What Happened in March 1954

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone In spring training

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 1 Rebellion in Egypt during visit of president Naguib to Khartoum, Sudan, 30 die
  • Mar 1 US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Mar 4 James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • Mar 4 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 6 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 7 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • Mar 8 Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 9 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Mar 9 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 11 US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Mar 13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron

  • Mar 13 Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
  • Mar 14 Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game
  • Mar 14 KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
  • Mar 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Mar 15 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 19 1st rocket-driven sled on rails tested in Alamogordo, NM
  • Mar 19 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 19 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • Mar 19 Weekes, Worrell & Walcott complete centuries in innings for the West Indies v England
  • Mar 20 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • Mar 20 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
  • Mar 20 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • Mar 21 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22 Northland Center, the world's largest shopping mall of the time, opens in Oakpark, Michigan
  • Mar 22 Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 25 26th Academy Awards: "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor, actress

  • Mar 25 Pope Pius XII encyclical "Sacra virginitas" (On consecrated virginity)
  • Mar 25 RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
  • Mar 26 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Mar 28 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon & Kismet win
  • Mar 28 WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • Mar 31 USSR offers to join NATO

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Ron Howard, Oklahoma, American actor and director (American Graffiti, Happy Days)
  • Mar 1 Catherine Bach, Warren Oh, actress (Daisey Duke-The Dukes of Hazzard)
  • Mar 1 Janis Gill, singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo-Midnight Girl), born in Torrance, California
  • Mar 2 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • Mar 3 Keith Carlton Fergus, PGA golfer (1995 Honda Classic-8th), born in Temple, Texas
  • Mar 3 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Mar 4 Peter Jacobsen, American PGA golfer (1990 Bob Hope), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 4 Mark Chorvinsky, American author, editor and publisher of "Strange Magazine," born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Mar 4 François Fillon, French politician and Prime Minister of France (2007-12), born in Le Mans, Sarthe, France
  • Mar 4 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), born in Leicester, England
  • Mar 4 Catherine O'Hara, Canadian actress (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Mar 5 Marsha Warfield, comedian/actress (Roz-Night Court)
  • Mar 7 Matt Frenette, rock drummer (Loverboy)
  • Mar 8 Cheryl Baker, rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • Mar 8 David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
  • Mar 8 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Mar 9 Charmain Elaine Sylvers, American rocker (The Sylvers), born in Watts, Los Angeles
  • Mar 9 Kevin Wade, American screen writer (Working Girls), born in Chappaqua, New York
  • Mar 9 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA member and leader of the hunger strike at Maze Prison where he died, born in Newtownabbey, Northern Abbey (d. 1981)
  • Mar 11 Gale Norton, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • Mar 12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • Mar 13 Robin Duke, Canadian actress and comedienne (SNL, SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 14 Adrian Zmed, actor (TJ Hooker, Dance Fever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 14 David La Croix, race horse trainer
  • Mar 14 Jann Browne, country singer (Mexican Wind)
  • Mar 15 Craig Wasson, Oregon, actor (Body Double, 4 Friends, Men's Club)
  • Mar 16 Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
  • Mar 16 Hollis Stacy, American golfer (US Open 1977-78, 84), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Mar 16 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • Mar 16 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart-Never, What about Love), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 16 Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 17 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • Mar 18 James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
  • Mar 19 Charles Pinnell, horse trainer
  • Mar 19 Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • Mar 20 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • Mar 20 Jim Seales, Hamilton Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Mar 20 Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • Mar 21 Mary Jane Smith, Van Nuys Ca, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1993)
  • Mar 23 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • Mar 24 Donna Pescow, actress (Angie, Out of this World, Rainbow), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 24 Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
  • Mar 24 Robert Carradine, actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 25 Elli Stai, Greek journalist and TV presenter
  • Mar 25 Thom Loverro, American sportswriter
  • Mar 26 Curtis Sliwa, founder (Guardian Angels)/radio personality (WABC)
  • Mar 26 Piers Gardner, director (British Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
  • Mar 26 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • Mar 28 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
  • Mar 29 Karen Ann Quinlan, American famous comatose patient (right to die case), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 31 Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (20) weds socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), dies at 55
  • Mar 5 Julian Coolidge, American mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Otto Diels, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
  • Mar 8 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 9 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Ludomir Michał Rogowski, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor, dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Mar 19 Walter Braunfels, composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Harry Lawrence Freeman, African-American composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69