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
  • 10 Dec 1953 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Changing Partners
  2. - The Gang That Sang Heart of My Heart
  3. - Santa Baby
  4. - Heart of My Heart
  5. - Oh, Mein Papa

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Answer Me
  2. - Oh Mein Papa
  3. - Answer Me
  4. - Swedish Rhapsody
  5. - Let's Have A Party


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1953?

Flying Saucers From Outer Space by Donald Keyhoe

Flying Saucers From Outer Space


The author argues that there are good reasons to believe in flying saucers. It explains the contradictions of some and hopes that it will help.

The Age Of The Moguls by Stewart H. Holbrook

The Age Of The Moguls


Book by Stewart H. Holbrook

The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain

The Silver Chalice


This exciting novel is the latest in the Christian Epic series. It takes place just after Christ's resurrection and death. Basil is commissioned to design the case that will house the silver cup Christ and His disciples drank out of …

The Spirit Of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh

The Spirit Of St. Louis


Like many of my fellow pilots, I believed aviation had a bright future. Today we live in the dreams of yesterday. And, dreaming in those dreams, today we live.

The Unconquered by Ben Ames Williams

The Unconquered


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