What Happened in 1953

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 609

  • Jan 1st Ernest Blochs "Suite Hebraique," premieres
  • Jan 1st WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 1st The Bantu Education Act (later renamed the Black Education Act) commenced, providing the legal underpinning of several aspects of the apartheid system, most importantly in education
  • Jan 1st The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • Jan 1st 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
  • Jan 1st 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
  • Jan 1st 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
  • Jan 2nd NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • Jan 3rd Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • Jan 4th KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 5th -6] Passenger ships Willem Ruys & Orange collide in the Red Sea

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Jan 5th Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot" premieres in Paris

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Jan 6th WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6th The first Asian Socialist Conference opens in Burma

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Jan 7th US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jan 8th Indians bar night games with Browns (who refuse to share TV receipts)
  • Jan 8th René Mayer forms French government
  • Jan 9th Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • Jan 9th Korean ferryboat "Chang Tyong-Ho" sank off Pusan killing 249
  • Jan 10th "My Darlin' Aida" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 89 performances
  • Jan 10th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish
  • Jan 10th NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 27-7

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Jan 11th J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Jan 12th 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
  • Jan 13th Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14
  • Jan 13th KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 13th Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia
  • Jan 13th 3rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 79-75 at Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Jan 14th Vaughan William's "Sinfonia Antartica" premieres in Manchester
  • Jan 14th WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14th Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)
  • Jan 15th 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station
  • Jan 15th GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
  • Jan 15th East Germany purges senior officials, accused of spying for 'imperialistic powers' and plotting against the state
  • Jan 16th Egyptian Premier Gen Naguib disbands all political parties
  • Jan 16th KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 17th 41st Women's Australian Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Julia Sampson (6-3, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 17th 41st Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

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Jan 20th 1st live US coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 21st John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State

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Jan 22nd Arthur Miller's "Crucible" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Jan 22nd 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • Jan 23rd Bobby Simpson makes 1st-class debut for NSW 16 yrs 357 days
  • Jan 23rd NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 23rd NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conf
  • Jan 25th WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25th Yuri Sergejev skates world record 500m in 40.9 sec
  • Jan 27th Netherlands end Marshall aid
  • Jan 28th J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jan 28th WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28th 19-year old Derek Bentley is hanged in Wandsworth Prison, London, controversially convicted of the murder of a police officer. He was pardoned on 30th July 1998.
  • Jan 31st "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die
  • Jan 31st Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
  • Jan 31st NY, Cleveland, & Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues
  • Feb 1st "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

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Feb 1st "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Feb 1st Dr A de Waal appointed as Netherlands' first female assistant secretary of state
  • Feb 1st Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835
  • Feb 1st WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3rd J Fred Muggs, a chimp, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
  • Feb 5th "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC
  • Feb 5th 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell & Helen Hayes win
  • Feb 5th Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
  • Feb 6th Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at 17 yrs 239 days, youngest Aussie
  • Feb 6th US controls on wages & some consumer goods lifted
  • Feb 8th Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 8th WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • Feb 9th "Adventures of Superman" TV series premieres in syndication
  • Feb 9th WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9th General Walter Bedell Smith, USA, ends term as 4th director of CIA Allen W Dulles, becomes acting director of CIA
  • Feb 10th Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • Feb 10th Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Jennifer & John Nicks of GRB
  • Feb 10th Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Tenley Albright USA
  • Feb 10th Men's Figure Skating Champion in Davos won by Hayes Alan Jenkins USA
  • Feb 11th J Styne/B Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
  • Feb 11th President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
  • Feb 11th USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Feb 12th USSR breaks relations with Israel
  • Feb 13th A's change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium

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Feb 16th Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 17th DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
  • Feb 18th "Maggie" opens at National Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 18th KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 18th Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film,"Bwana Devil" (NYC)
  • Feb 19th Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
  • Feb 19th William Inge's "Picnic" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20th August A Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million
  • Feb 20th US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • Feb 21st "Maggie" closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances

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Feb 21st Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
Molecular biologist James Watson
Molecular biologist
James Watson
  • Feb 21st Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • Feb 25th "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances
  • Feb 26th Allen W Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
  • Feb 26th 10th Golden Globes: The Greatest Show on Earth, Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 28th Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev & Malenkov

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Mar 1st Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 1st KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 672

  • Jan 1st Alpha Blondy, [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • Jan 1st Kevin Hangon, composer
  • Jan 1st Rochelle S Abramson, violinist
  • Jan 1st Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • Jan 3rd Angelo Parisi, France, heavyweight judo (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Jan 4th Norberto Alonso, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 5th Pamela Sue Martin, Westport Ct, actress (Nancy Drew, Fallon-Dynasty)
  • Jan 5th Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers)
  • Jan 5th Mike Rann, Australian politician
  • Jan 5th George Tenet, American CIA director
  • Jan 6th Malcolm Young, guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 7th Agha Zahid, cricketer (open batting for Pak v WI 1975, scored 14 & 1)
  • Jan 7th Earl Wilber Force "Wire" Lindo, rocker (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
  • Jan 8th Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
  • Jan 9th Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author
  • Jan 10th Bobby Rahal, Indy-car racer (over 15 wins)
  • Jan 10th Pat Benatar, [Andrezejewski], American singer (Hell Is for Children), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 11th Anna Marchesini, Italian entertainer
  • Jan 11th John Sessions, Scottish actor
  • Jan 15th Boris Blank, rocker (Yello)
  • Jan 15th Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 15th Kent Hovind, American evangelist
  • Jan 15th Ta-Tanisha, American actress
  • Jan 16th Robert Jay Mathews, American neo-Nazi (d. 1984)
  • Jan 17th Sheila Hutchinson, rocker
  • Jan 18th Brett Hudson, Portland Ore, comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show)
  • Jan 19th Linda Hayden, Stanmore, Middlesex, English actress (The Blood on Satan's Claw, The Boys from Brazil)
  • Jan 19th Desi Arnaz Jr, actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19th Richard Legendre, Canadian politician
  • Jan 21st Fausto Bara, Mexico, actor (Gaucho-Renegades)
  • Jan 21st Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft
  • Jan 22nd Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)
  • Jan 22nd Jim Jarmusch, American director
  • Jan 23rd Lamont Robin Zander, rocker (Cheap Trick)
  • Jan 23rd Pat Haden, Westbury, NY, NFL quarterback (LA Rams)
  • Jan 23rd Antonio Villaraigosa, Hispanic-American 52nd Mayor of Los Angeles

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 23rd Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine (1996-97), born in Karpivka

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • Jan 24th Brian Matthews, actor (Burning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25th Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • Jan 25th The Honky Tonk Man, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 25th Mark Weil, Uzbek theatre director (d. 2007)
  • Jan 26th Andrée van Es, Dutch MP (PSP), born in The Hague
  • Jan 26th Bert Heerink, Amsterdam, rock vocalist
  • Jan 26th Lucinda Williams, singer
  • Jan 26th Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
  • Jan 28th Debbie Steinbach, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 29th Dalila di Lazzaro, Udine Italy, covergirl/model (Vogue)
  • Jan 29th Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist
  • Jan 29th Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
  • Jan 29th Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 30th Fred Hembeck, Yaphank, New York, American cartoonist
  • Jan 31st Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)
  • Feb 1st Andy Mill, skier/husband of Chris Everet
  • Feb 1st C A Barnett, headmaster (Whitgift School)
  • Feb 1st Brendan Batson, English former footballer
  • Feb 2nd James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • Feb 2nd Penny Pulz, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 2nd Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • Feb 3rd Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • Feb 4th Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • Feb 4th Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • Feb 5th John Beilein, American basketball coach
  • Feb 6th Susie Hutchison, Flintridge California, equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96)
  • Feb 7th Robert Brazile, NFLer
  • Feb 7th Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • Feb 8th Mary Steenburgen, Newport Ark, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)
  • Feb 8th Roger Clavet, Québécois politician
  • Feb 9th André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • Feb 9th Antonius GM "Toon" Agterberg, Dutch actor (Hunk)
  • Feb 9th Gary Franks, (Rep-R-Connecticut)
  • Feb 9th Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
  • Feb 10th Carl Joseph Stone, composer
  • Feb 10th John Shirley, US, sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona)
  • Feb 11th Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)
  • Feb 11th Philip Anglim, actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 11th Stephen D Thorne, Frankfurt-on-Main, German FR, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11th [John Ellis] Jeb Bush, American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • Feb 12th Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12th Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • Feb 12th Robin Thomas, American actor
  • Feb 13th Sharon Wyatt, Lebanon Tenn, actress (Tiffany-General Hospital)
  • Feb 13th Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor)
  • Feb 13th Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
  • Feb 14th Wayne Siegel, composer
  • Feb 15th Derek Conway, British MP
  • Feb 15th Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 16th Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • Feb 16th George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
  • Feb 16th Mike Ford, Canadian Tour golfer (1976 Port Jefferson Open), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 16th Roberta Williams, computer game designer
  • Feb 17th Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 18th Derek Pellicci, rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way)
  • Feb 18th Nico Arzbach, rock guitarist/singer (Stampei, Dike)
  • Feb 18th Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet)
  • Feb 19th Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • Feb 19th Cristina Elisabet Fernández - Argentinian politician
  • Feb 19th Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, politician, President of Argentina (2007-2015), born in La Plata, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 20th Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20th Riccardo Chailly, Milan Italy, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orch)
  • Feb 20th Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 15th Cricketer Richie Benaud (22) weds Marcia Lavender at the Wesley Church in Sydney, Australia

