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Gregorian calendar 1954

Ab urbe condita 2707
Armenian calendar 1403
Bahá'í calendar 110 – 111
Buddhist calendar 2498
Coptic calendar 1670 – 1671
Ethiopian calendar 1946 – 1947
Hebrew calendar 5714 5715
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2009 – 2010
 - Shaka Samvat 1876 – 1877
 - Kali Yuga 5055 – 5056
Holocene calendar 11954
Iranian calendar 1332 – 1333
Islamic calendar 1373 – 1374
Japanese calendar Shōwa


(昭和 29年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2614
Julian calendar 1999
Korean calendar 4287
Thai solar calendar 2497
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Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.



January 14: Marilyn weds DiMaggio.

  • January 1 – The Soviet Union ceases to demand war reparations from East Germany.
  • January 10 - British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Flight 781, a de Havilland Comet jet plane, disintegrates in mid-air due to metal fatigue and crashes in the Mediterranean Sea near Elba. All 35 people on board are killed.
  • January 12Avalanches in Austria kill more than 200.
  • January 14Marilyn Monroe marries baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
  • January 15Mau Mau leader Waruhiu Itote is captured in Kenya.
  • January 17 – In Yugoslavia, Milovan Djilas, one of the leading members of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia, is relieved of his duties.
  • January 20 - The U.S.-based National Negro Network is established with forty-six member radio stations.
  • January 21 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut, by First Lady of the United States Mamie Eisenhower.
  • January 25 – The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union meet at the Berlin Conference.



  • March 1
    • U.S. officials announce that a hydrogen bomb test (Castle Bravo) has been conducted on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
    • U.S. Capitol shooting incident: Four Puerto Rican nationalists open fire in the United States House of Representatives chamber and wound five; they were apprehended by security guards.
  • March 9 – American journalists Edward Murrow and Fred W. Friendly produce a 30-minute See It Now documentary, entitled A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy.
  • March 12 – Finland and Germany officially end their state of war.
  • March 13 – French troops begin the battle against the Viet Minh in Dien Bien Phu.
  • March 19Joey Giardello knocks out Willie Tory at Madison Square Garden, in the first televised boxing prize fight to be shown in color.
  • March 23 – In Vietnam, the Viet Minh capture the main airstrip of Dien Bien Phu. The remaining French Army units there are partially isolated.
  • March 25
    • The 26th Academy Awards ceremony is held.
    • RCA manufactures the first color TV set (12-inch screen; price: $1,000)
    • The Soviet Union recognizes the sovereignty of East Germany. Soviet troops remain in the country.
  • March 27 – The Castle Romeo nuclear test explosion is executed.
  • March 28 – Puerto Rico's first television station, WKAQ-TV, commences broadcasting.
  • March 29 – A C-47 transport with the French nurse Genevieve de Galard on board is wrecked on the runway at Dien Bien Phu.
  • March 30 – The first operational subway line in Canada opens in Toronto, Ontario.


  • April - Bill Haley & The Comets record "Rock Around The Clock" thus starting the Rock and Roll craze.
  • April 1
    • The U.S. Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorize the founding of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado
    • South Point School (India) was founded that would grow to the largest school in the world by 1992.
  • April 3Vladimir Petrov defects from the Soviet Union and asks for political asylum in Australia.
  • April 4 – The legendary symphony conductor Arturo Toscanini experiences a lapse of memory during a concert. At this concert's end, his retirement is announced, and Toscanini never conducts in public again.
  • April 7Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.
  • April 8 – A Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair Harvard collides with a Trans-Canada Air Lines Canadair North Star over Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, killing 37 people.
  • April 11 – This day was denoted as the most boring day in the 20th century by True Knowledge, an answer engine developed by William Tunstall-Pedoe.[1]
  • April 14
    • Aneurin Bevan resigns from the British Labour Party's "shadow cabinet".
    • A Soviet spy ring in Australia is unveiled.
  • April 16 – Vice President Richard Nixon announces that the United States may be “putting our own boys in Indochina regardless of Allied support.”
  • April 22Senator Joseph McCarthy begins hearings investigating the United States Army for being "soft" on Communism.
  • April 26International conference on Korea and Indo-China opens in Geneva.
  • April 28 – U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles accuses Communist China of sending combat troops to Indo-China to train the Viet Minh guerrillas.


