Historical Events in April 1954

  • 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

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 5 Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"

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

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Apr 7 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

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

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