What Happened in 1954 (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 578

  • 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 Washington, D.C. & 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
Actress
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
Actress
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
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 RP Smith/M 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.
  • Oct 27 President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem
  • Oct 27 WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 1 General Fulgencio Batista elected President of Cuba

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Nov 1 India takes over administration of 4 French Indian settlements
  • Nov 1 KUON TV channel 12 in Lincoln, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 668

  • Aug 11 M V Narasimha Rao, cricketer (Indian leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79)
  • Aug 11 Yashpal Sharma, cricketer (Indian right-handed batsman early 80')
  • Aug 11 Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • Aug 12 Sam J. Jones [Samuel Gerald], American actor (Flash Gordon, Code Red), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist (As Wichita Falls)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 12 François Hollande, 24th President of France (Socialist: 2012-), born in Rouen, France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • Aug 13 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Aug 13 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 14 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player
  • Aug 14 Monica Baltodano, Leon, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution commander
  • Aug 15 Mary Jo Salter, American poet

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 15 Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Aug 17 Eric Johnson, American guitarist
  • Aug 18 Umberto Guidoni, PhD/astronaut (STS 75), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 19 Oscar Larrauri, Argentine racing driver
  • Aug 20 Al Roker, weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 20 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 20 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Aug 20 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Don Stark, American actor
  • Aug 21 Archie Griffin, NFL runningback (won 2 Heisman Trophies, Ohio State)
  • Aug 21 Steve Smith, rock drummer (Journey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 John Colwell, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1978 Simon Fraser)
  • Aug 24 Alain Daigle, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 25 Elvis Costello, [Declan Patrick McManus], Lon, rock vocalist (Allison)
  • Aug 25 Gilbert "Gibus" Duclos-Lassalle, French cyclist
  • Aug 25 Martin Jourard, keyboardist/vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • Aug 26 Michael Chetwood, rocker
  • Aug 26 Sarah Lundy, horse trainer
  • Aug 26 Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
  • Aug 26 Wally Murphy, American guitarist
  • Aug 26 Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
  • Aug 27 Derek Warwick, race car driver
  • Aug 27 John Lloyd, England, tennis star (former husband of Chris Everet)
  • Aug 27 Mike Kelley, Wayne, Michigan, artist (More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 George Church, American geneticist
  • Aug 29 Chet Catallo, guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Aug 29 Julio Fernandez, jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • Aug 29 Michael P[aul] Kube-McDowell, US, sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery)
  • Aug 30 David Paymer, actor (Love Mary, Mr Saturday Night)
  • Aug 30 Gerard Hadders, Dutch postage stamp designer (1991 children stamp)
  • Aug 30 Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  • Aug 31 Tula, [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)
  • 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
  • Oct 1 Richard Schlesinger, news correspondent (CBS, 48 Hours), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 1 Martin Strel, Slovenian swimmer
  • Oct 2 Greg Jennings, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 2 Lani O'Grady, Walnut Creek California, actress (Mary-8 is Enough)

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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