January - Playboy magazine issue features Margie Harrison, the first playmate.
January 7 - The first public demonstration of a machine translation system was held in
New York at the head office of IBM.
January 14 - The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator forming the
American Motors Corporation. Marilyn Monroe weds Joe DiMaggio.
January 20 - The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member
January 21 - The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in
Groton, Connecticut, by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
January 25 - The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet
Union meet at the Berlin Conference.
February 10 - President Dwight Eisenhower warns against United States intervention
February 23 - The first mass vaccination of children against polio begins in Pittsburgh,
February 25 - Lt. Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser is made premier of Egypt.
March 1 - Nuclear testing: Officials announce that an American hydrogen bomb test had
been conducted on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
March 1 - Puerto Rican nationalists attack the United States Capitol building, injuring
March 1 - the city Namerikawa, located in Toyama, Japan is founded.
March 4 - Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston announces the first successful
March 9 - McCarthyism: CBS broadcasts the See It Now episode, "A Report on
Senator Joseph McCarthy," produced by Edward R. Murrow.
March 13 - Battle of Dien Bien Phu: Viet Minh forces attack French.
March 19 - Joey Giardello knocks out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square
Garden in the first televised prize boxing fight shown in color.
March 22 - The London gold market reopens (it was closed in 1939).
March 30 - Canada's first subway opens in Toronto.
April 1 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States
Air Force Academy in Colorado.
April 7 - Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his"domino theory" speech during a news conference.
April 22 - Senator Joseph McCarthy begins hearings investigating the United States Army
for being "soft" on Communism.
May 1 - Taku (city in Japan) founded.
May 6 - Roger Bannister runs the first four minute mile.
May 7 - Construction started on Michigan's Mackinac Bridge.
May 7 - Vietnam War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat (the
battle began on March 13).
May 17 - US Supreme Court hands down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education
of Topeka, Kansas 347 US 483 1954.
May 20 - Chiang Kai-shek is reelected president of the Republic of China by the
June 9 - McCarthyism: Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army,
lashes out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism has
infiltrated the Army.
June 15 - UEFA (the Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed
in Basle, Switzerland.
June 19 - The last regular-service streetcar operated by Twin City Rapid Transit runs
June 27 - Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán steps down in a CIA-sponsored
military coup-Operation PBSUCCESS-triggering a bloody civil war that would continue
for more than 35 years.
July 7 - In Memphis, Tennessee, WHBQ becomes the first radio station to air an
Elvis Presley record.
July 21 - First Indochina War: The Geneva Conference partitions Vietnam into North
Vietnam and South Vietnam.
July 28 - Foundation of the Situationist International.
July 31 - First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition.
August - First flight of a B-52 Stratofortress.
August 6 - Emilie Dionne, one of the Dionne Quintuplets, dies of asphyxiation following
a epileptic seizure at Sainte Agathe, Quebec.
August 16 - Volume 1, Issue 1 of Sports Illustrated is published.
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 8 - The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established.
September 11 - First Miss America Pageant broadcast on television.
September 14 - USSR Tests Nuclear Weapon.
September 30 - USS Nautilus, 1st atomic-powered vessel (submarine),
commissioned by the US Navy.
October 11 - Vietnam War: The Viet Minh take control of North Vietnam.
October 31 - Algerian War of Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front
begins a revolt against French rule.
November 3 - The first in the Godzilla series of films is released in Japan.
November 10 - US President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicates the USMC War Memorial
(Iwo Jima memorial} in Arlington National Cemetery.
November 29 - The main immigration port-of-entry in New York Harbor at Ellis Island
closes (the facility processed more than 20 million immigrants from 1892 to this day).
November 30 - In Sylacauga, Alabama, an 8.5 pound sulfide meteorite crashes through
a roof and hits a Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges in her living room after bouncing off her radio,
giving her a bad bruise (this is the first known modern case of a human being hit
by a space rock).
December 2 - Red Scare: The United States Senate votes 67 to 22 to condemn Joseph
McCarthy for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
December 24 - Laos becomes independent.Unknown date
Battle of Dien Bien Phu between French and Viet Minh forces in Indochina.
Boy Scouts of America desegregates on the basis of race.
