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.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 27th edition of the Oscar ceremony
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Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Eva Marie Saint
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1954?
Which were the most popular books released in 1954 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1954
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Ernest Hemingway
- Max Born
- Walther Bothe
- Linus Pauling
Physiology or Medicine
- John Franklin Enders
- Frederick Chapman Robbins
- Thomas Huckle Weller
Which were the top hits of 1954?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- The Ames Brothers - The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane
- Frank Sinatra - Three Coins In The Fountain
- Kitty Kallen - Little Things Mean A Lot
- Don Cornell - Hold My Hand
- Rosemary Clooney - This Ole House
- Doris Day - Secret Love
- Joan Weber - Let Me Go, Lover!
- Fontane Sisters - Hearts Of Stone
- Billy Vaughn - Melody Of Love
- Perry Como - Wanted
Top #1 songs in the UK
- Doris Day - Secret Love
- David Whitfield With Mantovani & His Orchestra - Cara Mia
- Kitty Kallen - Little Things Mean A Lot
- Obernkirchen Children's Choir - The Happy Wanderer
- Johnnie Ray - Such A Night
- Don Cornell - Hold My Hand
- Frank Sinatra - Three Coins In The Fountain
- Eddie Calvert - Oh Mein Papa
- Kay Starr - Changing Partners
- The Stargazers - I See The Moon
Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1954
- Total population: 2.7 billion (2,724,846,741 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 844.7 million, that is 31.0% of the total population of 1954 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +47.1 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.76%
- Average density: 18.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 1954?
- 01 Jan 1954 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 02 Jan 1954 Herman Wouks Caine Mutiny, premieres in New York City
- 04 Jan 1954 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
- 09 Jan 1954 Bert Olmstead, Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game.
- 10 Jan 1954 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden.
- 12 Jan 1954 Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament.
- 13 Jan 1954 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 14 Jan 1954 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe
- 15 Jan 1954 Mau Mau leader Waruhiu Itote is captured in Kenya.
- 16 Jan 1954 South Pacific closes at Majestic Theater in New York City, New York after 1928 performances.
- 17 Jan 1954 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9.
- 18 Jan 1954 Fanfani forms Italian government.
- 20 Jan 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,
- 21 Jan 1954 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
- 23 Jan 1954 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP.
- 24 Jan 1954 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter.
- 25 Jan 1954 The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union meet at the Berlin Conference.
- 26 Jan 1954 Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
- 30 Jan 1954 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR.
- 01 Feb 1954 1st TV soap opera Secret Storm premieres
- 02 Feb 1954 Snow falls on Gibraltar
- 03 Feb 1954 Jeen van den Berg win Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32).
- 05 Feb 1954 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 09 Feb 1954 Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy.
- 10 Feb 1954 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
- 11 Feb 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?
- 13 Feb 1954 Frank Selvy becomes the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to score 100 points in a single game
- 14 Feb 1954 Sen John Kennedy appears on Meet the Press
- 15 Feb 1954 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 16 Feb 1954 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 17 Feb 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".
- 18 Feb 1954 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
- 19 Feb 1954 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, New York (NBC) 1st broadcast
- 20 Feb 1954 General Zahedi wins election in Persia.
- 23 Feb 1954 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
- 25 Feb 1954 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier.
- 26 Feb 1954 First typesetting machine (photo engraving) is used, in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA.
- 28 Feb 1954 Patty Berg / Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
- 01 Mar 1954 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US house of reps injuring 5 reps
- 04 Mar 1954 JE Wilkins, appointed 1st Black US sub-cabinet member
- 05 Mar 1954 Girl in Pink Tights opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
- 07 Mar 1954 Russia wins title in their first international ice hockey competition.
- 09 Mar 1954 1st local color TV coml WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
- 11 Mar 1954 US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics.
- 12 Mar 1954 Finland and Germany officially end their state of war.
- 13 Mar 1954 Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu.
- 14 Mar 1954 KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
- 15 Mar 1954 CBS Morning Show premieres with Walter Cronkite and Jack Paar
- 19 Mar 1954 US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Tenley Albright.
