What Happened on November 1, 1954

Historical Events

Election of Interest

General Fulgencio Batista elected President of Cuba

  • India takes over administration of 4 French Indian settlements
  • KUON TV channel 12 in Lincoln, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Lee Petty with 32 top-10 finishes from 34 races wins NASCAR Grand National Championship by 283 points from Herb Thomas; Petty fails to finish season ending Wilkes 160
  • The Front de LibĂ©ration Nationale fires the first shots of the Algerian War of Independence against France.

Event of Interest

US Senate admonishes Joseph McCarthy because of his slander campaigns

1954 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Morris, Britsh rock guitarist and singer (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Nottingham, England)
Born in 1954

Famous Weddings

John Wayne

Actor John Wayne (47) weds actress Pilar Pallete in Kona, Hawaii

Famous Divorces

John Wayne

Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur (34) due to drunken violence after 8 years of marriage

About November 1, 1954

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 11 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: My Son My Son - Vera Lynn