July 1954 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Cards' Joe Cunningham hits 2 HRs for record 3 HRs in his 1st 2 days
  • Jul 2 Denis Compton scores 278 in 290 minutes v Pakistan
  • Jul 3 Food rationing ends in Britain
  • 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 6 Tunisian government of M'zali, resigns
  • Jul 7 Formation of the TANU party (Tanganyika African National Union ) in Tanzania
  • Jul 7 Steve Gilchrist, Canadian politician (Cabinet Minister and Member of Provincial Parliament, in Ontario), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 8 Military junta selects colonel Armas president of Guatemala
  • Jul 11 1st White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Miss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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 17 Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
  • Jul 17 Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany
  • Jul 20 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North & South
  • 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 27 Armistice divides Vietnam into two countries
  • Jul 28 Ernest Bloch's 4th string quartet premieres
  • Jul 30 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jul 31 First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 5 Leni Björklund, Swedish politician
  • Jul 15 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Oly-20-1996)
  • Jul 16 Jeanette Mott Oxford, American politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 Angela Merkel, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (2005-), born in Hamburg, West Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Jul 17 J. Michael Straczynski, American author
  • Jul 19 Srđa Trifković, Serbian-American journalist
  • Jul 26 Lawrence Watt-Evans, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Sword of Bheleu)
  • Jul 27 G. S. Bali, Indian politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 28 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1998-2013), born in Sabaneta, Barinas State, Venezuela (d. 2013)

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Jul 28 Gerd Faltings, German mathematician

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Football coach Al Davis (25) weds Carol Segal

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

Deaths in History

  • Jul 3 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (b. 1895)
  • Jul 10 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1877)
  • Jul 13 Irving Pichel, dies at 63
  • Jul 13 M C Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter/wife of Diego Rivera, dies at 47
  • Jul 14 Jacinto Benavente y Martinez, Spanish playwright, dies at 87
  • Jul 17 Dirk B Nanninga, painter, dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 18 George Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster, dies at 59

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • Jul 20 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), dies at 52
  • Jul 24 Mary Church Terrell, educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Hans Lodeizen, [Johan Frederik], poet (Travel to Congo), dies at 26