Historical Events in February 1953

  • Feb 1 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Feb 1 Dr A de Waal appointed as Netherlands' first female assistant secretary of state
  • Feb 1 Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835
  • Feb 1 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 J Fred Muggs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
  • Feb 5 "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Feb 5 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell & Helen Hayes win

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • