On This Day

Historical Events in January 1954

  • Jan 1 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • Jan 1 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast

Historic Event

Jan 1 Yugoslav parliament chairman and Vice President Milovan Djilas criticizes communism

  • Jan 1 NBC broadcasts 1st live color US coast-to-coast telecast, the Tournament of Roses Parade, from Pasadena, California
  • Jan 1 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • Jan 1 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • Jan 1 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0

Music Recording

Jan 4 Elvis Presley records his 1st demo for Sun Records at a recording studio in Memphis, "It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You" and "I'll Never Stand In Your Way"

  • Jan 4 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • Jan 7 Georgetown-IBM experiment, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM's head office in New York
  • Jan 9 -87°F (-66°C), Northice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
  • Jan 9 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
  • Jan 9 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Louise Bogan & Leonie Adams
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden
  • Jan 10 A Comet jet airliner crashes in the Mediterranean; 35 people are missing
  • Jan 11 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
  • Jan 12 Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115

Historic Event

Jan 12 Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament

  • Jan 13 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
  • Jan 13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend" opens at Wyndham's Theatre, in London's West End

Musical Finale

Jan 16 Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical "South Pacific", starring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, closes at the Majestic Theater, NYC, after 1928 performances;, winning 10 Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize

Television Debut

Jan 17 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 17 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP: Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, LB

  • Jan 18 Amintore Fanfani forms Italian government

Music History

Jan 20 Herman Wouk's stage drama "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", adpated from his novel "The Caine Mutiny", starring Henry Fonda, and directed by Charles Laughton, premieres at the Plymouth Theatre, NYC; runs for 415 performances

  • Jan 20 -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)

Music Concert

Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres

  • Jan 20 -70°F measured at Rogers Pass, Montana (record low temperature in the contiguous US)
  • Jan 20 The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • Jan 21 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
  • Jan 21 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames River in Connecticut

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 98-93 (OT); MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG

  • Jan 21 First time in All-Star history, an overtime period is needed to decide a winner; Boston Celtics' guard Bob Cousy's 10-point OT scoring burst gave the East a 98-93 win; Cousy wins All-Star MVP honours
  • Jan 23 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • Jan 24 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
  • Jan 26 Groundbreaking begins on Disneyland

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 27 American boxer Archie Moore beats Joey Maxim in 15-round unanimous decision to retain his world light heavyweight title at the Orange Bowl, Miami; last of famous trilogy of fights, all won by Moore

  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns

Music History

Jan 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne, Germany

  • Jan 30 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
  • Jan 30 Fanfani government of Italy resigns