What Happened on October 20, 1954

Historical Events

Peter Pan

Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist, born in Munich, West Germany
  • Lee Roy Selmon, American College-Pro Football HOF defensive end (NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1979; First-team All-Pro 1979, 80, 82; 6× Pro Bowl; TB Buccaneers), born in Eufaula, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • Steve Orich, American orchestrator and composer (Jersey Boys), born in New York City
Born in 1954

Famous Deaths

  • Wilbur Shaw, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1937, 39, 40; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1991), dies in an airplane crash at 51
1954 Highlights

About October 20, 1954

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 11 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Hold My Hand - Don Cornell