On This Day

What Happened on May 22, 1954

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 79th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4
  • KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Rapoport, American photographer (music album covers), born in San Mateo County, California
  • Jerry Dammers, British keyboardist (The Specials), born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-born American electronic engineer (invented the Blue LED), born in Ikata, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70