Stop signs are changed from black-on-yellow to white-on-red
January 6 - Anthony Minghella
January 12 - Howard Stern
, "shock-jock" radio host.
January 20 - Lena van Zuidam
January 22 - Peter Pilz
, Austrian politician.
January 29 - Oprah Winfrey
, actress, talk show host, producer, publisher.
February 1 - Bill Mumy
, actor, musician.
February 2 - Christie Brinkley
February 3 - Anna Josephina van den Houten
February 6 - Argusto Emfazie
, occultist, author.
February 12 - Philip Zimmermann
, American cryptographer.
February 15 - Matt Groening
February 18 - John Travolta
February 19 - Socrates
, football player.
February 20 - Anthony Stewart Head
February 20 - Patty Hearst
February 25 - John Doe
February 26 - Michael Bolton
March 1 - Ron Howard
, actor, director, producer.
March 4 - Catherine O'Hara
March 13 - Baroness Amos
, British politician, first black woman in the UK Cabinet.
March 16 - Nancy Wilson
(guitarist), band founder, singer, actress.
March 17 - Lesley-Anne Down
March 24 - Robert Carradine
, actor (Revenge of the Nerds, Lizzie McGuire).
March 29 - Dirksje Adriana van den Houten
April 1 - Maria Cornelia van den Houten
April 7 - Jackie Chan
April 7 - Tony Dorsett
, American football star.
April 9 - Dennis Quaid
, actor (The Right Stuff, Any Given Sunday, Traffic).
April 10 - Peter MacNicol
, actor (Ghostbusters II, Ally McBeal).
April 17 - Riccardo Patrese
, Italian racing driver.
April 18 - Rick Moranis
, actor, comedian.
April 29 - Jerry Seinfeld
May 7 - Amy Heckerling
May 8 - David Keith
June 5 - Aleida Wilhelmina Catharina (Ada) Nijkamp
June 22 - Freddie Prinze
, actor/comedian (d. 1977).
June 27 - Ron Kirk
, former mayor of Dallas, Texas.
July 1 - Wendy Ressing
, Trade Show Exhibit Sales Guru, Artist.
July 10 - Neil Tennant
, British musician.
August 11 - Joe Jackson
, British singer.
August 14 - Mark Fidrych
, baseball pitcher.
August 16 - James Cameron
, film director.
August 20 - Al Roker
, television broadcaster.
September 1 - Johanna Cornelia van den Houten
September 15 - Jo-An Maclean
, Building Aide/Westerly School Department, wife of
Westerly Fire Department Treasurer, Frank Pasetti.
September 23 - Cherie Booth QC
, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
September 30 - Barry Williams
, actor (The Brady Bunch).
October 1 - Martin Strel
, Slovene ultra marathon swimmer.
October 3 - Dennis Eckersley
, baseball pitcher.
October 9 - Scott Bakula
, American television actor (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise).
October 13 - Pieter Cornelis van den Houten
November 14 - Condoleezza Rice
, US National Security Advisor (2001-present).
November 15 - Aleksander Kwasniewski
, President of Poland.
December 2 - Dan Butler
December 6 - Maatje Jannetje Pieternella van den Houten
December 14 - Michiel Brandjes
December 20 - Michael Badalucco
, actor (The Practice).
December 26 - Susan Butcher
, American dog-sled racing champion.
December 27 - Robert Willem Geerlings
December 29 - Antonius Robertus van den Houten
January 18 - Sydney Greenstreet
February 12 - Dziga Vertov
March 15 - Adriana van den Houten
April 22 - Jacob van den Houten
May 6 - B.C. Forbes
, financial publisher.
May 19 - Charles Ives
, American composer.
June 7 - Alan Turing
July 13 - Frida Kahlo
, Mexican painter.
July 29 - Coen de Koning
, Dutch speed skater.
August 24 - Getúlio Vargas
, brazilian president.
September 1 - Neeltje Johanna Janse
September 21 - Kokichi Mikimoto
, pearl farm pioneer.
September 29 - Elisabeth Ruit
November 3 - Henri Matisse
November 4 - Elisabeth van den Houten
November 29 - Enrico Fermi
November 29 - Dink Johnson
, jazz musician (b. 1892).
November 30 - Wilhelm Furtwängler
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