What Happened in September 1953

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 101°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Sept
  • Sep 1 Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship
  • Sep 1 WNOK (now WLTX) TV channel 19 in Columbia, SC (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 1 WTCN (now KARE) TV channel 11 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (MET) begins
  • Sep 3 European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 French minister Francois Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • Sep 4 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • Sep 4 WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 4 Yanks become 1st team to win 5 consecutive championship
  • Sep 5 1st privately operated atomic reactor-Raleigh, NC
  • Sep 5 US give Persian premier Zahedi $45 million aid

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 6 Konrad Adenauer's CDU wins elections in German Federal Republic

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
German Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 6 Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 73rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Tony Trabert beats Vic Seixas (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 7 67th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 8 "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater NY for 6 performances
  • Sep 8 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgeno corona
  • Sep 9 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WFIE TV channel 14 in Evansville, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 Swanson sells its 1st "TV dinner"
  • Sep 11 KSBW TV channel 8 in Salinas-Monterey, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 WEHT TV channel 25 in Evansville, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 "Carnival in Flanders" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Sep 12 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 105-49
  • Sep 13 Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Philadelphia A's
  • Sep 13 4th Formula One WDC: Alberto Ascari wins by 6.5 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 Nikita Khrushchev appointed First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, succeeding Malenkov

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Sep 14 Yanks clinch 5th straight pennant with 8-5 win over Indians
  • Sep 15 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
  • Sep 15 KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, AZ (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 1st movie in Cinemascope "The Robe" based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons premieres
  • Sep 16 AL approves St Louis Browns move to become Baltimore Orioles
  • Sep 17 1st successful separation of Siamese (conjoined) twins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 19 "Hazel Flagg" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances
  • Sep 20 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR
  • Sep 21 KRDO TV channel 13 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 22 Islamic uprising in Atjeh, Indonesia
  • Sep 23 KHQA TV channel 7 in Hannibal-Quincy, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 "Take a Giant Step" opens on Broadway

