1954

1954 was marked by the end of the first Indochina war between France and southern Vietnamese forces led by Ho Chi Minh.

1954

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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Movies

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Rear Window

Rear Window

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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

Country: United States of America

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Country: United States of America

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Country: United States of America

La Strada

La Strada

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Country: United States of America

Boot Polish

Boot Polish

Directed by: Prakash Arora

Starring: Kumari Naaz, Rattan Kumar, David Abraham, Chand Burke

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But We Were Born Free by Elmer Holmes Davis

But We Were Born Free

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Book by Davis, Elmer Holmes

Not as a Stranger by Morton Thompson

Not as a Stranger

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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.

Away All Boats by Kenneth Dodson

Away All Boats

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A vivid portrayal of the officers and sailors of the fictional amphibious transport USS Belinda in the Pacific of World War II.

Forty Plus And Fancy Free by Emily Kimbrough

Forty Plus And Fancy Free

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Non-Fiction, Travel, Adventure, American Literature, Women's Literature

The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power Of Positive Thinking

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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.

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Historical Events

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Events

  • 01 Jan KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jan Herman Wouks Caine Mutiny, premieres in New York City
  • 04 Jan Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
  • 09 Jan Bert Olmstead, Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game.
  • 10 Jan Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden.
  • 12 Jan Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament.
  • 13 Jan WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 14 Jan New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe
  • 15 Jan Mau Mau leader Waruhiu Itote is captured in Kenya.
  • 16 Jan South Pacific closes at Majestic Theater in New York City, New York after 1928 performances.
  • 17 Jan NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9.
  • 18 Jan Fanfani forms Italian government.
  • 20 Jan 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 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
  • 23 Jan Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP.
  • 24 Jan BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter.
  • 25 Jan The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union meet at the Berlin Conference.
  • 26 Jan Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • 30 Jan Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR.
  • 01 Feb 1st TV soap opera Secret Storm premieres
  • 02 Feb Snow falls on Gibraltar
  • 03 Feb Jeen van den Berg win Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32).
  • 05 Feb WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 09 Feb Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy.
  • 10 Feb Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • 11 Feb 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 Frank Selvy becomes the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to score 100 points in a single game
  • 14 Feb Sen John Kennedy appears on Meet the Press
  • 15 Feb WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Feb WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Feb 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 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • 19 Feb WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, New York (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 20 Feb General Zahedi wins election in Persia.
  • 23 Feb 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
  • 25 Feb Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier.
  • 26 Feb First typesetting machine (photo engraving) is used, in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 28 Feb Patty Berg / Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • 01 Mar 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US house of reps injuring 5 reps
  • 04 Mar JE Wilkins, appointed 1st Black US sub-cabinet member
  • 05 Mar Girl in Pink Tights opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • 07 Mar Russia wins title in their first international ice hockey competition.
  • 09 Mar 1st local color TV coml WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
  • 11 Mar US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics.
  • 12 Mar Finland and Germany officially end their state of war.
  • 13 Mar Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu.
  • 14 Mar KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins
  • 15 Mar CBS Morning Show premieres with Walter Cronkite and Jack Paar
  • 19 Mar US Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Tenley Albright.
  • 20 Mar First newspaper vending machine used (Columbia, Pennsylvania).
  • 21 Mar KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC / CBS / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Mar First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
  • 23 Mar In Vietnam, the Viet Minh capture the main airstrip of Dien Bien Phu. The remaining French Army units there are partially isolated.
  • 25 Mar 26th Academy Awards: From Here to Eternity, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn win.
  • 26 Mar US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
  • 27 Mar The Castle Romeo nuclear test explosion is executed.
  • 28 Mar 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon and Kismet win.
  • 29 Mar A C-47 transport with the French nurse Genevieve de Galard on board is wrecked on the runway at Dien Bien Phu.
  • 30 Mar The Yonge Street subway line opens in Toronto. It is the first subway in Canada.
  • 31 Mar US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is established.
  • 01 Apr US Air Force Academy forms
  • 02 Apr Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • 03 Apr Me & Juliet closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • 04 Apr Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open.
  • 06 Apr US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
  • 07 Apr German government refuses to recognize DDR
  • 08 Apr By the Beautiful Sea opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances
  • 09 Apr WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Apr KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 11 Apr Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open.
