December 1953 calendar

December 1953

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1953?


  • 01 Dec 1953 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 02 Dec 1953 The United Kingdom and Iran reform diplomatic relations.
  • 03 Dec 1953 Kismet opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances
  • 06 Dec 1953 With the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Arturo Toscanini performs what he claims is his favorite Beethoven symphony, ''Eroica'', for the last time. The live performance is broadcast nationwide on radio, and later released on records and CD.
  • 07 Dec 1953 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 08 Dec 1953 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB).
  • 09 Dec 1953 General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired.
  • 10 Dec 1953 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Dec 1953 Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  • 13 Dec 1953 KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 14 Dec 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers signs pitcher Sandy Koufax.
  • 15 Dec 1953 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, Florida (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Dec 1953 First White House Press Conference (President Dwight Eisenhower and 161 reporters).
  • 17 Dec 1953 US Federal Communications Commission approves RCA's black and white-compatible color TV specifications.
  • 18 Dec 1953 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec 1953 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Dec 1953 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • 21 Dec 1953 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC / PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Dec 1953 Jack Dunn III, owner of Baltimore Orioles in International League, turns name over to newly relocated Saint Louis Browns.
  • 23 Dec 1953 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Junior Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 24 Dec 1953 KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 25 Dec 1953 Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand).
  • 27 Dec 1953 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game.
  • 28 Dec 1953 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Dec 1953 The first colour television sets go on sale for about $1,175 (American dollars).
  • 31 Dec 1953 Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough President

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad



Release year: 1953

Directed by: Nandlal Jaswantlal

Starring: Bina Rai, Pradeep Kumar, Kuldip Kaur, Ruby Mayer

The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller Story

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Starring: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in December 1953?
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The Devil'S Laughter by Frank Yerby

The Devil'S Laughter


Jean Paul Marin was the hot blooded son of a wealthy Sicilian shipowner. He seethed with Republican principals in a land ruled by a decadent nobility.

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

The Robe


Vintage Hardcover book

The Lady Of Arlington by Harnett T. Kane

The Lady Of Arlington


the lady of arlington

Beyond This Place by A.J. Cronin

Beyond This Place


novel of crime and passion

The Greatest Faith Ever Known by Fulton Oursler

The Greatest Faith Ever Known


This sequel to The Greatest Story Ever Told follows the turbulent adventures of the apostles Paul, Peter, and James after the crucifixion of Christ in their struggle to spread the Good News to the world.