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1954 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1954 – NBC makes the first coast-to-coast NTSC color broadcast when it telecast the Tournament of Roses Parade, with public demonstrations given across the United States on prototype color receivers.
- February 3, 1954 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Horse in Chinese astrology.
- February 23, 1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
- March 19, 1954 – Joey Giardello knocks out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in the first televised prize boxing fight shown in colour.
- March 30, 1954 – The Yonge Street subway line opens in Toronto. It is the first subway in Canada.
- April 22, 1954 – Red Scare: Witnesses begin testifying and live television coverage of the Army-McCarthy Hearings begins.
- July 7, 1954 – Elvis Presley made his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, “That’s All Right.”
- August 15, 1954 – Alfredo Stroessner begins his dictatorship in Paraguay.
- October 27, 1954 – Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.
- November 27, 1954 – Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury.
Who Were Born On 1954?
- January 24, 1954 – Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1986)
- January 25, 1954 – Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer
- April 7, 1954 – Tony Dorsett, American football player
- May 15, 1954 – Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
- June 15, 1954 – James Belushi, American actor
- June 26, 1954 – Steve Barton, American actor (d. 2001)
- September 16, 1954 – Colin Newman, English musician (Wire)
- September 20, 1954 – Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner
- October 24, 1954 – Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician
- November 8, 1954 – Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director