  • 12 Apr Joe Turner releases Shake, Rattle & Roll
  • 13 Apr Baltimore Orioles' first game, lose to Detroit Tigers in Detroit 3-0.
  • 14 Apr Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for political asylum in Canberra, Australia.
  • 15 Apr KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Apr KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 18 Apr Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.
  • 19 Apr 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • 20 Apr Golden Apple opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • 21 Apr Gregori Malenkov becomes Premier of the USSR
  • 22 Apr Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government.
  • 24 Apr Australia and the USSR break diplomatic relations
  • 25 Apr US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
  • 26 Apr Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
  • 28 Apr 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 Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano / orchestra premieres in Haifa
  • 01 May WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC / SFN) begins broadcasting
  • 02 May Stan Musial hits five homeruns in a doubleheader.
  • 03 May KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 04 May US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island.
  • 05 May Military coup by General Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay.
  • 06 May Roger Bannister runs the first sub-four minute mile.
  • 07 May US, Great Britain, and France reject Russian membership in NATO.
  • 08 May Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was formed in Manila, Philippines.
  • 10 May Bolshoi-ballet does not appear in Paris
  • 11 May 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 Pajama Game opens at St. James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
  • 14 May Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months.
  • 15 May KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 16 May WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 17 May Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 separate but equal Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
  • 18 May European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect.
  • 19 May Postmaster General Summerfield approves US Central Intelligence Agency mail-opening project.
  • 21 May American amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated.
  • 22 May KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 24 May Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
  • 26 May A fire aboard the United States aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Narragansett Bay kills 103 crewmen.
  • 29 May Kirk and Anne Douglas married
  • 30 May Dutch bishops forbid membership to non-catholic sporting clubs.
  • 01 Jun Emile Zatopek runs record 6 mile: (27:59.2) / 10,000m (28:54.2)
  • 02 Jun John Costello (Cons) becomes Premier of Ireland
  • 04 Jun France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • 05 Jun Your Show Of Shows, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 06 Jun Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • 07 Jun First microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA).
  • 09 Jun Joseph Welch asks Sen Joseph McCarthy Have you no sense of decency, sir? during Senate-Army hearings
  • 10 Jun KQED TV channel 9 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Jun Girl in Pink Tights closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 115 performances
  • 13 Jun Cornerstone of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, laid in Bronx
  • 14 Jun US President Dwight Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge.
  • 16 Jun Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months
  • 17 Jun CIA exile army lands in Guatemala (JF Dulles & United Fruit Co)
  • 18 Jun 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 54th US Golf Open: Ed Furgol shoots a 284 at Baltusrol Golf Club - New Jersey
  • 21 Jun John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0)
  • 22 Jun US Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands.
  • 23 Jun 122 degrees F (50 degrees C), Overton, Nevada (state record).
  • 26 Jun Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • 27 Jun 1st atomic power station opens (Obninsk, near Moscow, Russia)
  • 29 Jun Atomic Energy Commission voted against, reinstating Dr J Robert Oppenheimer.
  • 30 Jun Largest check: Internal US Treasury check at $4,176,969,623.57
  • 01 Jul WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, Florida (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jul 68th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Drobny beats K Rosewall (13-11 46 62 97)
  • 03 Jul Wonderful Town closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
  • 04 Jul WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • 05 Jul B-52A bomber made its maiden flight
  • 06 Jul KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jul T.A.N.U. party founded in Tanzania.
  • 08 Jul KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 10 Jul Peter Thomson becomes the first Australian to win the British Open Golf Championship.
  • 11 Jul First White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Mississippi.
  • 12 Jul President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • 13 Jul 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • 14 Jul 118 degrees F (48 degrees C), Warsaw and Union, Missouri (state record).
  • 15 Jul 1st coml jet transport plane built in US tested (Boeing 707)
  • 17 Jul 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • 18 Jul Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Inverness Four-Ball Golf Tournament
  • 20 Jul Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North and South
  • 21 Jul At Geneva, Switzerland, France agrees to independence of North and South Vietnam.
  • 22 Jul Virgin Islands (US) adopts constitution (Revised Organic Act)
  • 25 Jul Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Fort Wayne Golf Open
  • 26 Jul WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Jul 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller Golf Club - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 28 Jul Ernest Blochs 4th string quartet, premieres
  • 30 Jul Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles
  • 31 Jul First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.
  • 01 Aug Louison Bobet wins his 2nd Tour de France
  • 02 Aug Tahar Ben Ammar appointed Premier of Tunisia
  • 03 Aug 1st VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown
  • 04 Aug Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
  • 05 Aug Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championshio
  • 06 Aug WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Aug Golden Apple closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
  • 10 Aug Netherlands Indonesian Union breaks up
  • 11 Aug BC Lions plays its 1st CF game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • 12 Aug Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
