The 1950s saw the battle between communism and capitalism heat-up.
1953 specifically saw many events centering on this conflict: executed spies, government changeovers, and the power struggle after the death of Joseph Stalin, and an uprising in Eastern Germany. The world population measured just 2.66 billion.
Out of the 3.95 babies born in the United States in 1953, many of them were named Robert or Mary. The silver screen saw the popularity of two Japanese-produced movies, Tokyo Story and Ugetsu, along with the first screening of the classic Gentlemen Prefer Blonds. In 1953, Fahrenheit 451, Childhood’s End, The Crucible, and the Pulitzer-winning The Old Man and the Sea flew off the bookstore shelves. In addition, this year also saw a lot of firsts for weaponry, science, movie technology, and the creation of a new republic.
In science, three items of note happened. Jonas Salk gave hope to millions by announcing his development of a working polio vaccine. On February 21st, Crick and Watson declared their discovery of DNA structure. Lastly, for the medical field, the army commissioned its first female doctor.
Technology and the media changed quite a bit as well. TV Guide and Playboy published their first issues in 1953, and the first 3-D movie, House of Wax, hit theaters worldwide. The world grew taller as Sir Edmund Hillary became the first person to crest the peak of Mount Everest. Outside of the USA, Egypt proclaimed itself a republic on June 18th and Fidel Castro rebelled against the former government of Cuba. Finally, Winston Churchill, a Nobel Prize winner and the British prime minister in World War Two, was knighted for his service in World War Two. So, whether you love those old red-and-blue glasses, or prefer kicking back with a TV Guide, 1953 played some part in that.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 26th edition of the Oscar ceremony
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Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1953?
Which were the most popular books released in 1953 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1953
- Winston Churchill
- George Marshall
- Frits Zernike
- Hermann Staudinger
Physiology or Medicine
- Hans Adolf Krebs
- Fritz Albert Lipmann
Which were the top hits of 1953?
Top #1 songs in the USA
- Frankie Laine - I Believe
- Dean Martin - That's Amore
- Kay Starr - Changing Partners
- Tony Bennett - Stranger In Paradise
- Eddie Fisher - Oh! My Pa-pa
- Eddie Calvert - Oh, Mein Papa
- Four Aces - The Gang That Sang Heart of My Heart
- Johnny Desmond - Woman
- Tony Martin - Stranger In Paradise
- Eddie Fisher - Downhearted
Top #1 songs in the UK
- Frankie Laine - I Believe
- Frank Chacksfield - Terry's Theme (From 'Limelight')
- Mantovani - The Song From The Moulin Rouge
- Eddie Fisher With Sally Sweetland - I'm Walking Behind You
- Guy Mitchell - She Wears Red Feathers
- Eddie Fisher - Outside Of Heaven
- Mario Lanza - Because You're Mine
- Perry Como & The Ramblers - Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
- Guy Mitchell - Look At That Girl
- Kay Starr - Comes A-Long A-Love
Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1953
- Total population: 2.7 billion (2,677,608,960 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 830.1 million, that is 31.0% of the total population of 1953 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +46.8 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.78%
- Average density: 18.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 1953?
- 01 Jan 1953 Ernest Blochs Suite Hebraique, premieres
- 02 Jan 1953 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
- 03 Jan 1953 Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
- 04 Jan 1953 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 05 Jan 1953 Samuel Beckett's play ''Waiting For Godot'' has its first public stage première in French as ''En attendant Godot'' at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris.
- 06 Jan 1953 WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 07 Jan 1953 US President Harry Truman announces development of the hydrogen bomb.
- 09 Jan 1953 Korean ferryboat Chang Tyong-Ho sank off Pusan killing 249
- 10 Jan 1953 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish.
- 11 Jan 1953 J Edgar Hoover declines six-figure offer to become president of the International Boxing Club.
- 12 Jan 1953 Estonian émigrés found a government in exile in Oslo.
- 13 Jan 1953 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 14 Jan 1953 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 15 Jan 1953 Sixteen-car Federal Express train loses brakes and crashes in Washington DC station.
