1954 in History – What happened in year 1954

✅ Published on April 8th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1954 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1954.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1954 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
10 januaryBOAC Flight 781 suffered an explosive decompression at altitude and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone on board.
14 januaryNash-Kelvinator and Hudson Motor Car Company merged to become American Motors in an effort to create one multi brand company capable of challenging the 'Big Three' as an equal.
15 februaryThe Canadian and American governments agreed to jointly buildthe Distant Early Warning Line, a line of radar stations running acrossthe high Arctic.
01 marchFour Puerto Rican nationalists shot 30 rounds from semi-automatic pistols during an open session of the United States House of Representatives, injuring five people.
13 marchViet Minh forces under Vo Nguyen Giap unleashed a massiveartillery barrage on the French military to begin the Battle of DienBien Phu, the climactic battle in the First Indochina War.
30 marchThe Yonge–University–Spadina line, the first subway in Canada and the busiest in Toronto, opened.
22 aprilUNESCO was joined by USSR.
23 aprilBatting against Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his then-record 755 home runs in Major League Baseball.
06 mayAt Oxford's Iffley Road Track, English athlete Roger Bannisterbecame the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
17 mayThe US Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing racial segregation in public schools because 'separate educational facilities are inherently unequal'.
29 mayThe first annual Bilderberg Group meeting of leaders from European countries and the United States took place in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.
09 juneDuring the Army–McCarthy hearings investigating conflictin gaccusations between the United States Army and Senator Joseph McCarthy, Army lawyer Joseph N. Welch famously asked McCarthy, 'At long last, haveyou left no sense of decency?'
12 junePope Pius XII canonised Dominic Savio, who was 14 years oldwhen he died, to make him the youngest non-martyr saint in the RomanCatholic Church.
15 juneUEFA (Union of European Football Associations) is formed in Basel, Switzerland. The Union of European Football Association it is the administrative body for association football in Europe, although several members have territory which is all or partially in Africa or Asia.
27 juneThe Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, the Soviet Union's first nuclear power station, opens in Obninsk, near Moscow. It was the first grid-connected nuclear power station in the world, i.e. the first nuclear reactor that produced commercial electricity, albeit at small scale. It was located at the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering. The plant is also known as APS-1 Obninsk (Atomic Power Station 1 Obninsk).
05 julyThe Andhra Pradesh High Court was founded. The High Court in Hyderabad for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is the common High Court of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The High Court is built on the south bank of the River Musi. This is one of the best built buildings in the city which is built in red and white stones in Saracenic style by Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan who was the ruler of the state of Hyderabad.
05 julyfirst television news bulletin of BBC was broadcasted. It is the public service broadcaster of the UK. Theof BBC situated headquarters at Broadcasting House in London. It is regarded as world's oldest national broadcasting organization and the second biggest broadcaster in the world by count of employees.
05 julyBBC News aired its first televised news broadcast from leased studios within Alexandra Palace in London.
31 julyA team of Italian climbers led by Ardito Desio became the firstto reach the summit of K2 the world's second-highest mountain.
13 augustThe complete version of 'Qaumi Taranah', the national anthem ofPakistan, was broadcast for the first time on Radio Pakistan.
08 septemberEight nations signed an agreement to create the Southeast AsiaTreaty Organization, a Southeast Asian version of NATO.
14 septemberIn a top secret nuclear test, a Soviet Tu-4 bomber dropped a40-kiloton atomic weapon just north of Totskoye village, exposing some45,000 soldiers and 10,000 civilians to nuclear fallout.
29 septemberTwelve countries signed a convention establishing the EuropeanOrganization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which manages the world'slargest particle physics laboratory.
15 octoberHurricane Hazel made landfall in the Carolinas in the UnitedStates before moving north to Toronto in Canada later the same day,killing a total of 176 people in both countries.
18 octoberThe first commercial transistor radio, the Regency TR-1 was introduced in Indianapolis, Indiana, US.
01 novemberThe Front de Libération Nationale began the Algerian War ofIndependence against French rule.
03 novemberThe first film featuring the giant monster known as Godzilla,was released.
13 novemberGreat Britain defeated France at the Parc des Princes in Paristo win the first Rugby League World Cup.
04 decemberThe global hamburger fast food chain Burger King, known for itssignature item the Whopper, was founded in Miami, Florida, US.
23 decemberDrs. Joseph Murray and J. Hartwell Harrison performed the first successful kidney transplant.


Famous birthdays in the year 1954:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 JuneDan Hill / Singer / Canada
04 February Andrei Karlov / Diplomat / Russia
04 JuneRaphael Ravenscroft / Composer / United Kingdom
05 February Cliff Martinez / Writer / United States of America
08 SeptemberMark Lindsay Chapman / Actor / United Kingdom
09 February Chris Gardner / Business Man / United States of America
09 OctoberScott Bakula / Actor / United States of America
09 March Carlos Ghosn / Business Man / Brazil
10 AprilJuan Williams / Author / United States of America
10 January Greg Towns / Footballer / Australia
11 DecemberGuðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson / Guitarist / Iceland
13 February Donnie Moore / Baseball Player / United States of America
19 March Cho Kwang-rae / Football Coach / South Korea
22 OctoberGraham Joyce / Author / United Kingdom
23 February Viktor Yushchenko / Politician / Ukraine
26 SeptemberCraig Chaquico / Guitarist / United States of America
28 MayYouri Egorov / Composer / Russia
28 JulyHugo Chávez / Politician / Venezuela
29 January Terry Kinney / Actor / United States of America
31 MayThomas Mavros / Footballer / Greece

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1954:

YearName / Profession / Country
18 January Jagdish Mali / Photographer / India
31 JulyManivannan / Actor / India
11 AugustM. V. Narasimha Rao / Cricketer / India
27 JulyG. S. Bali / Politician / India
11 AugustYashpal Sharma / Cricketer / India
11 January Kailash Satyarthi / Engineer / India
17 AprilMukul Roy / Politician / India
08 MarchDigambar Kamat / Politician / India
13 DecemberHarsh Vardhan / Politician / India
01 JanuaryShanta Rangaswamy / Player / India
10 OctoberRekha / Actress / India
30 AugustRavi Shankar Prasad / Politician / India
01 JanuaryMukut Mithi / Politician / India
16 SeptemberSanjoy Bandopadhyay / Composer / India
03 AprilK. Krishnasamy / Politician / India
28 DecemberDalbir Singh Suhag / Soldier / India
23 MarchMehmood Dhaulpuri / Musician / India
24 MayBachendri Pal / Mountaineer / India
18 JanuaryJagdish Mali / Photographer / India
25 MayMurali / Actor / India
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