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1953

The 1950s saw the battle between communism and capitalism heat-up.

1953

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.

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

Country: United States

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The War of the Worlds

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne

Country: United States

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The Big Heat

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando

Country: United States

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House of Wax

Directed by: Andre de Toth

Starring: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1953 ?

Steamboat Gothic

By: Frances Parkinson Keyes

This was the first of Frances Parkinson Keyes novels that I ever read. I was entranced with the Southern locale and the people depicted in the novel.

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The Caine Mutiny

By: Herman Wouk

The Novel that Inspired the Now-Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon ...

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A Man Called Peter

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

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The Power Of Positive Thinking

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.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1953 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Robert
  2. James
  3. Michael
  4. John
  5. David
  6. William
  7. Richard
  8. Thomas
  9. Charles
  10. Gary
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Linda
  3. Deborah
  4. Patricia
  5. Susan
  6. Barbara
  7. Debra
  8. Nancy
  9. Karen
  10. Pamela

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