DHS Class of 1954
|20th Year Reunion|
|50th Year Reunion|
Notable Events of 1954
President Eisenhower modifies the Pledge of Allegiance from "one nation indivisible" to "one nation, under God, indivisible".
The Supreme Court unanimously rules to desegregate public schools: "the doctrine of separate, but equal has no place."
Researcher Jonas Salk puts a polio vaccine to the test. The vaccine is successful and polio cases begin to decline.
The public is alerted to the dangers of radioactive wastes.
After 30 years of experimenting and unfortunate set backs due to World War II, television becomes a fixture in the American Home.
The first color TV's are marketed by RCA for $1000.
First Miss America Pageant is broadcast on television.
Elvis Presley makes his first commercial recording and signs with RCA. He would become the King of Rock 'n' Roll and a legend in his own time.
The Boeing 707, the first jet-powered transport, is tested.
Playboy magazine issue features Margie Harrison, the first playmate.
In Memphis, Tennessee, WHBQ becomes the first radio station to air an Elvis Presley record.
Stop signs are changed from black-on-yellow to white-on-red.
The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator forming the American Motors Corporation.
Dow Jones: High 404 Low 279
Some Top Songs of the Year
Bennett - Stranger in Paradise
Big Joe Turner - Shake, Rattle & Roll
The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman
Rosemary Clooney - This Ole House
The Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom
Doris Day - Secret Love
Eddie Fisher - Oh! My Pa Pa
Roy Hamilton - Ebb Tide
Frank Sinatra - Young At Heart
Perry Como - Papa Love Mambo
Annie Oakley - 1954-57
The Gene Autrey Show - 1950-56
Hopalong Cassidy - 1949-54
The Adventures of Kit Carson - 1951-55
The Lone Ranger - 1949-57
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin - 1954-59
The Roy Rogers Show - 1951-57
Sky King - 1951-54
Wild Bill Hickok - 1951-58
Top Grossing Films of the Year
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
starring James Mason, Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre
The Caine Mutiny starring Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray and Lee Marvin
The Glen Miller Story starring James Stewart and June Allyson
White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney
Also showing this year were
Dial M for Murder
A Star is Born
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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