1953: On This Year


1953 (MCMLIII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1953th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1953 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1953 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1953, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1953, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1953, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1953, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1953.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1953 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1953 known for ?

  • 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.

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1953: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1953, during the 26th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 25/03/1954 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1953:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1953?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to From Here to Eternity, directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1953?

The Oscar for Best Director went to Fred Zinnemann, for the movie From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1953?

The Oscar for Best Actor went to William Holden, for the movie Stalag 17, starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1953?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Audrey Hepburn, for the movie Roman Holiday, starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1953?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Frank Sinatra, for the movie From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1953?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Donna Reed, for the movie From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed produced in the United States of America.
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1953: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Konrad Adenauer
In 1953, Konrad Adenauer was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. In 1953, Adenauer was re-elected as Chancellor of West Germany.

1953: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1953 were:

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim


Jim, a young British seaman, abandons a ship full of pilgrims, but the passengers are later saved, leading to his public censure. Joseph Conrad, a Polish author who wrote in English, is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of …

The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day Of The Jackal


THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FOSTER"The Day of the Jackal makes comparable books like The Manchurian Candidate or The Spy Who Came in From the Cold look like Hardy Boy mysteries The

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being


Milan Kundera's The Unbearable lightness of Being tells the story about a young woman who falls in love with a man who is unable to choose between his love for her or his incorrigible womanizing.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History


Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize 2014 for her novel The Goldfinch. She established herself as an important talent with The Secret History which is now a modern classic.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



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1953: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1953?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1953 was the Year of the Snake.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Snake sign.

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1953: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

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1953: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1953 were Robert, James and Michael for boys and Mary, Linda and Deborah for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1953: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1953 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Robert
  • James
  • Michael
  • John
  • David
  • William
  • Richard
  • Thomas
  • Charles
  • Gary

1953: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1953 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Linda
  • Deborah
  • Patricia
  • Susan
  • Barbara
  • Debra
  • Nancy
  • Karen
  • Pamela

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1953: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1953, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was I Believe by Frankie Laine

1953: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1953 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. I Believe by Frankie Laine
  2. That's Amore by Dean Martin
  3. Changing Partners by Kay Starr
  4. Stranger In Paradise by Tony Bennett
  5. Oh! My Pa-pa by Eddie Fisher
  6. Oh, Mein Papa by Eddie Calvert
  7. The Gang That Sang Heart of My Heart by Four Aces
  8. Woman by Johnny Desmond
  9. Stranger In Paradise by Tony Martin
  10. Downhearted by Eddie Fisher

1953: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1953, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was I Believe by Frankie Laine

1953: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1953 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. I Believe by Frankie Laine
  2. Terry's Theme (From 'Limelight') by Frank Chacksfield
  3. The Song From The Moulin Rouge by Mantovani
  4. I'm Walking Behind You by Eddie Fisher With Sally Sweetland
  5. She Wears Red Feathers by Guy Mitchell
  6. Outside Of Heaven by Eddie Fisher
  7. Because You're Mine by Mario Lanza
  8. Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes by Perry Como & The Ramblers
  9. Look At That Girl by Guy Mitchell
  10. Comes A-Long A-Love by Kay Starr

1953: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1953 were:


Release year: 1953

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Country: United States of America

From Here to Eternity

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Country: United States of America

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

Country: United States of America

House of Wax

Release year: 1953

Directed by: André De Toth

Starring: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones

Country: United States of America

How to Marry a Millionaire

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne

Country: United States of America

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1953: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1953 was 2,677,608,960 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 31.0% of the total population, which is roughly 830.1 million individuals.The annual population change in 1953 was an increase of +46.8 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.78% over the previous year.The average population density in 1953 was 11 persons per square mile (or 18 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1953?

