Historical Events in March 1954

  • 1st 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1st Rebellion during visit of pres Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die
  • 1st US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • 4th James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • 4th Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • 5th "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • 6th 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • 7th Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • 7th Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • 8th Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
  • 9th 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)

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

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

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12th 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 13th Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • 13th Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
  • 14th Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game
  • 14th KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
  • 14th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 14th NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak

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

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 15th WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 19th 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 19th 1st rocket-driven sled on rails tested in Alamogordo, NM
  • 19th US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • 19th US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • 19th Weekes, Worrell & Walcott complete centuries in innings v England
  • 20th "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • 20th 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
  • 20th 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • 21st KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 22nd First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan
  • 22nd Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.

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25th 26th Academy Awards: "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor/actress

  • 25th Pope Pius XII encyclical "Sacra virginitas" (On consecrated virginity)
  • 25th RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
  • 26th US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • 28th 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon & Kismet win
  • 28th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
  • 28th WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
  • 30th Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • 31st USSR offers to join NATO