- 20 Mar 1954 First newspaper vending machine used (Columbia, Pennsylvania).
- 21 Mar 1954 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC / CBS / NBC) begins broadcasting
- 22 Mar 1954 First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
- 23 Mar 1954 In Vietnam, the Viet Minh capture the main airstrip of Dien Bien Phu. The remaining French Army units there are partially isolated.
- 25 Mar 1954 26th Academy Awards: From Here to Eternity, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn win.
- 26 Mar 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
- 27 Mar 1954 The Castle Romeo nuclear test explosion is executed.
- 28 Mar 1954 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon and Kismet win.
- 29 Mar 1954 A C-47 transport with the French nurse Genevieve de Galard on board is wrecked on the runway at Dien Bien Phu.
- 30 Mar 1954 The Yonge Street subway line opens in Toronto. It is the first subway in Canada.
- 31 Mar 1954 US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is established.
- 01 Apr 1954 US Air Force Academy forms
- 02 Apr 1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
- 03 Apr 1954 Me & Juliet closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
- 04 Apr 1954 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open.
- 06 Apr 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
- 07 Apr 1954 German government refuses to recognize DDR
- 08 Apr 1954 By the Beautiful Sea opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
- 09 Apr 1954 WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC / CBS) begins broadcasting
- 10 Apr 1954 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 11 Apr 1954 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open.
- 12 Apr 1954 Joe Turner releases Shake, Rattle & Roll
- 13 Apr 1954 Baltimore Orioles' first game, lose to Detroit Tigers in Detroit 3-0.
- 14 Apr 1954 Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for political asylum in Canberra, Australia.
- 15 Apr 1954 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 16 Apr 1954 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 18 Apr 1954 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.
- 19 Apr 1954 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
- 20 Apr 1954 Golden Apple opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
- 21 Apr 1954 Gregori Malenkov becomes Premier of the USSR
- 22 Apr 1954 Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government.
- 24 Apr 1954 Australia and the USSR break diplomatic relations
- 25 Apr 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
- 26 Apr 1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
- 28 Apr 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.
- 30 Apr 1954 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano / orchestra premieres in Haifa
- 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.
- 01 Jun 1954 Emile Zatopek runs record 6 mile: (27:59.2) / 10,000m (28:54.2)
- 02 Jun 1954 John Costello (Cons) becomes Premier of Ireland
- 04 Jun 1954 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
- 05 Jun 1954 Your Show Of Shows, last airs on NBC-TV
- 06 Jun 1954 Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
- 07 Jun 1954 First microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA).
- 09 Jun 1954 Joseph Welch asks Sen Joseph McCarthy Have you no sense of decency, sir? during Senate-Army hearings
- 10 Jun 1954 KQED TV channel 9 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 12 Jun 1954 Girl in Pink Tights closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
- 13 Jun 1954 Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, laid in Bronx
- 14 Jun 1954 US President Dwight Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge.
- 16 Jun 1954 Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months
- 17 Jun 1954 CIA exile army lands in Guatemala (JF Dulles & United Fruit Co)
- 18 Jun 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.
- 19 Jun 1954 54th US Golf Open: Ed Furgol shoots a 284 at Baltusrol Golf Club - New Jersey
- 21 Jun 1954 John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0)
- 22 Jun 1954 US Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands.
- 23 Jun 1954 122 degrees F (50 degrees C), Overton, Nevada (state record).
- 26 Jun 1954 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
- 27 Jun 1954 1st atomic power station opens (Obninsk, near Moscow, Russia)
- 29 Jun 1954 Atomic Energy Commission voted against, reinstating Dr J Robert Oppenheimer.
- 30 Jun 1954 Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57
- 01 Jul 1954 WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, Florida (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 02 Jul 1954 68th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Drobny beats K Rosewall (13-11 46 62 97)
- 03 Jul 1954 Wonderful Town closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
- 04 Jul 1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
- 05 Jul 1954 B-52A bomber made its maiden flight
- 06 Jul 1954 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 07 Jul 1954 T.A.N.U. party founded in Tanzania.
