On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 President Eisenhower announces the detonation of the world's 1st hydrogen bomb (tested in 1952)

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
Ballerina
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 President Dwight Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship at Oslo: Ice Dancing - won by Great Britain's team of Jean Westwood and Lawrence Demmy
  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship at Oslo: Pairs - won by Canadian team of Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden
  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship in Oslo: Ladies - won by West Germany's Gundi Busch

  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship in Oslo: Men - won by American Hayes Alan Jenkins
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine takes place at Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh

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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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  • 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, Massachusetts
  • 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 pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and television personality, born in Berne, West Germany
  • 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, American major baseball pitcher, 1978-90, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Feb 11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 11 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter, born in New York
  • 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
Cartoonist
Matt Groening
  • Feb 15 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 15 Brad Little, American politician, Governor of Idaho (2019-), born in Emmett, Idaho
  • 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, American model and actress (Ransom), born in Burbank, California

Person of interestJohn Travolta

Feb 18 John Travolta, American actor (Welcome Back, Kotter; Saturday Night Fever; Pulp Fiction), and singer (Grease - "You're The One That I Want"), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • Feb 19 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • Feb 19 Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • Feb 19 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • Feb 19 Michael Gira, American rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Swans; Angels of Light.0, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 Anthony Stewart Head, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Feb 20 Jon Brant, American rock bassist (Cheap Trick, 1981-87), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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

Person of interestRecep Tayyip Erdoğan

Feb 26 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, born in Kasımpaşa, Istanbul

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Feb 27 Neal Schon, American rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English), born in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • Feb 27 JoAnn Falletta, American conductor (Virginia Symphony, 1991-2020; Buffalo Philharmonic, 1999-present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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 & 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, Dutch children's pioneering paediatrician, dies at 72
  • Feb 26 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, dies at 93