  • May 1 – The Unification Church is founded in South Korea.
  • May 4 – General Alfredo Stroessner seizes power in a coup d'état in Paraguay.
  • May 6Roger Bannister runs the first sub-four minute mile.
  • May 7Vietnam War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat (the battle began on March 13).
  • May 8Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was formed in Manila, Philippines.
  • May 11 – 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.
  • May 14 – The Boeing 707 is released after about two years of development.
  • May 15Latin Union (Unión Latina) created by Convention of Madrid, member countries belong to the five Romance languages: Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian.
  • May 17
    • Brown v. Board of Education (347 US 483 1954): The United States Supreme Court rules that segregated schools are unconstitutional.
    • The Petrov Royal Commission in Australia begins its inquiry.
    • Adnan Menderes of DP forms the new government of Turkey (21st government)
  • May 20Chiang Kai-shek is reelected president of the Republic of China by the National Assembly.
  • May 22 – The common Nordic Labour Market act is signed.
  • May 26 - A fire aboard the United States aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Narragansett Bay kills 103 crewmen.
  • May 29
    • Robert Menzies's government is re-elected for a 4th term in Australia.
    • Creation and first meeting of the Bilderberg Group.


  • June 9McCarthyism: Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashes out at Senator Joseph McCarthy, during hearings on whether Communism has infiltrated the Army, saying, 'Have you, at long last, no decency?'.
  • June 14 – The words "under God" are added to the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
  • June 15 – The UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) is formed in Basel, Switzerland.
  • June 16July 4 – the 1954 FIFA World Cup is held in Switzerland
  • June 17 – A CIA-engineered military coup occurs in Guatemala.
  • June 18Pierre Mendès-France becomes prime minister of France.
  • June 27
    • 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.
    • The world's first atomic power station opens at Obninsk, near Moscow.


  • July 1
    • The Common Nordic Labor Market Act comes into effect.
    • The United States officially begins using the international unit of the nautical mile, equal to 6,076.11549 ft. or 1,852 meters.
  • July 4
    • Food rationing in Great Britain ends with the lifting of restrictions on sale and purchase of meat, 14 years after it began early in World War II and nearly a decade after the war's end.
    • West Germany beats Hungary 3–2 to win the 1954 FIFA World Cup.
  • July 10Peter Thomson becomes the first Australian to win the British Open Golf Championship.
  • July 15
    • The maiden flight of the Boeing 367-80 (or Dash 80), prototype of the Boeing 707 series.
    • Juan Fangio, the Argentine driver for German Grand Prix team Mercedes-Benz, makes a new fastest lap of the Silverstone Circuit with an average speed of 100.35 mph, the previous record being 100.16 mph.
  • July 21First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference sends French forces to the south, and Vietnamese forces to the north, of a ceasefire line, and calls for elections to decide the government for all of Vietnam by July 1956. Failure to abide by the terms of the agreement leads to the establishment de facto of regimes of North Vietnam and South Vietnam, and the Vietnam War.
  • July 31 – Italian mountaineers Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni become the first successfully to reach the summit of the Himalayan peak K2.


  • August 1 - The First Indochina War ends with the Viet Minh in Vietnam, the Khmer Issarak in Cambodia and the Pathet Lao in Laos emerging victorious against the French Army and the Viet Minh is reorganised into the Viet Cong.
  • August 6 – Emilie Dionne, one of the Dionne Quintuplets, dies of asphyxiation following an epileptic seizure at Sainte Agathe, Quebec. She was the first of the five to perish, and three of them lived into the 21st Century.
  • August 16 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated magazine is published in the United States.
  • August 24 – The Brazilian president, Getulio Vargas, commits suicide after being accused of involvement in a conspiracy to murder a Brazilian Air Force officer.


  • September 3 – The last new episode of The Lone Ranger is aired on radio, after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.
  • September 6 – The SEATO treaty is signed in Manila, Philippines.
  • September 8 – The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • September 9 – An earthquake centered on the city of Orléansville, Algeria kills 1,500 and leaves thousands homeless.
  • September 11 – The Miss America Pageant is broadcast on television for the first time.
  • September 14
    • The USSR tests a nuclear weapon.
    • English composer Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera version of The Turn of the Screw receives its world premiere at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice.]
  • September 15 - Black Wednesday in air travel
  • September 17William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies is published in London.
  • September 25 – The Footscray Football Club wins their first Australian Football League Grand Final.
  • September 26 – The Japanese ferry Toya Maru sinks during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait. More than 1,100 people are killed.
  • September 30 – The USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, is commissioned by the United States Navy.


