August 1954 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 South African Natives Resettlement Act comes into being, empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg
  • Aug 2 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia
  • Aug 3 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  • Aug 4 Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
  • Aug 4 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla.
  • Aug 7 Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
  • Aug 7 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • Aug 10 Dutch Indonesian Union breaks up
  • Aug 10 At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.
  • Aug 11 BC Lions plays its 1st CF game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • Aug 11 Formal peace ends 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French & Communist Viet Minh
  • Aug 12 Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
  • Aug 15 Alfredo Stroessner names himself president of Paraguay
  • Aug 16 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood
  • Aug 18 James E. Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting
  • Aug 19 Ralph J Bunche named undersecretary of UN

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Aug 23 President Getulio Vargas of Brazil resigns temporarily

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • Aug 23 First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

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Aug 24 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 24 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
  • Aug 24 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante" premieres in London
  • Aug 29 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens
  • Aug 30 Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast
  • Aug 31 Hurricane Carol hits New England, 70 die, Costliest ever hurricane at the time and 1st storm name to be retired.
  • Aug 31 Indians beat Yanks 6-1 for record tying 26 wins in August (1931 A's)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • Aug 3 Denise Craig, WBL forward (Dayton Rockettes, NY Stars)
  • Aug 5 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Bx NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • Aug 6 Carl C Perkins, (Rep-D-KY, 1984- )

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Aug 12 François Hollande, 24th President of France (Socialist: 2012-), born in Rouen, France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • Aug 13 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Aug 13 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 14 Monica Baltodano, Leon, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution commander
  • Aug 15 Mary Jo Salter, American poet

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Aug 15 Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden (d. 2004)

  • Aug 18 Umberto Guidoni, PhD/astronaut (STS 75), born in Rome, Italy
  • Aug 20 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (d. 2007)
  • Aug 26 Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
  • Aug 27 Mike Kelley, Wayne, Michigan, artist (More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 28 George Church, American geneticist
  • Aug 29 Michael P[aul] Kube-McDowell, US, sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery)
  • Aug 30 Gerard Hadders, Dutch postage stamp designer (1991 children stamp)
  • Aug 30 Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  • Aug 31 Tula, [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies

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Aug 3 Colette, [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • Aug 6 Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
  • Aug 11 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)

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Aug 14 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • Aug 19 Alcide de Gasperi, Italian premier (1945..53), dies at 73

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Aug 24 Getulio D Vargas, President and dictator of Brazil: 1930-45, 51-54, suicide at 71

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas