Life in 1954

The year 1954 began on a Friday.

1954 In The News

Marilyn Monroe and Joe diMaggio 195414th January – Marilyn Monroe married Joe diMaggio.

17th May– Brown v Board of Education ruled segregated schools unconstitutional

4th July– Food rationing ended in Britain.

1st August– First Indochina War ended

24th December– Laos gained independence from France.

 

1954 Price Check

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £1,863; USA – $10,250
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.20; USA – $0.21
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.03; USA – $0.17
Gold per ounce:
UK – $35.04, USA – $35.5

1954 Population

World Map

World: – 2,729,285,853
Australia: – 9,064,017
Canada: – 15,636,245
China: – 594,724,864
India: – 396,850,752
Soviet Union: 109,208,920
United States: – 161,884,000
United Kingdom: – 50,765,000

 

1954 Popular Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – Secret Love – Doris Day
USA – Little Things Mean a Lot – Kitty Kallen
AUS – The Happy Wanderer – Frank Weir
CAN – No data – Charts began 1964

Best Selling Album:
UK – No data – Charts began 1956
USA – The Glen Miller Story – Glen Miller
AUS – No data – Charts began 1966
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Doris Day, Kitty Kallen, Patti Page, Frank Sinatra

 

On the Bookshelves

BookshelfPublished in 1954:

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings 1) – J.R.R. Tolkein
The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings 2) – J.R.R. Tolkein
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Horse and His Boy – C.S. Lewis
I Am Legend and Other Stories – Richard Matheson

At the Movies

Movies FilmsHighest grossing movies 1954 (USA box office figures):

1. White Christmas – $12 million
2. The Caine Mutiny – $8.7 million 3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – $8 million
4. The Glen Miller Sory – $7 million
5. The Country Girl – $6.5 million

 

World Leaders

Winston Churchill PM of Britain in 1953Australia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – Louis St Laurent
China President – Mao Zedong
India Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru
Soviet Union Leader – Nikita Khruschchev
United States President – Dwight Eisenhower
United Kingdom Prime Minister – Winston Churchill

 

Born in 1954

Oprah Winfrey born 1954

29th January – Oprah Winfrey (Actress, presenter, publisher)
18th February – John Travolta (Actor)
7th April – Jackie Chan (Martial Arts)
17th July – Angela Merkel (German Chancellor)
16th August – James Cameron (Film Producer)
11th December – Jermaine Jackson (Singer)

Died in 1954

Alan Turing died 1954

7th June – Alan Turing (Computer Scientist)
13th July – Frida Kahlo (Artist)
20th September – Washington Phillips (Singer)
15th November – Lionel Barrymore (Actor)
3rd December – Henri Matisse (Artist)

 

1954 Sporting Highlights

Roger Bannister 1954Football – Germany won the World Cup
Athletics – Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4 minute mile
Cycling – Louison Bobet (FRA) won the Tour de France
Golf – Sam Snead won the Masters for the 3rd time
Baseball – New York Giants won the World Series
Horse Racing –Four Ten won the Cheltenham Gold Cup; Determine won the Kentucky Derby

 

Christmas Wishlist

Matchbox Cars 1953

Matchbox Cars
Mr Potato Head
Pull along toys
Dinky Cars
Toy farm
Paper dolls

What Was New?

Teflon pan invented 1954

Teflon non-stick pans first produced
First kidney transplant was carried out
Solar cell invented
Automatic sliding door developed

 

 

Published May 24, 2020 @ 4:45 pm – Updated – May 4, 2021 @ 3:59 pm