What Happened in February 1953

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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Feb 11 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 11 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Feb 12 USSR breaks relations with Israel
  • Feb 13 A's change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 28 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Andy Mill, skier/husband of Chris Everet
  • Feb 1 C A Barnett, headmaster (Whitgift School)
  • Feb 1 Brendan Batson, English former footballer
  • Feb 2 James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • Feb 2 Penny Pulz, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 2 Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • Feb 3 Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • Feb 4 Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • Feb 4 Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • Feb 5 John Beilein, American basketball coach
  • Feb 6 Susie Hutchison, Flintridge California, equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96)
  • Feb 7 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 7 Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • Feb 8 Mary Steenburgen, Newport Ark, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)
  • Feb 8 Roger Clavet, Québécois politician
  • Feb 9 André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • Feb 9 Antonius GM "Toon" Agterberg, Dutch actor (Hunk)
  • Feb 9 Gary Franks, (Rep-R-Connecticut)
  • Feb 9 Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
  • Feb 10 Carl Joseph Stone, composer
  • Feb 10 John Shirley, US, sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona)
  • Feb 11 Alan Rubin, music figure (Blues Brothers)
  • Feb 11 Philip Anglim, actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 11 Stephen D Thorne, Frankfurt-on-Main, German FR, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11 [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 12 Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • Feb 12 Robin Thomas, American actor
  • Feb 13 Sharon Wyatt, Lebanon Tenn, actress (Tiffany-General Hospital)
  • Feb 13 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor)
  • Feb 13 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
  • Feb 14 Wayne Siegel, composer
  • Feb 15 Derek Conway, British MP
  • Feb 15 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 16 Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • Feb 16 George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
  • Feb 16 Mike Ford, Canadian Tour golfer (1976 Port Jefferson Open), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 16 Roberta Williams, computer game designer
  • Feb 17 Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 18 Derek Pellicci, rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way)
  • Feb 18 Nico Arzbach, rock guitarist/singer (Stampei, Dike)
  • Feb 18 Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet)
  • Feb 19 Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • Feb 19 Cristina Elisabet Fernández - Argentinian politician
  • Feb 19 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, politician, President of Argentina (2007-2015), born in La Plata, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 20 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20 Riccardo Chailly, Milan Italy, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orch)
  • Feb 20 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • Feb 21 Christine Ebersole, Park Forest Ill, actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie)
  • Feb 21 William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)
  • Feb 22 Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire)
  • Feb 22 Nigel Planer, British actor
  • Feb 23 Sallie L Baliunas, astrophysicist
  • Feb 23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 25 Garrett Glaser, entertainment correspondent (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 25 José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain
  • Feb 25 Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
  • Feb 26 Bree Walker, news anchor (WNBC TV, KNBC TV)
  • Feb 26 Michael Bolton, Ct, rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About)
  • Feb 28 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • Feb 28 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 28 Paul Krugman, American economist and New York Times columnist (Nobel Prize in Economics 2008)

Economist Paul Krugman
Paul Krugman

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • Feb 8 Cliff Clark, actor (Golden Hoofs, Kid Glove Killer), dies at 63
  • Feb 24 Karl R G von Rundstedt, Germ gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
  • Feb 25 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies