1954: On This Year


1954 (MCMLIV in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1954th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1954 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1954 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1954, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1954, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1954, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1954, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1954.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1954 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1954 known for ?

  • 1954 was marked by the end of the first Indochina war between France and southern Vietnamese forces led by Ho Chi Minh.
  • On March 13th, French troops began the battle of Dien-Bien-Phu, which they lost a few months later in May. This marked the end of the war, but the lack of compliance with the peace terms set by the Geneva Accords of 1954 by South Vietnam would lead to the Vietnam War crisis a few years later.
  • Tensions were already mounting between the United States and the Communist world as John Foster Dulles, President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State, attempted to hamper the communist efforts of the Viet Minh through diplomacy in April. Less than a month later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled racially segregated schools unconstitutional.
  • The United Kingdom also ended the food rationing measures that had been instituted during World War II. It was a fairly good year for music: in April, Bill Haley & His Comets released “Rock Around the Clock”, the single credited with starting the rock ‘n roll craze in the U.S. Later that year, Elvis Presley released his first single “That’s All Right”, marking the start of a hugely successful career.
  • William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is published in London on September 17th. In movies, the first Godzilla movie premieres in Tokyo on November 3rd, a few months after Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai opened in Japanese theaters.
  • In science and technology, American company RCA released the first color television set and doctors J. Hartwell Harrison and J. Murray performed the first successful kidney transplant in Boston on December 23rd.
  • Notable births in 1954 include American entertainment icons Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Matt Groening and Oprah Winfrey as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande.

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1954: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1954, during the 27th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 30/03/1955 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1954:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1954?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to On the Waterfront, directed by Elia Kazan, starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1954?

The Oscar for Best Director went to Elia Kazan, for the movie On The Waterfront, starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1954?

The Oscar for Best Actor went to Marlon Brando, for the movie On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1954?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Grace Kelly, for the movie The Country Girl, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1954?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Edmond O'Brien, for the movie The Barefoot Contessa, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1954?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Eva Marie Saint, for the movie On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger produced in the United States of America.
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1954: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

John Foster Dulles
In 1954, John Foster Dulles was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. As United States Secretary of State in 1954, Dulles was architect of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.

1954: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1954 were:

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim


Jim, a young British seaman, abandons a ship full of pilgrims, but the passengers are later saved, leading to his public censure. Joseph Conrad, a Polish author who wrote in English, is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of …

The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day Of The Jackal


THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FOSTER"The Day of the Jackal makes comparable books like The Manchurian Candidate or The Spy Who Came in From the Cold look like Hardy Boy mysteries The

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being


Milan Kundera's The Unbearable lightness of Being tells the story about a young woman who falls in love with a man who is unable to choose between his love for her or his incorrigible womanizing.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History


Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize 2014 for her novel The Goldfinch. She established herself as an important talent with The Secret History which is now a modern classic.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



Horse chinese zodiac sign

1954: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1954?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1954 was the Year of the Horse.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Horse sign.

Nobel Prize

1954: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1954: Who won the Nobel Peace Prize ?

In 1954 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to:
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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1954: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1954 were Michael, Robert and James for boys and Mary, Linda and Deborah for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1954: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1954 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • Robert
  • James
  • John
  • David
  • William
  • Richard
  • Thomas
  • Gary
  • Charles

1954: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1954 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Linda
  • Deborah
  • Patricia
  • Susan
  • Debra
  • Barbara
  • Karen
  • Nancy
  • Cynthia

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1954: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1954, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane by The Ames Brothers

1954: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1954 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane by The Ames Brothers
  2. Three Coins In The Fountain by Frank Sinatra
  3. Little Things Mean A Lot by Kitty Kallen
  4. Hold My Hand by Don Cornell
  5. This Ole House by Rosemary Clooney
  6. Secret Love by Doris Day
  7. Let Me Go, Lover! by Joan Weber
  8. Hearts Of Stone by Fontane Sisters
  9. Melody Of Love by Billy Vaughn
  10. Wanted by Perry Como

1954: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1954, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Secret Love by Doris Day

1954: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1954 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Secret Love by Doris Day
  2. Cara Mia by David Whitfield With Mantovani & His Orchestra
  3. Little Things Mean A Lot by Kitty Kallen
  4. The Happy Wanderer by Obernkirchen Children's Choir
  5. Such A Night by Johnnie Ray
  6. Hold My Hand by Don Cornell
  7. Three Coins In The Fountain by Frank Sinatra
  8. Oh Mein Papa by Eddie Calvert
  9. Changing Partners by Kay Starr
  10. I See The Moon by The Stargazers

