What Happened in February 1954

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • Feb 1 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
  • Feb 1 Dutch soccer club De Graafschap "The County" forms in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley 6-3, 6-4 for the 2nd of her 2 Australian singles titles
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Mervyn Rose wins his first Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Rex Hartwig 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game

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Feb 2 President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 2 Snow falls on Gibraltar

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Feb 2 "The Nutcracker" ballet choreographed by George Balanchine with Maria Tallchief as the Sugar Plum Fairy opens in New York, establishes its popularity in the US

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief
  • Feb 3 Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
  • Feb 5 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy
  • Feb 10 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
  • Feb 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Oslo won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 10 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Gundi Busch GER

  • Feb 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Hayes Alan Jenkins US
  • Feb 11 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • Feb 12 The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill
  • Feb 13 Frank Selvey scores 100 points for Furman beating Newberry 149-95

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Feb 14 Senator John F. Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 14 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation at Berkeley, California
  • Feb 15 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 18 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 General Zahedi wins election in Persia

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Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • Feb 23 Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
  • Feb 25 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
  • Feb 26 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
  • Feb 26 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
  • Feb 28 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Billy Mumy, American actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte), born in San Gabriel, California
  • Feb 1 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 2 Christie Brinkley, [Ex-Mrs Billy Joel], American model and actress (SI, Vacation), born in Monroe, Michigan
  • Feb 2 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • Feb 2 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • Feb 3 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 5 Roseanne Katan, American model, actress and Playboy playmate (Sep 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Cliff Martinez, American musician, born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 6 Scott Kempner, American rhythm guitarist (Del-Lords), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Feb 7 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • Feb 7 Dieter Bohlen German composer
  • Feb 7 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • Feb 9 Ulrich Walter, German FR, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • Feb 9 Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 9 Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist
  • Feb 9 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 10 Larry McWilliams, baseball player
  • Feb 11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • Feb 11 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter
  • Feb 12 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • Feb 12 Philip Zimmermann, US cryptographer, born in Camden, New Jersey

Person of interestMatt Groening

Feb 15 Matt Groening, American cartoonist and writer (Life in Hell, The Simpsons, Futurama), born in Portland, Oregon

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Matt Groening
  • Feb 15 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 16 Iain [Menzies] Banks, UK, sci-fi author (Wasp Factory), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 16 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • Feb 16 Margaux Hemingway, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Feb 17 Rene Russo, actress (Ransom)

Person of interestJohn Travolta

Feb 18 John Travolta, American actor (Grease, Pulp Fiction), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • Feb 19 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • Feb 19 Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • Feb 19 Socrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian footballer, born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • Feb 20 Anthony Stewart Head, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Feb 20 Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)
  • Feb 20 Patty Hearst Shaw, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 20 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
  • Feb 21 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 23 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • Feb 24 Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby
  • Feb 24 Plastic Bertrand [Roger François Jouret], Belgian singer (Ça plane pour moi), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Feb 25 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)
  • Feb 25 John Doe, American musician
  • Feb 26 John Bolger, American actor (Capt Gabe McNamara-Another World), born in New York City
  • Feb 26 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, born in Kasımpaşa, Istanbul
  • Feb 27 Neal Schon, American rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English), born in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • Feb 28 Brian Billick, American football coach

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Actor Leonard Nimoy (22) weds actress Sandra Zober

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister and daily newspaper publisher (Last News), dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Theodor Rogalski, Romanian composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 4 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 8 Mabel Paige, actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73
  • Feb 11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • Feb 12 Dziga Vertov, [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian and editor of Harper's Magazine, dies at 63
  • Feb 17 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • Feb 26 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, dies at 93