August 1953 calendar

August 1953

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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 August 1953: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1953?


  • 01 Aug 1953 Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
  • 02 Aug 1953 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w / Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • 03 Aug 1953 Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 04 Aug 1953 Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
  • 05 Aug 1953 Operation "Big Switch": Korean War prisoners exchanged at Panmunjom.
  • 06 Aug 1953 Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military
  • 07 Aug 1953 Eastern Airlines enters the jet age, uses Electra prop-jet.
  • 08 Aug 1953 US and South Korea initial a mutual security pact.
  • 09 Aug 1953 Premier Mohammed Abdullah of Kashmir, fired
  • 12 Aug 1953 Heavy earthquake strikes Isotope islands, 435 killed
  • 13 Aug 1953 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations
  • 14 Aug 1953 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10
  • 16 Aug 1953 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • 17 Aug 1953 First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place, in Southern California.
  • 18 Aug 1953 The second Kinsey Report, ''Sexual Behavior in the Human Female'', is published in the US.
  • 19 Aug 1953 Cold War: The CIA and MI6 help to overthrow the government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • 20 Aug 1953 General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests Premier Mossadeq of Persia
  • 21 Aug 1953 Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed
  • 22 Aug 1953 France closes jail on Devil Island
  • 23 Aug 1953 Braves Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • 25 Aug 1953 The general strike ends in France.
  • 28 Aug 1953 Me & Juliet opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances
  • 29 Aug 1953 KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Aug 1953 Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in New York City
  • 31 Aug 1953 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Aug 1953 First Indochina War: The French Union withdraws its forces from Operation Camargue against the Viet Minh in central Vietnam.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Crying In The Chapel
  2. - Crying in the Chapel
  3. - Hey Joe!
  4. - My Love My Love
  5. - Ebb Tide

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Believe
  2. - Terry's Theme (From 'Limelight')
  3. - The Song From The Moulin Rouge
  4. - I'm Walking Behind You
  5. - Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1953?

In The Wet by Nevil Shute

In The Wet


It's the dry season in Australia's outback. A drunk and delirious ex-pilot, known as "Pisspot Stevie", lies in death in a remote cabin of the Queensland bush.

The Bridges At Toko-Ri by James A. Michener

The Bridges At Toko-Ri


James A. Michener, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, tells the story of American soldiers who fought in the Korean War. He also details their exploits from the air.

A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall

A Man Called Peter


Catherine Marshall, in the Preface to A Man Called Peter tells about a dream she had following Peter Marshall's passing. Peter was working in a rose-garden and said, "I!"

Golden Admiral by Francis Van Wyck Mason

Golden Admiral


Fictional Novel, Literary Fiction

India And The Awakening East by Eleanor Roosevelt

India And The Awakening East