What Happened in April 1953

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 J van Bale appointed governor of New Guinea
  • Apr 1 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 Walcott Worrell & Weekes all make centuries in innings v India
  • Apr 2 Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
  • Apr 4 KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 5 WEYI TV channel 25 in Saginaw, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight
  • Apr 7 UN General Assembly begins session that will elect Dag Hammarskj√∂ld of Sweden as Secretary-General

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Apr 8 Jomo Kenyatta convicted of involvement with the Mau Mau rebellion and sentenced to 7 years jail in Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Apr 9 "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue
  • Apr 9 Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax.
  • Apr 10 Dag Hammarskj√∂ld becomes the 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Apr 10 "House of Wax", 1st 3-D movie, released (NYC)
  • Apr 10 7th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 11 Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, & Welfare
  • Apr 11 US Department of Health, Education and Welfare created

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 17th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 12 KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 12 Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston
  • Apr 13 1st game of Milwaukee Braves, they beat Cincinnati Reds 2-0
  • Apr 14 Viet-Minh offensive in Laos
  • Apr 14 WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
  • Apr 15 Malans National Party wins South African elections
  • Apr 15 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Apr 16 British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Apr 16 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Palm Springs Golf Open
  • Apr 16 Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 16 WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Apr 17 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Wash DC's Griffith Stadium

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 18 "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • Apr 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
  • Apr 19 WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 20 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
  • Apr 23 General Charles P Cabell, USAF, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Apr 23 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, AL (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting

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Apr 24 Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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Apr 25 Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
Molecular biologist James Watson
Molecular biologist
James Watson
  • Apr 27 1st general elections in British Guyana, won by Jagans PPP
  • Apr 27 Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek"
  • Apr 29 Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds' center field bleachers
  • Apr 29 The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • Apr 29 6th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Apr 30 Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Aftab Baloch, cricketer (Pakistani in 2 Tests, scored 428 for Sind 74)
  • Apr 1 Barry Sonnenfeld, director (Get Shorty, Men in Black), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 David Robinson, drummer (Cars)
  • Apr 2 Debralee Scott, Elizabeth NJ, actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie)
  • Apr 2 Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician
  • Apr 3 Huub van der Lubbe, Dutch rock singer (Stampei-The Dike)
  • Apr 3 Craig Taubman, Jewish singer
  • Apr 4 Robert Bertrand, Canadian politician
  • Apr 5 John Buchanan, cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995)
  • Apr 6 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • Apr 6 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • Apr 7 Everard Endt, US, yachting (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • Apr 9 Hal Ketchum, Greenwich NY, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night)
  • Apr 9 Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer, born in New York City
  • Apr 10 David Moorcroft, British athlete
  • Apr 10 Terre Roche, rocker (Roches)
  • Apr 11 Andrew Wiles, British mathematician
  • Apr 11 Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Apr 13 Stephen Byers, British politician (L), (MG Rover Group controversy), born in Wolverhampton
  • Apr 14 Irina Rudolfovna Pronina, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 14 David Buss, Evolutionary psychologist
  • Apr 16 Jay O Sanders, actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 16 J. Neil Schulman, American writer

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Apr 18 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • Apr 19 Sara Simeoni, Italy, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Apr 19 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger)
  • Apr 19 Ruby Wax, British television personality
  • Apr 20 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist
  • Apr 21 Edward Ray Fiori, PGA golfer (1979 Southern Open), born in Lynwood, California
  • Apr 22 Steve Bond, Haifa Israel, actor (General Hospital, To Die For)
  • Apr 22 Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer
  • Apr 23 Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • Apr 23 James Russo, actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 Eric Bogosian, Woburn MA, actor (Talk Radio)
  • Apr 24 John P Hiler, (Rep-R-IN, 1981- )
  • Apr 24 Porter Carroll Jr, drummer (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 25 Gary Cosier, cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI)
  • Apr 25 Ron Clements, American animation director
  • Apr 27 Ellen L Shulman Baker, Fayetteville NC, MD/astronaut (STS 34, 50, 71)
  • Apr 27 Arielle Dombasle, French singer and actress
  • Apr 28 Julie Cole, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 28 Kim Gordon, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Apr 28 Roberto Bolano, Latin American author and poet
  • Apr 29 Nikolai Nikolayevich Budarin, Kirya Russia, cosmonaut (STS 71, TM-27)
  • Apr 30 Merrill Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 15 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

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • Apr 4 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 11 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • Apr 14 Emmanuel K de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22 Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62