1954 in History – What happened in year 1954

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.

Know what happened in 1954:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 DecemberThe global hamburger fast food chain Burger King, known for itssignature item the Whopper, was founded in Miami, Florida, US.
05 July BBC News (logo pictured) aired its first televised newsbroadcast from leased studios within Alexandra Palace in London.
08 September Eight nations signed an agreement to create the Southeast AsiaTreaty Organization, a Southeast Asian version of NATO.
09 JuneDuring the Army–McCarthy hearings investigating conflictingaccusations 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?'
13 November Great Britain defeated France at the Parc des Princes in Paristo win the first Rugby League World Cup.
14 September In 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.
15 JuneThe Union of European Football Associations, the administrativeand controlling body for European football, was founded in Basel,Switzerland.
18 OctoberThe first commercial transistor radio, the Regency TR-1(pictured), was introduced in Indianapolis, Indiana, US.
29 MayThe first annual Bilderberg Group meeting of leaders fromEuropean countries and the United States took place in Oosterbeek,Netherlands.
29 September Twelve countries signed a convention establishing the EuropeanOrganization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which manages the world'slargest particle physics laboratory.
30 March The Yonge–University–Spadina line, the first subway in Canada and the busiest in Toronto, opened.
31 July A team of Italian climbers led by Ardito Desio reaches thesummit of K2 (pictured), the world's second-highest mountain.
23 DecemberDrs. Joseph Murray and J. Hartwell Harrison performed the firstsuccessful kidney transplant.
01 NovemberThe Front de Libération Nationale began the Algerian War ofIndependence against French rule.
13 AugustThe complete version of 'Qaumi Tarana', the national anthemof Pakistan, was broadcast for the first time on Radio Pakistan.
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.
17 MayThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Brown v.Board of Education, outlawing racial segregation in public schoolsbecause 'separate educational facilities are inherently unequal'.
23 AprilBatting against Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals, HankAaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his then-record 755 homeruns in Major League Baseball.
10 JanuaryBOAC Flight 781 suffered an explosive decompression at altitudeand crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone on board.
01 MarchFour Puerto Rican nationalists shot 30 rounds from semi-automatic pistols during an open session of the United States House ofRepresentatives, injuring five people.
03 NovemberThe first film featuring the giant monster known as Godzilla,was released.
04 DecemberThe global hamburger fast food chain Burger King, known for its signature item the Whopper (pictured), was founded in Miami, Florida,US.
06 MayAt Oxford's Iffley Road Track, English athlete Roger Bannisterbecame the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
08 SeptemberEight nations signed an agreement to create the Southeast AsiaTreaty Organization, a Southeast Asian version of NATO.
09 JuneDuring the Army–McCarthy hearings investigating conflictingaccusations 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?'
10 January BOAC Flight 781 suffered an explosive decompression at altitudeand crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone on board.
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.
13 NovemberGreat Britain defeated France at the Parc des Princes in Paristo win the first Rugby League World Cup.
13 AugustThe complete version of 'Qaumi Taranah', the national anthem ofPakistan, was broadcast for the first time on Radio Pakistan.
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.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1954:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 DecemberFrançois Van der Elst / Footballer / Belgium
03 SeptemberJaak Uudmäe / Jumper / Estonia
03 NovemberAdam Ant / Actor / United Kingdom
03 NovemberKathy Kinney / Actress / United States of America
05 AprilPeter Case / Writer / United States of America
10 DecemberEudine Barriteau / Economist / Barbados
11 MayJohn Gregory / Footballer / United Kingdom
13 DecemberJohn Anderson / Writer / United States of America
15 OctoberPeter Bakowski / Poet / Australia
15 NovemberAleksander Kwaśniewski / Politician / Poland
16 SeptemberColin Newman / Writer / United Kingdom
16 March David Heath / Politician / United Kingdom
17 AugustAndrés Pastrana Arango / Politician / Colombia
25 SeptemberJoep Lange / Physician / Netherlands
25 JuneDaryush Shokof / Director / Iran
26 January Kim Hughes / Cricketer / Australia
26 March Curtis Sliwa / Activist / United States of America
28 January Rick Warren / Author / United States of America
28 NovemberNecip Hablemitoğlu / Academic / Turkey
31 MayVicki Sue Robinson / Actress / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1954:

YearName / Profession / Country
16 SeptemberSanjoy Bandopadhyay / Composer / India
11 AugustM. V. Narasimha Rao / Cricketer / India
NA NARamprasad Baniak / Actor / India
11 AugustYashpal Sharma / Cricketer / India
18 JanuaryJagdish Mali / Photographer / India
28 DecemberDalbir Singh Suhag / Soldier / India
27 JulyG. S. Bali / Politician / India
25 MayMurali / Actor / India
13 DecemberHarsh Vardhan / Politician / India
10 NovemberDonkupar Roy / Politician / India
31 JulyManivannan / Actor / India
01 JanuaryShanta Rangaswamy / Player / India
08 MarchDigambar Kamat / Politician / India
30 AugustRavi Shankar Prasad / Politician / India
23 MarchMehmood Dhaulpuri / Musician / India
20 OctoberKiran Kumar / Actor / India
24 MayBachendri Pal / Mountaineer / India
17 FebruaryKalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao / Politician / India
12 MayEdappadi K. Palaniswami / Politician / India
10 OctoberRekha / Actress / India

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