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August 16th, 1954.

August 16th, 1954, was a Monday. It was day 228 of 1954. The decade was the 1950s.

67 years, 9 months and 7 days have passed since August 16th, 1954.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on August 16th, 1954?

  • The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.
Birthdays

Born on August 16th, 1954.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts

Top song: August 16th, 1954

The best-selling single on August 16th, 1954 was "Sh Boom" by The Crew Cuts.

Play the top hits from 1954.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1954. Take a trip back to the days of Eddie Fisher, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney and The Chordettes.

Take me back to August 16th, 1954!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 16th, 1954 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In music, the song "Sh Boom" by The Crew Cuts is the best-selling record at the moment. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States and Winston Churchill is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, women are sporting the popular "The New Look" by Christian Dior. This formal style includes rounded shoulders, a full-skirted silhouette and a tight waist. Meanwhile, men are beginning to follow a new "Teddy Boy" trend that involves greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets.

Because it's 1954, anyone listening to a jukebox or radio station is likely to hear songs from 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Albert Einstein and James Dean would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "The Roy Rogers Show", "Our Miss Brooks" and "I Married Joan".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Crusader Rabbit", "Adventures of Superman" and "Winky Dink and You". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Foto-Electric Baseball, Toy Guns, Pitchin' Pal and Mr. Potato Head.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 16th, 1954.

  • Rock and roll.

    Rock and roll.

    In the mid-1950s, a new music genre called "Rock and Roll" began to take off.

  • Movies from 1954.

    Movies from 1954.

    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.

  • 1954 in music.

    1954 in music.

    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.

  • John Foster Dulles.

    John Foster Dulles.

    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 are all the rage on college campuses.

    Panty raids are all the rage on college campuses.

    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.

  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing.

    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.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    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.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    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.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    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 are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their shoes. This is because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers didn't want scuff marks on the floors.

  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism.

    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.

  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming.

    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.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    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.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    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%.

  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high.

    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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 67 years, 9 months and 7 days have passed since August 16th, 1954.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1954.
  • Leap Year: 1954 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 16th, 1954, will be 67 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1954 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 16th, 1954.

  • July 17th, 1954: Comedian Groucho Marx marries actress Eden Hartford, who is 40 years his junior.
  • July 19th, 1954: Elvis Presley releases his debut single "That's All Right".
  • July 21st, 1954: Vietnam is split into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
  • July 29th, 1954: J. R. R. Tolkien publishes "The Fellowship of the Ring.".
  • This date: August 16th, 1954
  • August 24th, 1954: The President of Brazil, Getúlio Vargas, commits suicide.
  • August 24th, 1954: The American Communist Party is outlawed.
  • September 12th, 1954: The first episode of Lassie is aired.
  • September 14th, 1954: Marilyn Monroe records her famous skirt-blowing scene in front of Manhattan's Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theater.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 16th, 1954, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1954 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 16th, 1954 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from August, 1954.

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley
American Western series that fictionalizes the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Life with Elizabeth
Life with Elizabeth
Starring Betty White as Elizabeth and Del Moore as her husband Alvin.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

I Married Joan
I Married Joan
Comedy about the scatterbrained wife of judge Bradley Stevens.

Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks
Sitcom about a high school teacher called Constance "Connie" Brooks.

My Little Margie
My Little Margie
Comedy series about 21-year-old Margie Albright and her widowed father Charles Farrell.

The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers Show
American Western television series about a ranch owner called Roy Rogers.

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Sky King
Sky King
Western series starring Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerthy.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.

The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.

The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.

Space Patrol
Space Patrol
Sci-fi series starring Ed Kemmer and Lyn Osborn.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

Cars in 1954.

1954 saw the introduction of cars such as the Vauxhall Cresta, the Pontiac Pathfinder, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, the AC Aceca, the Dodge C series and the Packard Pacific.

Cars in 1954.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on August 16th, 1954.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1954.

Winky Dink and You
Winky Dink and You

Adventures of Superman
Adventures of Superman

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1954.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1954.

Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Roy Rogers Plastic Figures
Roy Rogers Plastic Figures

Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head

Feed the Elephant
Feed the Elephant

Pitchin' Pal
Pitchin' Pal

Colorforms
Colorforms

Butch the Pup Toy
Butch the Pup Toy

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)

Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops

Toy Guns
Toy Guns

Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1954.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out August 16th, 1960 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 16th.

Madonna

Singer.
Born on August 16th, 1958
She was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Steve Carell

Actor.
Born on August 16th, 1962
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on August 16th, 1954.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1954.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 16th, 1954 was most likely conceived around November 23rd, 1953.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 16th, 1954 is close to May 9th, 1955.

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Stats for August 16th, 1954

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 16th, 1954.

  • A total of 24,752 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,536 weeks have passed.
  • 2,138,572,800 seconds have passed since the August 16th, 1954.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,495,001,600 times.
  • Since August 16th, 1954, the earth has travelled approximately 1,103,503,564,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 356,428,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 183,917,261 steps. That's about 81,741 miles!
  • Since this date, 25,662,874 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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