April 1953 calendar

April 1953

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1953.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Winston Churchill (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1953: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1953?


  • 01 Apr 1953 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Apr 1953 Raab forms his first government in Austria.
  • 04 Apr 1953 KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 05 Apr 1953 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 08 Apr 1953 Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by Kenya's British rulers.
  • 09 Apr 1953 TV Guide publishes 1st issue
  • 10 Apr 1953 House of Wax, first 3-D movie, is released (New York City, New York).
  • 11 Apr 1953 Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, and Welfare
  • 12 Apr 1953 KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 13 Apr 1953 CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA.
  • 14 Apr 1953 WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
  • 15 Apr 1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Apr 1953 British royal yacht Britannica taken out of service
  • 18 Apr 1953 Pal Joey closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • 19 Apr 1953 WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Apr 1953 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51.
  • 23 Apr 1953 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 25 Apr 1953 Scientists identify DNA
  • 27 Apr 1953 Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins the term "Pencil neck geek".
  • 29 Apr 1953 The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 30 Apr 1953 Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1953?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Song From Moulin Rouge (Where is Your Heart)
  2. - April In Portugal
  3. - Ruby
  4. - Anna
  5. - Somebody Stole My Gal

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - She Wears Red Feathers
  2. - Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
  3. - (How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window?
  4. - Outside Of Heaven
  5. - I Believe


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Country: United States of America

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Country: United States of America

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Country: United States of America

Paper Moon

Paper Moon

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in April 1953?
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The Poor Man'S Guide To Europe by David Dodge

The Poor Man'S Guide To Europe


308 page hard cover book on traveling Europe on a tight budget.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden


A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of America’s most enduring authorsIn his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of …

Steamboat Gothic by Frances Parkinson Keyes

Steamboat Gothic


This was the first of Frances Parkinson Keyes novels that I ever read. I was entranced with the Southern locale and the people depicted in the novel.

The Second Happiest Day by John Phillips

The Second Happiest Day


copyright date uncertain. Blue book with chain design and black spine. with white lettering. Published by Harper.

Postcards From Delaplane by Stanton Delaplane

Postcards From Delaplane


This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.