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 24 Rocky Marciano TKOs Roland LaStarza in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Sep 26 Billy Hunter is last St Louis Browns player to homer in a game
  • Sep 26 KERO TV channel 23 in Bakersfield, CA (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 Polish government fires/imprisons Cardinal Wyszynski
  • Sep 26 US & Spain sign defense treaty (4 US bases in Spain)
  • Sep 27 Bert Bechichar, Baltimore Colts, kicks a 56-yard field goal
  • Sep 27 KCMO (now KCTV) TV channel 5 in Kansas City, MO (CBS) begins
  • Sep 27 KNOE TV channel 8 in Monroe-West Monroe, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 27 KOLO TV channel 8 in Reno, NV (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 27 KQTV TV channel 2 in Saint Joseph, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 27 St Louis Browns play last game in Sportsman's Park, losing 100th game
  • Sep 27 Typhoon destroys one third of Nagoya, Japan
  • Sep 27 WHBQ TV channel 13 in Memphis, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 27 WMAZ TV channel 13 in Macon, GA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 27 WTOK TV channel 11 in Meridian, MS (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "Bob & Ray Show" TV Variety last air on NBC
  • Sep 28 "Juvenile Jury" TV Children's last airs on NBC, moved to CBS
  • Sep 28 "Racket Squad" TV Crime Drama last airs on CBS
  • Sep 28 Dutch government proclaims 5% general pay increase on Jan 1, 1954
  • Sep 28 KOAT TV channel 7 in Albuquerque, NM (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Buick-Berle Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Make Room for Daddy" starring Danny Thomas, premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 1st department store to sell insurance is Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Balt Mayor D'Alesandro buys Veeck's interest in Browns for $2,475,000
  • Sep 29 Milton Berle Show premieres
  • Sep 29 US government gives France $385 million for combat in Indo-China
  • Sep 30 Auguste/Jacques Piccard dives with bathosphere to 3150 m (record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • Sep 30 Robert Anderson's "Tea & Sympathy" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 30 WICS TV channel 20 in Springfield, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 30 WMT (now KGAN) TV channel 2 in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, IA (CBS) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Chuck Orton, US sysop, (Emerald BBS, Oregon)
  • Sep 1 Beau Billingslea, American voice actor
  • Sep 1 Ted Petty, American professional wrestler (d. 2002)
  • Sep 2 Gerhard P J Thiele, Brenz Germany, astronaut
  • Sep 2 Ahmad Shah Massoud, Afghan commander and a war hero (d. 2001)
  • Sep 2 John Zorn, American musician
  • Sep 3 Khabib Munir, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3 backup)
  • Sep 3 M H Habib, Syria, cosmonaut
  • Sep 3 Jean-Pierre Jeunet, French film director
  • Sep 4 Kengo Kimura, [Takashi Kimura], wrestler (NJPW)
  • Sep 4 Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, actor (Freddie-Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 4 Michael Stean, chess player
  • Sep 5 Paulie Carmen, Champaign Ill, rock vocalist
  • Sep 6 Katherine Cannon, actress (Father Murphy, Survivors), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Sep 6 Mohammed Kedir, Ethiopia, 10k runner (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • Sep 7 Ben Bossi, rocker (Romeo Void)
  • Sep 7 Michael Byron, composer
  • Sep 7 Greg Ham, Australia, rock saxophonist/flutist (Men At Work)
  • Sep 10 Amy Irving, Palo Alto, Cal, actress (Yentl, Carrie, Crossing Delancy)
  • Sep 11 Tommy Shaw, American musician and singer (Styx)
  • Sep 11 Jani Allan, South African journalist and media personality
  • Sep 12 John Williams, US, archer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Sep 12 Nancy "Nan" Goldin, Photographer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 13 Taryn Power, daughter of Tyrone Power/actress (Maria), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 14 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (d. 1998)
  • Sep 14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer
  • Sep 15 Bruce Heuchan, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Alberta-7th)
  • Sep 15 Jerry Page, golfer (largest PGA victory margin)
  • Sep 15 Pat Barrett, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • Sep 16 Earl Klugh, Jazz pianist/guitarist
  • Sep 16 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
  • Sep 16 Jerry Pate, Macon Ga, PGA golfer (US Open 1976, Canadian Open 1976)
  • Sep 16 Lenny Clarke, actor (Officer Hampton-John Larroquette Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 16 Alan Barton, English musician (Black Lace, Smokie) (d. 1995)
  • Sep 16 Nancy Huston, Canadian-born novelist and essayist
  • Sep 17 Rita Rudner, comedienne (Funny People)
  • Sep 17 Altaf Hussain, Pakistani politician and founder of MQM
  • Sep 18 Betsy Boze née: Vogel, American academic
  • Sep 20 Jeff Jones, Red Rider, rock bassist/vocalist (Red Rider)
  • Sep 21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter, born in Miami, Florida
  • Sep 21 John Mengatti, actor (Nick-White Shadow, For Love & Honor), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Ségolène Royal, French politician
  • Sep 22 Geoff Gilpin, American author
  • Sep 25 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon)
  • Sep 26 Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer
  • Sep 26 Aivars Lembergs, Latvian politician
  • Sep 27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic-gold-1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 27 Diane Abbott, British politician (L) 1st black woman elected to UK parliament, born in London
  • Sep 27 Heather Watts, ballerina (Dancing on My Grave), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 27 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaica, reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie-DJ Riot)
  • Sep 27 Mata Amritanandamayi, Indian religious leader
  • Sep 27 Claudio Gentile, Italian footballer
  • Sep 28 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), born in Glasgow
  • Sep 29 Drake Hogestyn, Ft Wayne Indiana, actor (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)
  • Sep 29 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola, Night Zoo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 29 Warren Cromartie, baseball player
  • Sep 30 Deborah Allen, country singer (Jim Stafford Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Sep 30 S.M. Stirling, Canadian-born author

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 3 Explorer Edmund Hillary (34) weds Louise Mary Rose

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)

Actress Lana Turner
Lana Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 12 American Senator John F. Kennedy (36) weds Jacqueline Bouvier (24) in Newport, Rhode Island

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
US First Lady
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Sep 24 Singer Dick Haymes (35) weds Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth (34) at The Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 25 Statesman Mikhail Gorbachev (22) weds Raisa Maximovna (21) at a Komsomol wedding ceremony

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29 US Senator Joseph McCarthy (43) weds researcher Jean Kerr at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (b. 1866)
  • Sep 2 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  • Sep 5 Richard Walther Darré, Nazi politician, one of the leading 'blood and soil' ideologists (b. 1895)
  • Sep 12 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • Sep 12 Lewis Stone, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Sep 12 Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (b. 1884)
  • Sep 13 Lewis Stone, actor (Just This Once, Key to the City), dies at 73
  • Sep 15 Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies
  • Sep 16 Colin G Fink, US chemist (electro-chemistry), dies
  • Sep 17 Emil Ermatinger, Switz, literature critic, dies at 80
  • Sep 17 Henry Holden Huss, composer, dies at 91
  • Sep 18 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (b. 1927)
  • Sep 21 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 22 William Brann, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Sep 24 Berthold Viertel, writer, dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria poet (Iron Verses), dies
  • Sep 26 Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (b. 1895)
  • Sep 27 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist, dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 28 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Edwin Hubble