- 08 Jul 1954 KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
- 10 Jul 1954 Peter Thomson becomes the first Australian to win the British Open Golf Championship.
- 11 Jul 1954 First White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Mississippi.
- 12 Jul 1954 President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
- 13 Jul 1954 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
- 14 Jul 1954 118 degrees F (48 degrees C), Warsaw and Union, Missouri (state record).
- 15 Jul 1954 1st coml jet transport plane built in US tested (Boeing 707)
- 17 Jul 1954 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
- 18 Jul 1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Inverness Four-Ball Golf Tournament
- 20 Jul 1954 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North and South
- 21 Jul 1954 At Geneva, Switzerland, France agrees to independence of North and South Vietnam.
- 22 Jul 1954 Virgin Islands (US) adopts constitution (Revised Organic Act)
- 25 Jul 1954 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Fort Wayne Golf Open
- 26 Jul 1954 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 27 Jul 1954 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller Golf Club - St. Paul, Minnesota
- 28 Jul 1954 Ernest Blochs 4th string quartet, premieres
- 30 Jul 1954 Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles
- 31 Jul 1954 First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.
- 01 Aug 1954 Louison Bobet wins his 2nd Tour de France
- 02 Aug 1954 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed Premier of Tunisia
- 03 Aug 1954 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
- 04 Aug 1954 Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
- 05 Aug 1954 Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championshio
- 06 Aug 1954 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 07 Aug 1954 Golden Apple closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
- 10 Aug 1954 Netherlands Indonesian Union breaks up
- 11 Aug 1954 BC Lions plays its 1st CF game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
- 12 Aug 1954 Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
- 13 Aug 1954 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
- 14 Aug 1954 WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, New York (NBC) begins
- 15 Aug 1954 Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
- 16 Aug 1954 Sports Illustrated magazine begins publishing
- 18 Aug 1954 James E Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting
- 19 Aug 1954 Ralph J Bunche is named undersecretary of United Nations.
- 22 Aug 1954 WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, Florida (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 23 Aug 1954 First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
- 24 Aug 1954 Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party
- 25 Aug 1954 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
- 29 Aug 1954 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens.
- 30 Aug 1954 Hurricane Carol, kills 68
- 31 Aug 1954 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
- 01 Sep 1954 Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island / New England, kills 68
- 02 Sep 1954 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 03 Sep 1954 China begins artillery bombing on Quemoy and Amoy
- 04 Sep 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.
- 05 Sep 1954 Dutch Super Constellation crashes at Shannon, 28 die
- 06 Sep 1954 68th US Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats A Louise Brough (68 61 86)
- 07 Sep 1954 Integration begins in Washington DC and Baltimore MD public schools
- 08 Sep 1954 Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
- 09 Sep 1954 Indians becomes 1st Cleveland team to win 100 games in a season
- 10 Sep 1954 12 second shock kills 1,460 in Orleansville Algeria
- 11 Sep 1954 20.4 cm rainfall at Brunswick, Maine (state record)
- 12 Sep 1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
- 13 Sep 1954 Reds Ted Kluszewski scores a run in record 17 consecutive games
- 14 Sep 1954 Hurricane Edna (second of 1954) hits New York City, causing US$50 million damage.
- 15 Sep 1954 Black Wednesday in air travel
- 16 Sep 1954 CKLW TV channel 9 in Windsor, ON (CBC) begins broadcasting
- 17 Sep 1954 Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
- 18 Sep 1954 KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 19 Sep 1954 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Wichita Golf Open
- 20 Sep 1954 1st FORTRAN computer program run
- 21 Sep 1954 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned
- 22 Sep 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers' Karl Spooner strikes out 15 New York Giants' players in his first game.
