Today in History for Year 1954 (Part 2)

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Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 552

Mar 20th - 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
Mar 20th - 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
Mar 21st - KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 22nd - 1st shopping mall opened in Southfield, Mich
Mar 22nd - Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.
Mar 25th - 26th Academy Awards - "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor/actress
Mar 25th - Pope Pius XII encyclical "Sacra virginitas" (On consecrated virginity)
Mar 25th - RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½" screen at $1,000)
Mar 26th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
Mar 28th - 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon & Kismet win
LPGA Golfer Betsy RawlsLPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls Mar 28th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
Mar 28th - WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
Mar 30th - Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
Mar 31st - US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs established
Mar 31st - USSR offers to join NATO
Apr 1st - 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
Apr 1st - 1st US Army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC
Apr 1st - Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
Apr 1st - US Air Force Academy forms
Apr 1st - WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 2nd - Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
Apr 3rd - "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
Apr 3rd - Don Perry climbs a 20' rope in under 2.8 seconds (AAU record)
Apr 4th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Apr 5th - Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
Apr 6th - Mont Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
Apr 6th - TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons
Apr 6th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
Apr 7th - German government refuses to recognize DDR
Apr 7th - US President Eisenhower in news conference first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
Apr 7th - WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
Apr 8th - "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 perfs
Apr 9th - WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 10th - KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
Apr 11th - Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open
Golfer Sam SneadGolfer Sam Snead Apr 12th - 18th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289
Apr 12th - 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
Apr 12th - Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
Apr 12th - Bill Haley & Comets records "Rock Around Clock"
Apr 12th - Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
Apr 13th - Balt Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0
Apr 13th - Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game
Apr 13th - Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist
Apr 14th - Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert OppenheimerFather of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer Apr 15th - KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
Apr 15th - Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
Apr 15th - WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
Apr 15th - Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
Apr 16th - KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 16th - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
Apr 18th - Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt
Apr 18th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
Apr 19th - 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
Apr 19th - 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
Apr 20th - "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
Apr 21st - Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of USSR
Apr 21st - USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
Apr 22nd - Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
Apr 22nd - NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
Apr 22nd - US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin
Apr 22nd - USSR joins UNESCO
Baseball Player Hank AaronBaseball Player Hank Aaron Apr 23rd - Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
Apr 24th - 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
Apr 24th - Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
Apr 24th - WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 25th - Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC)
Apr 25th - British raid Nairobi Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
Apr 25th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island atmospher
Apr 25th - WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
Apr 26th - Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk Apr 26th - Nationwide test of salk anti-polio vaccine begins
Apr 26th - The Japanese film "Seven Samurai", starring Toshiro Mifune, is released
Apr 30th - Darius Milhauds 4th Concert for piano/orch premieres in Haifa
May 1st - 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York aboard Determine wins in 2:03
May 1st - Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
May 1st - HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)
May 1st - WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
May 2nd - Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader
May 3rd - KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
Aviator Charles LindberghAviator Charles Lindbergh May 3rd - Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A Lindbergh & John Patrick
May 3rd - WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
May 4th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
May 5th - Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
May 6th - Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
May 7th - French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
May 7th - US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership in NATO
May 8th - 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
May 10th - Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris
May 13th - "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances
May 13th - Labour Party wins British municipal elections
May 13th - Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row
May 13th - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
May 13th - Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots.
May 14th - Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
May 15th - KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
May 16th - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams May 16th - Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone
May 16th - WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
May 17th - Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
May 19th - Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 666

