What Happened on May 1, 1954

Historical Events

  • 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York wins aboard Determine, his only Derby success
  • Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
  • HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)
  • Preston North End defender Joe Marston becomes the first Australian to play in an FA Cup Final, a 3-2 loss to WBA
  • The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form the American Motors Corporation [1]
  • WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
1954 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Joel Rosenberg, sci-fi author
  • Michael Scott, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Randy Dorton, American race car engine builder (Director of Engine Operations Hendrick Motorsports; 9 x NASCAR C'ships), born in Concord, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • Ray Parker Jr, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests; top score 210no v Aust 1980), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan (d. 2008)
Born in 1954

Famous Weddings

Imelda Marcos & Ferdinand Marcos

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church

Famous Deaths

  • Tom Tyler [Vincent Markowsky], American actor (Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), dies from heart failure at 50

About May 1, 1954

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 10 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Such A Night - Johnnie Ray