Historical Events for Year 1954

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Events 1 - 150 of 580

Jan 1st - KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
Jan 1st - WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
Jan 1st - Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism
Jan 1st - 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
Jan 1st - 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
Jan 1st - 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
Jan 2nd - Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC
Jan 4th - Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
Jan 4th - Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
Jan 7th - Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
Jan 8th - Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
Jan 9th - -87°F (-66°C), Northice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Jan 9th - Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
Jan 9th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Louise Bogan & Leonie Adams
Jan 10th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden
Jan 10th - A Comet jet airliner crashes in the Mediterranea; 35 people are missing
Jan 11th - 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
Jan 12th - Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115
Jan 12th - Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament
Jan 13th - Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
Jan 13th - WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
Jan 14th - Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
Jan 14th - The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II Jan 16th - "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances
Jan 17th - Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)
Jan 17th - NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
Jan 17th - Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)
Jan 18th - Fanfani forms Italian government
Jan 20th - -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)
Jan 20th - Dmitri Shostakovitch's' "Concertino opus 94" premieres
Jan 20th - The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
Jan 21st - 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
Jan 21st - USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames, Connecticut.
Jan 21st - 4th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 98-93 (OT) at New York City
Actress Audrey HepburnActress Audrey Hepburn Jan 22nd - 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win
Jan 23rd - Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
Jan 23rd - Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (18 games)
Jan 24th - BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
Jan 24th - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
Jan 26th - Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
Jan 28th - 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns
Jan 29th - Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne
Jan 30th - Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
Jan 30th - Fanfani government of Italy resigns
Feb 1st - 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
Feb 1st - Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
Composer and Painter Arnold SchoenbergComposer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg Feb 1st - Soccer team The County froms in Doetinchem
Feb 1st - 42nd Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley (6-3, 6-4)
Feb 1st - 42nd Men's Australian Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Rex Hartwig (6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2)
Feb 2nd - Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
Feb 2nd - President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)
Feb 2nd - Snow falls on Gibraltar
Feb 3rd - Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
Feb 5th - WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
Feb 9th - Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy
Feb 10th - Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
Feb 10th - Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower Feb 10th - Ice Pairs Championship at Oslo won by Frances Dafoe/Norris Bowden CAN
Feb 10th - Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Gundi Busch GER
Feb 10th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Hayes Alan Jenkins US
Feb 11th - 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
Feb 12th - The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill
Feb 13th - Frank Selvey scores 100 points for Furman beating Newberry 149-95
Feb 14th - Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
Feb 14th - Sen John Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"
Feb 14th - WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 15th - 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation-Berkeley, California
Feb 15th - WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 16th - WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
Feb 17th - WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
Feb 18th - The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
Feb 20th - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
Feb 20th - General Zahedi wins election in Persia
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk Feb 23rd - 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
Feb 23rd - Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
Feb 25th - Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
Feb 26th - 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
Feb 26th - Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
Feb 28th - Patty Berg/Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
Feb 28th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
Mar 1st - 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members
Mar 1st - In spring training, baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone
Mar 1st - Rebellion during visit of pres Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die
Mar 1st - US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams Mar 4th - James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
Mar 4th - Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
Mar 5th - "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 perfs
Mar 6th - 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
Mar 7th - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
Mar 7th - Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
Mar 8th - Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
Mar 9th - 1st local color TV coml WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
Mar 9th - Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now)
Mar 9th - WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
Mar 11th - US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
US Senator Joseph McCarthyUS Senator Joseph McCarthy Mar 12th - 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"
Mar 13th - Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
Mar 13th - Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
Mar 14th - Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game
Mar 14th - KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
Mar 14th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Mar 14th - NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak
Mar 15th - "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar
Mar 15th - WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
Mar 19th - 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, NYC
Mar 19th - 1st rocket-driven sled on rails tested in Alamogordo, NM
Broadcast Journalist Walter CronkiteBroadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite Mar 19th - US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
Mar 19th - US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
Mar 19th - Weekes, Worrell & Walcott complete centuries in innings v England
Mar 20th - "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
Mar 20th - 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
Mar 20th - 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
Mar 21st - KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 22nd - 1st shopping mall opened in Southfield, Mich
Mar 22nd - Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.
Mar 25th - 26th Academy Awards - "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor/actress
Mar 25th - Pope Pius XII encyclical "Sacra virginitas" (On consecrated virginity)
Mar 25th - RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
Mar 26th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
Mar 28th - 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon & Kismet win
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise SuggsGolfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs Mar 28th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
Mar 28th - WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
Mar 30th - Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
Mar 31st - US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs established
Mar 31st - USSR offers to join NATO
Apr 1st - 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
Apr 1st - 1st US Army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC
Apr 1st - Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
Apr 1st - US Air Force Academy forms
Apr 1st - WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 2nd - Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
Apr 3rd - "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
Apr 3rd - Don Perry climbs a 20' rope in under 2.8 seconds (AAU record)
Apr 4th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
Apr 5th - Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
Apr 6th - Mont Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
Apr 6th - TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons
Apr 6th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
Apr 7th - German government refuses to recognize DDR
Apr 7th - US President Eisenhower in news conference first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
Apr 7th - WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
Apr 8th - "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 perfs
Apr 9th - WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 9th - 7th Cannes Film Festival: "Gate of Hell" directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
Apr 10th - KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
Apr 10th - 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Royal Tan wins
Apr 11th - Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open
Golfer Sam SneadGolfer Sam Snead Apr 12th - 18th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289
Apr 12th - 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3

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