On This Day

January 1954 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Politician and Writer Milovan Djilas
Politician and Writer
Milovan Djilas
  • 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 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

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 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 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 and politician, Governor of Connecticut (2019-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 6 Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Jan 6 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer, born in Sumoto, Hyōgo, Japan

Person of interestHoward Stern

Jan 12 Howard Stern, American radio personality & "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, born in Romblon, Philippines
  • Jan 17 Robert F Kennedy Jr., American attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer & judge, born in Cairns, Australia
  • Jan 19 Cindy Sherman, American photographer & director, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • Jan 22 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician, born in Kapfenberg, Austria
  • Jan 25 Kim Gandy, American feminist, born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Jan 26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • Jan 27 Peter Laird, American comic-book artist (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), born in North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist, born in Yawatahama, Ehime, Japan
  • Jan 28 Rick Warren, American pastor and author

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Duff Cooper, British diplomat & writer, dies at 63
  • Jan 11 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, 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 22 Princess Margaret of Prussia, Queen consort-elect of Finland, dies at 81
  • Jan 26 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63