Historical Events in December 1953

  • Dec 1 Red Sox trade M McDermott & Tom Umphlett for Wash's Jackie Jensen
  • Dec 1 WAIM (now WAXA) TV channel 40 in Anderson, SC (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 1 WCSH TV channel 6 in Portland, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 Walter Alston named Dodger manager

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Dec 1 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Dec 3 "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances

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Dec 3 Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican Party

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 3 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch' 5th String Quartet
  • Dec 6 Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14
  • Dec 7 Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
  • Dec 7 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, NC (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 8 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
  • Dec 8 Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the UN in New York.
  • Dec 9 General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired
  • Dec 9 Mont Canadiens (106) & Toronto Maple Leafs (98) get 204 penalty mins
  • Dec 10 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" opens at Imperial NYC for 229 performances
  • Dec 10 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 10 WSTV (now WTOV) TV channel 9 in Steubenville-Wheeling, OH (CBS) begins
  • Dec 11 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station
  • Dec 12 Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  • Dec 13 KOAM TV channel 7 in Pittsburg-Joplin, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
  • Dec 15 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 16 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters)
  • Dec 16 Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
  • Dec 17 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • Dec 17 US Federal Communications Commission approves RCA's black & white-compatible color TV specifications
  • Dec 18 KATV TV channel 7 in Little Rock, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 KMID TV channel 2 in Midland & Odessa, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 19 KFYR TV channel 5 in Bismarck, ND (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 Jack Dunn III, owner of Balt Orioles in Intl League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns
  • Dec 23 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Dec 24 Two fast express trains crash head-on killing 103 in Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 24 KHOL (now KHGI) TV channel 13 in Kearney, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 KOA (now KCNC) TV channel 4 in Denver, CO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 24 RenĂ© Coty elected president of France
  • Dec 24 Wellington-Auckland (NZ) express train swept away in flood kills 166
  • Dec 25 Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)
  • Dec 27 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 28 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 30 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
  • Dec 31 Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president
  • Dec 31 WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins
  • Dec 31 Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year
  • Dec 31 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)