Historical Events in 1954

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  • 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

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Jan 4th Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 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)
  • 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

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Jan 12th Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 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.
  • Jan 16th "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances

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

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 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

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

  • Jan 23rd Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
  • Jan 23rd Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • Jan 24th BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter

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Jan 24th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jan 26th Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • Jan 28th 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns

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

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 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
  • Feb 1st The County soccer team forms 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

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Feb 2nd 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 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
  • 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

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

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 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

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 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
  • 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 performances
  • 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)

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

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Mar 9th WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 11th US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
  • 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

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Mar 14th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Mar 14th NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak

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

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 performances
  • 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

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

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

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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Apr 13th Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Apr 14th Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
  • Apr 15th KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15th Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • Apr 15th WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15th Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • Apr 16th KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16th Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 18th Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt
  • Apr 18th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 19th 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • Apr 19th 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • Apr 20th "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Apr 21st Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR
  • Apr 21st USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
  • Apr 22nd Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
  • Apr 22nd NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • Apr 22nd US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
  • Apr 22nd USSR joins UNESCO
  • Apr 23rd Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • Apr 24th 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • Apr 24th Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
  • Apr 24th WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25th Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC)
  • Apr 25th British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
  • Apr 25th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
  • Apr 25th WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 26th Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
  • Apr 26th Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

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

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

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May 2nd Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

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

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

  • May 3rd WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 4th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 5th Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
  • May 6th Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
  • May 7th French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • May 7th US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • May 8th 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA