What Happened in June 1954

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Czech distance runner Emile Zatopek breaks his own 10,000m world record, clocking 28:54.2 in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jun 2 John Costello (Cons) becomes premier of Ireland
  • Jun 4 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  • Jun 4 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • Jun 5 "Your Show Of Shows" last airs on NBC-TV

Catholic Encyclical

Jun 5 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ecclesiae fastos

  • Jun 7 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)

Historic Event

Jun 9 Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings

  • Jun 10 KQED TV channel 9 in San Francisco, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 10 PBS reaches SF: KQED (Channel 9) starts broadcasting
  • Jun 12 "Girl in Pink Tights" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • Jun 12 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8

Music History

Jun 12 Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is originally released

  • Jun 12 Milwaukee Braves spot starting pitcher Jim Wilson throws first no-hitter in history of County Stadium when he blanks Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0
  • Jun 13 Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine laid in Bronx

Historic Event

Jun 14 President Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge

  • Jun 15 Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factories nationalized
  • Jun 15 UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland
  • Jun 16 Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months

Election of Interest

Jun 16 Ngô Đình Diệm elected Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam (South Vietnam)

Historic Event

Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC

  • Jun 17 Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends
  • Jun 18 4th Berlin International Film Festival: "Hobson's Choice" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 18 Pierre Mendès forms French government

Sports History

Jun 19 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Glen Flora CC: Betty Jameson wins 6 & 5 over Louise Suggs in the final

  • Jun 19 Tasmanian Devil debuts in "Devil May Hare" by Warner Bros
  • Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Ed Furgol wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler
  • Jun 21 Australian middle distance runner John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) in Turku, Finland
  • Jun 22 Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
  • Jun 23 122°F (50°C), Overton, Nevada (state record until June 29, 1994)
  • Jun 24 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances

Sports History

Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4

  • Jun 27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • Jun 27 CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
  • Jun 27 Hungary beats Brazil, 4-2 in the "Battle of Berne" as FIFA World Cup quarter-final descends into an all-out brawl with 3 players sent-off; fighting continues in dressing rooms after final whistle
  • Jun 28 111°F (44°C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)

Historic Event

Jun 29 US Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr Robert Oppenheimer

