What Happened on January 1, 1954

Historical Events

  • 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • NBC broadcasts 1st live color US coast-to-coast telecast, the Tournament of Roses Parade, from Pasadena, California
  • Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast

Event of Interest

Yugoslav parliament chairman and Vice President Milovan Djilas criticizes communism

1954 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Menendez, American politician (Senator-D-New Jersey 2006-), born in New York City
  • F.R. David [Elli Fitoussi], French pop singer-songwriter ("Words"), born in Menzel Bourguiba, French Tunisia
  • Richard Gibson, British actor (Allo Allo! -"Herr Flick"), born in Kampala, Protectorate of Uganda
Born in 1954

Famous Deaths

  • Duff Cooper, British diplomat & writer, dies at 63

About January 1, 1954

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 69 years, 8 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Answer Me - David Whitfield