  • October 2New York Giants defeat the Cleveland Indians to win the 1954 World Series.
  • October 11
    • Pre-Vietnam War: The Viet Minh takes control of North Vietnam.
    • Hurricane Hazel crosses over Haiti, killing 1,000.
  • October 15Hurricane Hazel makes U.S. landfall; it is the only recorded Category 4 hurricane to strike as far north as North Carolina.
  • October 18
    • Texas Instruments announces the development of the first transistor radio.
    • The comic strip Hi and Lois, by Mort Walker and Dik Browne, is launched.
  • October 20 – A dock workers' strike expands in England.
  • October 23
    • West Germany joins NATO.
    • Paris Agreement sets up the Western European Union to implement the Treaty of Brussels (1948) providing for mutual self-defence and other collaboration between Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
  • October 25Landslides caused by heavy rains hit Salerno, Italy, killing about 300.
  • October 26Muslim Brotherhood member Mahmoud Abdul Latif tries to kill Gamal Abdal Nasser.
  • October 31Algerian War of Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front begins a revolt against French rule.


  • November 1 – The FLN attacks representative and public buildings of the French colonial power.
  • November 2 – The dock workers' strike in England ends.
  • November 3 – The first Godzilla movie premieres in Tokyo, Japan.
  • November 5 – Japan and Burma sign a separate peace treaty in Rangoon, to end their formal state of war.
  • November 10 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicates the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • November 12 – The main immigration port-of-entry in New York Harbor at Ellis Island closes.
  • November 14Egyptian president Mohammed Naguib is deposed; Gamal Abdel Nasser replaces him.
  • November 22 – The United States Supreme Court decides the landmark case Berman v. Parker (348 U.S. 26), upholding the federal slum clearance and urban renewal program.
  • November 23 – 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.
  • November 30 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, a four kilogram piece of the Hodges Meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and badly bruises a napping woman, in the first documented case of an object from outer space hitting a person.


  • December 1 – The first Hyatt Hotel, The Hyatt House Los Angeles, opens. It is the first hotel in the world built outside of an airport.
  • December 2
    • Red Scare: The United States Senate votes 67–22 to condemn Joseph McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
    • The Taiwan-United States Mutual Defense Treaty is signed.[2]
  • December 4 – The first Burger King opens in Miami, Florida, USA.
  • December 23J. Hartwell Harrison, M.D. and Joseph E. Murray perform the world's first kidney transplant.
  • December 24Laos gains full independence from France.

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  • New Zealand inventor Sir William Hamilton invents the world's first water pump-jet engine, later named the "Hamilton Jet".
  • The Boy Scouts of America desegregates on the basis of race.
  • Gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) are brought to the United States by Dr. Victor Schwentker.
  • The case of Lothar Malskat, who had admitted that he had painted the supposedly antique frescoes in Marienkirche himself, goes to trial.
  • The TV dinner is introduced by the American entrepreneur Gerry Thomas.
  • New York City Ballet founding balletmaster George Balanchine's production of The Nutcracker is staged for the first time in New York City, and it became a tradition there, still being performed annually (as of 2010).
  • South Korea opens the Gimpo International Airport.
  • Vietnam splits into two nations with the North being communist and the South being capitalist.



  • January 2Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • January 3Ross The Boss, American heavy metal/punk guitarist
  • January 4
    • Dave "The Devilfish" Ulliott, English professional poker player
    • Tina Knowles, Fashion designer, and mother of R&B singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles
  • January 5Alex English, American basketball player
  • January 6Anthony Minghella, British film and theatre director (d. 2008)
  • January 7José María Vitier, Cuban music composer and pianist.
  • January 12Howard Stern, American radio host
  • January 13Trevor Rabin, South African–American musician
  • January 14
    • Tom Cheney, American cartoonist
    • Masanobu Fuchi, Japanese professional wrestler
  • January 15Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
  • January 17Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., son of Robert F Kennedy
  • January 19
    • Katey Sagal, American actress and singer (Married...with Children)
    • Ted DiBiase, American professional wrestler
  • January 22Peter Pilz, Austrian politician
  • January 23
    • Franco De Vita, Venezuelan singer and songwriter
    • Edward Ka-Spel, British/Dutch rock vocalist (The Legendary Pink Dots)
  • January 29
    • Yukinobu Hoshino, Japanese cartoonist
    • Terry Kinney, American actor
    • Oprah Winfrey, American actress, talk show hostess, producer, and publisher


