What Happened in June 1953

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 1 WDAY TV channel 6 in Fargo, ND (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jun 3 Congress cites research of NYC librarian Robert Henderson in proving
  • Jun 3 KVOS TV channel 12 in Bellingham/Vancouver, WA (CBS) begins
  • Jun 3 Alexander Cartwright officially credited by U.S. Congress as founder of baseball
  • Jun 4 Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner & Joe Garagiola to Chicago Cubs
  • Jun 5 Denmark adopts a new constitution
  • Jun 5 US Senate rejects China People's Republic membership to UN
  • Jun 7 1st color network telecast in compatible color (Boston Mass)
  • Jun 7 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jun 7 Mary Terrell wins struggle to end segregation in Wash DC restaurants
  • Jun 7 WDAU (now WYOU) TV channel 22 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (CBS) begins
  • Jun 8 Cluster of 6 tornadoes touches down in Flint Michigan killing 113
  • Jun 8 Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court
  • Jun 9 "Milton Berle Show/Texaco Star Theater" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 9 South African premier D. F. Malan visits Netherlands
  • Jun 9 Worcester County tornado (94 killed, 1310 injured, 10,000 homeless)
  • Jun 11 "Amos 'n Andy" TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
  • Jun 11 Test Cricket debut of Alan Davidson at Trent Bridge

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 13 53rd US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC in Oakmont PA

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • Jun 13 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 13 Alec Bedser takes 14-99 (7-55 & 7-44) v Australia
  • Jun 13 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:18:40.2)
  • Jun 13 KOAA TV channel 5 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (NBC) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Eisenhower condemns McCarthy's book burning proposal

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Elvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis Tenn

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jun 14 Military coup by general Gustavo Rojas Pinilla in Colombia
  • Jun 14 Yanks sweep Indians 6-2, 3-0 before 74,708 win streak at 18 straight
  • Jun 15 Browns end Yankees win streak at 18 & Browns 14-game losing streak
  • Jun 15 Johnny Mize is 93rd player to get 2,000 hits
  • Jun 15 NYC Transit Authority forms
  • Jun 15 WLFI TV channel 18 in Lafayette, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 16 Despite Johnny Mize 2,000th hit, Yanks lose ending 18 game win streak & also ending St Louis Brown 14 game losing streak
  • Jun 17 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
  • Jun 17 Riots in East Germany for reunification

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • Jun 18 Egypt proclaimed a republic, General Neguib becomes president
  • Jun 18 USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
  • Jun 18 Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits & Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3
  • Jun 18 3rd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 19 Albert W Dent elected president of US National Health Council
  • Jun 19 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 19 WTPA (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 23 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
  • Jun 24 KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 25 1st passenger to fly commercially around the world < 100 hours
  • Jun 25 86°F in Anchorage Alaska
  • Jun 26 KCTV (now KLST) TV channel 8 in San Angelo, TX (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 26 Russian vice-premier/interior minister Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria arrested
  • Jun 27 Joseph Laniel appointed French premier

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 28 8th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jun 29 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 30 1st Chevrolet Corvette manufactured

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Diana Canova, actress (Corrine-Soap), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jun 1 David Berkowitz, American serial killer (Son of Sam)
  • Jun 2 Craig Robert Stadler, PGA golfer (Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 4 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), born in Dumbarton (d. 1979)
  • Jun 4 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser)
  • Jun 4 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • Jun 5 Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer
  • Jun 6 Ken Calvert, (Rep-R-California)
  • Jun 6 Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek politician
  • Jun 7 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire
  • Jun 7 Dougie Donnelly, Scottish television broadcaster
  • Jun 8 Ad Tak, Dutch professional cyclist, born in Nieuwe Gastel
  • Jun 10 John Edwards, American politician and lawyer
  • Jun 11 Peter Bergman, actor (All My Children, Starland Vocal Band), born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Jun 12 Rocky Burnette, rock vocalist (Towing the Line), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jun 12 Allan Weiner, American radio station owner
  • Jun 13 Bo Donaldson (Billy Don't Be a Hero)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 13 Tim Allen, comedian (Tim-Home Improvement, Jungle2Jungle), born in Denver, Colorado

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • Jun 14 David Thomas, US singer/songwriter (Pere Ubu)
  • Jun 14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician
  • Jun 15 Rita Lee, Federic Wisc, playmate (November, 1977)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 15 Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing

President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping
President of the People's Republic of China
Xi Jinping
  • Jun 16 Ian Mosley, Paddington London, drummer (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • Jun 18 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jun 19 Larry Dunn, [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • Jun 20 Alan Longmuir, rocker (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 20 Brian J Duffy, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 45, 57, 72, sk:92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 20 Raul Ramirez, tennis player
  • Jun 20 Willy Rampf, German F1 technical director (BMW Sauber)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 21 Benazir Bhutto, 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, born in Karachi, Pakistan (d. 2007)

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Jun 21 Charlie Moore Jr, baseball player
  • Jun 21 Robyn Douglass, American actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy), born in Sendai, Japan
  • Jun 21 Michael Bowen, American actor
  • Jun 21 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • Jun 22 Cyndi Lauper, American singer (Girls Just want to have Fun, Time after Time)
  • Jun 22 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 23 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Jun 23 Roberta Leighton, Minneapolis Mn, actress (Ginger-Days of Our Lives)
  • Jun 24 Ivo Lill, Estonian artist
  • Jun 25 Ian Davis, cricketer (Australian batsman 1973-77)
  • Jun 26 James Anderson, writer
  • Jun 26 Ralph Ezell, Union Miss, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • Jun 26 Robert Davi, American actor and opera singer (Die Hard, Gangster Chronicles, License to Kill), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 27 Kent Bostick, Lowell Mass, pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96)
  • Jun 29 Billy Hinsche, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy), born in Manila, the Philippines
  • Jun 29 Don Dokken, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again)
  • Jun 29 Rosa Mota, Port marathoner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • Jun 29 Colin Hay, Kilwinning, Scotland, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work)
  • Jun 30 Hal Lindes, Monterey CA, rocker (Dire Straits)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 15 Sci-Fi author Arthur C. Clarke (35) weds Marilyn Torgenson in New York

Sci-Fi Author Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Sir Arthur C. Clarke

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 18 Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (24) marries fellow activist and singer Coretta Scott (26)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia

Singer James Brown
James Brown

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 5 Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60
  • Jun 5 Roland Young, actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • Jun 5 William Farnum, actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • Jun 8 Godfrey Tearle, actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Ugo Betti, dramatist, dies
  • Jun 10 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • Jun 17 Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76


Jun 19 Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg


Jun 19 Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • Jun 20 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • Jun 25 Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • Jun 29 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Elsa Beskow, (Maartman), Swedish author (children's book), dies at 79
  • Jun 30 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • Jun 30 Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)