March 1954 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members
  • Mar 1 Rebellion during visit of pres Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die
  • Mar 1 US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Mar 4 James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • Mar 4 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • Mar 8 Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia

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

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
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  • Mar 11 US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
  • Mar 13 Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
  • Mar 19 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 19 1st rocket-driven sled on rails tested in Alamogordo, NM
  • Mar 19 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 19 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 19 Weekes, Worrell & Walcott complete centuries in innings v England
  • Mar 20 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • Mar 22 First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan
  • Mar 22 Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.
  • Mar 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical "Sacra virginitas" (On consecrated virginity)
  • Mar 25 RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
  • Mar 26 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Mar 28 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon & Kismet win
  • Mar 31 USSR offers to join NATO

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • Mar 4 Catherine O'Hara, comedienne (Beetlejuice, SCTV), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 4 Mark Chorvinsky, American author and editor (d. 2005)
  • Mar 4 François Fillon, French politician, Prime Minister of France
  • Mar 4 Willie Thorne, English snooker player
  • Mar 9 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA member and leader of the hunger strike at Maze Prison where he died in 1981
  • Mar 11 Gale Norton, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • Mar 12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • Mar 13 Robin Duke, comedienne (SNL, SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 16 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 18 James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
  • Mar 19 Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • Mar 20 Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • Mar 24 Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
  • Mar 26 Piers Gardner, director (British Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
  • Mar 28 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 29 Karen Anne Quinlan, NJ, famous comatose patient (right to die case)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 5 Julian Lowell Coolidge, mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Otto Diels, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
  • Mar 9 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (b. 1874)
  • Mar 17 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor, dies at 88
  • Mar 28 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69