- 16 Jan 1953 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC / CBS) begins broadcasting
- 17 Jan 1953 The General Motors Motorama opens to the general public in New York City. The prototype Chevrolet Corvette "Dream Car" is displayed to the public for the first time. The roadster is white with red interior, fiberglass body, 235-cid straight-6 engine, and two-speed automatic. Also on display at the Motorama: Buick fiberglass-bodied two-passenger Wildcat, Oldsmobile fiberglass-bodied four-passenger convertible Starfire, Cadillac fiberglass-bodied two-passenger roadster Le Mans.
- 18 Jan 1953 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
- 19 Jan 1953 Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary.
- 20 Jan 1953 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo, New York
- 21 Jan 1953 John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State.
- 22 Jan 1953 ''The Crucible'', a drama by Arthur Miller, opens on Broadway.
- 23 Jan 1953 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (later Indianapolis Colts).
- 25 Jan 1953 WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 27 Jan 1953 Netherlands ends Marshall Plan aid.
- 28 Jan 1953 WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 29 Jan 1953 First movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres.
- 31 Jan 1953 Princess Victoria capsized off Stanraer Scotland
- 01 Feb 1953 General Electric Theater premieres on CBS TV
- 05 Feb 1953 Peter Pan by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, New York City
- 06 Feb 1953 US controls on wages and some consumer goods are lifted.
- 08 Feb 1953 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
- 09 Feb 1953 Adventures of Superman TV series premieres in syndication
- 10 Feb 1953 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Jean Westwood and Lawrence Demmy of Great Britain.
- 11 Feb 1953 Hazel Flagg opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
- 12 Feb 1953 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel.
- 13 Feb 1953 Transsexual Christine Jorgenson returns to New York after successful sexual reassignment surgery in Denmark.
- 16 Feb 1953 The Pakistan Academy of Sciences is established in Pakistan.
- 17 Feb 1953 Baseball star / pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
- 18 Feb 1953 Bwana Devil, the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York
- 19 Feb 1953 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
- 20 Feb 1953 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling.
- 21 Feb 1953 Maggie closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances
- 25 Feb 1953 Wonderful Town opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances
- 26 Feb 1953 Allen W Dulles is promoted from deputy to 5th director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
- 28 Feb 1953 Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev and Malenkov
- 01 Mar 1953 KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 02 Mar 1953 The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC.
- 03 Mar 1953 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block Saint Louis Browns' attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee.
- 06 Mar 1953 Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR.
- 08 Mar 1953 WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 09 Mar 1953 Josef Stalin buried in Moscow.
- 11 Mar 1953 1st woman army doctor commissioned (FM Adams)
- 13 Mar 1953 The United Nations Security Council nominates Dag Hammarskjöld as United Nations Secretary General.
- 14 Mar 1953 KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 15 Mar 1953 West Germany loses in soccer to the Netherlands, 2-1
- 17 Mar 1953 WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 18 Mar 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
- 19 Mar 1953 25th Academy Awards: Greatest Show on Earth, Gary Cooper and Shirley Booth win (first time televised).
- 20 Mar 1953 Senator Edwin C Johnson offers a bill to give clubs the sole
- 21 Mar 1953 NBA record 106 fouls and 12 players foul out (Boston Celtics - Syracuse Nationals).
- 22 Mar 1953 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open.
- 24 Mar 1953 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
- 25 Mar 1953 26 – ''Lari Massacre'' in Kenya: Mau Mau rebels kill up to 150 Kikuyu natives.
- 26 Mar 1953 Salk Polio vaccine announced
- 27 Mar 1953 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio, USA.
- 28 Mar 1953 New Faces (of 1952) closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
- 29 Mar 1953 A fire at the Littlefield Nursing Home in Largo, Florida kills 33 persons, including singer-songwriter Arthur Fields.
- 31 Mar 1953 US Department of Health, Education and Welfare established.
- 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.
- 02 May 1953 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02.
- 03 May 1953 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 04 May 1953 Pulitzer prize awarded to E Hemingway (Old Man & The Sea)
- 05 May 1953 Aldous Huxley first tries the psychedelic hallucinogen mescaline, inspiring his book ''The Doors of Perception''.
- 07 May 1953 Can Can opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
- 08 May 1953 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 09 May 1953 France agrees to the provisional independence of Cambodia with King Norodom Sihanouk.
