On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1954

Historical Events

  • 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • Construction of Disneyland commences
  • Theodor Heuss re-elected president of West Germany

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestAngela Merkel

Angela Merkel, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (2005-), born in Hamburg, West Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Eduardo Romero, Argentine golfer (Tradition 2006, US Senior Open 2008), born in C√≥rdoba, Argentina
  • J. Michael Straczynski, American television screenwriter, producer, comic book writer and director (Babylon 5, Jeremiah, Changeling), born in Paterson, New Jersey

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx

Famous Deaths

  • Dirk Berend Nanninga, Dutch painter, dies at 85
1954 Highlights

About July 17, 1954

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 67 years, 3 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Cancer