What Happened on October 27, 1954

Historical Events

  • Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.

Historic Event

President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm

Television Premiere

Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC

  • WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Tavaré, English cricket batsman (31 Tests, 2 x 100, 12 x 50, HS 149; Kent CCC, Somerset CCC), born in Orpington, England
  • Jan Duursema, American comic book artist (Star Wars comics), born in New Jersey
  • Uffe Steen, Danish jazz, rock and blues electric guitarist, born in Odense, Denmark

Famous Deaths

  • Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests, 1 x 50; Surrey CCC), dies at 79
  • Sydney Horler, English detective writer (Checkmate), dies at 66
1954 Highlights

About October 27, 1954

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 3 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

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