What Happened in 1953

Significant Events

  • Jan 7 US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb
  • Feb 21 Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
  • Mar 26 Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio
  • Apr 25 Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine
  • May 29 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition
  • Jun 2 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey
  • Jul 26 Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the "26th of July Movement," against Fulgenico Batista's regime in Cuba
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Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the UN in New York.

On December 8, 1953

World Leaders in 1953

Famous People in 1953

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage
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