Here's what happened in 1953:

  • Jan 1, 1953: Ernest Blochs Suite Hebraique, premieres
  • Jan 2, 1953: NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • Jan 3, 1953: Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • Jan 4, 1953: KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 5, 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.
  • Jan 6, 1953: WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7, 1953: US President Harry Truman announces development of the hydrogen bomb.
  • Jan 9, 1953: Korean ferryboat Chang Tyong-Ho sank off Pusan killing 249
  • Jan 10, 1953: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish.
  • Jan 11, 1953: J Edgar Hoover declines six-figure offer to become president of the International Boxing Club.
  • Jan 12, 1953: Estonian émigrés found a government in exile in Oslo.
  • Jan 13, 1953: KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14, 1953: WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15, 1953: Sixteen-car Federal Express train loses brakes and crashes in Washington DC station.
  • Jan 16, 1953: KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 17, 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.
  • Jan 18, 1953: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
  • Jan 19, 1953: Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary.
  • Jan 20, 1953: 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 21, 1953: John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State.
  • Jan 22, 1953: ''The Crucible'', a drama by Arthur Miller, opens on Broadway.
  • Jan 23, 1953: NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (later Indianapolis Colts).
  • Jan 25, 1953: WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 27, 1953: Netherlands ends Marshall Plan aid.
  • Jan 28, 1953: WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 29, 1953: First movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres.
  • Jan 31, 1953: Princess Victoria capsized off Stanraer Scotland
  • Feb 1, 1953: General Electric Theater premieres on CBS TV
  • Feb 5, 1953: Peter Pan by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, New York City
  • Feb 6, 1953: US controls on wages and some consumer goods are lifted.
  • Feb 8, 1953: WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • Feb 9, 1953: Adventures of Superman TV series premieres in syndication
  • Feb 10, 1953: Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Jean Westwood and Lawrence Demmy of Great Britain.
  • Feb 11, 1953: Hazel Flagg opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
  • Feb 12, 1953: USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • Feb 13, 1953: Transsexual Christine Jorgenson returns to New York after successful sexual reassignment surgery in Denmark.
  • Feb 16, 1953: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences is established in Pakistan.
  • Feb 17, 1953: Baseball star / pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
  • Feb 18, 1953: Bwana Devil, the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York
  • Feb 19, 1953: Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
  • Feb 20, 1953: US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling.
  • Feb 21, 1953: Maggie closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 25, 1953: Wonderful Town opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances
  • Feb 26, 1953: Allen W Dulles is promoted from deputy to 5th director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Feb 28, 1953: Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev and Malenkov
  • Mar 1, 1953: KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 2, 1953: The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC.
  • Mar 3, 1953: Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block Saint Louis Browns' attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee.
  • Mar 6, 1953: Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR.
  • Mar 8, 1953: WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 9, 1953: Josef Stalin buried in Moscow.
  • Mar 11, 1953: 1st woman army doctor commissioned
  • Mar 13, 1953: The United Nations Security Council nominates Dag Hammarskjöld as United Nations Secretary General.
  • Mar 14, 1953: KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15, 1953: West Germany loses in soccer to the Netherlands, 2-1
  • Mar 17, 1953: WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18, 1953: Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • Mar 19, 1953: 25th Academy Awards: Greatest Show on Earth, Gary Cooper and Shirley Booth win (first time televised).
  • Mar 20, 1953: Senator Edwin C Johnson offers a bill to give clubs the sole
  • Mar 21, 1953: NBA record 106 fouls and 12 players foul out (Boston Celtics - Syracuse Nationals).
  • Mar 22, 1953: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open.
  • Mar 24, 1953: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • Mar 25, 1953: 26 – ''Lari Massacre'' in Kenya: Mau Mau rebels kill up to 150 Kikuyu natives.
  • Mar 26, 1953: Salk Polio vaccine announced
  • Mar 27, 1953: 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio, USA.
  • Mar 28, 1953: New Faces (of 1952) closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • Mar 29, 1953: A fire at the Littlefield Nursing Home in Largo, Florida kills 33 persons, including singer-songwriter Arthur Fields.
  • Mar 31, 1953: US Department of Health, Education and Welfare established.
  • Apr 1, 1953: KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2, 1953: Raab forms his first government in Austria.
  • Apr 4, 1953: KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5, 1953: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 8, 1953: Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by Kenya's British rulers.
