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Major Events of 1954
1954 (Roman Numerals: MCMLIV) was the 54th year of the 20th century. 1954 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1954.
News Events of 1954
US Supreme Court rules against racial segregation in schools.
Marilyn Monroe marries Joe DiMaggio.
French army defeated by Vietnamese by Dien Bien Phu.
Vietnam independent from France. Vietnam split at 17th Parallel into Communist North, and non-Communist South.
Laos independent from France.
First commercial nuclear power station goes online at Obninsk, Russia.
First mass vaccination of children against polio, in Pittsburgh.
USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, is launched in Groton, Connecticut.
Bill Haley and The Comets record "Rock Around The Clock".
Roger Bannister is the first person to run a mile in less than 4 minutes in Oxford, England.
Food rationing ends in Great Britain.
First edition of Sports Illustrated is published.
First Godzilla film premieres in Tokyo, Japan.
Fender Stratocaster electric guitar first produced.
President Eisenhower describes the "domino theory" in a speech about communism in Indochina.
Alfredo Stroessner becomes dictator of Paraguay.
Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) created.
Texas Instruments announces the world's first transistor radio.
The first Burger King opens in Miami.
The BBC broadcasts its first TV news bulletin.
Maiden flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.
Sports in 1954
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