What Happened in October 1953

Historical Events

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

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4th Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam in World Series

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 5th 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 consec WS
  • 5th The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
  • 6th WTVM TV channel 9 in Columbus, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 7th 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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8th 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
  • 8th WTAP TV channel 15 in Parkersburg-Marietta, WV (NBC) begins

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9th British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution

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

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16th Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)

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

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

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

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

Famous Weddings


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

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

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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26th 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

  • 3rd Arnold Bax, British composer, dies at 69
  • 3rd Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, Brit composer (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • 3rd Arnold Bax, English composer (b. 1883)
  • 3rd Florence Sabin, American Physician, dies at 82
  • 5th Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • 6th Porter Hall, actor (Half-Breed, Double Indenity), dies at 64
  • 8th Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • 8th Nigel Bruce, actor (Son of Lassie, Spider Woman), dies at 58
  • 13th Millard Mitchell, actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies at 50
  • 18th Douwe Kalma, Fries literature/christian-socialist, dies at 57
  • 18th Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • 20th Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • 23rd Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • 24th Ernest Irving, composer, dies at 74
  • 27th Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • 27th Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • 29th William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • 30th Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71