Historical Events in July 1954

  • Jul 1 Cards' Joe Cunningham hits 2 HRs for record 3 HRs in his 1st 2 days
  • Jul 1 Test Cricket debut of Khalid Hassan, 16 yrs 352, then world record
  • Jul 1 WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 68th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jaroslav Drobný beats Ken Rosewall (13-11 4-6 6-2 9-7)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jul 2 Denis Compton scores 278 in 290 minutes v Pakistan
  • Jul 3 "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
  • Jul 3 61st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats L Brough (6-2 7-5)
  • Jul 3 9th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Jul 3 Food rationing ends in Britain
  • Jul 4 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • Jul 4 FIFA World Cup: West Germany defeats Hungary 3-2 for footballs 5th World Cup in Bern
  • Jul 4 Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
  • Jul 5 B-52A bomber made its maiden flight
  • Jul 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Khalid Hassan aged 16 yrs, 356 days
  • Jul 5 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.
  • Jul 6 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 6 Tunisian government of M'zali, resigns
  • Jul 7 Formation of the TANU party (Tanganyika African National Union ) in Tanzania
  • Jul 8 KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 8 Military junta selects colonel Armas president of Guatemala
  • Jul 9 83rd British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
  • Jul 11 1st White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Miss
  • Jul 12 Major League Baseball Players Association founded

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Jul 12 President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jul 12 ANC President Albert Luthuli banned by South African Minister of Justice from attending public gatherings and confined to the magisterial district of Lower Tugela, Natal
  • Jul 13 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Jul 13 Dean Stone gets credit for AL win, although he didn't retire a batter, he threw out Shoendienst trying to steal home, AL-11 NL-9
  • Jul 14 117°F (47°C), East St Louis, Illinois (state record)
  • Jul 14 118°F (48°C), Warsaw & Union, Missouri (state record)
  • Jul 15 110°F (43°C) at Balcony Falls, Virginia (state record)
  • Jul 15 1st commercial jet transport plane built in US tested (Boeing 707)
  • Jul 15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 17 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • Jul 17 Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
  • Jul 17 Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany
  • Jul 18 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Inverness Four-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 18 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • Jul 20 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North & South
  • Jul 20 Tennis champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident
  • Jul 20 West German secret service head Otto John defects to German DR
  • Jul 21 At Geneva, France agrees to independence of North & South Vietnam
  • Jul 22 US Virgin Islands adopt constitution (Revised Organic Act)
  • Jul 22 WTHI TV channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 25 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Fort Wayne Golf Open
  • Jul 26 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 27 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller GC St Paul Minn
  • Jul 27 Armistice divides Vietnam into two countries
  • Jul 28 Ernest Bloch's 4th string quartet premieres

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 "On the Waterfront", directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, is released (Best Picture 1955)

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Jul 29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Jul 30 Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles

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Jul 30 Elvis Presley joins Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jul 30 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jul 31 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • Jul 31 First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.