On This Day

Events in History in June 1954

  • Jun 2 John Costello (Cons) becomes premier of Ireland
  • Jun 4 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  • Jun 4 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Jun 5 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ecclesiae fastos

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Jun 7 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)

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Jun 9 Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Jun 10 PBS reaches SF: KQED (Channel 9) starts broadcasting
  • Jun 13 Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine laid in Bronx

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Jun 14 President Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jun 15 Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factories nationalized
  • Jun 15 UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland
  • Jun 16 Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 16 Ngô Đình Diệm elected Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam (South Vietnam)

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm

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Jun 17 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala. Organised by John Foster Dulles and United Fruit Co.

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Jun 18 Pierre Mendès forms French government
  • Jun 19 Tasmanian Devil debuts in "Devil May Hare" by Warner Bros
  • Jun 21 John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0)
  • Jun 22 Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
  • Jun 23 122°F (50°C), Overton, Nevada (state record until June 29, 1994)
  • Jun 27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • Jun 27 CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
  • Jun 28 111°F (44°C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)

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Jun 29 US Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr Robert Oppenheimer

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Jun 30 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57