Today in History for April 1954

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 57 of 57

1st - 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
1st - 1st US Army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC
1st - Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
1st - US Air Force Academy forms
1st - WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
2nd - Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
3rd - "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
3rd - Don Perry climbs a 20' rope in under 2.8 seconds (AAU record)
4th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
5th - Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
6th - Mont Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
6th - TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 6th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
7th - German government refuses to recognize DDR
7th - US President Eisenhower in news conference first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
7th - WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
8th - "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 perfs
9th - WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
10th - KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
11th - Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open
12th - 18th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289
Golfer Sam SneadGolfer Sam Snead 12th - 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
12th - Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
12th - Bill Haley & Comets records "Rock Around Clock"
12th - Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
13th - Balt Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0
13th - Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game
13th - Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist
14th - Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
15th - KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
15th - Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert OppenheimerFather of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer 15th - WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
15th - Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
16th - KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
16th - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
18th - Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt
18th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
19th - 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
19th - 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
20th - "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
21st - Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR
21st - USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
22nd - Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
22nd - NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
22nd - US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
22nd - USSR joins UNESCO
Baseball Player Hank AaronBaseball Player Hank Aaron 23rd - Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
24th - 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
24th - Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
24th - WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
25th - Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC)
25th - British raid Nairobi Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
25th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
25th - WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
26th - Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk 26th - Nationwide test of salk anti-polio vaccine begins
30th - Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano/orch premieres in Haifa

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 51 of 51

1st - Jeff Porcaro, Los Angeles California, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa)
2nd - Ron Palillo, Ct, actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), (d. 2012)
2nd - Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
3rd - Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer
4th - Julie Carmen, Mount Vernon NY, actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out)
5th - Christopher S Nelson, New Orleans LA, actor (Sons & Daughters)
5th - Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
5th - Stan Ridgeway, rocker (Mosquito-Garage Sale)
6th - Judi Bowker, Shawford England, actress (Clash of the Titans)
7th - Donna White, LPGA golfer
Actor Jackie ChanActor Jackie Chan (7th) 7th - Jackie Chan, martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx)
7th - Tony Dorsett, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, Heisman Trophy)
8th - Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
8th - John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)
8th - G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
9th - Dennis Quaid, Houston Texas, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff)
9th - Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
10th - Peter MacNicol, Dallas TX, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie's Choice)
12th - Marvin Johnson, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
12th - Pat Travers, Toronto, Ontario, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight)
13th - Barbara Roche, MP
13th - Jimmy Destri, rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture)
13th - Niels Olsen, Danish singer
14th - Bruce Sterling, US, sci-fi author (Involution Ocean, Schismatrix)
15th - Emmanuel, Mexico City Mexico, spanish singer
16th - Ellen Barkin, Bronx NY, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love)
16th - John Bowe, Australian racing driver
17th - Kim Tyler, Hollywood California, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies)
17th - Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
17th - Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
17th - Michael Sembello, American musician
18th - Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
19th - Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
20th - Peter Toohey, cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80)
20th - Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player
21st - Dale Eggeling, Statesboro GA, LPGA golfer (1995 Oldsmobile Classic)
21st - James Morrison, American actor
21st - Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
22nd - Joseph Bottoms, Santa Barbara Cal, actor (Surfacing, Blind Date)
Filmmaker Michael MooreFilmmaker Michael Moore (23rd) 23rd - Michael Moore, Flint, Michigan, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko)
24th - Jack Blades, rock bassist (Damn Yankees-Coming of Age, Night Ranger)
24th - Vince Ferragamo, NFL/CFL quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes)
24th - Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
25th - Rob Crosby, Sumter SC, country singer (She's a Natural)
28th - Ron Zook, American Football Coach
29th - Bill Paxon, (Rep-R-New York)
29th - Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)
29th - Jerome 'Jerry' seinfeld, Brooklyn New York, comedian/actor ('Seinfeld')
Comedian Jerry SeinfeldComedian Jerry Seinfeld (29th) 29th - Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder
30th - Gunther Tiersch, German DR, 8 man cox (Olympic-gold-1968)
30th - Jane Campion, New Zealand film director

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 12 of 12

5th - Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
9th - Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
10th - Auguste Lumière, French photograph/movie pioneer, dies at 81
10th - Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79
10th - Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
12th - Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
13th - Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (b. 1890)
15th - Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
17th - Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
25th - Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
28th - Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
29th - Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier, dies at 82

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