Year 1954 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 7 Georgetown-IBM experiment, 1st public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held at IBM's head office in New York
  • Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against Polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine takes place at Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 1 US explodes Castle Bravo, a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll, which accidentally became the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Mar 22 Northland Center, the world's largest shopping mall at the time, opens in Oakpark, Michigan
  • Apr 7 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
  • Apr 18 Egyptian Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power and appoints himself Prime Minister
  • Apr 25 Bell labs announces the 1st Solar Battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.
  • Jun 27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • Jul 21 Geneva Accords for Indochina signed, dividing French colonial territories into the countries of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), the State of Vietnam (South Vietnam), Cambodia, and Laos
  • Aug 11 Formal peace treaty ends over 7 yrs of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Viet Minh
  • Oct 10 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops
  • Nov 24 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria
  • Dec 23 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
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Historical Marriages

  • Jan 16 Painter Marcel Duchamp (66) weds Alexina "Tweeny" Matisse (48) in New York City
  • May 1 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church
  • Jun 1 Marriage of the parents of Diana, Princess of Wales; Frances Roche (18) to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, later Earl of Spencer (30) at Westminster Abbey (divorced 1969)

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