March 1954

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The following events occurred in March 1954:

March 1, 1954 (Monday)[edit]

  • U.S. officials announce that a hydrogen bomb test (Castle Bravo) has been conducted on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
  • U.S. Capitol shooting incident: Four Puerto Rican nationalists open fire in the United States House of Representatives chamber and wound five; they are apprehended by security guards.

March 2, 1954 (Tuesday)[edit]

March 3, 1954 (Wednesday)[edit]

March 4, 1954 (Thursday)[edit]

March 5, 1954 (Friday)[edit]

March 6, 1954 (Saturday)[edit]

March 7, 1954 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Died:

March 8, 1954 (Monday)[edit]

March 9, 1954 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • American journalists Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly produce a 30-minute See It Now documentary, entitled A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy.
  • Born:Bobby Sands, Irish republican hunger striker (d. 1981)
  • Died:Vagn Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (b. 1874)

March 10, 1954 (Wednesday)[edit]

March 11, 1954 (Thursday)[edit]

March 12, 1954 (Friday)[edit]

  • Finland and Germany officially end their state of war.

March 13, 1954 (Saturday)[edit]

  • French troops begin the battle against the Viet Minh in Dien Bien Phu.

March 14, 1954 (Sunday)[edit]

March 15, 1954 (Monday)[edit]

March 16, 1954 (Tuesday)[edit]

March 17, 1954 (Wednesday)[edit]

March 18, 1954 (Thursday)[edit]

March 19, 1954 (Friday)[edit]

  • Joey Giardello knocks out Willie Tory at Madison Square Garden, in the first televised boxing prize fight to be shown in color.

March 20, 1954 (Saturday)[edit]

March 21, 1954 (Sunday)[edit]

March 22, 1954 (Monday)[edit]

March 23, 1954 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • In Vietnam, the Viet Minh capture the main airstrip of Dien Bien Phu. The remaining French Army units there are partially isolated.

March 24, 1954 (Wednesday)[edit]

March 25, 1954 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The 26th Academy Awards ceremony is held.
  • RCA manufactures the first color television set (12-inch screen; price: $1,000)
  • The Soviet Union recognises the sovereignty of East Germany. Soviet troops remain in the country.

March 26, 1954 (Friday)[edit]

March 27, 1954 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The Castle Romeo nuclear test explosion is executed.

March 28, 1954 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Puerto Rico's first television station, WKAQ-TV, commences broadcasting.
  • Trial of A. L. Zissu and 12 other Zionist leaders ends with harsh sentences in Communist Romania.
  • The British troopship HMT Empire Windrush suffers an engine-room explosion and fire. Four crew are killed but 1494 crew and passengers are saved. The abandoned ship sinks two days later.

March 29, 1954 (Monday)[edit]

  • A C-47 transport with French nurse Geneviève de Galard on board is wrecked on the runway at Dien Bien Phu.
  • Born:Karen Ann Quinlan, American right-to-die cause célèbre (d. 1985)

March 30, 1954 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • The first operational subway line in Canada opens in Toronto.
  • Died:Horatio Dresser, American writer (b. 1866)

March 31, 1954 (Wednesday)[edit]

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