  • Jun 30 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 Dennis Haysbert, American actor (Allstate Insurance, The Unit), born in San Mateo, California
  • Jun 2 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles - "Eternal Flame"; "Walk Like an Egyptian")
  • Jun 3 Dan Hill, Canadian pop singer and songwriter ("Sometimes When We Touch"; "Can't We Try"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 3 Wally Weir, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Verdun, Quebec
  • Jun 4 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), born in. Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2008)
  • Jun 4 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (d. 2014)
  • Jun 4 Scott Earl Holman, American jazz pianist, and composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 5 Haluk Bilginer, Turkish actor (Şahsiyet series, EastEnders), born in Izmir, Turkey
  • Jun 5 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden - "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter"), born in London, England
  • Jun 5 Nancy Stafford [Nancy Elizabeth], American actress (Joan-St Elsewhere, 1977 Miss Florida), born in Wilton Manors, Florida
  • Jun 5 Peter Erskine, American jazz drummer (Weather Report, 1978-82; Jaco Pastorious, 1982-87; Bob Mintzer; Elaine Elias), born in Somers Point, New Jersey
  • Jun 5 Phil Neale, English cricket coach (England 1999-2020; Northamptonshire CCC, Warwickshire CCC), born in Scunthorpe
  • Jun 6 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • Jun 6 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 7 Louise Erdrich, American author (Love Medicine, The Bingo Palace), born in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Jun 7 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 8 Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister
  • Jun 9 George Pérez, American comic book artist (The Avenger; Teen Titans), born in New York City (d. 2022)
  • Jun 9 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer (Wicked), born in Albany, New York
  • Jun 9 Pete Byrne Bath, English rocker (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, Somerset
  • Jun 10 Raul Rekow, American percussionist and conguero (Santana, 1976-2013), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 10 Richard "Rich" Hall, American comedian, writer, and musician (Saturday Night Live, Fridays, Not Necessarily the News), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jun 11 Gary Fencik, American NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 11 John Dyson, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman), born in Kogarah, Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 11 Johnny Neel, American musician, singer and songwriter (The Allman Brothers Band; Gov't Mule; Dickey Betts), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jun 12 Neil Oatley, English engineer, born in Camberwell, London
  • Jun 12 Tineke Schouten, Dutch TV host and comedian, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 13 (Guillermo) "Jorge" Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Malo - "Suavecito"), born in Autlán de Navarro (d. 2020)
  • Jun 13 (Robert) "Bo" Donaldson, American rock vocalist (The Heywoods - "Billy Don't Be a Hero"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jun 13 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician (Deputy Prime Minister of Poland), born in Stowięcino, Poland (d. 2011)
  • Jun 13 Daniel Seemiller, American table tennis player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 13 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian economist (Minister of Finance 2011-15), born in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State
  • Jun 13 Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 14 Will Patton, American actor (No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jun 15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 James Belushi, American comedian (Saturday Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 15 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • Jun 15 Terri Gibbs, American blind country music singer ("Somebody's Knockin'"), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 16 Doane Perry, American musician, composer, and author (Jethro Tull), born in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York
  • Jun 16 Gary Roberts, Irish guitarist (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jun 16 Jeffrey S. Ashby, American astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 17 Mark Linn-Baker, American actor (Perfect Strangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 18 Viktor Mazin, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold USSR 60kg [5 x WR] 1980), born in Chernovskiye Kopi, Russia (d. 2022)
  • Jun 18 William Beard, American session and touring rock drummer (Face To Face; Sessions Americana), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 19 "Taz" Tasmanian Devil, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson and Warren Foster, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Devil May Hare"
  • Jun 19 Jim Cooper, American politician (Rep-D-TN, 1983- ), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 19 Kathleen Turner, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • Jun 19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • Jun 20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • Jun 20 Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • Jun 20 Michael Anthony [Sobolewski], American rock bassist/singer (Van Halen - "Pretty Woman"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 21 Anne Kirkbride, English actress (Deidre-Coronation Street), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • Jun 21 Jeremy Coney, New Zealand cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jun 21 Mark Kimmitt, American Army general, 16th Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2008-9), born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • Jun 21 Müjde Ar, Turkish film actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jun 21 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer (Die Vertreibung aus der Hölle), born in Vienna
  • Jun 21 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (Eldin-Murphy Brown), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 22 Amparo Munoz, Spanish Miss Universe (1974), born in Malgra, Spain
  • Jun 22 Bobby Valentino, rocker (Fabulous Poodles)
  • Jun 22 Charles T. Canady, American attorney, judge and politician (Chief Justice Florida Supreme Court 2018-, Rep-R-Florida 1993-2001), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Jun 22 Chris Lemmon, American actor (Wishmaster, Duet), born in Los Angeles, California [or Jan 22]
  • Jun 22 Freddie Prinze, American comedian and actor (Chico & the Man), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 Julius Williams, American contemporary classical composer (Midnight Tolls), conductor, and music educator (Berklee), born in The Bronx, NYC
  • Jun 25 Daryush Shokof, Iranian filmmaker (Hitler's Grave), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Jun 25 David Paich, American rock keyboardist (Toto - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 25 John C. Kimmel, American horse trainer, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jun 25 Lina Romay, Spanish actress (Conan the Barbarian), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
  • Jun 25 Ric Browde, American record producer (Ted Nugent; Poison; Joan Jett; W.A.S.P.), born in the USA
  • Jun 25 Sonia Sotomayor, American judge (1st woman of color on the US Supreme Court 2009-), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 28 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), born in Edinburgh (d. 2016)
  • Jun 28 Alice Krige, South African actress (Chariots of Fire, Ladykiller), born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Jun 28 Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jun 29 Rick Honeycutt, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jun 30 Bryn Burrows, British rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles - "Mirror Star"), born in England
  • Jun 30 Pierre Charles, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica, born in Grand Bay, Dominica (d. 2004)
  • Jun 30 Serzh Sargsyan, Armenian politician, President of Armenia (2008-18), born in Stepanakert, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 1 Marriage of the parents of Diana, Princess of Wales; Frances Roche (18) to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, later Earl of Spencer (30) at Westminster Abbey (divorced 1969)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Jun 23 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg (21) weds taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (Pelle Erobreren), dies at 84
  • Jun 4 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58

Alan Turing

Jun 7 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41 (b. 1912)

  • Jun 9 Alain LeRoy Locke, African-American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”, dies at 68
  • Jun 10 Will Rossiter, British-American songwriter and music publisher, dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Nikolai Obukhov, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 17 Donato "Danny" Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (The Esquires; Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), died of broken neck suffered falling down a staircase at 33
  • Jun 18 Albert Patterson, American politician and attorney, asassinated in Phenix City, Alabama, shortly after his designation as the Democratic candidate for Alabama Attorney General, at 60
  • Jun 21 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • Jun 22 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • Jun 22 Karl Taylor Compton, American physicist and 9th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dies at 66
  • Jun 25 Eduard M. Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, dies at 83
  • Jun 28 Red Deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)