1954: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1954 were:

Rear Window

Release year: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Country: United States of America

The Caine Mutiny

Release year: 1954

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

Country: United States of America

White Christmas

Release year: 1954

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

Country: United States of America

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Release year: 1954

Directed by: Stanley Donen

Starring: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Country: United States of America

The Country Girl

Release year: 1954

Directed by: George Seaton

Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross

Country: United States of America

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1954: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1954 was 2,724,846,741 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 31.0% of the total population, which is roughly 844.7 million individuals.The annual population change in 1954 was an increase of +47.1 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.76% over the previous year.The average population density in 1954 was 11 persons per square mile (or 18 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1954?

Here's what happened in 1954:

  • Jan 1, 1954: KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2, 1954: Herman Wouks Caine Mutiny, premieres in New York City
  • Jan 4, 1954: Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
  • Jan 9, 1954: Bert Olmstead, Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game.
  • Jan 10, 1954: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden.
  • Jan 12, 1954: Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament.
  • Jan 13, 1954: WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14, 1954: New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe
  • Jan 15, 1954: Mau Mau leader Waruhiu Itote is captured in Kenya.
  • Jan 16, 1954: South Pacific closes at Majestic Theater in New York City, New York after 1928 performances.
  • Jan 17, 1954: NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9.
  • Jan 18, 1954: Fanfani forms Italian government.
  • Jan 20, 1954: The General Motors' Motorama show goes on display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Chevrolet shows the Corvette Nomad prototype, with Corvette front and station wagon back. Chevrolet also shows a cherry red Corvair prototype, a two-seat fastback coupe with a Corvette front end. The name is a combination of "Corvette" and "Bel Air". Oldsmobile shows the F-88 two-seater convertible with fiberglass body. Pontiac shows the Bonneville Special, a two-seater with fiberglass body,
  • Jan 21, 1954: 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited
  • Jan 23, 1954: Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP.
  • Jan 24, 1954: BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter.
  • Jan 25, 1954: The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union meet at the Berlin Conference.
  • Jan 26, 1954: Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • Jan 30, 1954: Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR.
  • Feb 1, 1954: 1st TV soap opera Secret Storm premieres
  • Feb 2, 1954: Snow falls on Gibraltar
  • Feb 3, 1954: Jeen van den Berg win Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32).
  • Feb 5, 1954: WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9, 1954: Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy.
  • Feb 10, 1954: Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • Feb 11, 1954: In Los Angeles, California, the 6th Annual Emmy Awards are presented, hosted by Ed Sullivan. Best Audience Participation, Quiz or Panel Program: This Is Your Life and What's My Line?
  • Feb 13, 1954: Frank Selvy becomes the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to score 100 points in a single game.
  • Feb 14, 1954: Sen John Kennedy appears on Meet the Press
  • Feb 15, 1954: WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16, 1954: WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17, 1954: The Detroit Auto Show opens for press previews, in Michigan. The Ford Motor Company shows its new two-seat convertible, calling it a "personal car", with the name "Fairlane".
  • Feb 18, 1954: The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • Feb 19, 1954: WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, New York (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 20, 1954: General Zahedi wins election in Persia.
  • Feb 23, 1954: 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine
  • Feb 25, 1954: Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier.
  • Feb 26, 1954: First typesetting machine (photo engraving) is used, in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Feb 28, 1954: Patty Berg / Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • Mar 1, 1954: 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US house of reps injuring 5 reps
  • Mar 4, 1954: JE Wilkins, appointed 1st Black US sub-cabinet member
  • Mar 5, 1954: Girl in Pink Tights opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 7, 1954: Russia wins title in their first international ice hockey competition.
  • Mar 9, 1954: 1st local color TV coml WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC
  • Mar 11, 1954: US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics.
  • Mar 12, 1954: Finland and Germany officially end their state of war.
  • Mar 13, 1954: Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu.
  • Mar 14, 1954: KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
  • Mar 15, 1954: CBS Morning Show premieres with Walter Cronkite and Jack Paar
  • Mar 19, 1954: US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Tenley Albright.
  • Mar 20, 1954: First newspaper vending machine used (Columbia, Pennsylvania).
