Historical Events in June 1954

  • Jun 1 Emile Zatopek runs record 6 mile: (27:59.2)/10,000m (28:54.2)
  • Jun 2 John Costello (Cons) becomes premier of Ireland
  • Jun 4 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  • Jun 4 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • Jun 5 "Your Show Of Shows" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 5 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ecclesiae fastos
  • Jun 6 Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 7 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)

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Jun 9 Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Jun 10 KQED TV channel 9 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 10 PBS reaches SF: KQED (Channel 9) starts broadcasting
  • Jun 12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • Jun 12 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 12 Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is originally released
  • Jun 12 Milwaukee Braves Jim Wilson no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • Jun 13 Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, laid in Bronx

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Jun 14 President Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jun 15 Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factories nationalized
  • Jun 15 UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland.
  • Jun 16 Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months
  • Jun 16 Ngo Dinh Diem elected president of Vietnam

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Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles

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Jun 17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jun 17 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
  • Jun 18 Pierre Mendèsforms French government
  • Jun 18 4th Berlin International Film Festival: "Hobson's Choice" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 19 54th US Golf Open: Ed Furgol shoots a 284 at Baltusrol GC in NJ
  • Jun 19 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 19 Tasmanian Devil debuts in "Devil May Hare" by Warner Bros
  • Jun 21 John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0)
  • Jun 22 Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
  • Jun 23 122°F (50°C), Overton, Nevada (state record until June 29, 1994)
  • Jun 24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 perf
  • Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • Jun 27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • Jun 27 CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
  • Jun 28 111°F (44°C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)

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Jun 29 US Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr Robert Oppenheimer

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Jun 30 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57
  • Jun 30 Yank pitcher Tom Morgan ties record by hitting 3 batters in 1 inning This was also Bobby Brown's last game; he retired to become a doctor