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1954 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1954 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Giants|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Detroit Red Wings|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|E. Victor Seixas, Jr./Doris Hart|
|Jaroslav Drobny/Maureen Connolly|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
|Ohio State & UCLA|
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1954 - Oklahoma over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1954 - Michigan State over UCLA
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1954 - Georgia Tech over West Virginia
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Carmor's Ride and Shine|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|John Foster Dulles|
|Evelyn Ay (Ephrata, PA)|
|Miriam Stevenson (South Carolina)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Joan Davis, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Audrey Meadows, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Newmar, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Jane Wyatt|
|"Hey Kids, What time is it?"
- It's Howdy Doody time!
"Melts in your mouth, not in your hands"
"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
1954 Pop Culture History
April 11, 1954 may have been the most boring day in history. The
most noteworthy events of that day included a general election in
Belgium and the birth of a Turkish academic.
John W. Backus created the FORTRAN computer language.
The Piña Colada was invented at Puerto Rico in 1954 at the
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|Rock and Roll Death: Johnny Ace rhythm-and-blues singer
Johnny Ace died after jokingly pointing a gun toward himself and accidentally
shooting himself with it. His last words were "It's okay! Gun's
The city of Bombay, India had such a bad rat problem that they began accepting dead rats in place of taxes. Of course this led to the mass breeding and killing of rats to use them for payment.
Lester Callaway Hunt, Sr. (D), a US Senator, committed suicide at his Capitol Hill desk after being blackmailed for his son's homosexuality.
The FCC had a ban on TV/radio media releasing tornado warnings until 1954 when Harry Volkman broadcast the first televised tornado warning in Oklahoma City, due to his belief the ban was costing lives.
Ann Hodges is the only verified person in history that was hit by a meteorite and survived. The Sylacauga meteorite fell on November 30, 1954.
The flag of Bikini Atoll includes 3 black stars for the islands that were vaporized by the United States in 1954 during the Operation Castle nuclear tests. These tests may have been responsible for Godzilla's birth.
The first film to use the iconic shot of an army coming into view as they crest a hilltop was 1954's Seven Samurai.
The CIA was involved with finacing and re-writing the animated film version of Animal Farm.
1954 Canadian Bank Notes Had a 'Devil's Face' In the Queen's Hair and Had to Be Discontinued Because of It
A Japanese trawler was caught in the fallout of the Castle Bravo nuclear test, killing its radioman, Aikichi Kuboyama. His last words were "I pray that I am the last victim of an atomic or hydrogen bomb."
Maurice Tillet, the inspiration for the character Shrek, was a successful wrestler that suffered from acromegaly. He was better known by his ring name, The French Angel, and was twice recognized world heavyweight champion by the American Wrestling Association (AWA). He died in 1954.
Paul Newman took an ad out in Variety Magazine apologizing for his performance in The Silver Chalice.
The United Fruit Company (now known as Chiquita), asked the US government to act militarily against the Guatemalan government when, under a new law, some of its unused farmland was going to be given to peasants. This led to the CIA assisting in deposing Guatemala's president in 1954.
Economist Armen Alchian was able to figure out what the secret fuel was for the newly developed hydrogen bomb just by looking at the share prices of chemical suppliers on the stock market.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Matchbox Cars, Yahtzee, Lincoln Logs, Scrabble, thin wooden wiffle bat invented to go with 1953's wiffle ball
The sensory deprivation tank was invented in 1954.
|Reading Not as a Stranger by Morton Thompson
Reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Reading Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
Watching Rear Window, Seven Samurai, Godzilla, Sabrina, The Creature From the Black Laggon, Dial M for Murder, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea and On the Waterfront in theaters.
Playing the Card Game Canasta.
1954/55 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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)
Popular Music Artists
|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.)
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
|20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, A Star is Born, Animal Farm, The Barefoot Contessa, The Caine Mutiny, Carmen Jones, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Dial M for Murder, Godzilla, Johnny Guitar, On the Waterfront, Rear Window, Sabrina, Salt of the Earth, Senso (or The Wanton Countess), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Seven Samarai, Silver Load, La Strada, Three Coins in the Fountain|
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