On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1954

Historical Events

Music Premiere

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
  • Steve Orich, American orchestrator and composer (Jersey Boys), born in New York City

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? 67 years, 1 month and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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