  • 13 Aug 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
  • 14 Aug WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, New York (NBC) begins
  • 15 Aug Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
  • 16 Aug Sports Illustrated magazine begins publishing
  • 18 Aug James E Wilkins is 1st black to attend a US cabinet meeting
  • 19 Aug Ralph J Bunche is named undersecretary of United Nations.
  • 22 Aug WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, Florida (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 23 Aug First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
  • 24 Aug Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party
  • 25 Aug Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • 29 Aug San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens.
  • 30 Aug Hurricane Carol, kills 68
  • 31 Aug WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 01 Sep Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island / New England, kills 68
  • 02 Sep WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Sep China begins artillery bombing on Quemoy and Amoy
  • 04 Sep 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 Dutch Super Constellation crashes at Shannon, 28 die
  • 06 Sep 68th US Womens Tennis: Doris Hart beats A Louise Brough (68 61 86)
  • 07 Sep Integration begins in Washington DC and Baltimore MD public schools
  • 08 Sep Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • 09 Sep Indians becomes 1st Cleveland team to win 100 games in a season
  • 10 Sep 12 second shock kills 1,460 in Orleansville Algeria
  • 11 Sep 20.4 cm rainfall at Brunswick, Maine (state record)
  • 12 Sep Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St. Louis Golf Open
  • 13 Sep Reds Ted Kluszewski scores a run in record 17 consecutive games
  • 14 Sep Hurricane Edna (second of 1954) hits New York City, causing US$50 million damage.
  • 15 Sep Black Wednesday in air travel
  • 16 Sep CKLW TV channel 9 in Windsor, ON (CBC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Sep Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 18 Sep KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Sep Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Wichita Golf Open
  • 20 Sep 1st FORTRAN computer program run
  • 21 Sep 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned
  • 22 Sep Brooklyn Dodgers' Karl Spooner strikes out 15 New York Giants' players in his first game.
  • 24 Sep Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)
  • 25 Sep Francois Doc Duvalier wins Haitian presidential election
  • 26 Sep Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru, 1172 die
  • 27 Sep 1st African American Supreme Court page is CV Bush
  • 29 Sep Barefoot Contessa starring Ava Gardner premieres at the Capitol
  • 30 Sep Boy Friend opens at Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances
  • 01 Oct British colony of Nigeria becomes a federation.
  • 02 Oct 8th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Detroit 2-2 at Detroit
  • 03 Oct Father Knows Best premieres
  • 05 Oct Hurricane Hazel hits Eastern US.
  • 07 Oct Hassan el Hodeiby, leader of Moslem brothership, arrested in Egypt
  • 09 Oct KTIV TV channel 4 in Sioux City, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Oct Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after French troops pulled out
  • 11 Oct On Your Toes opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • 14 Oct Israeli act of revenge in Qibiya Jordan, kills 53
  • 15 Oct Hurricane Hazel strikes US and Canada, 348 die
  • 17 Oct Philadelphia Eagles' Adrian Burk passes for seven touchdowns vs Washington Redskins (49-21).
  • 18 Oct WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Oct Egypt and Great Britain sign treaty; British troops departs
  • 20 Oct Peter Pan opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • 21 Oct Indonesian troops land in New-Guinea
  • 22 Oct West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • 23 Oct German FR joins NATO
  • 24 Oct Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam
  • 25 Oct Landslides caused by heavy rains hit Salerno, Italy, killing about 300.
  • 26 Oct Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
  • 27 Oct B O Davis Jr becomes 1st black general in USAF
  • 28 Oct Nobel prize for literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway
  • 29 Oct Colonel Nasser disbands Moslem Brothership
  • 30 Oct Linus Pauling won the Nobel prize in chemistry
  • 31 Oct Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open
  • 01 Nov Algeria begins rebellion against French rule
  • 02 Nov Taiwan and US sign military pact
  • 03 Nov Nobel for physics awarded to Max Born and Walter Bothe
  • 04 Nov Fanny opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances
  • 05 Nov Japan and Burma sign a separate peace treaty in Rangoon, to end their formal state of war.
  • 07 Nov US spy plane shot down North of Japan
  • 10 Nov Lieutenant Colonel John Strapp travels 632mph in a rocket sled.
  • 12 Nov Ellis Island, immigration station in New York Harbor, closes, after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892.
  • 14 Nov Egyptian President Naguib fired / state of emergency declared
  • 19 Nov Tele Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, is launched by Prince Rainier III.
  • 20 Nov KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Nov Humane Society forms
  • 23 Nov 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 Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened
  • 27 Nov By the Beautiful Sea closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 270 performances
  • 28 Nov 1st pro football game in the Netherlands
  • 30 Nov 1st meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz Hodges-Sylacauga Ala)
  • 01 Dec Nationalist China and US sign dike agreement.
  • 02 Dec Hit the Trail opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 04 Dec Hit the Trail closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 05 Dec KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Dec Simone de Beauvoir receives Prix Goncourt.
  • 07 Dec KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 08 Dec WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Dec Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium.
  • 11 Dec Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • 14 Dec WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Dec Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • 17 Dec WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Dec Council for the Children Protection forms in Netherlands.
  • 25 Dec WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 26 Dec The Shadow, airs for last time on radio
  • 27 Dec Saint of Bleecker Street opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • 28 Dec KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 29 Dec Kingdom of the Netherlands, with Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being.
  • 30 Dec House of Flowers opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances