On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1954

Historical Events

  • 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
  • 1st US Army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC

Sports History

Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe scores 2 goals and an assist, and sets a Stanley Cup playoff record for fastest goal from the start of a game (:09) in a 4-3 2OT win over Toronto in Game 5 of the Semi-Finals

  • Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
  • US Air Force Academy established
  • WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Giancarlo Antognoni, Italian soccer midfielder (73 caps; Fiorentina 341 games), born in Marsciano, Italy
  • Jeff Porcaro, American drummer (Toto - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1992)
  • Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
1954 Highlights

About April 1, 1954

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 67 years, 7 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries