5 February 21
In 1954 Hawaii is still a Territory. Samuel Wilder King is appointed Territorial Governor by US President Eisenhower.
In this year in the USA: Eisenhower warns against intervention in Vietnam. The words "under God" are added to the United States Pledge of Allegiance. John Burns lead Labor-backed democratic party revolt against Republican Party. The first issue of Sports Illustrated magazine is published. The first Burger King opens in Miami, Florida. The first Godzilla movie premieres. Marilyn Monroe marries baseball player Joe DiMaggio. 19-year-old truck driver Elvis Aron Presley records “That’s Alright Mama” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” in the Sun Records studio in Memphis.
In this year in Australia: A cyclone hit the Gold Coast and northern NSW and kills 26 people. Queen Elizabeth II sets foot on Australian soil – the very first visit of a reigning monarch – and the Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies drops to his knees and kisses her arse (ok, made that last bit up), and the mighty St George Dragons win the first of their 12 straight Rugby League Grand Finals.
In this year on Bikini Atoll: The US ran their second series of nuclear bomb tests (23 total between 1946 & 1958). A new dry-fuel thermonuclear bomb was detonated on March 1. Scientists miscalculated and the explosion far exceeded the expected yield. It was about 1,000 times more powerful than either Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The scientists and military authorities were shocked by the size of the explosion, and the instruments they’d put in place to monitor it were destroyed. Bikini and the surrounding islands and waters were “proved unsuitable to sustaining life” for generations. It didn’t stop them running a third series though.
In this year in Hawaii: Life looked pretty wonderful - TAKE A BIG BREATH AND GO BACK . . . HERE
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