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1954 Trivia

<< - 1953
World Series Champions:
New York Giants
NFL Champions:
Cleveland Browns
NBA Champions:
Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf:
Ed Furgol
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
E. Victor Seixas, Jr./Doris Hart
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Jaroslav Drobny/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions:
Ohio State & UCLA
NCAA Basketball Champions:
La Salle
Kentucky Derby:
World Cup (Soccer):
West Germany
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Lana Turner
"The Quote"
"Hey Kids, What time is it?"
- It's Howdy Doody time!

"Melts in your mouth, not in your hands"
- M&Ms

"You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am."
- Marlon Brando, in 'On The Waterfront.'

"Winston tastes good like a cigarette should"
- Winston Cigarettes

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
John Foster Dulles
Miss America:
Evelyn Ay (Ephrata, PA)
Miss USA:
Miriam Stevenson (South Carolina)
The Scandals:
Rock and Roll Death: Johnny Ace (russian roulette)

The CIA was involved with finacing and re-writing the animated film version of Animal Farm.

Paul Newman took an ad out in Variety Magazine apologizing for his performance in The Silver Chalice.

1954 Pop Culture News:
Roger Bannister was the first human to run a mile in less than four minutes (3:59) on May 6th. Mr. Bannister stopped running shortly after that, and became a neurologist. He was knighted (for his neurogist work) in 1975.

Philly-born pool player Willie Mosconi sunk 526 pool balls, without missing, in Springfield, Ohio. Noone has come close to breaking that record.

The film 'Salt of the Earth' was the first/only film blacklisted in the US in 1954.

Late 1954, and early 1955 is when Edgar Hetteen and David Johnson started making and selling their Polaris snowmobiles.

Although started as a fruit-packing business in 1947, Tropicana owner Anthony Rossi developed a 'flash pasteurization' process that made OJ more easily transported fresh across the country.

Prior to 1954, Thanksgiving turkeys were supplied by the local farmer or butcher, but Frank Swift's well-bred, larger-than-typical Butterball turkeys changed all that.

American surgeon Joseph Murray completed the first successful organ transplant when he moved a living kidney from one identical twin to the other. The operation took about 4 hours.

1st appearances & 1954's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Matchbox Cars, Yahtzee, Lincoln Logs*, Scrabble**, thin wooden wiffle bat invented to go with 1953's wiffle ball
1954 Most Popular TV shows:
1. I Love Lucy (CBS)
2. The Jackie Gleason Show ((CBS)
3. Dragnet (NBC)
4. You Bet Your Life (NBC)
5. The Toast of the Town (CBS)
6. Disneyland (ABC)
7. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
8. The George Gobel Show (NBC)
9. Ford Theatre (NBC)
10. December Bride (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1954 include:
B.B. King, The Charms, The Chords, The Chordettes, Crew-Cuts, Doris Day, The Drifters, Eddie Fisher, Four Aces, Frank Sinatra, Hank Ballard, Jo Stafford, Joe Turner, Johnny Ace, Kay Starr, Kitty Kallen, Muddy Waters, Patti Page, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Roy Hamilton, Ruth Brown, Tony Bennett, Tony Martin

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1954:
November 21, 1953 - January 1, 1954: Tony Bennett - Rags To Riches

January 2, 1954 - February 26, 1954: Eddie Fisher - Oh! My Pa-pa (O Mein Papa)

February 27, 1954 - March 12, 1954: Doris Day - Secret Love

March 13, 1954 - April 9, 1954: Jo Stafford - Make Love To Me!

April 10, 1954 - June 4, 1954: Perry Como - Wanted

June 5, 1954 - August 6, 1954: Kitty Kallen - Little Things Mean A Lot

August 7, 1954 - September 24, 1954: The Crew-Cuts - Sh-Boom

September 25, 1954 - November 5, 1954: Rosemary Clooney - Hey There

November 6, 1954 - November 12, 1954: Rosemary Clooney - This Ole House

November 13, 1954 - December 3, 1954: Eddie Fisher - I Need You Now

December 4, 1954 - January 21, 1955: The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman

Popular Music in 1954 - # 1 Hits of 1954