  • February 1Bill Mumy, American child actor and musician
  • February 2Christie Brinkley, American model
  • February 7Dieter Bohlen, German singer
  • February 9
    • Chris Gardner, American entrepreneur
    • Kevin Warwick, English cybernetic scientist
  • February 11Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • February 12Philip Zimmermann, American cryptographer
  • February 13Donnie Moore, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • February 15Matt Groening, American cartoonist (The Simpsons)
  • February 17
    • Rene Russo, American actress
    • Yuji Takada, Japanese free-style wrestler
  • February 18John Travolta, American actor (Saturday Night Fever)
  • February 19Socrates, Brazilian footballer
  • February 20
    • Anthony Head, English actor
    • Patty Hearst, American heiress and kidnapping victim
  • February 23Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • February 25Gerardo Pelusso, Uruguayan football manager


  • March 1
    • Catherine Bach, American actress
    • Ron Howard, American actor, director, producer (The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days)
  • March 2Eddie Johnstone, Canadian ice hockey player
  • March 4
    • François Fillon, Prime Minister of France
    • Catherine O'Hara, Canadian actress (SCTV)
    • Irina Ratushinskaya, Russian writer
    • Willie Thorne, English snooker player
  • March 6Harald Schumacher, German football goalkeeper
  • March 8
    • David Wilkie, Scottish swimmer
    • Marie-Theres Nadig, Swiss alpine skier
  • March 9Bobby Sands, Irish Republican, Long Kesh hunger striker (d. 1981)
  • March 13The Baroness Amos, British politician
  • March 15
    • Massimo Bubola, Italian singer-songwriter
    • Craig Wasson, American actor
  • March 16
    • SA Griffin, American actor and poet
    • Nancy Wilson, American singer, musician, and actress
  • March 17Lesley-Anne Down, British actress
  • March 18James F. Reilly, American astronaut
  • March 19Indu Shahani, Indian educator and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • March 20Louis Sachar, American author
  • March 23Geno Auriemma, American basketball coach
  • March 24
    • Robert Carradine, American actor
    • Donna Pescow, American actress and director
  • March 26Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • March 29Karen Ann Quinlan, American right-to-die cause célèbre (d. 1985)


  • April 1Dieter Muller, German soccer player
  • April 2Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese musician
  • April 5Guy Bertrand (broadcaster), Canadian linguist and radio personality
  • April 6Michael Simms (publisher), American poet and founder of Autumn House Press
  • April 7
    • Jackie Chan, Hong Kong-born actor
    • Tony Dorsett, American football player
  • April 8
    • Gary Carter, American baseball player (d. 2012)
    • John Schneider, American actor (Dukes of Hazzard)
  • April 9
    • Dennis Quaid, American actor
    • Steve Holt, Canadian musician
  • April 10Anacani, Mexican-born American singer (The Lawrence Welk Show)
  • April 14Bruce Sterling, American science fiction writer
  • April 16Ellen Barkin, American actress
  • April 17 - Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian wrestler
  • April 27Herman Edwards, American football head coach
  • April 29
    • Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian
    • Jake Burton Carpenter, American founder of Burton Snowboards


  • May 1
    • Archie Norman, British politician and businessman
    • Ray Parker, Jr. African-American musician, singer-songwriter, composer (Raydio)
  • May 7
    • Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
    • Amy Heckerling, American film director
  • May 8
    • Gary Wilmot, British entertainer
    • John Michael Talbot, American Christian musician
    • Pam Arciero, Sesame Street puppeteer, known best as Oscar the Grouch's girlfriend, Grundgetta
  • May 19Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC)
  • May 22Shuji Nakamura, Japanese electronics engineer
  • May 26Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • May 27Pauline Hanson, Australian politician


  • June 5Nancy Stafford, American actress and Christian author
  • June 6Judi Bowker, English television and cinema actress
  • June 9
    • John Hagelin, American physicist and U.S. Presidential candidate
    • Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada
  • June 14Will Patton, American actor
  • June 15James Belushi, American actor (Saturday Night Live)
  • June 16Sergey Kuryokhin, Russian pianist, composer, improvisor, performance artist and actor (d. 1996)
  • June 19
    • Ted Coombs, American artist
    • Kathleen Turner, American actress
  • June 20
    • Michael Anthony, American rock bassist (Van Halen)
    • Ilan Ramon, Israeli Air Force, Israel's first astronaut (d. 2003)
  • June 22Freddie Prinze, American actor and comedian (d. 1977)
  • June 25Sonia Sotomayor, American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
  • June 26Steve Barton, American actor (d. 2001)
  • June 27Ron Kirk, Mayor of Dallas, Texas
  • June 28Ava Barber, American country singer (The Lawrence Welk Show)
  • June 29Rick Honeycutt, American baseball player and coach
  • June 30Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2004)


