On This Day

February 1954 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire

Historic Event

Feb 2 President Eisenhower announces the detonation of the world's 1st hydrogen bomb (tested in 1952)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 2 Snow falls on Gibraltar

Historic Event

Feb 2 "The Nutcracker" ballet choreographed by George Balanchine with Maria Tallchief as the Sugar Plum Fairy opens in New York, establishes its popularity in the US

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief
  • Feb 3 Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
  • Feb 9 Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy
  • Feb 10 President Dwight Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship in Oslo: Ladies - won by West Germany's Gundi Busch
  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship in Oslo: Men - won by American Hayes Alan Jenkins
  • Feb 12 The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill
  • Feb 13 Frank Selvey scores 100 points for Furman beating Newberry 149-95

Historic Event

Feb 14 Senator John F. Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 15 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation at Berkeley, California
  • Feb 18 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 20 General Zahedi wins election in Persia

Polio

Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine takes place at Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • Feb 23 Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
  • Feb 25 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
  • Feb 26 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Feb 26 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
  • Feb 28 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 7 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • Feb 9 Ulrich Walter, German FR, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • Feb 9 Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 9 Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist
  • Feb 9 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 12 Philip Zimmermann, US cryptographer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Feb 15 Brad Little, American politician, Governor of Idaho (2019-), born in Emmett, Idaho
  • Feb 16 Iain [Menzies] Banks, UK, sci-fi author (Wasp Factory), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 20 Patty Hearst Shaw, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 20 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Russian colonel and cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25), born in Orekhovka, Crimea, USSR
  • Feb 22 Jean-Philippe Vassal, French architect (Lacaton & Vassal, Pritzker Prize 2021), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Feb 23 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • Feb 24 Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Feb 26 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, born in Kasımpaşa, Istanbul

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister & daily newspaper publisher (Last News), dies at 69
  • Feb 11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • Feb 12 Dziga Vertov [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian and editor of Harper's Magazine, dies at 63
  • Feb 17 Evert Gorter, Dutch children's pioneering paediatrician, dies at 72
  • Feb 26 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, dies at 93