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 in those months?
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Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Country: United States of America

Stalag 17

Stalag 17

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Country: United States of America

I Vitelloni

I Vitelloni

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

Country: United States of America

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1953 ?
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The Silent World by Jacques Yves Cousteau and Frederic Dumas

The Silent World

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Jacque Cousteau's underwater adventures with photographs

Angel Unaware by Dale Evans Rogers

Angel Unaware

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Entertainers Roy and Dale Evans Rogers were thrilled when their little daughter Robin was born. But their excitement turned to concern when they were informed that Robin was born with Down's

A House Is Not A Home by Polly Adler

A House Is Not A Home

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Polly Adler's "house"―the brothel that gave this best-selling 1953 autobiography its title―was a major site of New York City underworld activity from the 1920s through the 1940s.

The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power Of Positive Thinking

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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.

The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain

The Silver Chalice

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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 …

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
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1953?


Events

  • 01 Jan Ernest Blochs Suite Hebraique, premieres
  • 02 Jan NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • 03 Jan Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • 04 Jan KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 05 Jan 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 WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jan US President Harry Truman announces development of the hydrogen bomb.
  • 09 Jan Korean ferryboat Chang Tyong-Ho sank off Pusan killing 249
  • 10 Jan Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish.
  • 11 Jan J Edgar Hoover declines six-figure offer to become president of the International Boxing Club.
  • 12 Jan Estonian émigrés found a government in exile in Oslo.
  • 13 Jan KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 14 Jan WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Jan Sixteen-car Federal Express train loses brakes and crashes in Washington DC station.
  • 16 Jan KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC / CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Jan 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 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open.
  • 19 Jan Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary.
  • 20 Jan 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo, New York
  • 21 Jan John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State.
  • 22 Jan ''The Crucible'', a drama by Arthur Miller, opens on Broadway.
  • 23 Jan NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (later Indianapolis Colts).
  • 25 Jan WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 27 Jan Netherlands ends Marshall Plan aid.
  • 28 Jan WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 29 Jan First movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres.
  • 31 Jan Princess Victoria capsized off Stanraer Scotland
  • 01 Feb General Electric Theater premieres on CBS TV
  • 05 Feb Peter Pan by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, New York City
  • 06 Feb US controls on wages and some consumer goods are lifted.
  • 08 Feb WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • 09 Feb Adventures of Superman TV series premieres in syndication
  • 10 Feb Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Jean Westwood and Lawrence Demmy of Great Britain.
  • 11 Feb Hazel Flagg opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
  • 12 Feb USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 13 Feb Transsexual Christine Jorgenson returns to New York after successful sexual reassignment surgery in Denmark.
  • 16 Feb The Pakistan Academy of Sciences is established in Pakistan.
  • 17 Feb Baseball star / pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
  • 18 Feb Bwana Devil, the 1st 3-D movie, opened in New York
  • 19 Feb Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
  • 20 Feb 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 Maggie closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 25 Feb Wonderful Town opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances
  • 26 Feb Allen W Dulles is promoted from deputy to 5th director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 28 Feb Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev and Malenkov
  • 01 Mar KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Mar The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC.
  • 03 Mar Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block Saint Louis Browns' attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee.
  • 06 Mar Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR.
  • 08 Mar WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 09 Mar Josef Stalin buried in Moscow.
  • 11 Mar 1st woman army doctor commissioned (FM Adams)
  • 13 Mar The United Nations Security Council nominates Dag Hammarskjöld as United Nations Secretary General.
  • 14 Mar KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Mar West Germany loses in soccer to the Netherlands, 2-1
  • 17 Mar WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 18 Mar Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • 19 Mar 25th Academy Awards: Greatest Show on Earth, Gary Cooper and Shirley Booth win (first time televised).
  • 20 Mar Senator Edwin C Johnson offers a bill to give clubs the sole
  • 21 Mar NBA record 106 fouls and 12 players foul out (Boston Celtics - Syracuse Nationals).
  • 22 Mar Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open.
  • 24 Mar US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 25 Mar 26 – ''Lari Massacre'' in Kenya: Mau Mau rebels kill up to 150 Kikuyu natives.
  • 26 Mar Salk Polio vaccine announced
  • 27 Mar 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio, USA.
  • 28 Mar New Faces (of 1952) closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • 29 Mar A fire at the Littlefield Nursing Home in Largo, Florida kills 33 persons, including singer-songwriter Arthur Fields.
  • 31 Mar US Department of Health, Education and Welfare established.
  • 01 Apr KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Apr Raab forms his first government in Austria.
  • 04 Apr KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 05 Apr Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 08 Apr Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by Kenya's British rulers.
  • 09 Apr TV Guide publishes 1st issue
  • 10 Apr House of Wax, first 3-D movie, is released (New York City, New York).
  • 11 Apr Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, and Welfare
  • 12 Apr KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 13 Apr CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA.