- 10 May 1953 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 11 May 1953 Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles' domino theory.
- 12 May 1953 KUHT TV channel 8 in Houston, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 13 May 1953 New York Giants' Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each hit two homeruns and a triple.
- 15 May 1953 Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1 for heavywgt boxing title
- 17 May 1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open.
- 18 May 1953 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
- 19 May 1953 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in Saint George, Utah).
- 21 May 1953 French Government of Mayer resigns.
- 22 May 1953 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Washington 12-4
- 23 May 1953 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
- 24 May 1953 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
- 25 May 1953 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
- 26 May 1953 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, two die.
- 27 May 1953 Dutch social democratic / Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
- 28 May 1953 Premiere of first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor: Melody.
- 29 May 1953 Edmund P Hillary of New Zealand and Nepalese Sherpa Tensing Norkay are first to reach summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, the highest mountain on earth.
- 31 May 1953 WSUN TV channel 38 in St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
- 01 Jun 1953 KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 02 Jun 1953 The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised.
- 03 Jun 1953 Alexander Cartwright founded baseball and not Abner Doubleday
- 04 Jun 1953 Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola to Chic
- 05 Jun 1953 US Senate rejects China PR membership to UN
- 07 Jun 1953 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
- 08 Jun 1953 Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court.
- 09 Jun 1953 Milton Berle Show / Texaco Star Theater, last airs on NBC-TV
- 13 Jun 1953 53rd US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 283 at Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, Pennsylvania
- 14 Jun 1953 Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee
- 15 Jun 1953 Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 and Browns 14-game losing streak
- 16 Jun 1953 Despite Johnny Mize 2,000th hit, Yanks lose ending 18 game win streak and also ending St. Louis Browns 14 game losing streak
- 17 Jun 1953 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
- 18 Jun 1953 Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits and Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3
- 19 Jun 1953 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 20 Jun 1953 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open
- 23 Jun 1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
- 24 Jun 1953 KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 26 Jun 1953 KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast
- 27 Jun 1953 Joseph Laniel becomes Prime Minister of France.
- 29 Jun 1953 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
- 30 Jun 1953 1st Corvette manufactured
- 01 Jul 1953 KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 03 Jul 1953 67th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Vic Seixas beats Kurt Nielsen (97 63 64)
- 04 Jul 1953 60th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats D Hart (86 75)
- 05 Jul 1953 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
- 07 Jul 1953 35th PGA Championship: Walter Burkemo at Birmingham Country Club - Michigan
- 08 Jul 1953 US stops aid to Persia
- 09 Jul 1953 First helicopter passenger service (New York City).
- 10 Jul 1953 82nd British Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 282 at Carnoustie Dai Rees
- 12 Jul 1953 KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
- 14 Jul 1953 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
- 16 Jul 1953 KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
- 19 Jul 1953 KIMA TV channel 29 in Yakima, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 20 Jul 1953 USSR / Israel recover diplomatic relations
- 23 Jul 1953 Howard Hawks's musical film ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'', starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, is released by 20th Century Fox.
- 24 Jul 1953 KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 25 Jul 1953 New York City Transit Authority raises transit fare from 10 to 15 cents, and debuts transit tokens.
- 26 Jul 1953 Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution.
- 27 Jul 1953 1st insulin isolated by F Banting and C Best in Toronto
- 29 Jul 1953 US bombers shot down at north of Wladiwostok
- 31 Jul 1953 Department of Health, Education & Welfare created
- 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 (93,818)
- 16 Aug 1953 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
- 17 Aug 1953 Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous 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 helps to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh 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
- 01 Sep 1953 Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship
- 03 Sep 1953 French Minister Francois Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy
- 04 Sep 1953 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
- 05 Sep 1953 US give Persian Premier Zahedi $45 million aid
- 06 Sep 1953 Adenauers CDU wins elections in German FR
- 07 Sep 1953 67th US Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (62 64)
- 08 Sep 1953 Carnival in Flanders opens at New Century Theater New York for 6 performances
- 09 Sep 1953 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC / NBC) begins broadcasting
- 11 Sep 1953 KSBW TV channel 8 in Salinas-Monterey, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 12 Sep 1953 Carnival in Flanders closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
- 13 Sep 1953 Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Philadelphia Athletics
- 14 Sep 1953 Comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara marry
- 15 Sep 1953 KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 17 Sep 1953 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
- 19 Sep 1953 Hazel Flagg closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
- 20 Sep 1953 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR
- 21 Sep 1953 KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
- 22 Sep 1953 Islamic uprising in Atjeh at Indonesia
- 23 Sep 1953 KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 24 Sep 1953 Take a Giant Step, opens on Broadway
- 26 Sep 1953 Billy Hunter is last St. Louis Browns player to homer in a game
- 27 Sep 1953 KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, MO (CBS) begins
- 28 Sep 1953 Bob & Ray Show, TV Variety
- 29 Sep 1953 Buick-Berle Show, debuts on NBC-TV
- 30 Sep 1953 Auguste / Jacques Piccard dives with bathosphere to 3150 m (record)
- 01 Oct 1953 KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
- 02 Oct 1953 Comedy in Music (Victor Borge) opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
- 03 Oct 1953 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal
- 04 Oct 1953 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)
- 05 Oct 1953 The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
- 06 Oct 1953 WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, Georgia (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 07 Oct 1953 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
- 08 Oct 1953 WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
- 09 Oct 1953 British Premier Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution
- 10 Oct 1953 Roland (Monty) Burton wins New Zealand air race in under 23 hours.
- 12 Oct 1953 US and Greece signs peace treaty (US bases)
- 13 Oct 1953 Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves-patented by Samuel Bagno.
- 14 Oct 1953 1st 3 Dutch female police officers go into service
- 15 Oct 1953 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 16 Oct 1953 Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)
- 18 Oct 1953 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
- 19 Oct 1953 First jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service.
- 20 Oct 1953 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 22 Oct 1953 Laos gains full independence from France.
- 23 Oct 1953 German FR applies to NATO
- 24 Oct 1953 KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 25 Oct 1953 Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die
- 27 Oct 1953 British nuclear test Totem 2 is carried out at Emu Field, South Australia.
- 28 Oct 1953 Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees
- 29 Oct 1953 A Baltimore group purchases St. Louis Browns
- 30 Oct 1953 Dr Albert Schweitzer and General George C Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize.
- 31 Oct 1953 TV broadcasting begins in Belgium
- 01 Nov 1953 Emile Zatopek runs world record 10K (29:01.6) and 6 mile (28:08.4)
- 02 Nov 1953 Pakistan becomes Islamic Republic
- 03 Nov 1953 1939 sacrifice fly rule restored: no time at bat for sac fly
- 04 Nov 1953 Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of Philadelphia Athletics
- 05 Nov 1953 Nobel prize for physics awarded / appended on Frederik Zernicke
- 06 Nov 1953 French National Meeting grants Saarland more autonomy
- 07 Nov 1953 WIS TV channel 10 in Columbia, SC (NBC) begins broadcasting
- 08 Nov 1953 Salazars party wins all parliament seats in Portugal
- 09 Nov 1953 Cambodia (now Kampuchea) gains independence within French Union
- 10 Nov 1953 Giants end their tour of Japan (players got $331 of $3,000 promised)
- 11 Nov 1953 Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as Baltimore Orioles manager
- 12 Nov 1953 David Ben-Gurion, resigns as Premier of Israel
- 14 Nov 1953 WCIA TV channel 3 in Champaign, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 15 Nov 1953 WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
- 17 Nov 1953 St. Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
- 18 Nov 1953 Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
- 19 Nov 1953 US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
- 20 Nov 1953 Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, first to break Mach 2 (1300mph).
- 21 Nov 1953 Pitdown Man, discovered in 1912 proved to be a hoax
- 23 Nov 1953 KVFD (now KTIN) TV channel 21 in Ft Dodge, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
- 24 Nov 1953 Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954
- 25 Nov 1953 Guys & Dolls closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 1200 performances
- 26 Nov 1953 KBOI (now KBCI) TV channel 2 in Boise, ID (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 28 Nov 1953 Wish You Were Here closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
- 29 Nov 1953 American Airlines begins 1st regular coml NY-LA air service
- 30 Nov 1953 French parachutist under Col De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu
- 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