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.
Discover how USA looked like in 1953
Have a look at the old newspapers from 1953 and get them!
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Starring: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake
Country: United States
Directed by: Bimal Roy
Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray
Which were the top hits of 1953 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 1953 ?
By: Catherine Marshall
In the Preface to A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall tells of a dream she had after Peter Marshall's death: Peter was working in a rose garden and said playfully, "I
By: Norman Vincent Peale
An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr.
By: Thomas B. Costain
The latest release in the Christian Epic series is an exciting novel that takes place shortly after Christ's death and resurrection. Basil is called to design the case which will hold the silver cup that Christ and His disciples drank ...
By: Jacques Yves Cousteau and Frederic Dumas
Jacque Cousteau's underwater adventures with photographs
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1953 in the USA ?
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1953