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14th Actress Agnes Moorehead (52) weds actor/film director Robert Gist (35)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6th MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (22) weds Mollye Louise

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9th Biologist Alexander Fleming (71) weds doctor Amalia Koutsouri-Vourekas (41)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 15th Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • May 23rd John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 15th Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke (35) weds Marilyn Torgenson in New York

Sci-Fi Author Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Sir Arthur C. Clarke

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 18th Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 19th Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia

Singer James Brown
James Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 2nd British writer ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") Ronald Dhal marries American actress Patricia Neal

Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 2nd Author Roald Dahl (36) weds stage actress Patricia Neal (27) at Trinity Church in New York

Author Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
  • Jul 6th "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 6th NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Aug 30th Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 3rd Explorer Edmund Hillary (34) weds Louise Mary Rose

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 8th Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 12th American Senator John F. Kennedy (36) weds Jacqueline Bouvier (24) in Newport, Rhode Island

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
US First Lady
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Sep 24th Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 25th Statesman Mikhail Gorbachev (22) weds Raisa Maximovna (21) at a Komsomol wedding ceremony

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29th US Senator Joseph McCarthy (43) weds researcher Jean Kerr at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3rd MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6th MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26th Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 8th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 27th Broadcasting pioneer Roone Arledge (22) weds Joan Heise at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 174

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1st Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Jan 4th Arthur Hoyt, actor (Gold Rush Gertie, Lost World), dies at 78
  • Jan 7th Osa Johnson, American explorer (b. 1894)
  • Jan 8th Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 8th Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • Jan 9th Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • Jan 10th Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 11th Ernst H Ridder Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • Jan 11th Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 58
  • Jan 11th Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • Jan 12th Simeon Roncal, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 13th Paul Niggli, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • Jan 15th Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 24th [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
  • Jan 26th Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet/interpreter/linguist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26th Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • Jan 28th James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • Jan 28th Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • Jan 30th Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Feb 2nd Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 4th Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • Feb 8th Cliff Clark, actor (Golden Hoofs, Kid Glove Killer), dies at 63
  • Feb 24th Karl R G von Rundstedt, Germ gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
  • Feb 25th Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26th Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • Mar 1st Anton GO Ridder Van Rappard, painter/lithographer/etcher, dies
  • Mar 2nd Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 3rd James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 5th Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-53), dies at 73

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 5th Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61
  • Mar 5th Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • Mar 10th Charles Gordon Curtis, inventor of (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
  • Mar 14th Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia, dies at 56
  • Mar 17th Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 20th Graciliano Ramos, Brazilian author (Vidas Secas), dies at 60
  • Mar 22nd James Anderson II, (Jo-Northern Exposure), dies
  • Mar 23rd Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • Mar 24th Mary, [Victoria Mary] of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • Mar 24th Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • Mar 24th Mary, queen of Great-Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 85
  • Mar 26th Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27th Narciso Garay, composer, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 28th Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), dies at 64

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Mar 30th Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 2nd Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • Apr 4th Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • Apr 4th Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • Apr 6th Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 11th Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • Apr 14th Emmanuel K de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • Apr 20th Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22nd Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 29th Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • May 4th Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic, dies at 60
  • May 4th Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • May 7th Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 11th Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • May 14th Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • May 16th Django Reinhardt, Belgian musician (b. 1910)
  • May 17th Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • May 18th Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 19th Damasco Berenguer y Fuste, Spanish gen/min of War, dies at 79
  • May 22nd Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • May 24th Cor Hermus, actor (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 27th Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • May 28th Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29th Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • May 30th George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30th Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)
  • Jun 5th Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60
  • Jun 5th Roland Young, actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • Jun 5th William Farnum, actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • Jun 8th Godfrey Tearle, actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • Jun 9th Ugo Betti, dramatist, dies
  • Jun 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 16th Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • Jun 17th Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76


Jun 19th Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg


Jun 19th Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • Jun 20th Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • Jun 25th Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • Jun 29th Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 30th Elsa Beskow, (Maartman), Swedish author (children's book), dies at 79
  • Jun 30th Gote Carlid, composer, dies at 32
  • Jun 30th Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • Jul 1st Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
  • Jul 1st Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
  • Jul 10th Sidney Homer, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12th Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12th Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 15th Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios (b.1882)
  • Jul 16th Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • Jul 17th Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 17th Maude K Adams, US actress (Little Minister), dies
  • Jul 18th Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)
  • Jul 20th Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  • Jul 20th Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • Jul 22nd Cy Kendall, actor (Mysteries of Chinatown), dies at 55
  • Jul 26th Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • Jul 31st Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) "Mr Republican", dies in NY at 63