July 17th, 1954, was a Saturday. It was day 198 of 1954. The decade was the 1950s.
67 years, 2 months and 3 days have passed since July 17th, 1954.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.
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The best-selling single on July 17th, 1954 was "Little Things Mean a Lot" by Kitty Kallen.
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In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.
The most popular movies of 1954 included the likes of White Christmas, The Caine Mutiny, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Glenn Miller Story, The Country Girl, The High and the Mighty and A Star is Born.
The radio stations in 1954 were dominated by artists such as Kitty Kallen, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, The Crew-Cuts, Jo Stafford, Eddie Fisher, The Four Knights, The Four Aces and Doris Day.
US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1954. This was due to his involvement in creating the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.
Panty raids were a popular college prank during this period of time. The prank involved large groups of male students "raiding" the living quarters of their female counterparts. Panties were then stolen as as proof that the raid had been successful. These "raids" became popular during a time when colleges had curfews and men were forbidden from entering female dormitories.
During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear wide unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts". These skirts consisted of a solid color that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.
During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.
During the 1950s, "DA haircuts" were popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed back hair style that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Ducks Ass", which is what many people liked to call the style.
Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their socks. This was because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers wanted to prevent the floors from being scuffed.
The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.
During the 1950s, the world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.
During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.
In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.
Cases of Polio were particularly high during this period of time and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.
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Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on July 17th, 1954.
Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 17th, 1954.
John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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