  • July 2Peter Randall-Page, British artist
  • July 5John Wright, New Zealand cricket captain
  • July 6Willie Randolph, American baseball player, coach, manager
  • July 10Neil Tennant, British musician
  • July 13Sezen Aksu, Turkish singer, Barbara Mandrel (singer), Harrison Ford (actor), Patric Stewart (actor), Nasty (Moderator)
  • July 15
    • Tarak Dhiab, Tunisian footballer
    • Mario Kempes, Argentine footballer
  • July 16Jeanette Mott Oxford, American politician
  • July 17
    • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
    • J. Michael Straczynski, American author
    • Eduardo Romero, Argentine golfer
  • July 20Wilson Casey, American syndicated columnist and entertainer
  • July 22Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • July 24Jorge Jesus, Portuguese football player and coach
  • July 25Walter Payton, African-American football player (d. 1999)
  • July 26Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player (d. 1994)
  • July 27
    • Lynne Frederick, British actress (d. 1994)
    • Philippe Alliot, French race car driver
  • July 28Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, President of Venezuela
  • July 29Mark Gersmehl, American Christian musician


  • August 1Michael J. Badnarik, American software engineer and presidential candidate
  • August 2Sammy McIlroy, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • August 4
    • Uwe Wittwer, Swiss artist
    • François Valéry, French singer-songwriter and composer
  • August 9Pete Thomas, American longtime drummer for Elvis Costello
  • August 11Joe Jackson, British rock singer (Steppin' Out)
  • August 12
    • Sam J. Jones, American actor
    • Pat Metheny, American jazz guitarist
    • François Hollande, French politician
  • August 13Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player
  • August 14
    • Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (d.2009)
    • Stanley McChrystal, American general
  • August 16James Cameron, Canadian-born film director
  • August 17Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Russian-Irish writer
  • August 20
    • Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey, music video producer (d. 2007)
    • Al Roker, African-American television broadcaster (Today)
    • Don Stark, American actor
  • August 21
    • Ivan Stang, American author and publisher
    • Steve Smith, American drummer
  • August 23Charles Busch, American director, writer, and actor
  • August 24Philippe Cataldo, French singer
  • August 25Elvis Costello, British singer-songwriter
  • August 29István Cserháti, Hungarian keyboardist (d. 2005)
  • August 30Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  • August 31
    • Julie Brown, American actress, singer-songwriter and screenwriter
    • Caroline Cossey, English model


  • September 1Dave Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • September 7Michael Emerson, American actor
  • September 10Mark W. Everson, incoming President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross
  • September 13Steve Kilbey, Australian musician
  • September 17Joël-François Durand, French composer
  • September 18Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (d. 2007)
  • September 21Shinzo Abe, Japanese politician
  • September 24 - Lilian Mercedes Letona, Salvadoran guerrilla (d. 1983)
  • September 26Kevin Kennedy, American baseball manager and television host
  • September 28Steve Largent, American football player and congressman
  • September 30Barry Williams, American actor


  • October 1Martin Strel, Slovenian swimmer
  • October 3
    • Dennis Eckersley, American baseball player
    • Stevie Ray Vaughan, American musician (d. 1990)
    • Al Sharpton, African-American politician and minister
    • Eddie DeGarmo, American Christian keyboardist and producer (DeGarmo and Key)
  • October 5Wayne Watson, American Christian musician
  • October 7Robert A. Schuller, American televangelist and son of Robert H. Schuller
  • October 9
    • Scott Bakula, American actor
    • John O'Hurley, American actor and game show host
  • October 10
    • David Lee Roth, American rock singer
    • Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor
  • October 12Les Dennis, English television presenter and actor
  • October 13Mordechai Vanunu, former Israeli nuclear technician who revealed secrets of its nuclear weapons programme
  • October 15Peter Bakowski, Australian poet
  • October 23Ang Lee, Taiwanese film director
  • October 24
    • Mike Rounds, Governor of South Dakota
    • Doug Davidson, American actor


