What Happened in September 1954

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island and New England, kills 68
  • Sep 1 Ted Kluszewski is 1st Cincinnati Red to hit 40 HRs en route to 49
  • Sep 2 Hurricane Edna batters NE US, killing 20
  • Sep 2 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 China begins artillery bombing on Quemoy & Amoy
  • Sep 3 Espionage & Sabotage Act of 1954 signed in the US, prompted by the cold war
  • Sep 3 Pope Pius X canonized a saint
  • Sep 3 The People's Liberation Army begin shelling the ROC-controlled islands of Quemoy.
  • Sep 3 The German U-Boat U-505 began its move from a specially constructed dock to its final site at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
  • Sep 4 Peter B Cortese of US achieves a one-arm deadlift of 370 lbs; 22 lbs over triple his body weight, at York, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 5 Dutch Super Constellation crashes at Shannon, 28 die
  • Sep 6 US plane shot down above Siberia
  • Sep 6 WINS NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
  • Sep 6 Yankees use a record 10 pinch hitters

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 6 "La Strada" directed by Federico Fellini premieres at the Venice Film Festival starring Anthony Quinn

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 6 74th U.S. Men's National Championship: Vic Seixas beats Rex Hartwig (3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 6 68th U.S. Women's National Championship: DOris Hart beats Louise Brough Clapp (6-8, 6-1, 8-6)
  • Sep 7 Integration begins in Wash DC & Balt MD public schools

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Sep 8 Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • Sep 8 SE Asia Treaty Org (SEATO) forms to stop communist spread in SE Asia
  • Sep 9 Earthquake strikes Orleansville, Algeria: 1,400 killed
  • Sep 9 Indians becomes 1st Cleveland team to win 100 games in a season
  • Sep 10 12 second shock kills 1,460 in Orleansville Algeria
  • Sep 10 WLUK TV channel 11 in Green Bay, WI (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 Attempting to handle Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball catcher Ray Katt of Giants sets a major league record with 4 passed balls
  • Sep 11 20.4 cm rainfall at Brunswick, Maine (state record)
  • Sep 11 KXJB TV channel 4 in Valley City (Fargo) (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 1st Miss America TV broadcast; 19 year old Lee Meriwether of California crowned 27th Miss America
  • Sep 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Sep 12 Indians sweep Yanks at Municipal Stadium; largest AL crowd (86,563)
  • Sep 12 WLBZ TV channel 2 in Bangor, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920
  • Sep 13 Reds Ted Kluszewski scores a run in record 17 consecutive games
  • Sep 13 WPBN TV channel 7 in Traverse City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 14 Giants' Willie Mays gets 82nd extra-base hit, breaks Mel Ott's record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 14 Hurricane Edna (2nd of 1954) hits NYC, $50 million damage
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 16 CKLW TV channel 9 in Windsor, ON (CBC) begins broadcasting

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 17 Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 "The Lord of the Flies" by William Golding is published by Faber and Faber in London

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding
  • Sep 18 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, beat Tigers (3-2)
  • Sep 18 KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 18 WLOS TV channel 13 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 19 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Wichita Golf Open
  • Sep 20 1st FORTRAN computer program run
  • Sep 20 1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution
  • Sep 20 KETC TV channel 9 in Saint Louis, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 20 Los Stravinsky's "In Memoriam Dylan Thomas," premieres in Angeles
  • Sep 20 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy
  • Sep 20 New Zealand's Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents reports just ten days after concluding hearings.
  • Sep 21 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned under Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson
  • Sep 21 Eelco Van Kleffens appointed President of the ninth session of the UN General Assembly
  • Sep 22 Bkln Dodger Karl Spooner strikes out 15 NY Giants in his 1st game
  • Sep 24 Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)
  • Sep 24 Yanks tie a record, 3 of their pinch hitters strike out in 1 inning
  • Sep 25 Francois "Doc" Duvalier wins Haitian presidential election
  • Sep 25 Indians win AL record 111 games
  • Sep 25 WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru, 1172 die
  • Sep 26 KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 Patty Berg wins LPGA Ardmore Golf Open
  • Sep 26 Typhoon hits Japan - 5 ferryboats sink killing about 1,600
  • Sep 26 WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington, VT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 A's defeats Yanks 8-6 in last game franchise will play in Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 27 1st African American Supreme Court page is CV Bush
  • Sep 27 School integration begins in Wash DC & Baltimore Md public schools

