Saturday, June 1, 2013

1954 Events & Facts - The YEAR I was born

 1954 Events & Facts


  • Supreme Court rules that race-based segregation in schools is unconstitutional
  • Sen. Joseph McCarthy conducts nationally televised inquiries into communist infiltration of the Army; his activities inspire a backlash and a condemnation by the Senate
  • Soviet Union rejects proposals to reunify Germany
  • CIA intervenes in Guatemala, helping to overthrow government
  • U.S. Southeast Asian and Pacific nations form the Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO)
  • Radical Puerto Rican nationalists attack House of Representatives, shooting five congressmen
  • U.S. and Canada begin construction of an early-warning radar system in northern Canada


  • New York Stock Exchange prices reach their highest level since 1929


  • Increasing global concern about nuclear fallout and radioactive waste disposal
  • Dr. Jonas Salk begins inoculating schoolchildren with his polio vaccine
  • Physicist and nuclear pioneer J. Robert Oppenheimer dismissed from government projects due to his political beliefs
  • First successful kidney transplant


  • World Series: New York Giants over Cleveland, 4-0
  • Philadelphia Athletics move to Kansas City
  • Sports Illustrated debuts


  • Movies: On the Waterfront, Rear Window, The Seven Samauri
  • Songs: Hernando’s Hideaway, Three Coins in a Fountain, Mister Sandman, Young at Heart
  • TV Shows: Jack Benny Show, Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, George Gobel Show, Mr. Wizard, Disneyland
  • Books: A Stillness at Appomattox, Bruce Catton; The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien; Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • First annual Newport Jazz Festival held


  • 29 million U.S. households have television sets, double the number in service three years before
  • Billy Graham leads an increasing interest in Christian revival meetings
  • Davy Crockett becomes a national fad; sales of "coonskin" caps soar


  • Sales of comic books reach 20 million copies a month
  • The phrase "under God" added to the Pledge of Allegiance

1 comment:

  1. I think your "Fun Facts" list a really important one! It bears well for everyone to note that "under God" was not put in the Pledge at the time it was written. The original version did not intend (IMO) to make it a religious pledge -- and that doesn't make it any less patriotic or important.


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