On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1954

Historical Events

  • Cincinnati 1st baseman Ted Kluszewski hits 2 HRs in a 9-3 loss v Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; 1st Redleg to ever hit 40 MLB HRs, en route to season total 49
  • Hurricane Carol hits New England, 70 die, Costliest ever hurricane at the time and 1st storm name to be retired.
  • Indians beat Yanks 6-1 for record tying 26 wins in August (1931 A's)
  • WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Tula [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)
1954 Highlights

About August 31, 1954

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 67 years, 1 month and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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