1954 was a year in the 20th century.
- Tales from Space #8 is released in August.
- Joey Baines was born.
- Mickey Rooney starred in The Atomic Kid.
- October: The Penguins release "Earth Angel." Marvin Berry and the Starlighters play this song at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in 1955. It is during their performance that Marty McFly collapses and nearly fades from existence and his parents kiss for the first time, saving his fate in the future.
- Thursday, November 18: The Western film Cattle Queen of Montana starring Ronald Reagan and Barbara Stanwyck was released in theaters.