  • Apr 9, 1953: TV Guide publishes 1st issue
  • Apr 10, 1953: House of Wax, first 3-D movie, is released (New York City, New York).
  • Apr 11, 1953: Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Apr 12, 1953: KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 13, 1953: CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program Project MKUltra.
  • Apr 14, 1953: WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
  • Apr 15, 1953: WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16, 1953: British royal yacht Britannica taken out of service
  • Apr 18, 1953: Pal Joey closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • Apr 19, 1953: WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 20, 1953: 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51.
  • Apr 23, 1953: KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25, 1953: Scientists identify DNA
  • Apr 27, 1953: Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins the term "Pencil neck geek".
  • Apr 29, 1953: The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast shows an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • Apr 30, 1953: Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League.
  • May 2, 1953: 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02.
  • May 3, 1953: WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 4, 1953: Pulitzer prize awarded to E Hemingway
  • May 5, 1953: Aldous Huxley first tries the psychedelic hallucinogen mescaline, inspiring his book ''The Doors of Perception''.
  • May 7, 1953: Can Can opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • May 8, 1953: WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 9, 1953: France agrees to the provisional independence of Cambodia with King Norodom Sihanouk.
  • May 10, 1953: KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 11, 1953: Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles' domino theory.
  • May 12, 1953: KUHT TV channel 8 in Houston, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 13, 1953: New York Giants' Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each hit two homeruns and a triple.
  • May 15, 1953: Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1 for heavywgt boxing title
  • May 17, 1953: Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open.
  • May 18, 1953: 1st woman to break sound barrier
  • May 19, 1953: Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in Saint George, Utah).
  • May 21, 1953: French Government of Mayer resigns.
  • May 22, 1953: Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Washington 12-4
  • May 23, 1953: WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 24, 1953: Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
  • May 25, 1953: 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • May 26, 1953: Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, two die.
  • May 27, 1953: Dutch social democratic / Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
  • May 28, 1953: Premiere of first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor: Melody.
  • May 29, 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.
  • May 31, 1953: WSUN TV channel 38 in St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 1, 1953: KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 2, 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.
  • Jun 3, 1953: Alexander Cartwright founded baseball and not Abner Doubleday
  • Jun 4, 1953: Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola to Chic
  • Jun 5, 1953: US Senate rejects China PR membership to UN
  • Jun 7, 1953: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jun 8, 1953: Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court.
  • Jun 9, 1953: Milton Berle Show / Texaco Star Theater, last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 13, 1953: 53rd US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 283 at Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 14, 1953: Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 15, 1953: Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 and Browns 14-game losing streak
  • Jun 16, 1953: Despite Johnny Mize 2,000th hit, Yanks lose ending 18 game win streak and also ending St. Louis Browns 14 game losing streak
  • Jun 17, 1953: Most runs scored in 1 inning
  • Jun 18, 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
  • Jun 19, 1953: WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 20, 1953: Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 23, 1953: Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
  • Jun 24, 1953: KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 26, 1953: KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 27, 1953: Joseph Laniel becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • Jun 29, 1953: XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 30, 1953: 1st Corvette manufactured
  • Jul 1, 1953: KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 3, 1953: 67th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Vic Seixas beats Kurt Nielsen
  • Jul 4, 1953: 60th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats D Hart
  • Jul 5, 1953: Jackie Pung wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jul 7, 1953: 35th PGA Championship: Walter Burkemo at Birmingham Country Club - Michigan
  • Jul 8, 1953: US stops aid to Persia
  • Jul 9, 1953: First helicopter passenger service (New York City).
  • Jul 10, 1953: 82nd British Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 282 at Carnoustie Dai Rees
