What Happened in December 1954

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Nationalist China & US sign dike agreement
  • Dec 1 Yanks send Miller, Segrist, Leppert & 2 minors to Orioles for Blayzka, Kryhoski, Johnson, Fridley & Del Guercio (completing 18 player deal)
  • Dec 2 Taiwan (ROC) & US sign the Mutual Defense Treaty, preventing Mainland China (PRC) from taking Taiwan between 1955-1979
  • Dec 2 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 2 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
  • Dec 2 US Senate censures Joeseph McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisc) for "conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor & disrepute"

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Dec 3 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
  • Dec 3 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 4 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Dec 4 The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA
  • Dec 5 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Dec 6 Simone de Beauvoir receives the Prix Goncourt prize in French literature

  • Dec 7 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
  • Dec 7 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 8 Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 8 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 9 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music

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Dec 10 Linus Pauling wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • Dec 10 Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 10 Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 11 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 11 USS Forrestal christened in Newport News, Va

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Dec 13 Elsa Schiaparelli's House of Schiaparelli at Place Vendôme in Paris closes

Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Fashion Designer
Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Dec 14 WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons
  • Dec 15 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
  • Dec 17 1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana)
  • Dec 17 WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 24 Council for the Protection of Children forms in Netherlands
  • Dec 24 Laos gains its independence
  • Dec 25 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 26 "The Shadow" airs for last time on radio
  • Dec 26 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
  • Dec 27 "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Dec 27 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • Dec 28 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 29 Kingdom of Netherlands, with Netherlands & Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being
  • Dec 30 "House of Flowers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 30 Harold Arlen and Truman Capotes musical "House of Flowers" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Bob Goen, TV host (Wheel of Fortune, Entertainment Tonight)
  • Dec 2 Dan Butler, actor (Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe-Frasier)
  • Dec 2 Danielle Alexander, country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 2 Huub Stapel, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned, Attic: Hiding of Anne Frank)
  • Dec 2 Stone Phillips, news host (NBC Dateline)
  • Dec 3 Paul Gregg, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • Dec 3 Grace Andreacchi, American author
  • Dec 4 Tony Todd, American actor and producer
  • Dec 5 Kathryn Young, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 6 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dec 6 Miles Chapin, American actor (French Postcards, Get Crazy, Funhouse), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 7 Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Italian entertainer
  • Dec 7 Julie Halston, actress (Juror, Drunks, Addams Family Values)
  • Dec 7 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 7 Mark Hofmann, American forger, bomber and convicted murderer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dec 8 Harold Hongju Koh, Korean-American Dean of Yale Law School
  • Dec 9 Herman Finkers, Dutch cabaret performer
  • Dec 9 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Dec 9 Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg politician, President of the European Commission (2014-), born in Redange, Luxembourg
  • Dec 10 Jack Hues, English musician
  • Dec 11 Bradley Dub Bryant, Amarillo TX, PGA golfer (1995 Walt Disney)
  • Dec 11 Jermaine Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Dec 11 Sylvester Clarke, cricketer (West Indian fast bowler & brick-thrower)
  • Dec 11 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic engineer
  • Dec 11 Santiago Creel, Mexican politician
  • Dec 12 Liz Claman, American television anchor
  • Dec 13 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • Dec 13 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Dec 13 Tamora Pierce, American author
  • Dec 14 Alan Kulwicki, Greenfield Wisc, NASCAR racer (Winston Cup)
  • Dec 14 Eva Mattes, Tegernsee Germany, actress (Celeste, Man Like Eva)
  • Dec 14 Hans William Schlegel, Oberlingen Germany, Astronaut (STS 55)
  • Dec 14 Ib Anderson, Copenhagen, ballet dancer
  • Dec 14 Steven Glenwood MacLean, astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 14 James Horan, American actor (General Hospital, Transformers Prime), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 15 Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
  • Dec 15 Justin Ross, American actor (Sinatra, Chorus Line, Fan, Quick Change), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 15 Mike Ratledge, author (2DAY & NEWDAY)/ratledgm@spawar.navy.mil
  • Dec 16 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Dec 18 Ray Liotta, actor (Goodfellas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 20 Michael Badalucco, American actor
  • Dec 20 Sandra Cisneros, American writer

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Dec 21 [Christine] Chris Evert, tennis champion (18 singles Gram Slams, 3 doubles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 22 Derick Parry, cricketer (WI off-spinner early 80's)
  • Dec 22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader
  • Dec 22 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver
  • Dec 23 Brian Teacher, tennis star, born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 25 Annie Lennox, Aberdeen Scotld, vocalist (Eurythmics-Sweet Dreams, Why)
  • Dec 25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • Dec 25 Steve Wariner, Noblesville Indiana, country singer (Small Town Girl)

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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 26 Ozzie Smith, Mobile AL, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Dec 26 Peter Woods, rocker (Romeo Void-Girl in Trouble)
  • Dec 26 Susan H Butcher, dog sled driver (Idatarod)
  • Dec 26 Ullrich Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 26 Walter Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 26 Peter Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, philanthropist and son of Sir Edmund Hillary, born in Auckland, New Zealand

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Dec 28 Denzel Washington, American actor (Dr Chandler-St Elsewhere), born in Mount Vernon, New York

  • Dec 28 Rosie Vela, American model and singer-songwriter (Zazu, Fool's Paradise), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Dec 28 Tony Rosato, Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), born in Naples, Italy (d. 2017)
  • Dec 29 Glenn Myernick, US soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Dec 29 Roger Voudouris, rock vocalist, born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 29 Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)
  • Dec 31 Alex Salmond, Scottish politician
  • Dec 31 Hermann Tilke, German racing circuit architect

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 29 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (24) weds Joan Archer

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • Dec 8 Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
  • Dec 13 John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
  • Dec 20 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 20 James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54
  • Dec 23 René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  • Dec 25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • Dec 25 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
  • Dec 25 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75