1954 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 315

  • May 5 Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
  • May 6 Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4) at Iffley Road,Oxford
  • May 7 French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • May 7 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • May 10 Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris
  • May 13 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • May 13 Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row
  • May 13 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 13 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots.
  • May 14 Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
  • May 17 US Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy v Ferguson decision
  • May 19 Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project

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May 20 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
  • May 22 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
  • May 24 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, NM
  • May 24 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
  • May 24 German airline Lufthansa forms
  • May 24 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
  • May 29 Pope Pius XII issues holy declaration
  • May 29 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.
  • May 30 Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)
  • May 30 Hector Villa-Lobos' "Odisseia de Uma Raca" premieres
  • 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

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Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 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

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Jun 30 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57
  • 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 8 Military junta selects colonel Armas president of Guatemala
  • Jul 11 1st White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Miss
  • Jul 12 President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aug 24 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • 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

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 196 of 196

  • Jul 26 Lawrence Watt-Evans, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Sword of Bheleu)
  • Jul 27 G. S. Bali, Indian politician

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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
  • 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)
  • Sep 1 Gabor Ormai, viola Player
  • Sep 5 Frederick Kempe, American author, journalist, and executive
  • Sep 6 Jon Erikson, US, 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981)
  • Sep 6 Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and political (R) candidate, born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 8 Mark Foley, American politician (R) (US Rep Florida 1995-2006), resigned after texting scandel
  • Sep 12 Russell G. Alexander, creator of Today In History v1.2
  • Sep 12 Jeff Jarvis, American journalist
  • Sep 15 7th marquess of Bristol, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Sep 15 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (d. 2007)
  • Sep 18 Murtaza Bhutto, politician
  • Sep 18 Takao Doi, astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 20 Anne Mcintosh, British member European parliament
  • Sep 20 Brinke Stevens, [Charlene Brinkman] Ca, actress (Slumber Party Massacre)

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Sep 21 Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-), born in Nagato

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Sep 24 Stephen Jones, art historian
  • Sep 27 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • Sep 29 Stephen Platt, editor (New Statesman & Society)

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Oct 3 Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], 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/producer (Evening Rush Hour)
  • 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 Jaap J Feenstra, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 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
  • Oct 27 Jan Duursema, American comic book artist
  • Oct 30 Mario Testino, Peruvian-born English fashion photographer
  • Nov 2 Pat Croce, American entrepreneur
  • Nov 3 Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)
  • Nov 3 Kevin P Chilton, Lt Col USAF/Astronaut (STS 49, 59, 76), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 6 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Nov 8 Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director
  • Nov 8 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author
  • Nov 11 Mary Gaitskill, American novelist
  • Nov 13 Scott McNealy, American CEO of Sun Microsystems

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Nov 14 Condoleezza Rice, 1st female African-American U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09), born in Birmingham, Alabama

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • Nov 15 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Białogard Poland, politician and President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • Nov 16 Andrea Barrett, American author
  • Nov 16 Dick Gross, Australian politician
  • Nov 17 Mark Brandon Read, Australian criminal
  • Nov 18 Guy Innes-Ker duke of Roxburghe, English large landowner
  • Nov 20 Steve Dahl, California, Chicago's anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM)
  • Nov 20 Berit Andnor, Swedish politician
  • Nov 22 Paolo Gentiloni, Italian politician, Prime Minister (2016-), born in Rome
  • Nov 23 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • Nov 26 Roz Chast, American cartoonist
  • Nov 26 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • Dec 3 Grace Andreacchi, American author
  • Dec 7 Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Italian entertainer
  • Dec 7 Mark Hofmann, American forger and bomber
  • Dec 8 Harold Hongju Koh, Korean-American Dean of Yale Law School
  • Dec 9 Herman Finkers, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Dec 11 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic engineer
  • Dec 11 Santiago Creel, Mexican politician
  • Dec 12 Liz Claman, American television anchor
  • Dec 13 Tamora Pierce, American author
  • Dec 14 Hans William Schlegel, Oberlingen Germany, Astronaut (STS 55)
  • Dec 14 Steven Glenwood MacLean, astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 15 Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
  • Dec 15 Mike Ratledge, author (2DAY & NEWDAY)/ratledgm@spawar.navy.mil
  • Dec 20 Sandra Cisneros, American writer
  • Dec 22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader

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Dec 25 Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Mexican drug lord and escape artist, born in La Tuna, Sinaloa, Mexico (or April 4th, 1957)

  • Dec 29 Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)
  • Dec 31 Alex Salmond, Scottish politician
  • Dec 31 Hermann Tilke, German racing circuit architect

Weddings in History


Deaths in History