  • November 2Angela Webber, Australian author, television writer, producer and comedienne (d. 2007)
  • November 3
    • Brigitte Lin, Taiwanese actress
    • Adam Ant, English singer
    • Kathy Kinney, American actress and comedienne
  • November 7Kamal Haasan, Indian actor
  • November 8
    • Michael D. Brown, U.S. Undersecretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response
    • Kazuo Ishiguro, Japanese-born British author
  • November 12 - Rhonda Shear, American television personality, actress and comedienne
  • November 13Chris Noth, American actor
  • November 14
    • Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State
    • Yanni, Greek musician
    • Willie Hernández, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player
    • Bernard Hinault, French road bicycle racer
  • November 15Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland
  • November 16Bruce Edwards, American golf caddy (d. 2004)
  • November 23Bruce Hornsby, American rock singer (That's Just The Way It Is)
  • November 26
    • Dan Kwong, American performance artist, playwright
    • Roz Chast, American "New Yorker" cartoonist
  • November 27Patricia McPherson, American actress
  • November 29Joel Coen, American film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor


  • December 1Bob Goen, American television personality and game show host
  • December 2Stone Phillips, American television journalist (NBC Dateline)
  • December 3Grace Andreacchi, American author
  • December 7Mark Hofmann, American forger and murderer
  • December 10Jack Hues, English musician
  • December 11
    • Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricketer (d. 1999)
    • Jermaine Jackson, American singer
    • Prachanda, Nepalese Communist leader
  • December 13John Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter
  • December 14
    • Ib Andersen, Danish dancer
    • Alan Kulwicki, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • December 18
    • Ray Liotta, American actor
    • Ulrich Roth, German rock guitarist (Scorpions)
  • December 20Sandra Cisneros, American writer
  • December 21Chris Evert, American tennis player
  • December 24José María Figueres, Costa Rican politician, President 19941998
  • December 25Annie Lennox, British rock singer (Eurythmics)
  • December 26Susan Butcher, American dog-sled racer (d. 2006)
  • December 28
    • Denzel Washington, African-American actor
    • Lanny Poffo, American professional wrestler
  • December 29Albrecht Böttcher, German mathematician
  • December 31Alex Salmond, Scottish politician


January– March[]

  • January 5Lillian Rich, English actress (b. 1900)
  • January 8Eduard Wiiralt, Estonian artist (b. 1898)
  • January 11Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (b. 1870)
  • January 12William H. P. Blandy, American admiral (b. 1890)
  • January 18Sydney Greenstreet, English actor (b. 1879)
  • January 20Fred Root, English cricketer (b. 1890)
  • January 30John Murray Anderson, Canadian theater director and producer (b. 1886)
  • January 31
    • Edwin Armstrong, American electrical engineer (b. 1890)
    • Florence Bates, American actress (b. 1888)
  • February 6Maxwell Bodenheim, American poet and novelist (murdered) (b. 1892)
  • February 8Laurence Trimble, American actor (b. 1885)
  • February 9Mabel Paige, American actress (b. 1880)
  • February 12Dziga Vertov, Russian filmmaker (b. 1896)
  • February 21William K. Howard, American film director (b. 1899)
  • March 7
    • Otto Diels, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
    • Will H. Hays, Namesake for the Hays Code (b. 1879)
  • March 9Vagn Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (b. 1874)
  • March 26Louis Silvers, American film composer (b. 1889)


  • April 8Fritzi Scheff, actress & singer (b. 1879)
  • April 10Auguste Lumière, French film pioneer (b. 1862)
  • April 12Luis Cabrera Lobato, Mexican lawyer, politician and writer (b. 1876)
  • April 13Angus L. Macdonald, Nova Scotia Premier (b. 1890)
  • April 15Ülo Altermann, Estonian soldier and forest brother (b. 1923)
  • April 17Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist (b. 1900)
  • April 28Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • April 29Joe May, Austrian-born director (b. 1880)
  • May 1Tom Tyler, American actor (b. 1903)
  • May 3Józef Garbień, Polish footballer and physician (b. 1896)
  • May 6B.C. Forbes, Scottish-born publisher (b. 1880)
  • May 14Heinz Guderian, German World War II general (b. 1888)
  • May 15William March, American writer and soldier (b. 1893)
  • May 19Charles Ives, American composer (b. 1874)
  • May 25Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • June 7Alan Turing, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • June 22Don Hollenbeck, American newscaster (b. 1905)


