What Happened in 1954 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 579

  • Jul 15 1st commercial jet transport plane built in US tested (Boeing 707)
  • Jul 15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 17 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • Jul 17 Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
  • Jul 17 Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany
  • Jul 18 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Inverness Four-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 18 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • Jul 20 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North & South
  • Jul 20 Tennis champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident
  • Jul 20 West German secret service head Otto John defects to German DR
  • Jul 21 At Geneva, France agrees to independence of North & South Vietnam
  • Jul 22 US Virgin Islands adopt constitution (Revised Organic Act)
  • Jul 22 WTHI TV channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 25 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Fort Wayne Golf Open
  • Jul 26 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 27 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller GC St Paul Minn
  • Jul 27 Armistice divides Vietnam into two countries
  • Jul 28 Ernest Bloch's 4th string quartet premieres

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 "On the Waterfront", directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, is released (Best Picture 1955)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Jul 30 Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 Elvis Presley joins Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jul 30 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jul 31 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • Jul 31 First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.
  • Aug 1 WKBT TV channel 8 in La Crosse, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 In South Africa, The Natives Resettlement Act empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg; less than a year after the Act was passed Sophiatown residents were forcefully removed to Meadowlands in Soweto
  • Aug 1 41st Tour de France won by Louison Bobet of France
  • Aug 2 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia
  • Aug 3 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  • Aug 4 Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
  • Aug 4 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla.
  • Aug 5 Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern & 15 pioneers
  • Aug 5 Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 6 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 7 "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
  • Aug 7 Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
  • Aug 7 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • Aug 10 Dutch Indonesian Union breaks up
  • Aug 10 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
  • Aug 10 At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.
  • Aug 11 BC Lions plays its 1st CF game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • Aug 11 Formal peace ends 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French & Communist Viet Minh
  • Aug 12 Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
  • Aug 13 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
  • Aug 14 WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, NY (NBC) begins
  • Aug 15 Alfredo Stroessner names himself president of Paraguay
  • Aug 15 WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
  • Aug 16 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • Aug 16 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood
  • Aug 18 James E. Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting
  • Aug 19 Ralph J Bunche named undersecretary of UN
  • Aug 22 WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 15th Venice Film Festival: "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Renato Castellani wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 23 President Getulio Vargas of Brazil resigns temporarily

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • Aug 23 First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 24 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
  • Aug 24 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante" premieres in London
  • Aug 25 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • Aug 29 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens
  • Aug 30 Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast
  • Aug 31 Hurricane Carol hits New England, 70 die, Costliest ever hurricane at the time and 1st storm name to be retired.
  • Aug 31 Indians beat Yanks 6-1 for record tying 26 wins in August (1931 A's)
  • Aug 31 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 666

  • 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, actor (Larry Appleton-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, Springfield, Missouri, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile)
  • 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, US Army general
  • 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, actor (Brothers & Sisters, Richard-Duet) [or Jan 22]
  • Jun 22 Freddie Prinze, 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, Barcelona Spain, actress (Conan the Barbarian)
  • Jun 25 Daryush Shokof, Iranian filmmaker
  • 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, Chattanooga TN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 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)
  • Jul 1 Michael Daniel Reid, Bainbridge MD, PGA golfer (1987 Seiko Tucson)
  • Jul 2 Wendy Schaal, actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 3 Debbie Skinner, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 4 Jim Beattie, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jul 5 John Wright, NZ cricketer (opening batsman 1978-92)
  • Jul 5 Leni Björklund, Swedish politician
  • Jul 5 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith)
  • Jul 6 Allyce Beasley, Bkln, actress (Agnes Dipesto-Moonlighting)
  • Jul 6 James Kiberd, actor (Trevor Dillon-Loving, All My Children)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 6 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • Jul 9 Debbie Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 10 Andre Dawson, MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Jul 10 Gene Holder, American musician (the dBs)
  • Jul 10 Neil Tennant, North Shields, Tyne-and-Wear, English singer/songwriter (Pet Shop Boy-West End Girl)
  • Jul 11 Benny Defranco, rocker (Defrnco Family)
  • Jul 11 Butch Reed, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 12 Wolfgang Dremmler, German footballer
  • Jul 13 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jul 13 Louise Mandrell, Corpus Christi Tx, country singer (Mandrell Sisters)
  • Jul 13 Ray "Candles" Bright, Australian cricket slow-left armer (1977-86)
  • Jul 13 Sezen Aksu, Turkish singer
  • Jul 13 Rick Chartraw, American ice hockey player
  • Jul 14 Jos Zoomer, Amsterdam Neth, rock drummer (Vandenberg)
  • Jul 15 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Oly-20-1996)
  • Jul 16 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 Angela Merkel, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (2005-), born in Hamburg, West Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Jul 17 J. Michael Straczynski, American author
  • Jul 18 Imtiaz Ali, cricketer (brother of Inshan One Test WI v India 1976)
  • Jul 18 Ricky Skaggs, Cordell Ky, country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts)
  • Jul 18 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jul 18 Tobias Picker, composer
  • Jul 19 Srđa Trifković, Serbian-American journalist
  • Jul 20 Jay Jay French, guitarist (Twisted Sister-Not Gonna Take It), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 20 Moira Harris, American actress
  • Jul 22 Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 22 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 22 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • Jul 22 Al Di Meola, American guitarist
  • Jul 24 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)
  • Jul 25 Ken Greer, rock guitarist (Red Rider)
  • Jul 25 Lynn Frederick, Middlesex England, actress (Schizophrenia)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Walter Payton, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • Jul 26 Lawrence Watt-Evans, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Sword of Bheleu)
  • Jul 26 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian American tennis star (Australia 1987), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 27 G. S. Bali, Indian politician
  • Jul 28 Ken Margolis, rocker (Mink DeVille)
  • Jul 28 Steve Morse, American rocker ( Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • Jul 28 Mikey Sheehy, Gaelic footballer
  • Jul 28 Bruce Abbott, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 28 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1998-2013), born in Sabaneta, Barinas State, Venezuela (d. 2013)

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Jul 28 Gerd Faltings, German mathematician
  • Jul 29 Flo Hyman, Inglewood California, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Jul 30 Ken Olin, actor (Hill St Blues, Michael-30 Something), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 31 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 2 Lisa Brown, KC, Mo, actress (Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns)
  • Aug 2 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Aug 2 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • Aug 3 Denise Craig, WBL forward (Dayton Rockettes, NY Stars)
  • Aug 3 Gary Peters, English footballer
  • Aug 4 Janet Coles, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 5 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Bx NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • Aug 6 Carl C Perkins, (Rep-D-KY, 1984- )
  • Aug 6 Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer
  • Aug 6 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto
  • Aug 7 Caroline Aaron, actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Aug 8 Nigel Mansell, formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)
  • Aug 11 Joe Jackson, English singer/pianist/composer (The Harder they Come)
  • Aug 11 Lina Polito, Naples Italy, actress (Love & Anarchy)
  • Aug 11 M V Narasimha Rao, cricketer (Indian leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79)

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