What Happened in 1953 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 609

  • May 3 Westchester conference of American Library Association proclaims "Freedom to Read"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"

  • May 6 Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Philadelphia A's, 6-0
  • May 7 "Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • May 7 Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by LE Marron, in Chile
  • May 8 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Golf Open
  • May 10 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Winston Churchill criticizes US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' domino theory

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 12 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 15 Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • May 15 Osip Zadkine's monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
  • May 16 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
  • May 17 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
  • May 17 Yanks & Browns use record 41 players in a game
  • May 18 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
  • May 19 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
  • May 21 French government of Mayer resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • May 22 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Wash 12-4
  • May 23 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
  • May 23 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 24 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
  • May 25 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • May 25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • May 25 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
  • May 26 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
  • May 27 Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
  • May 28 Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-"Melody"

1stTenzing Norgay on the Summit of Mount Everest

May 29 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

  • May 29 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantine Empire (to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II)
  • May 30 1st major league network baseball game-Cleveland 7, Chicago 2
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:53:01.668 (207.187 km/h)

Sport awardTennis Open

May 30 52nd Men's French Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Victor Elias Seixas (6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • May 30 52nd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)
  • May 31 Lebanese president Camille Shamun disbands government
  • May 31 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 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
  • Jun 14 Eisenhower condemns McCarthy's book burning proposal

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
  • Jul 1 KLAS TV channel 8 in Las Vegas, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 KTVH (now KWCH) TV channel 12 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (CBS) begins

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 67th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Vic Seixas beats Kurt Nielsen (9-7 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • Jul 4 60th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (8-6 7-5)
  • Jul 4 Imre Nagy succeeds Matyas Rákosi as premier of Hungary
  • Jul 5 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 672

  • Apr 14 David Buss, Evolutionary psychologist
  • Apr 16 Jay O Sanders, actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 16 J. Neil Schulman, American writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 18 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • Apr 19 Sara Simeoni, Italy, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Apr 19 Rod Morgenstein, American musician (Winger)
  • Apr 19 Ruby Wax, British television personality
  • Apr 20 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist
  • Apr 21 Edward Ray Fiori, PGA golfer (1979 Southern Open), born in Lynwood, California
  • Apr 22 Steve Bond, Haifa Israel, actor (General Hospital, To Die For)
  • Apr 22 Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer
  • Apr 23 Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • Apr 23 James Russo, actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 Eric Bogosian, Woburn MA, actor (Talk Radio)
  • Apr 24 John P Hiler, (Rep-R-IN, 1981- )
  • Apr 24 Porter Carroll Jr, drummer (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 25 Gary Cosier, cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI)
  • Apr 25 Ron Clements, American animation director
  • Apr 27 Ellen L Shulman Baker, Fayetteville NC, MD/astronaut (STS 34, 50, 71)
  • Apr 27 Arielle Dombasle, French singer and actress
  • Apr 28 Julie Cole, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 28 Kim Gordon, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Apr 28 Roberto Bolano, Latin American author and poet
  • Apr 29 Nikolai Nikolayevich Budarin, Kirya Russia, cosmonaut (STS 71, TM-27)
  • Apr 30 Merrill Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)
  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, cricketer (WI lefty spinner early 70's)
  • May 1 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • May 1 Mindy Moore, LPGA golfer
  • May 1 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • May 2 "Keith" Jamaal Wilkes, NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975)
  • May 3 Bruce Hall, Champaign Ill, rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon)
  • May 3 Van McLain, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 6 Lynn Whitfield, actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge
  • May 6 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour, 1997-2007 )
  • May 6 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • May 6 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • May 7 Pat McInally, American National Football League player
  • May 7 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 8 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • May 9 Daniel Talbot, golfer (Quebec Open-1979, 81, 84), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 9 Gregory Beecroft, Chorpus Christi TX, actor (Guiding Light)
  • May 9 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • May 9 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • May 10 Barbara Moxness, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Lawrence Lau, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • May 10 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 10 John Diamond, English journalist (d. 2001)
  • May 10 Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
  • May 11 Boyd Gaines, actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 11 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • May 14 Bill Meek, Upland PA, prone rifle (Olympics-8th-1996)
  • May 14 Tom Cochrane, rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 14 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 George Brett, American baseball third baseman (KC Royals, 1980 AL MVP), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 15 Mike Oldfield, England, composer (Tubular Bells)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 16 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • May 16 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • May 16 Richard Page, rocker (Mr Mister), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 17 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 17 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 17 Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
  • May 17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • May 18 Helen Chadwick, artist
  • May 18 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • May 19 Henry Lascelles, English grandson of princess Mary
  • May 19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • May 19 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • May 19 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • May 20 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • May 22 John Edward Stevens, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Doris Barnett, German politician
  • May 22 Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • May 24 Alfred Molina, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears), born in London, England
  • May 24 Nell Campbell, [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 25 Donald Albert Weibring Jr, Quincy IL, PGA golfer (1979 Quad Cities)
  • May 25 Jane Priest, Perth Australia, Prince Charles' lover
  • May 25 Rich Alves, Pleasanton California, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake)
  • May 25 Eve Ensler, American playwright
  • May 25 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • May 25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • May 26 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Danny Elfman, composer (Simspon Show Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
  • May 29 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)
  • May 29 Rick Henderson, Beaumont Tx, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around)
  • May 30 Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • May 31 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor
  • 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

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