What Happened in October 1953

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Indian state of Andhra Pradesh partitioned from Madras
  • Oct 1 KJEO TV channel 47 in Fresno, CA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 KYTV TV channel 3 in Springfield, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WATE TV channel 6 in Knoxville, TN (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WREX TV channel 13 in Rockford, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 perf
  • Oct 2 Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in World Series
  • Oct 3 10th Ryder Cup: US wins 6½-5½ at Wentworth, England
  • Oct 3 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 3 KGGM TV channel 13 in Albuquerque, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)

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Oct 4 Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam in World Series

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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Oct 5 Earl Warren sworn in as 14th chief justice of US

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • Oct 5 50th World Series sees NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2, as NY Billy Martin's 12 hits set record; Yanks win record 5th consecutive WS
  • Oct 5 The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
  • Oct 6 WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply

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Oct 8 Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 8 WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins

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Oct 9 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 9 Conrad Adenauer elected West German chancellor
  • Oct 12 US & Greece sign peace treaty (US bases)
  • Oct 13 Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves-patented-Samuel Bagno
  • Oct 14 1st 3 Dutch female police officers go into service
  • Oct 14 Belgian Convair crashes at Frankfurt, 44 die
  • Oct 14 Charley Dressen resigns rather than take 1 year contract as Dodger mgr
  • Oct 14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • Oct 14 Ike promises to fire as Red any federal worker taking 5th amendment
  • Oct 14 WTEN TV channel 10 in Albany, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 John Patrick's "Teahouse of the August Moon" premieres in New York
  • Oct 15 KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 15 WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins

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Oct 16 Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Oct 18 WLJT TV channel 11 in Lexington, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • Oct 19 1st jet transcontinental nonstop scheduled service
  • Oct 19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey
  • Oct 20 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 22 Laos gains full independence from France
  • Oct 23 France grants Laos' sovereignty
  • Oct 23 German FR applies to NATO
  • Oct 23 WTRF TV channel 7 in Wheeling-Steubenville, WV (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 24 KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Oct 25 Cleveland Browns' QB Otto Graham sets club record with 4 fumbles

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Oct 25 Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die
  • Oct 25 Dmitri Sjostakovitch completes his 10th Symphony
  • Oct 25 KIEM TV channel 3 in Eureka, CA (NBC/CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • Oct 28 Bud Grant of Winnipeg Blue Bombers intercepts 5 passes (record)
  • Oct 28 Red Barber, resigns as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees
  • Oct 29 A Baltimore group purchases St Louis Browns

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Oct 30 Dr Albert Schweitzer & Gen George Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Oct 31 TV broadcasting begins in Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Greta Andersen Waitz, marathoner (NYC - 1984), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Oct 1 John Hegley, British poet
  • Oct 1 Pete Falcone, American baseball player
  • Oct 1 Grete Waitz, Norwegian athlete
  • Oct 4 Tchéky Karyo, Turkish-French actor
  • Oct 5 James E Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Oct 5 John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher
  • Oct 5 Russell Mael, [Dwight Russel Day], California, rock vocalist (Sparks)
  • Oct 5 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 6 Klaas Bruinsma, Dutch drug lord (d. 1991)
  • Oct 7 Christopher Norris, actress (Summer of '42, Eat My Dust), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 7 Tico Torres, rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always)
  • Oct 8 Ricky Lee Phelps, Paragould Ar, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
  • Oct 9 Hank Pfister, Bakersfield Cat, tennis star
  • Oct 9 Tony Shalhoub, actor (Antonio Scarpacci-Wings, Big Night)
  • Oct 10 Gus Williams, NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington)
  • Oct 10 Midge Ure, rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 11 David Morse, Beverly Mass, actor (St Elsewhere, House, Inside Moves)
  • Oct 12 Serge Lepeltier, French politician
  • Oct 13 Bill Schuette, (Rep-R-MI, 1985- )
  • Oct 13 Pat Day, American jockey
  • Oct 14 Greg Evigan, South Amboy NJ, actor (BJ-BJ & the Bear, Melrose Place)
  • Oct 14 Marcel R Zeeuw, Suriname lt-colonel (coup 1982)
  • Oct 14 Olga Nikolayevna Klyushnikova, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Oct 14 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981)
  • Oct 14 Shelley Ackerman, American astrologer, writer, singer
  • Oct 15 Larry Miller, comedian/actor (Larry-Pursuit Of Happiness), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 15 [Toriano] Tito Jackson, singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye)
  • Oct 15 Betsy Clifford, Canadian alpine skier
  • Oct 16 Martha Smith, actress (Animal House)/playmate (July 1973), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 16 Susan Pedersen, US, 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Oct 16 Tony Carey, rocker, born in Fresno, California
  • Oct 16 Paulo Roberto Falcão, Brazilian footballer

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Oct 20 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Oct 20 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Oct 21 Charlotte Caffey, rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist (Go-Go's)
  • Oct 21 Eleonora Giorgi, actress (Nu de Femme, To Forget Venice), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 21 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • Oct 21 Peter Mandelson, British politician
  • Oct 22 Roy Ristie, Suriname/Neth radio host (Apintie, Kankantrie)
  • Oct 24 Billy Thomas, Ft Meyers Fla, singer (McBride & Ride-I Count on You)
  • Oct 24 James di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 24 Jonathan di Donato, open water swimmer, one of the Tiger Twins (world record for swimming the butterfly in 40.6 miles)
  • Oct 25 Mark Will McNulty, Bindwa Zimbabwe, PGA golfer (1982 Danny Thomas-4th)
  • Oct 25 Muffin Spencer-Devlin, Piqua OH, LPGA golfer (1985 MasterCard Pro-Am)
  • Oct 26 Jennifer Roberson, US, sci-fi author (Shapechangers, Sword-Maker)
  • Oct 26 Julian Keith Strickland, Athens Ga, drummer (B-52's-Rock Lobster)
  • Oct 26 Lauren Tewes, Trafford Pa, actress (Julie McCoy-Love Boat)
  • Oct 26 Rosa Monckton, notable charity fundraiser
  • Oct 27 Michael Baker, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 43, 52, 68, 81), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 27 Peter Firth, Bradford England, actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess)
  • Oct 27 Robert Picardo, actor (Frame Up, Gremlins 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 28 Pierre Boivin, Canadian businessman and hockey executive

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Oct 29 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Oct 30 Alexander Fedorovich Poleshchuk, Moscow, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-16)
  • Oct 30 Charles Martin Smith, Van Nuys CA, actor (American Graffiti)
  • Oct 30 Kathleen Cody, actress (Charley & the Angel), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Oct 30 Peter Hoekstra, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • Oct 31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Oct 31 Michael J. Anderson, American actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Florence Sabin, American Physician, dies at 82
  • Oct 5 Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 6 Porter Hall, actor (Half-Breed, Double Indenity), dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • Oct 8 Nigel Bruce, actor (Son of Lassie, Spider Woman), dies at 58
  • Oct 13 Millard Mitchell, actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies at 50
  • Oct 18 Douwe Kalma, Fries literature/christian-socialist, dies at 57
  • Oct 18 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 20 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • Oct 24 Ernest Irving, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • Oct 29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • Oct 30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71