On This Day

Events in History in September 1954

  • Sep 1 Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island and New England, kills 68
  • Sep 2 Hurricane Edna batters NE US, killing 20
  • Sep 3 Espionage & Sabotage Act of 1954 signed in the US, prompted by the cold war
  • Sep 3 Pope Pius X canonized a saint
  • Sep 3 The People's Liberation Army begin shelling the ROC-controlled islands of Quemoy & Amoy
  • Sep 3 The German U-Boat U-505 began its move from a specially constructed dock to its final site at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
  • Sep 4 Peter B Cortese of US achieves a one-arm deadlift of 370 lbs; 22 lbs over triple his body weight, at York, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 5 Dutch Super Constellation crashes at Shannon, 28 die
  • Sep 6 US plane shot down above Siberia
  • Sep 7 Integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Balt MD public schools
  • Sep 8 Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • Sep 8 SE Asia Treaty Org (SEATO) forms to stop communist spread in SE Asia
  • Sep 9 Earthquake strikes Orleansville, Algeria: 1,400 killed
  • Sep 9 Indians becomes 1st Cleveland team to win 100 games in a season
  • Sep 10 12 second shock kills 1,460 in Orleansville Algeria
  • Sep 11 20.4 cm rainfall at Brunswick, Maine (state record)

  • Sep 13 Reds Ted Kluszewski scores a run in record 17 consecutive games
  • Sep 14 Hurricane Edna (2nd of 1954) hits NYC, $50 million damage
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Sep 17 "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding is published by Faber and Faber in London

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding
  • Sep 20 1st FORTRAN computer program run
  • Sep 20 1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution
  • Sep 20 Los Stravinsky's "In Memoriam Dylan Thomas," premieres in Angeles
  • Sep 20 New Zealand's Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents reports just ten days after concluding hearings.
  • Sep 21 Eelco Van Kleffens appointed President of the ninth session of the UN General Assembly

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 25 Francois "Doc" Duvalier wins Haitian presidential election

Dictator and President of Haiti François Duvalier
Dictator and President of Haiti
François Duvalier
  • Sep 25 Indians win AL record 111 games
  • Sep 26 Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru during a typhoon, 1,153 people die
  • Sep 27 1st African American Supreme Court page is CV Bush
  • Sep 27 School integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore Md public schools
  • Sep 30 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned by the US Navy