Historical Events for Year 1953

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Jan 1st - Ernest Blochs "Suite Hebraique," premieres
Jan 1st - WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
Jan 1st - The Bantu Education Act (later renamed the Black Education Act) commenced, providing the legal underpinning of several aspects of the apartheid system, most importantly in education
Jan 1st - The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
Jan 1st - 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
Jan 1st - 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
Jan 1st - 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
Jan 2nd - NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
Jan 3rd - Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
Jan 4th - KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
Jan 5th - -6] Passenger ships Willem Ruys & Orange collide in the Red Sea
Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel BeckettPlaywright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett Jan 5th - Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot" premieres in Paris
Jan 6th - WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 7th - US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb
Jan 8th - Indians bar night games with Browns (who refuse to share TV receipts)
Jan 8th - René Mayer forms French government
Jan 9th - Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
Jan 9th - Korean ferryboat "Chang Tyong-Ho" sank off Pusan killing 249
Jan 10th - "My Darlin' Aida" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 89 perfs
Jan 10th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish
Jan 10th - NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 27-7
Jan 11th - J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club
Jan 12th - 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover Jan 13th - Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14
Jan 13th - KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 13th - Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia
Jan 13th - 3rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 79-75 at Fort Wayne, Indiana
Jan 14th - Vaughan William's "Sinfonia Antartica" premieres in Manchester
Jan 14th - WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
Jan 14th - Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)
Jan 15th - 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station
Jan 15th - GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
Jan 15th - East Germany purges senior officials, accused of spying for 'imperialistic powers' and plotting against the state
Jan 16th - Egyptian Premier Gen Naguib disbands all political parties
Jan 16th - KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 17th - 41st Women's Australian Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Julia Sampson (6-3, 6-2)
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken RosewallTennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall Jan 17th - 41st Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0, 6-3, 6-4)
Jan 18th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
Jan 19th - Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary
Jan 20th - 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY
Jan 20th - 1st live US coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
Jan 21st - John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State
Jan 22nd - Arthur Miller's "Crucible," premieres in NYC
Jan 22nd - 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
Jan 23rd - Bobby Simpson makes 1st-class debut for NSW 16 yrs 357 days
Jan 23rd - NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
Jan 23rd - NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conf
Jan 25th - WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 25th - Yuri Sergejev skates world record 500m in 40.9 sec
Playwright Arthur MillerPlaywright Arthur Miller Jan 27th - Netherlands end Marshall aid
Jan 28th - J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
Jan 28th - WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 28th - 19-year old Derek Bentley is hanged in Wandsworth Prison, London, controversially convicted of the murder of a police officer. He was pardoned on 30th July 1998.
Jan 29th - 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
Jan 31st - "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die
Jan 31st - Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
Jan 31st - NY, Cleveland, & Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues
Feb 1st - "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts
Broadcast Journalist Walter CronkiteBroadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite Feb 1st - "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television
Feb 1st - Dr A de Waal appointed as Neth 1st female asst sect of state
Feb 1st - Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835
Feb 1st - WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
Feb 3rd - J Fred Muggs, a chimp, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
Feb 5th - "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC
Feb 5th - 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell & Helen Hayes win
Feb 5th - Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
Feb 6th - Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at 17 yrs 239 days, youngest Aussie
Feb 6th - US controls on wages & some consumer goods lifted
Feb 8th - Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
Feb 8th - WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
Feb 9th - "Adventures of Superman" TV series premieres in syndication
Feb 9th - WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
Feb 9th - General Walter Bedell Smith, USA, ends term as 4th director of CIA Allen W Dulles, becomes acting director of CIA
Feb 10th - Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
Feb 10th - Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Jennifer & John Nicks of GRB
Feb 10th - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Tenley Albright USA
Feb 10th - Men's Figure Skating Champion in Davos won by Hayes Alan Jenkins USA
Feb 11th - J Styne/B Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower Feb 11th - President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
Feb 11th - USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
Feb 12th - USSR breaks relations with Israel
Feb 13th - A's change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium
Feb 16th - Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal
Feb 17th - DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
Feb 18th - "Maggie" opens at National Theater NYC for 5 performances
Feb 18th - KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 18th - Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film,"Bwana Devil" (NYC)
Feb 19th - Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
Feb 19th - William Inge's "Picnic" premieres in NYC
Feb 20th - August A Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million
Feb 20th - US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams Feb 21st - "Maggie" closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances
Feb 21st - Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
Feb 21st - Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
Feb 25th - "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 perfs
Feb 26th - Allen W Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
Feb 26th - 10th Golden Globes: The Greatest Show on Earth, Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win
Feb 28th - Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev & Malenkov
Mar 1st - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
Mar 1st - KAUZ TV channel 6 in Wichita Falls, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 1st - KTNT (now KSTW) TV channel 11 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins
Mar 1st - WJZ-AM in NYC becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission
Mar 1st - WFBG TV (later WTAJ) channel 10 in Altoona, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin Mar 1st - Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.
Mar 3rd - Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed
Mar 3rd - Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
Mar 5th - 6th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Sound Barrier" Best Film
Mar 6th - Malenkov becomes chairman of the USSR
Mar 7th - Jackie McGlew scores 255* v NZ at Wellington
Mar 8th - "Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 90 performances
Mar 8th - Census indicates 239,000 farmers gave up farming in last 2 years
Mar 8th - KSWO TV channel 7 in Lawton, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
Mar 8th - Patty Berg wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
Mar 8th - WFMJ TV channel 21 in Youngstown, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 9th - Josef Stalin buried in Moscow
Mar 11th - 1st woman army doctor commissioned (FM Adams)
Mar 11th - American B-47 accidentally drops a nuclear bomb 15,000 feet on Mars Bluff, South Carolina; it created a crater 75 feet acrosss, but the nuclear core did not detonate, due to 6 safety catches
Mar 14th - KOLR TV channel 10 in Springfield, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 15th - Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Mar 15th - West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
Mar 16th - AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St Louis Browns to Baltimore
Mar 17th - Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St Louis Browns for $2,475M
Mar 17th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Mar 17th - WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 17th - WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 18th - 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
Mar 18th - Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
Mar 18th - Earthquake strikes West Turkey, 250 die
Mar 18th - KGNC (now KAMR) TV channel 4 in Amarillo, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
Mar 18th - NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
Playwright Tennessee WilliamsPlaywright Tennessee Williams Mar 19th - Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real" premieres in NYC
Mar 19th - 25th Academy Awards - "Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper & Shirley Booth win (1st time televised)
Mar 20th - Senator Edwin C Johnson offers a bill to give clubs the sole
Mar 21st - NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
Mar 22nd - AntonínZápotockýchosen as president of Czechoslovakia
Mar 22nd - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
Mar 24th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Mar 26th - Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio
Mar 27th - 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio
Mar 28th - "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 perfs
Mar 28th - "Stock exchanges open, dikes closed" raises 5,200,000 guilders
Mar 28th - 7th Tony Awards: Crucible & Wonderful Town win
Mar 28th - KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk Mar 28th - US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
Mar 28th - US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
Mar 28th - 107th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Early Mist wins
Mar 29th - Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open
Mar 30th - Albert Einstein announces revised unified field theory
Mar 31st - US Department of Health, Education & Welfare established
Mar 31st - UN Security Council nominates Dag Hammarskjoeld secretary-general

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