On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1954

Historical Events

Sports History

American tennis champion Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in a horse riding accident ending a brilliant career at just 19

  • West German secret service head Otto John defects to East Germany (DDR)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jay Jay French [Segall], American rock guitarist (Twisted Sister), born in NYC, New York
  • Moira Harris, American stage and screen actress (Steppenwolf Theater; One More Saturday Night), born in Pontiac, Michigan

Famous Deaths

  • Blair Moody, American journalist (US Senator (D)-Michigan, 1951-52), dies at 52
1954 Highlights

About July 20, 1954

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 67 years, 4 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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