June 1954 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ecclesiae fastos
  • 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 PBS reaches SF: KQED (Channel 9) starts broadcasting
  • Jun 12 Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is originally released
  • 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
  • Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.
  • 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 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 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

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Jun 30 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 6 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 6 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • Jun 7 Louise Erdrich, American author
  • Jun 8 Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister
  • Jun 9 George Pérez, American comic book artist
  • Jun 9 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer
  • Jun 12 Neil Oatley, English engineer
  • Jun 13 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician
  • Jun 13 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian economist (Minister of Finance 2011-15), born in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State
  • Jun 15 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • Jun 16 Jeffrey S Ashby, astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 19 Jim Cooper, (Rep-D-TN, 1983- )
  • Jun 19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • Jun 20 Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • Jun 21 Mark Kimmitt, US Army general
  • Jun 21 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer
  • Jun 22 Charles T Canady, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • Jun 30 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2004)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 23 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg (21) weds taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (b. 1869)
  • Jun 4 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • Jun 7 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41
  • Jun 21 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • Jun 25 Eduard M Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • Jun 28 Red deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26