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" premieres

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 29 "Barefoot Contessa" starring Ava Gardner premieres at the Capitol

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
  • Sep 29 "Masquerade Party" TV game Show; moves to ABC

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 29 "Star is Born" starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • Sep 29 Bennekom soccer team forms in Bennekom
  • Sep 29 KALB TV channel 5 in Alexandria, LA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive
  • Sep 30 "Boy Friend" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances
  • Sep 30 USS Nautilus, 1st atomic-powered vessel (sub), commissioned by the US Navy

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Gabor Ormai, viola Player
  • Sep 1 Dave Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 4 José Castro, Swedish actor.
  • Sep 5 Hans-Jorgen Gerhardt, German DR, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Sep 5 Frederick Kempe, American author, journalist, and executive
  • Sep 6 Banner Thomas, rocker (Molly Hatchet)
  • Sep 6 Jon Erikson, US, 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981)
  • Sep 6 Patrick O'Hearn, rock bassist (Missing Persons)
  • Sep 6 Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and political (R) candidate, born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 7 Benmont Tench, rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Sep 7 Corbin Bernsen, North actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 7 Michael Emerson, American actor
  • Sep 8 Clayton Norcross, actor (Bold & Beautiful, Colbys, Santa Barbara)
  • Sep 8 Mark Foley, American politician (R) (US Rep Florida 1995-2006), resigned after texting scandel
  • Sep 9 Walter Paul Davis, Pineville NC, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Sep 9 Jeffrey Combs, American actor
  • Sep 10 Martha Nause, Sheboygan WI, LPGA golfer (1994 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • Sep 11 Reed Birney, Alexandria Va, actor (Greatest Man in the World)
  • Sep 12 Russell G. Alexander, creator of Today In History v1.2
  • Sep 12 Adrian Adonis, American professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • Sep 12 Jeff Jarvis, American journalist
  • Sep 13 Ted Mueller, rock drummer (Axe)
  • Sep 14 Barry Cowsill, rock bassist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • Sep 15 7th marquess of Bristol, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Sep 15 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (d. 2007)
  • Sep 16 Colin Newman, English musician (Wire)
  • Sep 16 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), (d. 2014)
  • Sep 17 Joël-François Durand, French composer
  • Sep 18 Murtaza Bhutto, politician
  • Sep 18 Takao Doi, astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 18 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach
  • Sep 20 Anne Mcintosh, British member European parliament
  • Sep 20 Brinke Stevens, [Charlene Brinkman] Ca, actress (Slumber Party Massacre)
  • Sep 20 Silvio Leonard, Cienguegos Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Sep 20 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner
  • Sep 21 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motorhead), born in Hasland, Chesterfield (d. 2015)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 21 Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-), born in Nagato

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Sep 22 Shari Belafonte Harper, actress (Julie-Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Randy Lanier, American racing driver
  • Sep 23 Charlie Barnett, American actor (d. 1996)
  • Sep 24 Stephen Jones, art historian
  • Sep 25 Sylvester Croom, American college football coach
  • Sep 25 Juande Ramos, Spanish Football Manager
  • Sep 26 Craig Chaquico, rock guitarist (Jefferson Starship)
  • Sep 27 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • Sep 28 George Lynch, rock guitarist (Lynch Mob-Wicked Sensations)
  • Sep 28 Steve Largent, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 29 Cindy Morgan, [Cichorski], actress (Tron), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Stephen Platt, editor (New Statesman & Society)
  • Sep 30 Barry Williams, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 30 Calvin Levels, actor (Knightwatch), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 30 Patrice Rushen, rock vocalist, born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Comedians Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara marry

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 17 Film and theater actress Shirley MacLaine (20) weds Steve Parker in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 25 "Roman Holiday" actress Audrey Hepburn (25) weds actor Mel Ferrer (37) in Burgenstock

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Eugene Pallette, actor (It's a Date, My Man Godfrey), dies at 65
  • Sep 5 Eugen Schiffer, German politician (b. 1860)
  • Sep 7 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1885)
  • Sep 9 Alfred Gradstein, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 10 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies
  • Sep 11 Licinio Refice, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 19 Tibor Harsanyi, composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 21 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • Sep 24 Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
  • Sep 25 Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, Spanish essayist/philosopher, dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (b. 1868)
  • Sep 28 Bert Lytell, actor (Henry-One Man's Family), dies at 69
  • Sep 30 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies