What Happened in August 1953

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 California introduces sales tax (for education)

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Aug 1 Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Aug 1 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, MO (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Aug 1 Red Sox Ben Flowers sets then record of 8 consecutive games in relief
  • Aug 2 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • Aug 2 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 3 Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Aug 4 Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
  • Aug 4 Vic Raschi sets pitcher record by driving in 7 runs & wins 15-0
  • Aug 5 Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 5 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Best Picture 1954)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

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Aug 6 Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 7 Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet
  • Aug 8 Russia's Georgi Malenkov reports possession of hydrogen bomb
  • Aug 8 US & South Korea initial a mutual security pact
  • Aug 9 Premier Mohammed Abdullah of Kashmir fired
  • Aug 12 Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • Aug 12 Heavy earthquake strikes the Ionian islands, 435 killed
  • Aug 12 Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb
  • Aug 13 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 US President Dwight Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 13 General Omar Bradley becomes US chief of staff
  • Aug 14 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
  • Aug 14 KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, MT (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 16 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • Aug 16 Shah of Persia & princess Soraya flee to Baghdad & Rome
  • Aug 17 Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • Aug 19 England regained cricket Ashes after winning series 1-0
  • Aug 19 The democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh is overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project)
  • Aug 20 General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests premier Mossadeq of Persia
  • Aug 20 Russia publicly acknowledges hydrogen bomb test detonation
  • Aug 20 14th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Aug 21 Baseball player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) & Allie Reynolds (AL) hire John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiation
  • Aug 21 Marion Carl in Douglas Skyrocket reaches record 25,370 m
  • Aug 21 Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed
  • Aug 22 John Norman Lewis contends players have no desire to form a union
  • Aug 22 Shah of Iran returns to Tehran
  • Aug 23 Braves' Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • Aug 23 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • Aug 23 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Ymuiden in North Sea, 21 die
  • Aug 23 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 23 Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3")
  • Aug 23 USSR performs nuclear test

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 27 "Roman Holiday", starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert, is released

  • Aug 28 "Me & Juliet" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances
  • Aug 29 KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 29 USSR explodes its first hydrogen bomb
  • Aug 31 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 31 WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Robert Cray, blues singer/songwriter (1987 Grammy), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Aug 2 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • Aug 2 Butch Patrick, actor (Eddie Munster-Munster)
  • Aug 5 Samantha Sang, singer (Emotion)
  • Aug 6 Iqbal Qasim, cricketer (Pakistani slow lefty in the 80's)
  • Aug 6 Pat MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3)
  • Aug 7 Anne Fadiman, American writer; daughter of Clifton Fadiman
  • Aug 8 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • Aug 8 Don Most, American actor and director (Ralph Malph-Happy Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 10 Mark Doty, American poet and prose writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 11 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Aug 11 Sanford Jensen, American actor (Foley Square), born in South Haven, Michigan
  • Aug 14 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 14 Cliff Johnson, American computer game author
  • Aug 16 Catlin O'Heaney, Whitefish Bay Wisc, actress (Snow White-Charmings)
  • Aug 16 James Taylor, SC, rocker (Kool & The Gang-Joanna)
  • Aug 16 Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris Fla, hostess (Live with Regis & Kathie Lee)
  • Aug 16 Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)
  • Aug 17 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • Aug 17 Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut (STS 78)
  • Aug 17 Judith Regan, American book publisher
  • Aug 18 Louie Gohmert, American politician
  • Aug 19 Johan F de Leeuw, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Aug 19 Nanni Moretti, Italian film actor, director and producer
  • Aug 19 Mary Matalin, American political consultant
  • Aug 20 Peter Horton, Bellevue Wash, actor (Gary-30 Something)
  • Aug 21 Ivan Stang, American writer
  • Aug 22 Paul Ellering, American wrestling manager
  • Aug 23 Bobby Gubby, rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • Aug 23 Klaus-Dietrich Flade, German FR, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • Aug 24 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist
  • Aug 26 Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer
  • Aug 27 Alex Lifeson, rock guitarist (Rush), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 27 Peter Stormare, Swedish-born actor
  • Aug 28 Gates McFadden, actress (Star Trek Next Generation), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 29 Rick Downey, rocker drummer/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • Aug 29 James Quesada, Nicaraguan/American anthropologist
  • Aug 30 Robert Parish, NBA center (Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Aug 30 Ron George, American politician
  • Aug 31 Marcia Clark, [Kleks], LA DA (OJ Simpson Case), born in Berkeley, California
  • Aug 31 Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
  • Aug 31 György Károly, Hungarian author

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 28 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

  • Aug 11 Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
  • Aug 13 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 15 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • Aug 17 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • Aug 22 Jim Tabor, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 27 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 30 Dimitar Nenov, composer, dies at 51