 10 1st National Film Awards (India): "Shyamchi Aai" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 11 "On Your Toes" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 11 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ad caeli Reginam
  • Oct 13 Robert Paul Smith and Max Shulman's "Tender Trap" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 14 Israeli act of revenge in Qibiya Jordan, kills 53
  • Oct 15 Hurricane Hazel makes landfall in the US in North Carolina as a category 4 hurricane, 195 die in US and Canada
  • Oct 15 KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 17 Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash (49-21)
  • Oct 18 Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit the US, killing 195 in US and Canada
  • Oct 18 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • Oct 18 Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
  • Oct 19 Egypt & Great Britain sign treaty; British troops departs
  • Oct 19 KAKE TV channel 10 in Wichita, KS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 19 First ascent of Cho Oyu, sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 metres
  • Oct 20 "Peter Pan" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances

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Oct 21 Dorothy Parker/Arnaud d'Usseau's "Ladies of the Corridor" premieres

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker
  • Oct 21 Indonesian troops land in New-Guinea
  • Oct 22 West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Oct 23 Britain, France & USSR agree to end occupation of Germany
  • Oct 23 Pakistan Governor-General Ghoelan Mohammed disbands parliament
  • Oct 23 WSAU TV channel 7 in Wausau, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Oct 24 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States' support to South Vietnam

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Oct 24 5th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by 16.86 points
  • Oct 26 Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
  • Oct 26 Walt Disney's 1st television program, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC
  • Oct 26 Trieste returned to Italy.

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Oct 27 President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Oct 27 WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Oct 27 Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Oct 27 Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.
  • Oct 28 Major league owners vote down sale of A's to a Philadelphia syndicate
  • Oct 28 N Richard Nash' "Rainmaker" premieres in NYC

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Oct 28 Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Ernest Hemingway

  • Oct 29 Colonel Nasser disbands Muslim Brotherhood
  • Oct 29 Sweden begins experimental TV
  • Oct 30 US Defense Department announces elimination of all racially segregated regiments
  • Oct 30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • Oct 31 Algerian Revolution against French begins
  • Oct 31 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open
  • Oct 31 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Richard Schlesinger, American news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 1 Martin Strel, Slovenian swimmer
  • Oct 1 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", born in Murgon, Queensland (d. 1999)
  • Oct 2 Greg Jennings, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 2 Lani O'Grady, actress (Mary-8 is Enough), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Oct 2 Lorraine Bracco, actress (Sopranos, Goodfellas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 3 Dennis Eckersley, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Oakland, California

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Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1990)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Oct 3 Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], American minister and civil rights activist (Keepin' It Real), born in Brooklyn, New York

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • Oct 5 Duncan Regehr, Alberta Canada, actor (Wizards & Warriors)
  • Oct 6 David Hidalgo, American musician (Los Lobos, Latin Playboys)
  • Oct 7 Victor Manuel Mar, wrestler (AAA/NJPW, Black Cat)
  • Oct 7 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • Oct 8 Michael Dudikoff, Redondo Beach, California, American actor (American Ninja, TRON)
  • Oct 8 Ben Amonette, Radford VA, free pistol (Olympics-92, 96)
  • Oct 9 Scott Bakula, actor (Quantum Leap, Gung Ho, Murphy Brown), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 10 "Maestro" Jimmy Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues)

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Oct 10 David Lee Roth, American rock singer (Van Halen), born in Bloomington Indiana

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • Oct 10 Rekha, Bollywood actress
  • Oct 10 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor
  • Oct 12 Tom Blomberg, Dutch radio host and producer (Evening Rush Hour), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli nuclear technician
  • Oct 13 George Frazier, American baseball player
  • Oct 13 Claude Ribbe, French historian
  • Oct 14 Carole Malone, English newspaper columnist
  • Oct 15 Jere Burns, actor (Something So Right, Kirk-Dear John), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 15 Kip Byrne, Canadian Tour golfer (Mich State Jr-1970-71), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 16 Stephen Mellor, American actor
  • Oct 18 Liz Burch, Australian actress
  • Oct 19 Joe Bryant, American basketball player
  • Oct 19 Sam Allardyce, English football manager
  • Oct 19 Deborah Blum, American writer
  • Oct 20 Suru Nayak, cricketer (two Tests for India v England 1982)
  • Oct 20 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • Oct 20 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • Oct 21 Brian Tobin, Canadian premier of Newfoundland
  • Oct 22 Carla Dunlap, bodybuilder (Pumping Iron 2), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 23 Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born American filmmaker (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), born in Chaochou, Pingtung
  • Oct 24 Doug Davidson, actor (Paul Williams-Young & Restless), born in Glendale, California
  • Oct 24 Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares, rocker
  • Oct 24 Brad Sherman, American politician
  • Oct 24 Thomas J. Mulcair, Quebec politician
  • Oct 24 Mike Rounds, American politician
  • Oct 24 Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician
  • Oct 24 Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2015-), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 24 Wang Jianlin, Chinese businessman and founder of Dalian Wanda Group, born in Cangxi County, Sichuan Province

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Oct 25 Mike Eruzione, American ice hockey player (Olympic Gold Medal 1980), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
  • Oct 26 D W Moffett, Highland Park IL, actor (Fine Things, Lisa, Chicago Sons)
  • Oct 26 Vassilis Hatzipanagis, Greek footballer
  • Oct 27 Chris Tavaré, British cricketer (England opener & occasional scorer of runs), born in Orpington, Kent
  • Oct 27 Jan Duursema, American comic book artist
  • Oct 29 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • Oct 29 Herman Ronald Frazier, 400m/4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 30 JoAnne Russell, tennis player (Wimbledon Double 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 30 T Graham Brown, Arabi Ga, country singer (Come as you Were)
  • Oct 30 Mario Testino, Peruvian-born English fashion photographer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Philippine president Corazon Aquino (21) weds Tarlac governor Benigno Aquino Jr (22) in Pasay City, Philippines

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Herbert Prior, British actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire), dies at 87
  • Oct 5 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Hakon Borresen, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • Oct 12 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, dies in a plane crash of his experiential F-100 Super Sabre at 36
  • Oct 20 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • Oct 22 Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer/pilot, dies at 54
  • Oct 22 Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
  • Oct 23 Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
  • Oct 27 Franco Alfano, Italian (opera)composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • Oct 27 Frank Druce, cricketer (252 runs in 5 Tests for England), dies