Historical Events in January 1954

  • 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, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM's head office in New York
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand 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 Amintore 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 River in 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 Groundbreaking 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