May 1954 calendar

May 1954

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1954.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Winston Churchill (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1954: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1954?


  • 01 May 1954 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC / SFN) begins broadcasting
  • 02 May 1954 Stan Musial hits five homeruns in a doubleheader.
  • 03 May 1954 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 04 May 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
  • 05 May 1954 Military coup by General Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay.
  • 06 May 1954 Roger Bannister runs the first sub-four minute mile.
  • 07 May 1954 US, Great Britain, and France reject Russian membership in NATO.
  • 08 May 1954 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was formed in Manila, Philippines.
  • 10 May 1954 Bolshoi-ballet does not appear in Paris
  • 11 May 1954 U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles declares that Indochina is important but not essential to the security of Southeast Asia thus ending any prospect of American intervention on the side of France.
  • 13 May 1954 Pajama Game opens at St. James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • 14 May 1954 Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months.
  • 15 May 1954 KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 16 May 1954 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 17 May 1954 Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 separate but equal Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
  • 18 May 1954 European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect.
  • 19 May 1954 Postmaster General Summerfield approves US Central Intelligence Agency mail-opening project.
  • 21 May 1954 American amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated.
  • 22 May 1954 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 24 May 1954 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
  • 26 May 1954 A fire aboard the United States aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Narragansett Bay kills 103 crewmen.
  • 29 May 1954 Kirk and Anne Douglas married
  • 30 May 1954 Dutch bishops forbid membership to non-catholic sporting clubs.
  • 17 May 1954 The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of EducationTopeka, Kansas, outlawing racial segregation in public schools.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1954?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Happy Wanderer
  2. - The Happy Wanderer
  3. - Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby
  4. - Hernando's Hideaway
  5. - Three Coins In The Fountain

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Secret Love
  2. - Such A Night
  3. - The Happy Wanderer
  4. - The Kid's Last Fight
  5. - Changing Partners


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1954?

Seven Years In Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

Seven Years In Tibet


This is the repackaging of an amazing adventure story about Tibet in the days before the Chinese Communist takeover.

The Magnificent Bastards by Lucy Herndon Crockett

The Magnificent Bastards


No. D145. Ray Pease covers the cover.

Bless This House by Norah Lofts

Bless This House


This beautiful house was built by a pirate who was rewarded by Good Queen Bess with plunder he brought home. However, tragedy did not happen within its walls until Thomas Rowhedge.

The Song Of Ruth by Frank G. Slaughter

The Song Of Ruth


The song of Ruth: Ruth is the Bible's most beautiful heroine and the Old Testament's most beloved love story.

Pictures From An Institution by Randall Jarrell

Pictures From An Institution


Under the superficial appearance of a progressive women’s college, lies a world full of intellectual pride and pomposity that awaits destruction by the pen of two brilliant and horrifying wits.