On This Day

What Happened on April 26, 1954

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Release

"Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Mass trials of Jonas Salk's anti-polio vaccine begin; the first shot is delivered in Fairfax County, Virginia; more than 443,000 children receive shots over three months

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • USSR Supreme Soviet transfer the Crimean oblast from Russian SFSR to Ukrainian SSR
1954 Highlights

About April 26, 1954

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 7 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Taurus