What Happened on January 20, 1954

Historical Events

  • -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)
  • -70°F measured at Rogers Pass, Montana (record low temperature in the contiguous US)

Music Concert

Dmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres

Music History

Herman Wouk's stage drama "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", adpated from his novel "The Caine Mutiny", starring Henry Fonda, and directed by Charles Laughton, premieres at the Plymouth Theatre, NYC; runs for 415 performances

  • The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
1954 History

Famous Deaths

  • Fred Root, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC, Worcestershire CCC), dies at 63
  • Warren Bardsley, Australian cricket batsman (41 Tests, 6 x 100, 14 x 50, HS 193no; NSWCA), dies at 71

About January 20, 1954

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 69 years, 8 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Oh Mein Papa - Eddie Calvert