  • July 1Thea von Harbou, German actress (b. 1888)
  • July 3Reginald Marsh, American artist (b. 1898)
  • July 6Gabriel Pascal, Hungarian producer and director (b. 1894)
  • July 11Henry Valentine Knaggs, English physician and author (b. 1859)
  • July 13
    • Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter (b. 1907)
    • Irving Pichel, American actor and director (b. 1891)
    • Grantland Rice, American sportswriter (b. 1880)
  • July 14
    • Jacinto Benavente, Spanish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1866)
    • Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)
  • July 17Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster (b. 1895)
  • July 28Kamiyama Sojin or "Sojin", Japanese film star during the American silent film era, (b. 1884)
  • July 29Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • August 3
    • Bess Streeter Aldrich, American writer (b. 1881)
    • Colette, French novelist (b. 1873)
  • August 24Getúlio Vargas, President of Brazil (b. 1882)
  • August 31Elsa Barker, American writer (b. 1869)
  • September 1Bert Acosta, American aviator (b. 1895)
  • September 3Eugene Pallette, American actor (b. 1889)
  • September 5Eugen Schiffer, German politician (b. 1860)
  • September 6Edward C. Kalbfus, American admiral (b. 1877)
  • September 7
    • Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1885)
    • Glenn Scobey Warner, American college football coach (b. 1871)
  • September 21Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese pearl farm pioneer (b. 1858)
  • September 24Edward Pilgrim, British homeowner (suicide) (b. 1904)
  • September 28Bert Lytell, American actor (b. 1885)


  • October 9Robert H. Jackson, United States Supreme Court associate justice and chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials (b. 1892)
  • October 12 - George Welch, American aviator (b. 1918)
  • October 30Wilbur Shaw, American racing driver (b. 1902)
  • November 3Henri Matisse, French painter (b. 1869)
  • November 13Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • November 15Lionel Barrymore, American actor (b. 1878)
  • November 16Albert Francis Blakeslee, American botanist (b. 1874)
  • November 17Yitzhak Lamdan, Russian-born Israeli poet and columnist (b. 1899)
  • November 22
    • Roderick McMahon, American professional boxing and wrestling promoter; founder of Capitol Wrestling Corporation (b.1882)
    • Moroni Olsen, American actor (b. 1889)
    • Andrey Vyshinsky, Russian jurist and diplomat (b. 1883)
  • November 28Enrico Fermi, Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
  • November 29Dink Johnson, American musician (b. 1892)
  • November 30Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (b. 1886)
  • December 1Fred Rose, American songwriter (b. 1898)
  • December 8
    • Claude Cahun, French photographer and writer (b. 1894)
    • Gladys George, American actress (b. 1900)
  • December 20James Hilton, English novelist (b. 1900)
  • December 23René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  • December 30Archduke Eugen of Austria, Austrian field marshal (b. 1863)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsMax Born, Walther Bothe
  • ChemistryLinus Carl Pauling
  • MedicineJohn Franklin Enders, Thomas Huckle Weller, Frederick Chapman Robbins
  • LiteratureErnest Hemingway
  • Peace – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


  1. ^ William Tunstall-Pedoe (November 18, 2010). "The Most Boring Day in History – April 11, 1954". True Knowledge Blog. True Knowledge. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ s:Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of China

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People of the year 1954 at Familypedia

62 people were born in 1954

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Jeffrey Guy Allred (1954-2013)Jack Dean Allred (1927-2010)Thelma Drury (1927-2006)
Louise Victoria Arbuthnot (1954)John Sinclair-Wemyss Arbuthnot (1912-1992)(Margaret) Jean Duff (1919)
David Ross Ardern (1954)Henry (Harry) Wiltshire Ardern (1909-2000)Gwladys Marjorie McVicar (1920-1992)
Catherine Bachman (1954)Bernard BachmanNorma Jean Verdugo Kucera Bachman
Lennox Whiting Baird (1954-1996)James Condie Baird (1927-2010)Evelyn Mae Whiting (1931-2016)
Cornelis (Kees) Barendregt (1954-1996)Hendrik Jacob (Henk) Barendregt (living)Barbara Davison (1930-2011)
Rina Bierman (1954-)
Samuel Blankenburg (1954-2009)Kevin Blankenburg (1917-1996)Alberta Boisseau (1922-2000)
Nuno Carlo Brandolini d'Adda (1954-)Brandolino Brandolini d'Adda (1918-2005)Cristiana Agnelli (1928-)
Carter Benedict Burwell (1954)Charles Lee Burwell (1917-2016)Natalie Benedict (1921-2010)
Ligia Maria Buzdughină (1954)Constantin Buzdughină (1926-2005)Amelia Lupescu (1926-2010)
James Cameron (1954)Phillip CameronShirley Cameron
Karen Lynn Crosier (1954-)Neil Edward Crosier (1929)Louisa Eleanor Dempsey (1935-)
Belinda Gayle Davis (1954)Elwood Harrison Davis (1927-1993)Shriley Martin (1933-2003)
Suzanne Deutsch (1954-2009)
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27 children were born to the 25 women born in 1954

