January 1954 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism
  • Jan 2 Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC
  • 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 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 Mediterranea; 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 13 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
  • Jan 14 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
  • Jan 18 Amintore Fanfani forms Italian government
  • Jan 20 -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)
  • Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's' "Concertino opus 94" premieres
  • 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
  • Jan 23 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
  • Jan 24 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
  • Jan 26 Groundbreaking begins on Disneyland
  • Jan 30 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
  • Jan 30 Fanfani government of Italy resigns

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Bob Menendez, American politician
  • Jan 2 Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • Jan 3 Ned Lamont, American businessman
  • Jan 6 Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect
  • Jan 6 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 12 Howard Stern, American radio personality and "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), born in Queens, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Jan 15 Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
  • Jan 17 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Jan 17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • Jan 19 Cindy Sherman, American photographer and director, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician
  • Jan 25 Kim Gandy, American feminist
  • Jan 26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • Jan 27 Peter Laird, American comic-book artist
  • Jan 27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • Jan 28 Rick Warren, American pastor and author

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 16 Painter Marcel Duchamp (66) weds Alexina Duchamp (48) in New York City

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890)
  • Jan 11 Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher/drawer, dies at 77
  • Jan 16 Michail M Prishvin, Russian writer, dies
  • Jan 19 Theodor Kaluza, German mathematician and physicist (Kaluza-Klein theory), dies at 68
  • Jan 21 Billy Jenkins, dies at 69
  • Jan 26 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63