  • Jul 12, 1953: KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 14, 1953: 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • Jul 16, 1953: KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 19, 1953: KIMA TV channel 29 in Yakima, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 20, 1953: USSR / Israel recover diplomatic relations
  • Jul 23, 1953: Howard Hawks's musical film ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'', starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, is released by 20th Century Fox.
  • Jul 24, 1953: KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 25, 1953: New York City Transit Authority raises transit fare from 10 to 15 cents, and debuts transit tokens.
  • Jul 26, 1953: Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution.
  • Jul 27, 1953: 1st insulin isolated by F Banting and C Best in Toronto
  • Jul 29, 1953: US bombers shot down at north of Wladiwostok
  • Jul 31, 1953: Department of Health, Education & Welfare created
  • Aug 1, 1953: Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
  • Aug 2, 1953: Betty Jack Davis, singer (w / Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • Aug 3, 1953: Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Aug 4, 1953: Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
  • Aug 5, 1953: Operation "Big Switch": Korean War prisoners exchanged at Panmunjom.
  • Aug 6, 1953: Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military
  • Aug 7, 1953: Eastern Airlines enters the jet age, uses Electra prop-jet.
  • Aug 8, 1953: US and South Korea initial a mutual security pact.
  • Aug 9, 1953: Premier Mohammed Abdullah of Kashmir, fired
  • Aug 12, 1953: Heavy earthquake strikes Isotope islands, 435 killed
  • Aug 13, 1953: 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations
  • Aug 14, 1953: 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10
  • Aug 16, 1953: KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • Aug 17, 1953: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place, in Southern California.
  • Aug 18, 1953: The second Kinsey Report, ''Sexual Behavior in the Human Female'', is published in the US.
  • Aug 19, 1953: Cold War: The CIA and MI6 help to overthrow the government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • Aug 20, 1953: General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests Premier Mossadeq of Persia
  • Aug 21, 1953: Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed
  • Aug 22, 1953: France closes jail on Devil Island
  • Aug 23, 1953: Braves Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • Aug 25, 1953: The general strike ends in France.
  • Aug 28, 1953: Me & Juliet opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances
  • Aug 29, 1953: KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 30, 1953: Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in New York City
  • Aug 31, 1953: KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1, 1953: Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship
  • Sep 3, 1953: French Minister Francois Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy
  • Sep 4, 1953: WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • Sep 5, 1953: US give Persian Premier Zahedi $45 million aid
  • Sep 6, 1953: Adenauers CDU wins elections in German FR
  • Sep 7, 1953: 67th US Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart
  • Sep 8, 1953: Carnival in Flanders opens at New Century Theater New York for 6 performances
  • Sep 9, 1953: KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11, 1953: KSBW TV channel 8 in Salinas-Monterey, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12, 1953: Carnival in Flanders closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Sep 13, 1953: Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Philadelphia Athletics
  • Sep 14, 1953: Comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara marry
  • Sep 15, 1953: KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17, 1953: Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
  • Sep 19, 1953: Hazel Flagg closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
  • Sep 20, 1953: Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR
  • Sep 21, 1953: KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 22, 1953: Islamic uprising in Atjeh at Indonesia
  • Sep 23, 1953: KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24, 1953: Take a Giant Step, opens on Broadway
  • Sep 26, 1953: Billy Hunter is last St. Louis Browns player to homer in a game
  • Sep 27, 1953: KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, MO (CBS) begins
  • Sep 28, 1953: Bob & Ray Show, TV Variety
  • Sep 29, 1953: Buick-Berle Show, debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 30, 1953: Auguste / Jacques Piccard dives with bathosphere to 3150 m
  • Oct 1, 1953: KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2, 1953: Comedy in Music (Victor Borge) opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
  • Oct 3, 1953: 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 4, 1953: Jim Peters runs world record marathon
  • Oct 5, 1953: The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
  • Oct 6, 1953: WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, Georgia (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7, 1953: Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
  • Oct 8, 1953: WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
  • Oct 9, 1953: British Premier Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution
  • Oct 10, 1953: Roland (Monty) Burton wins New Zealand air race in under 23 hours.
  • Oct 12, 1953: US and Greece signs peace treaty
  • Oct 13, 1953: Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves-patented by Samuel Bagno.
  • Oct 14, 1953: 1st 3 Dutch female police officers go into service
