1954 Hit Parade

The first major conference on plastic as a building material was held.

Seamless nylon stockings were introduced.

The World’s Largest Shopping Mall is Northland in Detroit.

Popular films included
    On the Waterfront
starring Marlon Brando
Rear Window starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly
Country Girl starring Bing Crosby
    A Star is Born starring Judy Garland.

Fiction of the year included William Faulkner’s A Fable and Evan Hunter’s The Blackboard Jungle.

Popular songs included Frank Sinatra with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra’s “Young At Heart,” Perry Como with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra’s “Wanted,” Kitty Kallen with the Jack Pleis Orchestra’s “Little Things Mean A Lot,” Archie Bleyer and His Orchestra’s “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Mister Sandman,” Rosemary Clooney’s “Hey, There,” and Doris Day’s “If I Give My Heart To You.

The Whitney Museums moves to adjoin the Museum of Modern Art.

According to the International Congress of Art Historians and Museologists, there are ten million amateur artists in America.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder is released in 3-D.

C.A. Swanson and Sons introduced frozen TV dinners.

Thorazine was introduced.

July:  the first Newport Jazz Festival was held in Newport, Rhode Island.

July 19:  Elvis Presley’s first professional record, “That’s All Right, Mama” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was released on Sun Records.

August 31:  Hurricane Carol killed fifty-three people.

October 15-16:  Hurricane Hazel caused 249 deaths in the United States.

October 27:  The Comics Code was adopted by twenty-six comic book publishers.

October 28:  Ernest Hemingway won the Noble Prize for Literature.

December 15:  the first Safe Driving Day was observed, sponsored by the Presidential Traffic Safety Commission.