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  • Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Monday Jun 7, 1954

    Alan Turing

    Death

    Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Monday Jun 7, 1954

    On 8 June 1954, Turing's housekeeper found him dead at the age of 41; he had died the previous day. Cyanide poisoning was established as the cause of death.




  • Wilmslow, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Jun 8, 1954

    The Imitation game: Alan Turing

    Death

    Wilmslow, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Jun 8, 1954

    On 8 June 1954, Turing's housekeeper found him dead at the age of 41: he had died the previous day. Cyanide poisoning was established as the cause of death. When his body was discovered, an apple lay half-eaten beside his bed, and although the apple was not tested for cyanide, it was speculated that this was the means by which Turing had consumed a fatal dose. An inquest determined that he had committed suicide. Andrew Hodges and another biographer, David Leavitt, have both speculated that Turing was re-enacting a scene from the Walt Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), his favourite fairy tale. Both men noted that (in Leavitt's words) he took "an especially keen pleasure in the scene where the Wicked Queen immerses her apple in the poisonous brew".




  • England
    Saturday Jun 12, 1954

    Alan Turing

    Turing's Remains Were Cremated

    England
    Saturday Jun 12, 1954

    Turing's remains were cremated at Woking Crematorium on 12 June 1954 and his ashes were scattered in the gardens of the crematorium, just as his father's had been.




  • Switzerland
    Wednesday Jun 16, 1954

    FIFA World Cup

    First World Cup Televised

    Switzerland
    Wednesday Jun 16, 1954

    The 1954 World Cup, held in Switzerland, was the first to be televised.




  • France
    Thursday Jun 17, 1954

    First Indochina War

    Pierre Mendès France had been invested as Prime Minister

    France
    Thursday Jun 17, 1954

    Negotiations between France and the Việt Minh started in Geneva in April 1954 at the Geneva Conference, during which time the French Union and the Việt Minh were fighting a battle at Điện Biên Phủ. In France, Pierre Mendès France, opponent of the war since 1950, had been invested as Prime Minister on June 17, 1954, on a promise to put an end to the war, reaching a ceasefire in four months.




  • Guatemala
    Friday Jun 18, 1954

    Che Guevara

    Guatemala's Invasion

    Guatemala
    Friday Jun 18, 1954

    American forces invaded Guatemala and President Arbenz was forced to resign.




  • Mang Yang, Vietnam
    Thursday Jun 24, 1954

    First Indochina War

    Battle of Mang Yang Pass

    Mang Yang, Vietnam
    Thursday Jun 24, 1954

    One month after Điện Biên Phủ, the composite Groupe Mobile 100 (GM100) of the French Union forces evacuated the An Khê outpost and was ambushed by a larger Việt Minh force at the Battle of Mang Yang Pass from June 24 to July 17.


  • Obninsk , Russia
    Sunday Jun 27, 1954

    Nuclear Power

    USSR's Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant.

    Obninsk , Russia
    Sunday Jun 27, 1954

    On June 27, 1954, the USSR's Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, based on what would become the prototype of the RBMK reactor design, became the world's first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for a power grid, producing around 5 megawatts of electric power. the first nuclear reactor that produced electricity industrially, albeit at small scale.


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