  • Mar 21, 1954: KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC / CBS / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 22, 1954: First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
  • Mar 23, 1954: In Vietnam, the Viet Minh capture the main airstrip of Dien Bien Phu. The remaining French Army units there are partially isolated.
  • Mar 25, 1954: 26th Academy Awards: From Here to Eternity, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn win.
  • Mar 26, 1954: US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
  • Mar 27, 1954: The Castle Romeo nuclear test explosion is executed.
  • Mar 28, 1954: 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon and Kismet win.
  • Mar 29, 1954: A C-47 transport with the French nurse Genevieve de Galard on board is wrecked on the runway at Dien Bien Phu.
  • Mar 30, 1954: The Yonge Street subway line opens in Toronto. It is the first subway in Canada.
  • Mar 31, 1954: US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is established.
  • Apr 1, 1954: US Air Force Academy forms
  • Apr 2, 1954: Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • Apr 3, 1954: Me & Juliet closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • Apr 4, 1954: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open.
  • Apr 6, 1954: US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
  • Apr 7, 1954: German government refuses to recognize DDR
  • Apr 8, 1954: By the Beautiful Sea opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
  • Apr 9, 1954: WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 10, 1954: KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 11, 1954: Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open.
  • Apr 12, 1954: Joe Turner releases Shake, Rattle & Roll
  • Apr 13, 1954: Baltimore Orioles' first game, lose to Detroit Tigers in Detroit 3-0.
  • Apr 14, 1954: Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for political asylum in Canberra, Australia.
  • Apr 15, 1954: KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16, 1954: KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 18, 1954: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.
  • Apr 19, 1954: 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • Apr 20, 1954: Golden Apple opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Apr 21, 1954: Gregori Malenkov becomes Premier of the USSR
  • Apr 22, 1954: Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government.
  • Apr 24, 1954: Australia and the USSR break diplomatic relations
  • Apr 25, 1954: US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
  • Apr 26, 1954: Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
  • Apr 28, 1954: U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles accuses Communist China of sending combat troops to Indo-China to train the Viet Minh guerrillas.
  • Apr 30, 1954: Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano / orchestra premieres in Haifa
  • May 1, 1954: WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC / SFN) begins broadcasting
  • May 2, 1954: Stan Musial hits five homeruns in a doubleheader.
  • May 3, 1954: KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 4, 1954: US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
  • May 5, 1954: Military coup by General Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay.
  • May 6, 1954: Roger Bannister runs the first sub-four minute mile.
  • May 7, 1954: US, Great Britain, and France reject Russian membership in NATO.
  • May 8, 1954: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was formed in Manila, Philippines.
  • May 10, 1954: Bolshoi-ballet does not appear in Paris
  • May 11, 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.
  • May 13, 1954: Pajama Game opens at St. James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • May 14, 1954: Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months.
  • May 15, 1954: KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 16, 1954: WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 17, 1954: Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 separate but equal Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
  • May 18, 1954: European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect.
  • May 19, 1954: Postmaster General Summerfield approves US Central Intelligence Agency mail-opening project.
  • May 21, 1954: American amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated.
  • May 22, 1954: KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 24, 1954: Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
  • May 26, 1954: A fire aboard the United States aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Narragansett Bay kills 103 crewmen.
  • May 29, 1954: Kirk and Anne Douglas married
  • May 30, 1954: Dutch bishops forbid membership to non-catholic sporting clubs.
  • Jun 1, 1954: Emile Zatopek runs record 6 mile: (27:59.2) / 10,000m
  • Jun 2, 1954: John Costello (Cons) becomes Premier of Ireland
  • Jun 4, 1954: France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • Jun 5, 1954: Your Show Of Shows, last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 6, 1954: Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 7, 1954: First microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA).
  • Jun 9, 1954: Joseph Welch asks Sen Joseph McCarthy Have you no sense of decency, sir? during Senate-Army hearings
  • Jun 10, 1954: KQED TV channel 9 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 12, 1954: Girl in Pink Tights closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • Jun 13, 1954: Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, laid in Bronx
  • Jun 14, 1954: US President Dwight Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge.
  • Jun 16, 1954: Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months
  • Jun 17, 1954: CIA exile army lands in Guatemala
  • Jun 18, 1954: Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán steps down in a CIA-sponsored military coup, triggering a bloody civil war that continues for more than 35 years.
  • Jun 19, 1954: 54th US Golf Open: Ed Furgol shoots a 284 at Baltusrol Golf Club - New Jersey
  • Jun 21, 1954: John Landy runs world record mile
  • Jun 22, 1954: US Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands.
  • Jun 23, 1954: 122 degrees F (50 degrees C), Overton, Nevada (state record).
  • Jun 26, 1954: Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • Jun 27, 1954: 1st atomic power station opens
  • Jun 29, 1954: Atomic Energy Commission voted against, reinstating Dr J Robert Oppenheimer.
  • Jun 30, 1954: Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57
  • Jul 1, 1954: WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, Florida (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2, 1954: 68th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Drobny beats K Rosewall
  • Jul 3, 1954: Wonderful Town closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
  • Jul 4, 1954: WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • Jul 5, 1954: B-52A bomber made its maiden flight
  • Jul 6, 1954: KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 7, 1954: T.A.N.U. party founded in Tanzania.
  • Jul 8, 1954: KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 10, 1954: Peter Thomson becomes the first Australian to win the British Open Golf Championship.
  • Jul 11, 1954: First White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Mississippi.
  • Jul 12, 1954: President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • Jul 13, 1954: 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • Jul 14, 1954: 118 degrees F (48 degrees C), Warsaw and Union, Missouri (state record).
  • Jul 15, 1954: 1st coml jet transport plane built in US tested
  • Jul 17, 1954: 1st major league game where majority of team is black
  • Jul 18, 1954: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Inverness Four-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 20, 1954: Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North and South
  • Jul 21, 1954: At Geneva, Switzerland, France agrees to independence of North and South Vietnam.
  • Jul 22, 1954: Virgin Islands (US) adopts constitution
  • Jul 25, 1954: Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Fort Wayne Golf Open
  • Jul 26, 1954: WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 27, 1954: 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller Golf Club - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Jul 28, 1954: Ernest Blochs 4th string quartet, premieres
  • Jul 30, 1954: Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles
  • Jul 31, 1954: First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.
  • Aug 1, 1954: Louison Bobet wins his 2nd Tour de France
  • Aug 2, 1954: Tahar Ben Ammar appointed Premier of Tunisia
  • Aug 3, 1954: 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  • Aug 4, 1954: Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
  • Aug 5, 1954: Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championshio
  • Aug 6, 1954: WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 7, 1954: Golden Apple closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
  • Aug 10, 1954: Netherlands Indonesian Union breaks up
  • Aug 11, 1954: BC Lions plays its 1st CF game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • Aug 12, 1954: Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
  • Aug 13, 1954: 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6
  • Aug 14, 1954: WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, New York (NBC) begins
  • Aug 15, 1954: Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
  • Aug 16, 1954: Sports Illustrated magazine begins publishing
  • Aug 18, 1954: James E Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting
  • Aug 19, 1954: Ralph J Bunche is named undersecretary of United Nations.
  • Aug 22, 1954: WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, Florida (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 23, 1954: First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
  • Aug 24, 1954: Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party
  • Aug 25, 1954: Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon
  • Aug 29, 1954: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens.
  • Aug 30, 1954: Hurricane Carol, kills 68
  • Aug 31, 1954: WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • Sep 1, 1954: Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island / New England, kills 68
  • Sep 2, 1954: WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3, 1954: China begins artillery bombing on Quemoy and Amoy
  • Sep 4, 1954: Peter B Cortese of the US achieves a one-arm deadlift of 370 pounds; 22 pounds, over triple his body weight, at York, Pennsylvania.
  • Sep 5, 1954: Dutch Super Constellation crashes at Shannon, 28 die
  • Sep 6, 1954: 68th US Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats A Louise Brough
  • Sep 7, 1954: Integration begins in Washington DC and Baltimore MD public schools
  • Sep 8, 1954: Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • Sep 9, 1954: Indians becomes 1st Cleveland team to win 100 games in a season
  • Sep 10, 1954: 12 second shock kills 1,460 in Orleansville Algeria
  • Sep 11, 1954: 20.4 cm rainfall at Brunswick, Maine
  • Sep 12, 1954: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
  • Sep 13, 1954: Reds Ted Kluszewski scores a run in record 17 consecutive games
  • Sep 14, 1954: Hurricane Edna (second of 1954) hits New York City, causing US$50 million damage.
  • Sep 15, 1954: Black Wednesday in air travel
  • Sep 16, 1954: CKLW TV channel 9 in Windsor, ON (CBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17, 1954: Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 18, 1954: KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 19, 1954: Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Wichita Golf Open
