April 1954 in History

Events in History

  • 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 2 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • Apr 3 Don Perry climbs a 20' rope in under 2.8 seconds (AAU record)
  • 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 12 Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
  • Apr 12 Bill Haley & Comets records "Rock Around Clock"
  • Apr 12 Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"

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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 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • Apr 18 Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power & becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
  • 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 US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
  • Apr 22 USSR joins UNESCO
  • Apr 24 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • Apr 24 Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations

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 26 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva

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Apr 26 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • Apr 30 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano/orch premieres in Haifa

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 5 Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
  • Apr 8 G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
  • Apr 13 Barbara Roche, British politician (L), immigration minister
  • Apr 14 Bruce Sterling, US, sci-fi author (Involution Ocean, Schismatrix)
  • Apr 24 Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
  • Apr 29 Bill Paxon, (Rep-R-New York)

Deaths in History

  • Apr 10 Auguste Lumière, French photograph/movie pioneer, dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79
  • Apr 13 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (b. 1890)
  • Apr 17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • Apr 25 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • Apr 28 Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • Apr 29 Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier, dies at 82