On This Day

What Happened on March 4, 1954

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.

Famous Birthdays

  • Catherine O'Hara, Canadian actress (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • François Fillon, French politician and Prime Minister of France (2007-12), born in Le Mans, Sarthe, France
  • Mark Chorvinsky, American author, editor and publisher of "Strange Magazine," born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Peter Jacobsen, American golfer (US Senior Open 2004, Senior Players C'ship 2005; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), born in Leicester, England

Famous Deaths

  • Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), dies at 79
  • Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), dies at 55