  • Sep 20, 1954: 1st FORTRAN computer program run
  • Sep 21, 1954: 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned
  • Sep 22, 1954: Brooklyn Dodgers' Karl Spooner strikes out 15 New York Giants' players in his first game.
  • Sep 24, 1954: Tonight Show premieres on NBC
  • Sep 25, 1954: Francois Doc Duvalier wins Haitian presidential election
  • Sep 26, 1954: Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru, 1172 die
  • Sep 27, 1954: 1st African American Supreme Court page is CV Bush
  • Sep 29, 1954: Barefoot Contessa starring Ava Gardner premieres at the Capitol
  • Sep 30, 1954: Boy Friend opens at Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances
  • Oct 1, 1954: British colony of Nigeria becomes a federation.
  • Oct 2, 1954: 8th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Detroit 2-2 at Detroit
  • Oct 3, 1954: Father Knows Best premieres
  • Oct 5, 1954: Hurricane Hazel hits Eastern US.
  • Oct 7, 1954: Hassan el Hodeiby, leader of Moslem brothership, arrested in Egypt
  • Oct 9, 1954: KTIV TV channel 4 in Sioux City, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 10, 1954: Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after French troops pulled out
  • Oct 11, 1954: On Your Toes opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 14, 1954: Israeli act of revenge in Qibiya Jordan, kills 53
  • Oct 15, 1954: Hurricane Hazel strikes US and Canada, 348 die
  • Oct 17, 1954: Philadelphia Eagles' Adrian Burk passes for seven touchdowns vs Washington Redskins (49-21).
  • Oct 18, 1954: WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 19, 1954: Egypt and Great Britain sign treaty; British troops departs
  • Oct 20, 1954: Peter Pan opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • Oct 21, 1954: Indonesian troops land in New-Guinea
  • Oct 22, 1954: West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • Oct 23, 1954: German FR joins NATO
  • Oct 24, 1954: US President Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam.
  • Oct 25, 1954: Landslides caused by heavy rains hit Salerno, Italy, killing about 300.
  • Oct 26, 1954: Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
  • Oct 27, 1954: B O Davis Jr becomes 1st black general in USAF
  • Oct 28, 1954: Nobel prize for literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway
  • Oct 29, 1954: Colonel Nasser disbands Moslem Brothership
  • Oct 30, 1954: Linus Pauling won the Nobel prize in chemistry
  • Oct 31, 1954: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open
  • Nov 1, 1954: Algeria begins rebellion against French rule
  • Nov 2, 1954: Taiwan and US sign military pact
  • Nov 3, 1954: Nobel for physics awarded to Max Born and Walter Bothe
  • Nov 4, 1954: Fanny opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
  • Nov 5, 1954: Japan and Burma sign a separate peace treaty in Rangoon, to end their formal state of war.
  • Nov 7, 1954: US spy plane shot down North of Japan
  • Nov 10, 1954: Lieutenant Colonel John Strapp travels 632mph in a rocket sled.
  • Nov 12, 1954: Ellis Island, immigration station in New York Harbor, closes, after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892.
  • Nov 14, 1954: Egyptian President Naguib fired / state of emergency declared
  • Nov 19, 1954: Tele Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, is launched by Prince Rainier III.
  • Nov 20, 1954: KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 22, 1954: Humane Society forms
  • Nov 23, 1954: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rises 3.27 points, or 0.86%, closing at an all-time high of 382.74. More significantly, this is the first time the Dow has surpassed its 1929 peak level reached just before that year's crash.
  • Nov 24, 1954: Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened
  • Nov 27, 1954: By the Beautiful Sea closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 270 performances
  • Nov 28, 1954: 1st pro football game in the Netherlands
  • Nov 30, 1954: 1st meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz Hodges-Sylacauga Ala)
  • Dec 1, 1954: Nationalist China and US sign dike agreement.
  • Dec 2, 1954: Hit the Trail opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 4, 1954: Hit the Trail closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 5, 1954: KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 6, 1954: Simone de Beauvoir receives Prix Goncourt.
  • Dec 7, 1954: KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 8, 1954: WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 10, 1954: Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium.
  • Dec 11, 1954: Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 14, 1954: WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15, 1954: Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Dec 17, 1954: WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24, 1954: Council for the Children Protection forms in Netherlands.
  • Dec 25, 1954: WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 26, 1954: The Shadow, airs for last time on radio
  • Dec 27, 1954: Saint of Bleecker Street opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Dec 28, 1954: KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 29, 1954: Kingdom of the Netherlands, with Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being.
  • Dec 30, 1954: House of Flowers opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • Jan 2, 1954: India establishes its highest civilian awards, the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan.


What does the year 1954 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1954 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 55th year of the 20th century and the 4th year of the 1950s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1953 and precedes 1955.

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