(Monday, November 22, 1954) — Former President Herbert Hoover, arriving from the United States for a six-day visit as guest of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, received a warm welcome today at the airport in Bonn, West Germany (click here to watch a video of Hoover’s arrival at 22:06).
Video: 'Rosemary Clooney - Mambo Italiano - 1954 originals'
(Thursday, November 18, 1954) — ABC radio and TV today banned “Mambo Italiano,” a hit by Rosemary Clooney, for so-called “offensive lyrics,” most likely due to the exaggerated Italian vernacular, including the words “goombah” and “gidrool.”
(Wednesday, November 10, 1954) — The Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated today in Arlington, Virginia, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in attendance.
Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 2' (Nov. 8, 1954, at 9:30)
(Monday, November 8, 1954; during the Cold War) — Gen. J. Lawton Collins, special envoy of President Dwight Eisenhower, arrived today in Saigon, South Vietnam, from Tokyo to “coordinate” United States aid to Indochina.
(Saturday, November 6, 1954) — “This Ole House” by Rosemary Clooney was the #1 song on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for one week, the singer’s second consecutive number one hit on the chart (following “Hey There”).
Video: 'Godzilla official trailer Collection 1954-1995.'
(Wednesday, November 3, 1954) — Godzilla, a Japanese science fiction kaiju film about a 400-foot monster reptile with radioactive breath that is revived thanks to nuclear testing, was released today in Japan.
Directed by Ishiro Honda, the film starred Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata and Takashi Shimura.
(Tuesday, November 2, 1954) — Democratic leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas was elected to a second term in the Senate today over Republican Carlos G. Watson 84.6% to 14.9%. And since the Democrats won the majority in the Senate in the midterm elections, Johnson then became majority leader in January 1955 (click here to watch American Experience: LBJ at 39:27)
Video: 'French - Algerian War (1954 - 1960)' (5 videos)
(Monday, November 1, 1954, early morning local time) — The Algerian War, a war between France and the Algerian independence movements from 1954 to 1962, which led to Algeria gaining its independence from France, began early this morning as FLN maquisards (guerrillas) attacked military and civilian targets throughout Algeria in what became known as the Toussaint Rouge (Red All-Saints’ Day).