(Saturday, April 10, 1954) — “Wanted” by Perry Como was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of eight consecutive weeks (April 10/17/24, May 1/8/15/22/29, 1954).
Video: '45 85 Part 5' (Apr. 7, 1954, at 8:27)
(Wednesday, April 7, 1954; during First Indochina War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower soberly warned at a news conference today that the fall of French Indochina to the communists could create a “domino” effect in Southeast Asia. The so-called “domino theory” dominated U.S. thinking about the region for the next two decades.
Video: 'Good Night and Good Luck - McCarthy Response'
(Tuesday, April 6, 1954, 10:30 p.m. EST; during the Second Red Scare) — A month after being criticized by newsman Edward R. Murrow on CBS’ See It Now, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, given the chance to respond on the program, charged that Murrow had, in the past, “engaged in propaganda for Communist causes.” Continue reading
Video: 'Burns and Allen: Columbia Pictures Doing Burns and Allen Story'
(Monday, March 29, 1954, 8:00 p.m. ) — Columbia is doing the Burns and Allen story and everybody wants to get into the act on tonight’s episode of the CBS-TV sitcom series The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
This episode is listed as #56 on TV Guide‘s 1997 list of Top 100 Episodes of All Time.
Video: 'Vietnam The Ten Thousand Day War 2of13 Dien Bien Phu' (Mar. 28, 1954, at 19:46)
(Sunday, March 28, 1954; during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, part of the First Indochina War) — Artillery has closed the French airstrip at Dien Bien Phu by today. While the base was now isolated, the French still fought on.
Video: '26th (1954) Oscars'
(Thursday, March 25, 1954, 8:00 p.m. PST) — From Here to Eternity, a drama film about a British family that survives war and changing times, won three Oscars tonight at the 26th Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Fred Zinnemann for Best Director. Continue reading
Video: 'Vietnam The Ten Thousand Day War 2of13 Dien Bien Phu' (Mar. 15, 1954, at 18:31)
(Monday, March 15, 1954; during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, part of the First Indochina War) — Two more French outposts at Dien Bien Phu are repeatedly stormed the Viet Minh. At heavy cost the communists occupy half of hill Gabrielle.
Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 1' (Mar. 14, 1954, at 45:42)
(Sunday, March 14, 1954; during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, part of the First Indochina War) — The Vietminh shelling had destroyed the main airstrip at Dien Bien Phu by today. The French command staff was shocked. Col. Christian de Castries, the French commander, became withdrawn, uncommunicative. Continue reading
(Saturday, March 13, 1954) — “Make Love to Me” by Jo Stafford was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of three non-consecutive weeks (March 13/27, April 3, 1954).
Video: 'War in Vietnam : Documentary on the Battle of Dien Bien Phu' (Mar. 13, 1954, at 18:36)
(Saturday, March 13, 1954, 6:15 p.m. local time; during the Cold War) — The Battle of Dien Bien Phu began today during the First Indochina War as communist forces attacked French troops, who were defeated nearly two months later. Continue reading