What Happened in January 1953

Historical Events

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan 11 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 12 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
  • Jan 13 Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14
  • Jan 13 KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 13 Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia
  • Jan 13 3rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 79-75 at Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Jan 14 Vaughan William's "Sinfonia Antartica" premieres in Manchester
  • Jan 14 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)
  • Jan 15 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station
  • Jan 15 GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
  • Jan 15 East Germany purges senior officials, accused of spying for 'imperialistic powers' and plotting against the state
  • Jan 16 Egyptian Premier Gen Naguib disbands all political parties
  • Jan 16 KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 17 41st Women's Australian Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Julia Sampson (6-3, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 17 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 19 Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Jan 20 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY

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Jan 20 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 21 John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State

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

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Jan 22 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • Jan 23 Bobby Simpson makes 1st-class debut for NSW 16 yrs 357 days
  • Jan 23 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 23 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conf
  • Jan 25 WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 Yuri Sergejev skates world record 500m in 40.9 sec
  • Jan 27 Netherlands end Marshall aid
  • Jan 28 J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jan 28 WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28 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 31 "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die
  • Jan 31 Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
  • Jan 31 NY, Cleveland, & Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues

Famous Birthdays

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

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Jan 21 Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • Jan 22 Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)
  • Jan 22 Jim Jarmusch, American director
  • Jan 23 Lamont Robin Zander, rocker (Cheap Trick)
  • Jan 23 Pat Haden, Westbury, NY, NFL quarterback (LA Rams)
  • Jan 23 Antonio Villaraigosa, Hispanic-American 52nd Mayor of Los Angeles

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

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • Jan 24 Brian Matthews, actor (Burning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • Jan 25 The Honky Tonk Man, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 25 Mark Weil, Uzbek theatre director (d. 2007)
  • Jan 26 Andrée van Es, Dutch MP (PSP), born in The Hague
  • Jan 26 Bert Heerink, Amsterdam, rock vocalist
  • Jan 26 Lucinda Williams, singer
  • Jan 26 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
  • Jan 28 Debbie Steinbach, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 29 Dalila di Lazzaro, Udine Italy, covergirl/model (Vogue)
  • Jan 29 Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist
  • Jan 29 Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
  • Jan 29 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 30 Fred Hembeck, Yaphank, New York, American cartoonist
  • Jan 31 Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

Famous Deaths

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Jan 1 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 4 Arthur Hoyt, actor (Gold Rush Gertie, Lost World), dies at 78
  • Jan 7 Osa Johnson, American explorer (b. 1894)
  • Jan 8 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 8 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • Jan 9 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 11 Ernst H Ridder Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 58
  • Jan 11 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Simeon Roncal, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 13 Paul Niggli, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • Jan 15 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 24 [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
  • Jan 26 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet/interpreter/linguist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • Jan 28 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • Jan 28 Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • Jan 30 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68