On This Day

Events in History in December 1954

  • Dec 1 Nationalist China & US sign dike agreement
  • Dec 2 Taiwan (ROC) & US sign the Mutual Defense Treaty, preventing Mainland China (PRC) from taking Taiwan between 1955-1979
  • Dec 2 US Senate censures Joeseph McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisc) for "conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor & disrepute"
  • Dec 4 The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA

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Dec 6 Simone de Beauvoir receives the Prix Goncourt prize in French literature

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Dec 10 Linus Pauling wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling
  • Dec 10 Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 11 USS Forrestal christened in Newport News, Va

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Dec 13 Elsa Schiaparelli's House of Schiaparelli at Place Vendôme in Paris closes

Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Fashion Designer
Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Dec 15 Fordham University scraps football team for financial reasons
  • Dec 15 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
  • Dec 17 1st fully automated railroad freight yard (Gary, Indiana)
  • Dec 23 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 24 Council for the Protection of Children forms in Netherlands
  • Dec 24 Laos gains its independence
  • Dec 26 "The Shadow" airs for last time on radio
  • Dec 29 Kingdom of Netherlands, with Netherlands & Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being