What Happened in 1954

Significant Events

  • Jan 7 Georgetown-IBM experiment, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM's head office in New York
  • Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
  • Mar 1 US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Mar 22 1st shopping mall opens in Southfield, Michigan
  • Apr 7 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
  • Apr 18 Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power & becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
  • Apr 25 Bell labs announces the 1st solar battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.
  • May 6 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road, Oxford
  • Jun 27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • Jul 20 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North & South
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Did You Know?

USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames River in Connecticut

On January 21, 1954


World Leaders in 1954

Famous People in 1954

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 18 Oscar-winning actress Susan Hayward (37) divorces actor Jess Barker (42) after nine years of marriage
  • Nov 1 Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur due to drunken violence after 7 years of marriage
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