221 people died in 1954

 FatherMotherAge at death
Thomas Henry Abbott (1870-1954)Henry Palmer Abbott (1827-1903)Elizabeth Anne Lord (1844-1926)
Bertrand Blanchard Acosta (1895-1954)Miguel Acosta (bef1895)Martha Blanche Reilly (bef1895)
Charles Francis Adams (1866-1954)John Quincy Adams (1833-1894)Fanny Crowninshield (1839-1911)
Henry Bradley Adams (1866-1954)Henry Daniel Adams (1844-1920)Eliza Agnes Bradley (1846-1925)88
Henrietta Albury (1878-1954)Henry Albert Albury (1852-1878)Caroline Allen Unicomb (1857-1952)76
Guy Molin Allred (1895-1954)Marvin Adelbert Allred (1849-1916)Caroline Jenson (1867-1931)
Bessie May Appleton (1893-1954)Henry Matthew Appleton (c1852-1922)Elizabeth Charlotte Fox (c1856-1946)
Alexander Carlton Apps (1870-1954)Moses Baker Apps (1833-1875)Harriet Eggins (1838-1875)84
William Charles Apps (1885-1954)Thomas Apps (1844-1911)Ellen Butcher (1846-1896)
Lynne Margaret Ardin (1952-1954)Charles Lear Ardin (-1995)Shirley Marion Godkin (1927)
Cyril Asquith (1890-1954)Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852-1928)Helen Kelsall Melland (1854-1891)
Henry Russel Augustine (1918-1954)John Frederick Augustine (1886-1970)Cora Arledge (1886-1963)36
Alice May Avard (1892-1954)David John Avard (1865-1944)Martha Jane Wright (1871-1940)62
Edmund Foster Avard (1898-1954)Albert Henry Avard (1864-1920)Emmeline Rose Gill (1872-1952)56
Byron Averett (1871-1954)Elisha Averett (1810-1890)Sarah Jane Witt (1831-1875)
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9398 people lived in 1954

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)Laura Barenboim (1882-1932)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Amanda Abadie (1898-1957)Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Jeanette Armellino (1860-1934)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973)Harris Abbot (1812-1884)Caroline Ann Greeley (1836-1911)
Janet Abbot (1910-1970)
Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
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Events of the year 1954 at Familypedia

66 people were married in 1954.

 Joined with
Cleveland Amory (1917-1998)Cora Fields Craddock (bef1941-)+Martha Hodge (bef1954-)
Raymond Alfred Baker (1925-2014)Joyce Ann Langeance (1934-2013)
Anthony George Berry (1925-1984)Mary Cynthia Burke Roche (1934-)+Sarah Anne Clifford-Turner (bef1966-)
Piet Bijl (1920-2006)Ellegina Buining (1931-2001)
John Bowden (1915-2002)Ilona Edelsheim-Gyulai (1918-2013)
Nancy Moira Bowes-Lyon (1918-1959)Lance Amigo Percy Burra-Robinson (1917)+John Michael Matheson Blair (1925-1955)
Grant Lynn Bowler (1934-2013)Alene Skousen (1934-2017)
Shirley Ann Brown (1936)Jeffrey Noel Goodchild (1933-1996)
Lois Marie Burns (1917-2009)Arthur B Stevens (1927-2003)
Endre Bánffy de Losoncz (1879-1962)Antónia Zichy de Zich und Vásonykeő (1884-1946) + Mária Máthé de Bikafalva (c1905-1945) + Boriska Orbán de Csíkvárdotfalva (1907-c1985)
Archie Francis Carter (1918-1993)Vernalee Park (c1934-)
Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler (1891-1963)Leslie Murray (1898-1952)+Mary Ellen Kroehle (1908-1988)
Robert Edwin Chapman (1879-1962)Alice Ryder (1879-1951)+Mabel Myra Ann Muggleton (1878-1972)
Jose Ma. L. Concepcion, Jr. (25 October 1926)Imelda Alvarez Roldan
Ray Laville Denison (1931-2014)Bette Irene Burgess (1934-)
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There were 0 military battles in 1954.

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