  • 14 Apr WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
  • 15 Apr WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Apr British royal yacht Britannica taken out of service
  • 18 Apr Pal Joey closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • 19 Apr WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Apr 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51.
  • 23 Apr KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 25 Apr Scientists identify DNA
  • 27 Apr Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins the term "Pencil neck geek".
  • 29 Apr The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 30 Apr Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League.
  • 02 May 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02.
  • 03 May WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 04 May Pulitzer prize awarded to E Hemingway (Old Man & The Sea)
  • 05 May Aldous Huxley first tries the psychedelic hallucinogen mescaline, inspiring his book ''The Doors of Perception''.
  • 07 May Can Can opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • 08 May WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 09 May France agrees to the provisional independence of Cambodia with King Norodom Sihanouk.
  • 10 May KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 11 May Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles' domino theory.
  • 12 May KUHT TV channel 8 in Houston, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13 May New York Giants' Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each hit two homeruns and a triple.
  • 15 May Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1 for heavywgt boxing title
  • 17 May Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open.
  • 18 May 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
  • 19 May Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in Saint George, Utah).
  • 21 May French Government of Mayer resigns.
  • 22 May Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Washington 12-4
  • 23 May WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 24 May Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
  • 25 May 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • 26 May Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, two die.
  • 27 May Dutch social democratic / Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
  • 28 May Premiere of first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor: Melody.
  • 29 May 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 WSUN TV channel 38 in St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 01 Jun KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jun 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 Alexander Cartwright founded baseball and not Abner Doubleday
  • 04 Jun Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola to Chic
  • 05 Jun US Senate rejects China PR membership to UN
  • 07 Jun Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • 08 Jun Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court.
  • 09 Jun Milton Berle Show / Texaco Star Theater, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 13 Jun 53rd US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 283 at Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  • 14 Jun Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 15 Jun Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 and Browns 14-game losing streak
  • 16 Jun 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 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
  • 18 Jun 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 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Jun Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 23 Jun Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
  • 24 Jun KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 26 Jun KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 27 Jun Joseph Laniel becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • 29 Jun XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Jun 1st Corvette manufactured
  • 01 Jul KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Jul 67th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Vic Seixas beats Kurt Nielsen (97 63 64)
  • 04 Jul 60th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats D Hart (86 75)
  • 05 Jul Jackie Pung wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • 07 Jul 35th PGA Championship: Walter Burkemo at Birmingham Country Club - Michigan
  • 08 Jul US stops aid to Persia
  • 09 Jul First helicopter passenger service (New York City).
  • 10 Jul 82nd British Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 282 at Carnoustie Dai Rees
  • 12 Jul KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 14 Jul 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • 16 Jul KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 19 Jul KIMA TV channel 29 in Yakima, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Jul USSR / Israel recover diplomatic relations
  • 23 Jul Howard Hawks's musical film ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'', starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, is released by 20th Century Fox.
  • 24 Jul KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 25 Jul New York City Transit Authority raises transit fare from 10 to 15 cents, and debuts transit tokens.
  • 26 Jul Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution.
  • 27 Jul 1st insulin isolated by F Banting and C Best in Toronto
  • 29 Jul US bombers shot down at north of Wladiwostok
  • 31 Jul Department of Health, Education & Welfare created
  • 01 Aug Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
  • 02 Aug Betty Jack Davis, singer (w / Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • 03 Aug Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 04 Aug Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
  • 05 Aug Operation "Big Switch": Korean War prisoners exchanged at Panmunjom.
  • 06 Aug Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military
  • 07 Aug Eastern Airlines enters the jet age, uses Electra prop-jet.
  • 08 Aug US and South Korea initial a mutual security pact.
  • 09 Aug Premier Mohammed Abdullah of Kashmir, fired
  • 12 Aug Heavy earthquake strikes Isotope islands, 435 killed
  • 13 Aug 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations
  • 14 Aug 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
  • 16 Aug KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • 17 Aug Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 18 Aug The second Kinsey Report, ''Sexual Behavior in the Human Female'', is published in the US.
  • 19 Aug Cold War: the CIA helps to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • 20 Aug General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests Premier Mossadeq of Persia
  • 21 Aug Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed
  • 22 Aug France closes jail on Devil Island
  • 23 Aug Braves Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • 25 Aug The general strike ends in France.
  • 28 Aug Me & Juliet opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances
  • 29 Aug KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Aug Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in New York City
  • 31 Aug KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01 Sep Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship
  • 03 Sep French Minister Francois Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy
  • 04 Sep WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • 05 Sep US give Persian Premier Zahedi $45 million aid
  • 06 Sep Adenauers CDU wins elections in German FR
  • 07 Sep 67th US Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (62 64)
  • 08 Sep Carnival in Flanders opens at New Century Theater New York for 6 performances
  • 09 Sep KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 11 Sep KSBW TV channel 8 in Salinas-Monterey, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Sep Carnival in Flanders closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 13 Sep Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Philadelphia Athletics
  • 14 Sep Comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara marry
  • 15 Sep KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Sep Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player
  • 19 Sep Hazel Flagg closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
  • 20 Sep Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR
  • 21 Sep KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 22 Sep Islamic uprising in Atjeh at Indonesia
  • 23 Sep KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Sep Take a Giant Step, opens on Broadway
  • 26 Sep Billy Hunter is last St. Louis Browns player to homer in a game
  • 27 Sep KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, MO (CBS) begins
  • 28 Sep Bob & Ray Show, TV Variety
  • 29 Sep Buick-Berle Show, debuts on NBC-TV
  • 30 Sep Auguste / Jacques Piccard dives with bathosphere to 3150 m (record)
  • 01 Oct KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Oct Comedy in Music (Victor Borge) opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
  • 03 Oct 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal
  • 04 Oct Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)
  • 05 Oct The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
  • 06 Oct WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, Georgia (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Oct Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
  • 08 Oct WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins
  • 09 Oct British Premier Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution
  • 10 Oct Roland (Monty) Burton wins New Zealand air race in under 23 hours.
  • 12 Oct US and Greece signs peace treaty (US bases)
  • 13 Oct Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves-patented by Samuel Bagno.
  • 14 Oct 1st 3 Dutch female police officers go into service
  • 15 Oct KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Oct Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)
  • 18 Oct Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • 19 Oct First jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service.
  • 20 Oct WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Oct Laos gains full independence from France.
  • 23 Oct German FR applies to NATO
  • 24 Oct KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 25 Oct Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die
  • 27 Oct British nuclear test Totem 2 is carried out at Emu Field, South Australia.
  • 28 Oct Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees
  • 29 Oct A Baltimore group purchases St. Louis Browns
  • 30 Oct Dr Albert Schweitzer and General George C Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 31 Oct TV broadcasting begins in Belgium
  • 01 Nov Emile Zatopek runs world record 10K (29:01.6) and 6 mile (28:08.4)
  • 02 Nov Pakistan becomes Islamic Republic
  • 03 Nov 1939 sacrifice fly rule restored: no time at bat for sac fly
  • 04 Nov Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of Philadelphia Athletics
  • 05 Nov Nobel prize for physics awarded / appended on Frederik Zernicke
  • 06 Nov French National Meeting grants Saarland more autonomy
  • 07 Nov WIS TV channel 10 in Columbia, SC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 08 Nov Salazars party wins all parliament seats in Portugal
  • 09 Nov Cambodia (now Kampuchea) gains independence within French Union
  • 10 Nov Giants end their tour of Japan (players got $331 of $3,000 promised)
  • 11 Nov Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as Baltimore Orioles manager
  • 12 Nov David Ben-Gurion, resigns as Premier of Israel
  • 14 Nov WCIA TV channel 3 in Champaign, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Nov WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 17 Nov St. Louis Browns officially become the Baltimore Baseball Club Inc
  • 18 Nov Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
  • 19 Nov US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
  • 20 Nov Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, first to break Mach 2 (1300mph).
  • 21 Nov Pitdown Man, discovered in 1912 proved to be a hoax
  • 23 Nov KVFD (now KTIN) TV channel 21 in Ft Dodge, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 24 Nov Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954
  • 25 Nov Guys & Dolls closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 1200 performances
  • 26 Nov KBOI (now KBCI) TV channel 2 in Boise, ID (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 28 Nov Wish You Were Here closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 29 Nov American Airlines begins 1st regular coml NY-LA air service
  • 30 Nov French parachutist under Col De Castries attacks Dien Bien Phu
  • 01 Dec WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 02 Dec The United Kingdom and Iran reform diplomatic relations.
  • 03 Dec Kismet opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances
  • 06 Dec 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 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 08 Dec 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB).
  • 09 Dec General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired.
  • 10 Dec KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 12 Dec Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  • 13 Dec KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 14 Dec Brooklyn Dodgers signs pitcher Sandy Koufax.
  • 15 Dec WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, Florida (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Dec First White House Press Conference (President Dwight Eisenhower and 161 reporters).
  • 17 Dec US Federal Communications Commission approves RCA's black and white-compatible color TV specifications.
  • 18 Dec KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Dec KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • 21 Dec KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC / PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Dec Jack Dunn III, owner of Baltimore Orioles in International League, turns name over to newly relocated Saint Louis Browns.
  • 23 Dec Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Junior Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 24 Dec KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 25 Dec Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand).
  • 27 Dec Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game.
  • 28 Dec WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 30 Dec The first colour television sets go on sale for about $1,175 (American dollars).
  • 31 Dec Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough President