Historical Events in 1954

Events 1 - 200 of 579

  • Jan 1 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • Jan 1 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 1 Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism
  • Jan 1 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • Jan 1 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • Jan 1 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • Jan 2 Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 4 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 4 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • Jan 7 Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • Jan 8 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
  • Jan 9 -87°F (-66°C), Northice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
  • Jan 9 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
  • Jan 9 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Louise Bogan & Leonie Adams
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden
  • Jan 10 A Comet jet airliner crashes in the Mediterranea; 35 people are missing
  • Jan 11 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
  • Jan 12 Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115

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Jan 12 Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 13 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
  • Jan 13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • Jan 14 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
  • Jan 16 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances

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Jan 17 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
  • Jan 17 Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)
  • Jan 18 Fanfani forms Italian government
  • Jan 20 -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)
  • Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's' "Concertino opus 94" premieres
  • Jan 20 The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • Jan 21 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
  • Jan 21 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames, Connecticut.
  • Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 98-93 (OT) at New York City

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 22 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win

  • Jan 23 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • Jan 24 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
  • Jan 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 26 Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns

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Jan 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Jan 30 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
  • Jan 30 Fanfani government of Italy resigns
  • Feb 1 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • Feb 1 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
  • Feb 1 The County soccer team forms in Doetinchem
  • Feb 1 42nd Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley (6-3, 6-4)
  • Feb 1 42nd Men's Australian Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Rex Hartwig (6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2)
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game

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Feb 2 President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 2 Snow falls on Gibraltar
  • Feb 3 Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
  • Feb 5 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy
  • Feb 10 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
  • Feb 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Oslo won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 10 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Gundi Busch GER
  • Feb 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Hayes Alan Jenkins US
  • Feb 11 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • Feb 12 The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill
  • Feb 13 Frank Selvey scores 100 points for Furman beating Newberry 149-95
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

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Feb 14 Sen John F. Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 14 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation-Berkeley, California
  • Feb 15 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 18 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • Feb 20 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 20 General Zahedi wins election in Persia

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Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • Feb 23 Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
  • Feb 25 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
  • Feb 26 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
  • Feb 26 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
  • Feb 28 Patty Berg/Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • Feb 28 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Mar 1 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

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Mar 1 In spring training, baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 1 Rebellion during visit of pres Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die
  • Mar 1 US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Mar 4 James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • Mar 4 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 6 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 7 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 7 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • Mar 8 Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 9 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)

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Mar 9 Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Mar 9 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 11 US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
  • Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"
  • Mar 13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • Mar 13 Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
  • Mar 14 Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game
  • Mar 14 KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
  • Mar 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak

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Mar 15 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Mar 15 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 19 1st rocket-driven sled on rails tested in Alamogordo, NM
  • Mar 19 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 19 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 19 Weekes, Worrell & Walcott complete centuries in innings v England
  • Mar 20 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • Mar 20 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
  • Mar 20 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • Mar 21 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan
  • Mar 22 Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.
  • Mar 25 26th Academy Awards: "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor/actress
  • Mar 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical "Sacra virginitas" (On consecrated virginity)
  • Mar 25 RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
  • Mar 26 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Mar 28 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon & Kismet win
  • Mar 28 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
  • Mar 28 WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • Mar 31 USSR offers to join NATO
  • Apr 1 US Air Force Academy established
  • Apr 1 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
  • Apr 1 1st US Army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Apr 1 Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
  • Apr 1 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • Apr 3 "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • Apr 3 Don Perry climbs a 20' rope in under 2.8 seconds (AAU record)
  • Apr 4 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
  • Apr 5 Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
  • Apr 6 Mont Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • Apr 6 TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons
  • Apr 6 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Apr 7 German government refuses to recognize DDR
  • Apr 7 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
  • Apr 7 WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 8 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
  • Apr 9 WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 9 7th Cannes Film Festival: "Gate of Hell" directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Apr 10 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 10 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Royal Tan wins
  • Apr 11 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 18th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • Apr 12 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 12 Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
  • Apr 12 Bill Haley & Comets records "Rock Around Clock"
  • Apr 12 Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
  • Apr 13 Balt Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0

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Apr 13 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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Apr 13 Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Apr 14 Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
  • Apr 15 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • Apr 15 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • Apr 16 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 18 Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power & becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
  • Apr 18 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 19 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • Apr 19 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • Apr 20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Apr 21 Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR
  • Apr 21 USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
  • Apr 22 Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
  • Apr 22 NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • Apr 22 US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
  • Apr 22 USSR joins UNESCO
  • Apr 23 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • Apr 24 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • Apr 24 Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
  • Apr 24 WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1stFirst Solar Battery

Apr 25 Bell labs announces the 1st solar battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.

  • Apr 25 British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
  • Apr 25 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
  • Apr 25 WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 26 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
  • Apr 26 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 26 The Japanese film "Seven Samurai", starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Apr 30 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano/orch premieres in Haifa
  • May 1 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York aboard Determine wins in 2:03
  • May 1 Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
  • May 1 HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)
  • May 1 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 2 Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • May 3 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting

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May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A Lindbergh & John Patrick

  • May 3 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 5 Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
  • May 6 Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4) at Iffley Road,Oxford
  • May 7 French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • May 7 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • May 8 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
  • May 10 Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris