What Happened in December 1953

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Red Sox trade M McDermott & Tom Umphlett for Wash's Jackie Jensen
  • Dec 1 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 1 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 Walter Alston named Dodger manager

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Dec 3 "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican Party

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 3 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch' 5th String Quartet
  • Dec 6 Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14
  • Dec 7 Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
  • Dec 7 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 8 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
  • Dec 8 Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the UN in New York.
  • Dec 9 General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired
  • Dec 9 Mont Canadiens (106) & Toronto Maple Leafs (98) get 204 penalty mins
  • Dec 10 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" opens at Imperial NYC for 229 performances
  • Dec 10 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 10 WSTV (now WTOV) TV channel 9 in Steubenville-Wheeling, OH (CBS) begins
  • Dec 11 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station
  • Dec 12 Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  • Dec 13 KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
  • Dec 15 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 16 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters)
  • Dec 16 Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
  • Dec 17 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • Dec 17 US Federal Communications Commission approves RCA's black & white-compatible color TV specifications
  • Dec 18 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 Jack Dunn III, owner of Balt Orioles in Intl League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns
  • Dec 23 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Dec 24 Two fast express trains crash head-on killing 103 in Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 24 KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 René Coty elected president of France
  • Dec 24 Wellington-Auckland (NZ) express train swept away in flood kills 166
  • Dec 25 Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)
  • Dec 27 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 28 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 30 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
  • Dec 31 Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president
  • Dec 31 WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins
  • Dec 31 Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year
  • Dec 31 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Jay Dean Haas, PGA golfer (1978 Andy Williams-San Diego), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 2 Meg Griffin, DJ (WNEW-FM, WPLJ-FM, WKRK-FM)/VJ (V-1)
  • Dec 2 Myung-Whan Chung, Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Trio)
  • Dec 3 Franz Klammer, Austria, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Dec 4 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 5 Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Dec 5 Larry Zbyszko, [Living Legend, Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF)
  • Dec 6 Gina Hecht, actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 6 Kin Shriner, Indiana, actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals)
  • Dec 6 Thomas Hulce, Plymouth Mi, actor (Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park)
  • Dec 6 Wil Shriner, NYC/Indiana, talk show host (Wil Shriner Show)
  • Dec 6 Gary Ward, American baseball player
  • Dec 7 Bertin Osborne, Italian entertainer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 8 Sam Kinison, Yakima, Washington, screaming comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover)

Comedian Sam Kinison
Sam Kinison
  • Dec 8 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 8 Kim Basinger, American actress
  • Dec 8 Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist
  • Dec 9 John Malkovich, Christopher Ill, actor/director (Killing Fields)
  • Dec 9 World B Free, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors)
  • Dec 10 Jack Scalia, actor/director (Amore, Deadly Desire, Donor, T-Force)
  • Dec 11 Bess Armstrong, Balt Md, actress (Julia-On Our Own, 4 Seasons, Jaws)
  • Dec 11 Peter Isacksen, Dover NH, actor (CPO Sharkey, Jessie)
  • Dec 12 Bruce Kulick, rock guitarist/singer (KISS)
  • Dec 13 Ray Stewart, Matsqui BC, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Dunhill Cup)
  • Dec 13 Tom Sanders, Jackson Wyoming, aerial cameraman (Living Daylights)
  • Dec 13 Zoltan Magyar, Hungary, side horse gymnist (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Dec 13 Ben Bernanke, American economist and current United States Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Dec 13 Bill Castro, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 14 Joe Toplyn, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 14 Vijay Amritraj, India, tennis player/actor (Octopussy)
  • Dec 14 René Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer
  • Dec 14 Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician
  • Dec 14 Mikael Odenberg, Swedish politician
  • Dec 15 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • Dec 16 Filip Bolluyt, Dutch actor (Daybreak)
  • Dec 17 Barry Livingston, actor (Ernie-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 17 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • Dec 17 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 17 Bill Pullman, Hornell NY, actor (Sommersby, League of their Own, Independence Day)
  • Dec 17 Samuel Hadida, film distributor
  • Dec 18 Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], rock guitarist (Cars), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 18 Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen bard
  • Dec 19 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • Dec 21 Andras Schiff, Budapest Hungary, pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974)
  • Dec 21 Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500)
  • Dec 21 Betty Wright, US gospel/singer/TV hostess (Little Miss Broadway)
  • Dec 21 Tina Brown, journalist (New Yorker)
  • Dec 22 Bernnadette Stanis, American actress (Thelma-Good Times), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 22 David Leisner, composer
  • Dec 23 John Callahan, actor (Craig-Santa Barbara, Falcon Crest), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 23 Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler (WWF/NWA)
  • Dec 23 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia
  • Dec 24 François Loos, French politician
  • Dec 25 Arnella Flynn, Errol Flynn's daughter, born in Rome, Italy
  • Dec 25 Dave Wasick, American NFL player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 26 Matthew Harding, businessman/soccer supporter
  • Dec 26 Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Dec 26 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician and current President of the Dominican Republic
  • Dec 26 Henning Schmitz, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • Dec 27 Arthur Kent, newscaster [Scud Stud], (NBC-Gulf War coverage)
  • Dec 27 Kevin Wright, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1979)
  • Dec 28 Richard Clayderman, pianist (Amour, Romantic America)
  • Dec 28 Robert Pittman, TV executive/developer (MTV)
  • Dec 29 Kate Schmidt, US javelin thrower (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • Dec 29 Stanley Tookie Williams, American author/murderer (executed 2005)
  • Dec 29 Gali Atari, Israeli singer and actress
  • Dec 30 Daniel T Barry, Norwalk Ct, PhD/MD/astronaut (STS 72)
  • Dec 30 Bill Kazmaier, American powerlifter
  • Dec 30 Harald Schmautz, German-born journalist
  • Dec 30 Meredith Vieira, American television journalist
  • Dec 31 James Remar, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 31 Jane Badler, actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 8 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 27 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 Deaths

  • Dec 2 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 2 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • Dec 2 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (b. 1884)
  • Dec 4 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
  • Dec 6 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  • Dec 15 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 19 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • Dec 19 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • Dec 20 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • Dec 25 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • Dec 27 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
  • Dec 29 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • Dec 31 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64