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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Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: George Seaton
Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross
Country: United States
Directed by: George Cukor
Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani
Directed by: Roberto Rossellini
Starring: Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban, Anna Proclemer
Which were the top hits of 1954 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 1954 ?
By: Norman Vincent Peale
An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr.
By: Morton Thompson
From the time he is a small child Lucas Marsh cannot think of anything except becoming a doctor. He has a very naive and glorified view of medicine and doctors.
By: Elmer Holmes Davis
Book by Davis, Elmer Holmes
By: Harry Allen Overstreet and Bonaro W. Overstreet
1954. First Edition. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.., 333 pages. 1 lb 6 oz. (Dark Green Hardcover with gold lettering spine). The
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1954 in the USA ?
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