What Happened in 1954 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 578

  • May 13 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • May 13 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • May 13 Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row
  • May 13 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 13 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots.
  • May 14 Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
  • May 15 KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 16 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • May 16 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 17 US Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy v Ferguson decision
  • May 19 Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
  • May 22 79th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4
  • May 22 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 22 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
  • May 24 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, NM
  • May 24 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
  • May 24 German airline Lufthansa forms
  • May 24 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
  • May 29 Pope Pius X issues holy declaration
  • May 29 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.

Sport awardTennis Open

May 29 53rd Men's French Championships: Tony Trabert beats Art Larsen (6-4, 7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • May 29 53rd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Ginette Bucaille (6-4, 6-1)
  • May 30 Dutch bishops forbid membership to non-catholic sporting clubs
  • May 30 Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)
  • May 30 Hector Villa-Lobos' "Odisseia de Uma Raca" premieres
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:49:17.261 (210.567 km/h)
  • 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
  • Jun 16 Ngo Dinh Diem elected president of Vietnam
  • Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala (JF Dulles & United Fruit Co)

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 Mendèsforms 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 perf
  • 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

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
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
  • 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 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
  • Jul 12 President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • 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)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 667

  • Apr 24 Vince Ferragamo, NFL/CFL quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 24 Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
  • Apr 25 Rob Crosby, Sumter SC, country singer (She's a Natural)
  • Apr 28 Ron Zook, American Football Coach
  • Apr 29 Bill Paxon, (Rep-R-New York)
  • Apr 29 Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 29 Jerome 'Jerry' Seinfeld, comedian/actor ('Seinfeld'), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • Apr 29 Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder
  • Apr 30 Gunther Tiersch, German DR, 8 man cox (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Apr 30 Jane Campion, New Zealand film director
  • May 1 Michael Scott, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • May 1 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 1 Taslim Arif, cricketer (Pakistani keeper/batsman, 210 v Aust 1980)
  • May 1 Joel Rosenberg, science fiction author
  • May 2 Bulelani T Ngcuka, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • May 2 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model (d. 1982)
  • May 3 Gary Young, American drummer (Pavement)
  • May 4 Julie Budd, Bkln, singer (Child of Plenty)
  • May 4 Pia Zadora, American actress
  • May 5 Angelo Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 5 John Greg Adams, Scottsdale AZ, PGA golfer (1982 Hall of Fame-2nd)
  • May 5 Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator
  • May 6 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russia, cosmonaut
  • May 6 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • May 7 Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
  • May 7 Amy Heckerling, American director
  • May 8 David Keith, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • May 8 Pat Meyers, LPGA golfer
  • May 9 Balazs Taroczy, Hungary, tennis star
  • May 10 Jeff Apple, producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 11 Edgar Riley Jr, rocker (Axe K)
  • May 11 Judith Weir, English composer, Master of the Queen's Music, born in Cambridge
  • May 11 John Gregory, English football manager
  • May 11 Lubomir Stoykov, Bulgarian journalist and broadcaster
  • May 13 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • May 14 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • May 15 Bob Beauchemin, Winnipeg Canada, golfer (West Coast Open-1982, 83)
  • May 15 Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • May 16 Janet Maw, actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge)
  • May 16 [Dafydd] Rhys Williams, Saskatoon Canada, MD/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • May 17 John Iles, dolby supervisor (Elephant Man, Richard III)
  • May 17 Michael Roberts, jockey
  • May 18 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster
  • May 18 Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • May 18 Reinhold Heil, German composer
  • May 19 Rick Cerone, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 19 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 20 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russia, doctor/cosmonaut
  • May 20 James Henderson, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • May 20 Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
  • May 20 David Paterson, American politician
  • May 20 Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCain
  • May 20 Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
  • May 21 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • May 21 Marina Langner, Dusseldorf Germany, Miss World runner-up (1975)
  • May 21 Marc Ribot, American musician
  • May 22 Jerry Dammers, keyboardist (Specials-Special)
  • May 25 Alison Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts)
  • May 26 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • May 26 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • May 27 Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1972)
  • May 27 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • May 27 Jackie Slater, American football player
  • May 28 George E Mahlberg, Astrophysicist, Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson CA (1974-78)
  • May 28 John Tory, Canadian politician
  • May 28 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • May 31 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
  • May 31 Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
  • Jun 2 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles-Eternal Flame, Walk Like an Egyptian)
  • 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)
  • 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, rock vocalist (Billy Don't Be a Hero)
  • Jun 13 Daniel Seemiller, Pitts, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • Jun 13 Jorge Santana, rocker (Malo)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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