  • Oct 15, 1953: KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 16, 1953: Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years
  • Oct 18, 1953: Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • Oct 19, 1953: First jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service.
  • Oct 20, 1953: WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 22, 1953: Laos gains full independence from France.
  • Oct 23, 1953: German FR applies to NATO
  • Oct 24, 1953: KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 25, 1953: Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die
  • Oct 27, 1953: British nuclear test Totem 2 is carried out at Emu Field, South Australia.
  • Oct 28, 1953: Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees
  • Oct 29, 1953: A Baltimore group purchases St. Louis Browns
  • Oct 30, 1953: Dr Albert Schweitzer and General George C Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Oct 31, 1953: TV broadcasting begins in Belgium
  • Nov 1, 1953: Emile Zatopek runs world record 10K (29:01.6) and 6 mile (28:08.4)
  • Nov 2, 1953: Pakistan becomes Islamic Republic
  • Nov 3, 1953: 1939 sacrifice fly rule restored: no time at bat for sac fly
  • Nov 4, 1953: Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of Philadelphia Athletics
  • Nov 5, 1953: Nobel prize for physics awarded / appended on Frederik Zernicke
  • Nov 6, 1953: French National Meeting grants Saarland more autonomy
  • Nov 7, 1953: WIS TV channel 10 in Columbia, SC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 8, 1953: Salazars party wins all parliament seats in Portugal
  • Nov 9, 1953: Cambodia (now Kampuchea) gains independence within French Union
  • Nov 10, 1953: Giants end their tour of Japan
  • Nov 11, 1953: Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as Baltimore Orioles manager
  • Nov 12, 1953: David Ben-Gurion, resigns as Premier of Israel
  • Nov 14, 1953: WCIA TV channel 3 in Champaign, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 15, 1953: WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 17, 1953: St. Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
  • Nov 18, 1953: Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
  • Nov 19, 1953: US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
  • Nov 20, 1953: Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, first to break Mach 2 (1300mph).
  • Nov 21, 1953: Pitdown Man, discovered in 1912 proved to be a hoax
  • Nov 23, 1953: KVFD (now KTIN) TV channel 21 in Ft Dodge, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 24, 1953: Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954
  • Nov 25, 1953: Guys & Dolls closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 1200 performances
  • Nov 26, 1953: KBOI (now KBCI) TV channel 2 in Boise, ID (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28, 1953: Wish You Were Here closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • Nov 29, 1953: American Airlines begins 1st regular coml NY-LA air service
  • Nov 30, 1953: French parachutist under Col De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu
  • Dec 1, 1953: WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 2, 1953: The United Kingdom and Iran reform diplomatic relations.
  • Dec 3, 1953: Kismet opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances
  • Dec 6, 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.
  • Dec 7, 1953: WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 8, 1953: 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB).
  • Dec 9, 1953: General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired.
  • Dec 10, 1953: KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 12, 1953: Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  • Dec 13, 1953: KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14, 1953: Brooklyn Dodgers signs pitcher Sandy Koufax.
  • Dec 15, 1953: WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, Florida (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 16, 1953: First White House Press Conference (President Dwight Eisenhower and 161 reporters).
  • Dec 17, 1953: US Federal Communications Commission approves RCA's black and white-compatible color TV specifications.
  • Dec 18, 1953: KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19, 1953: KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20, 1953: KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • Dec 21, 1953: KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC / PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22, 1953: Jack Dunn III, owner of Baltimore Orioles in International League, turns name over to newly relocated Saint Louis Browns.
  • Dec 23, 1953: Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Junior Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Dec 24, 1953: KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 25, 1953: Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand).
  • Dec 27, 1953: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game.
  • Dec 28, 1953: WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 30, 1953: The first colour television sets go on sale for about $1,175 (American dollars).
  • Dec 31, 1953: Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough President
  • Jan 5, 1953: The play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett receives its première in Paris.


What does the year 1953 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1953 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 54th year of the 20th century and the 3rd year of the 1950s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1952 and precedes 1954.

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