Feb 25th - John Doe, American musician
Feb 26th - John Bolger, actor (Capt Gabe McNamara-Another World)
Feb 26th - Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey
Feb 27th - Neal Schon, rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English)
Feb 28th - Brian Billick, American football coach
Mar 1st - Ron Howard, Oklahoma, American actor/director (American Graffiti, Happy Days)
Mar 1st - Catherine Bach, Warren Oh, actress (Daisey Duke-Dukes of Hazzard)
Mar 1st - Janis Gill, Torrance Cal, singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo-Midnight Girl)
Mar 2nd - Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
Mar 3rd - Keith Carlton Fergus, Temple TX, PGA golfer (1995 Honda Classic-8th)
Mar 3rd - Chris Hughes, London, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants)
Mar 4th - Catherine O'Hara, Toronto Ont, comedienne (Beetlejuice, SCTV)
Mar 4th - Peter Erling Jacobsen, Portland OR, PGA golfer (1990 Bob Hope)
Mar 4th - Mark Chorvinsky, American author and editor (d. 2005)
Mar 4th - François Fillon, French politician, Prime Minister of France
Mar 4th - Willie Thorne, English snooker player
Mar 5th - Marsha Warfield, comedian/actress (Roz-Night Court)
Mar 7th - Matt Frenette, rock drummer (Loverboy)
Mar 8th - Cheryl Baker, rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
Mar 8th - David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
Mar 8th - Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)
Mar 9th - Charmain Elaine Sylvers, rocker
Mar 9th - Keven Wade, Chappaqua NY, screen writer (Working Girls)
Mar 9th - Bobby Sands, IRA member (d. 1981)
Mar 11th - Gale Norton, 48th United States Secretary of the Interior
Mar 12th - Anish Kapoor, Mumbai India, Indian born British sculptor
Mar 13th - Robin Duke, Toronto Canada, comedienne (SNL, SCTV, Club Paradise)
Mar 14th - Adrian Zmed, Chicago Ill, actor (TJ Hooker, Dance Fever)
Mar 14th - David La Croix, race horse trainer
Mar 14th - Jann Browne, country singer (Mexican Wind)
Mar 15th - Craig Wasson, Oregon, actor (Body Double, 4 Friends, Men's Club)
Mar 16th - Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
Mar 16th - Hollis Stacy, Savannah Ga, LPGA golfer (US Open 1977, 78)
Mar 16th - Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
Mar 16th - Nancy Wilson, SF, rock guitarist (Heart-Never, What about Love)
Mar 16th - Colin Ireland, Kent, England, serial killer ('Gay Slayer'/ Coleherne killer), (d. 2012)
Mar 17th - Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
Mar 17th - Rena Jones, rock vocalist
Mar 17th - Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
Mar 18th - James F Reilly II, Mt Home AFB Idaho, PhD/astronaut (STS 89, sk:100)
Mar 19th - Charles Pinnell, horse trainer
Mar 19th - Indu Shahani, Indian educationist and Sheriff of Mumbai
Mar 20th - Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
Mar 20th - Jim Seales, Hamilton Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
Mar 20th - Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
Mar 21st - Mary Jane Smith, Van Nuys Ca, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1993)
Mar 23rd - Moses Malone, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Milw Bucks, Phila '76ers)
Mar 23rd - Geno Auriemma, American basketball coach
Mar 24th - Donna Pescow, Brooklyn, actress (Angie, Out of this World, Rainbow)
Mar 24th - Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
Mar 24th - Robert Carradine, Los Angeles California, actor (Slim-The Cowboys, Wavelength)
Mar 25th - Elli Stai, Greek journalist and TV presenter
Mar 25th - Thom Loverro, American sportswriter
Mar 26th - Curtis Sliwa, founder (Guardian Angels)/radio personality (WABC)
Mar 26th - Piers Gardner, director (Brit Institute of Intl & Comparative Law)
Mar 26th - Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
Mar 28th - Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
Mar 29th - Karen Anne Quinlan, NJ, famous comatose patient (right to die case)
Mar 31st - Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)
Apr 1st - Jeff Porcaro, Los Angeles California, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa)
Apr 2nd - Ron Palillo, Ct, actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), (d. 2012)
Apr 2nd - Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
Apr 3rd - Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer
Apr 4th - Julie Carmen, Mount Vernon NY, actress (Gloria, Last Plane Out)
Apr 5th - Christopher S Nelson, New Orleans LA, actor (Sons & Daughters)
Apr 5th - Michael W Butler, computer programmer (created TODAY program)
Apr 5th - Stan Ridgeway, rocker (Mosquito-Garage Sale)
Apr 6th - Judi Bowker, Shawford England, actress (Clash of the Titans)
Apr 7th - Donna White, LPGA golfer
Actor Jackie ChanActor Jackie Chan (Apr 7th) Apr 7th - Jackie Chan, martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx)
Apr 7th - Tony Dorsett, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, Heisman Trophy)
Apr 8th - Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
Apr 8th - John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)
Apr 8th - G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
Apr 9th - Dennis Quaid, Houston Texas, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff)
Apr 9th - Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
Apr 10th - Peter MacNicol, Dallas TX, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie's Choice)
Apr 12th - Marvin Johnson, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)
Apr 12th - Pat Travers, Toronto, Ontario, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight)
Apr 13th - Barbara Roche, MP
Apr 13th - Jimmy Destri, rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture)
Apr 13th - Niels Olsen, Danish singer
Apr 14th - Bruce Sterling, US, sci-fi author (Involution Ocean, Schismatrix)
Apr 15th - Emmanuel, Mexico City Mexico, spanish singer
Apr 16th - Ellen Barkin, Bronx NY, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love)
Apr 16th - John Bowe, Australian racing driver
Apr 17th - Kim Tyler, Hollywood California, actress (Kyle-Please Don't Eat Daisies)
Apr 17th - Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
Apr 17th - Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler
Apr 17th - Michael Sembello, American musician
Apr 18th - Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
Apr 19th - Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
Apr 20th - Peter Toohey, cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80)
Apr 20th - Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player
Apr 21st - Dale Eggeling, Statesboro GA, LPGA golfer (1995 Oldsmobile Classic)
Apr 21st - James Morrison, American actor
Apr 21st - Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
Apr 22nd - Joseph Bottoms, Santa Barbara Cal, actor (Surfacing, Blind Date)
Filmmaker Michael MooreFilmmaker Michael Moore (Apr 23rd) Apr 23rd - Michael Moore, Flint, Michigan, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko)
Apr 24th - Jack Blades, rock bassist (Damn Yankees-Coming of Age, Night Ranger)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 162 of 162

Aug 6th - Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
Aug 8th - Gino Tagliapietra, composer, dies at 67
Aug 11th - Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)
Aug 13th - Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71
Aug 17th - Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
Aug 19th - Alcide de Gasperi, Italian premier (1945..53), dies at 73
President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio VargasPresident and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas (Aug 24th) Aug 24th - Getulio D Vargas, President and dictator of Brazil: 1930-45, 51-54, suicide at 71
Sep 3rd - Eugene Pallette, actor (It's a Date, My Man Godfrey), dies at 65
Sep 5th - Eugen Schiffer, German politician (b. 1860)
Sep 7th - Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1885)
Sep 9th - Alfred Gradstein, composer, dies at 49
Sep 10th - Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies
Sep 11th - Licinio Refice, composer, dies at 69
Sep 19th - Tibor Harsanyi, composer, dies at 56
Sep 21st - Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
Sep 24th - Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
Sep 25th - Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, Spanish essayist/philosopher, dies at 71
Sep 26th - Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (b. 1868)
Sep 28th - Bert Lytell, actor (Henry-One Man's Family), dies at 69
Sep 28th - Morten Korch, dies
Sep 30th - Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
Oct 3rd - Herbert Prior, actor (Pollyanna), dies at 87
Oct 5th - Flor Alpaerts, Flem composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel/Pallieter), dies at 78
Oct 6th - Hakon Borresen, composer, dies at 78
Oct 12th - George Welch, American pilot (b. 1918)
Oct 20th - Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
Oct 22nd - Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer/pilot, dies at 54
Oct 22nd - Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
Oct 23rd - Henri Zagwijn, composer, dies at 76
Oct 26th - Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
Oct 27th - Franco Alfano, Ital (opera)composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
Oct 27th - Frank Druce, cricketer (252 runs in 5 Tests for England), dies
Impressionist Painter Henri MatisseImpressionist Painter Henri Matisse (Nov 3rd) Nov 3rd - Henri E B Matisse, French painter/sculptor (Dance II), dies at 84
Nov 4th - Stig H Dagerman, Swedish author (Burned Child), dies at 31
Nov 10th - Hussein Fatemi, Iran Foreign minister, executed
Nov 11th - John Rosamund Johnson, composer, dies at 81
Nov 13th - Fay Baker, actress (Sorority Girl), dies at 60
Nov 15th - Lionel Barrymore, [Blythe], actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), dies at 76
Nov 16th - Albert Francis Blakeslee, American Botanist, dies at 80
Nov 19th - Walter Bartley Wilson, founding member of Cardiff City F.C. (b. 1870)
Nov 21st - Karol Rathaus, composer, dies at 59
Nov 21st - Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian, dies at 69
Nov 22nd - Andrej J Vysjinski, Russian UN ambassador, dies at 70
Nov 22nd - Moroni Olsen, actor (Possessed), dies at 65
Nov 22nd - Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
Nov 26th - Bill Doak, former Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1891)
Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico FermiFather of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi (Nov 28th) Nov 28th - Enrico Fermi, Italian/US nuclear physicist (Nobel 1938), dies of stomach cancer at 53
Nov 29th - George Edward Robey, English comic/actor (Henry IV), dies at 85
Nov 29th - Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)
Nov 30th - Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (b. 1886)
Dec 1st - Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (b. 1897)
Dec 3rd - Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
Dec 4th - Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
Dec 8th - Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
Dec 13th - John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
Dec 20th - Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
Dec 20th - James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54
Dec 23rd - René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
Dec 25th - Johnny Ace, Memphis rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
Dec 25th - Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
Dec 25th - Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
Dec 31st - Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75

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