Information for the Year 1954
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- Nasser becomes premier of Egypt (April 17).
- Geneva Conference is convened to bring peace to Vietnam (April to July). The country is divided at the 17th parallel, pending democratic elections.
- Dien Bien Phu, French military outpost in Vietnam, falls to Viet Minh army (May 7).
- Eight-nation Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty (establishing SEATO) signed at Manila (Sept. 8).
- Paris agreements grant West Germany sovereignty and admittance to NATO and Western European Union (Oct. 23; effective May, 1955).
- Algerian War of Independence against France begins (Oct. 31).
- Population: 2.728 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Office of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
- Army v. McCarthy inquiry (Apr. 22–June 17); Senate votes in Dec. to condemn Sen. McCarthy for misconduct.
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka the Supreme Court unanimously bans racial segregation in public schools (May 17).
- President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
- Population: 163,025,854
- Life expectancy: 69.6 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $381.3 billion
- Federal spending: $70.86 billion
- Federal debt: $270.8 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $4,167
- Consumer Price Index: 26.9
- Unemployment: 2.9%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03
- Super Bowl The first Super Bowl was not played until the year 1967.
- World Series of Baseball NY Giants defeated Cleveland.
- National Basketball Association Championship Minneapolis Lakers defeated Syracuse
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Canadians
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Maureen Connolly defeated L. Brough (6-2 7-5)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Jaroslav Drobny defeated K. Rosewall (13-11 4-6 6-2 9-7)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Determine
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship La Salle defeated Bradley (SCORE 92-76)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Ohio State (RECORD 10-0-0) and UCLA (RECORD 9-0-0)
- World Cup Soccer W. Germany defeated Hungary
- The World Series is broadcast in color for the first time.
- The revenue for television broadcasters finally surpasses that of radio broadcasters. Gross revenue for television is $593 million.
- Loretta Young abandons Hollywood for her stylish debut on the small screen.
- Robert Joffrey Ballet debuts.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: From Here to Eternity
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year The first Grammy Awards were not until 1959
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy I Love Lucy - CBS
- Miss America: Neva Evelyn Margaret Ay (Pennsylvania)
- First children receive Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine.
- The USS Nautilus, the first atomic submarine, is commissioned at Groton, Connecticut.
- Boeing tests the 707, the first jet-powered transport plane.
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