- 24 Sep 1954 Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)
- 25 Sep 1954 Francois Doc Duvalier wins Haitian presidential election
- 26 Sep 1954 Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru, 1172 die
- 27 Sep 1954 1st African American Supreme Court page is CV Bush
- 29 Sep 1954 Barefoot Contessa starring Ava Gardner premieres at the Capitol
- 30 Sep 1954 Boy Friend opens at Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances
- 01 Oct 1954 British colony of Nigeria becomes a federation.
- 02 Oct 1954 8th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Detroit 2-2 at Detroit
- 03 Oct 1954 Father Knows Best premieres
- 05 Oct 1954 Hurricane Hazel hits Eastern US.
- 07 Oct 1954 Hassan el Hodeiby, leader of Moslem brothership, arrested in Egypt
- 09 Oct 1954 KTIV TV channel 4 in Sioux City, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 10 Oct 1954 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after French troops pulled out
- 11 Oct 1954 On Your Toes opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 64 performances
- 14 Oct 1954 Israeli act of revenge in Qibiya Jordan, kills 53
- 15 Oct 1954 Hurricane Hazel strikes US and Canada, 348 die
- 17 Oct 1954 Philadelphia Eagles' Adrian Burk passes for seven touchdowns vs Washington Redskins (49-21).
- 18 Oct 1954 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
- 19 Oct 1954 Egypt and Great Britain sign treaty; British troops departs
- 20 Oct 1954 Peter Pan opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances
- 21 Oct 1954 Indonesian troops land in New-Guinea
- 22 Oct 1954 West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
- 23 Oct 1954 German FR joins NATO
- 24 Oct 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam
- 25 Oct 1954 Landslides caused by heavy rains hit Salerno, Italy, killing about 300.
- 26 Oct 1954 Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
- 27 Oct 1954 B O Davis Jr becomes 1st black general in USAF
- 28 Oct 1954 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway
- 29 Oct 1954 Colonel Nasser disbands Moslem Brothership
- 30 Oct 1954 Linus Pauling won the Nobel prize in chemistry
- 31 Oct 1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open
- 01 Nov 1954 Algeria begins rebellion against French rule
- 02 Nov 1954 Taiwan and US sign military pact
- 03 Nov 1954 Nobel for physics awarded to Max Born and Walter Bothe
- 04 Nov 1954 Fanny opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
- 05 Nov 1954 Japan and Burma sign a separate peace treaty in Rangoon, to end their formal state of war.
- 07 Nov 1954 US spy plane shot down North of Japan
- 10 Nov 1954 Lieutenant Colonel John Strapp travels 632mph in a rocket sled.
- 12 Nov 1954 Ellis Island, immigration station in New York Harbor, closes, after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892.
- 14 Nov 1954 Egyptian President Naguib fired / state of emergency declared
- 19 Nov 1954 Tele Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, is launched by Prince Rainier III.
- 20 Nov 1954 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 22 Nov 1954 Humane Society forms
- 23 Nov 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.
- 24 Nov 1954 Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened
- 27 Nov 1954 By the Beautiful Sea closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 270 performances
- 28 Nov 1954 1st pro football game in the Netherlands
- 30 Nov 1954 1st meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz Hodges-Sylacauga Ala)
- 01 Dec 1954 Nationalist China and US sign dike agreement.
- 02 Dec 1954 Hit the Trail opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
- 04 Dec 1954 Hit the Trail closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
- 05 Dec 1954 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 06 Dec 1954 Simone de Beauvoir receives Prix Goncourt.
- 07 Dec 1954 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 08 Dec 1954 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 10 Dec 1954 Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium.
- 11 Dec 1954 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
- 14 Dec 1954 WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 15 Dec 1954 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of the Netherlands
- 17 Dec 1954 WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 24 Dec 1954 Council for the Children Protection forms in Netherlands.
- 25 Dec 1954 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 26 Dec 1954 The Shadow, airs for last time on radio
- 27 Dec 1954 Saint of Bleecker Street opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
- 28 Dec 1954 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
- 29 Dec 1954 Kingdom of the Netherlands, with Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being.
- 30 Dec 1954 House of Flowers opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances