October 1954 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 British colony of Nigeria becomes a federation
  • Oct 2 Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal, India
  • Oct 3 "Father Knows Best" premieres
  • Oct 5 Hurricane Hazel forms in the Caribbean, killing 400-1000 people inthe Bahamas and Haiti
  • Oct 7 Hassan el Hodeiby, leader of the Muslim Brothership, arrested in Egypt
  • Oct 7 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ad Sinarum gentem

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Oct 10 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Oct 11 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ad caeli Reginam
  • Oct 13 Robert Paul Smith and Max Shulman's "Tender Trap" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 14 Israeli act of revenge in Qibiya Jordan, kills 53
  • Oct 15 Hurricane Hazel makes landfall in the US in North Carolina as a category 4 hurricane, 195 die in US and Canada
  • Oct 17 Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash (49-21)
  • Oct 18 Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit the US, killing 195 in US and Canada
  • Oct 18 Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
  • Oct 19 Egypt & Great Britain sign treaty; British troops departs
  • Oct 19 First ascent of Cho Oyu, sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 metres

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Oct 21 Dorothy Parker/Arnaud d'Usseau's "Ladies of the Corridor" premieres

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker
  • Oct 21 Indonesian troops land in New-Guinea
  • Oct 22 West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Oct 23 Britain, France & USSR agree to end occupation of Germany
  • Oct 23 Pakistan Governor-General Ghoelan Mohammed disbands parliament

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Oct 24 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States' support to South Vietnam

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Oct 26 Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
  • Oct 26 Trieste returned to Italy.

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Oct 27 President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Oct 27 Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.
  • Oct 28 N Richard Nash' "Rainmaker" premieres in NYC

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Oct 28 Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Ernest Hemingway

  • Oct 29 Colonel Nasser disbands Muslim Brotherhood
  • Oct 29 Sweden begins experimental TV
  • Oct 30 US Defense Department announces elimination of all racially segregated regiments
  • Oct 31 Algerian Revolution against French begins

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", born in Murgon, Queensland (d. 1999)

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Oct 3 Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], American minister and civil rights activist (Keepin' It Real), born in Brooklyn, New York

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • Oct 10 "Maestro" Jimmy Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues)
  • Oct 12 Tom Blomberg, Dutch radio host and producer (Evening Rush Hour), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Mordechai Vanunu, Israeli nuclear technician
  • Oct 13 Claude Ribbe, French historian
  • Oct 14 Carole Malone, English newspaper columnist
  • Oct 19 Deborah Blum, American writer
  • Oct 20 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • Oct 21 Brian Tobin, Canadian premier of Newfoundland
  • Oct 22 Carla Dunlap, bodybuilder (Pumping Iron 2), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 24 Brad Sherman, American politician
  • Oct 24 Thomas J. Mulcair, Quebec politician
  • Oct 24 Mike Rounds, American politician
  • Oct 24 Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2015-), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 24 Wang Jianlin, Chinese businessman and founder of Dalian Wanda Group, born in Cangxi County, Sichuan Province
  • Oct 27 Jan Duursema, American comic book artist
  • Oct 30 Mario Testino, Peruvian-born English fashion photographer

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Philippine president Corazon Aquino (21) weds Tarlac governor Benigno Aquino Jr (22) in Pasay City, Philippines

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino

Deaths in History

  • Oct 8 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • Oct 12 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, dies in a plane crash of his experiential F-100 Super Sabre at 36
  • Oct 22 Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer/pilot, dies at 54
  • Oct 22 Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
  • Oct 26 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies