On This Day

Events in History in August 1954

  • Aug 1 South African Natives Resettlement Act comes into being, empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg
  • Aug 2 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia
  • Aug 3 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  • Aug 4 Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
  • Aug 7 Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
  • Aug 10 Dutch Indonesian Union breaks up
  • Aug 10 At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.
  • Aug 11 Formal peace treaty ends over 7 yrs of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Viet Minh
  • Aug 12 Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
  • Aug 13 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
  • Aug 15 Alfredo Stroessner names himself president of Paraguay
  • Aug 16 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood
  • Aug 18 James E. Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting

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Aug 19 American Ralph Bunche named undersecretary of the UN

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche

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Aug 23 President Getulio Vargas of Brazil resigns temporarily

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • Aug 23 First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

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Aug 24 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 24 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
  • Aug 24 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante" premieres in London
  • Aug 29 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens
  • Aug 30 Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast
  • Aug 31 Hurricane Carol hits New England, 70 die, Costliest ever hurricane at the time and 1st storm name to be retired.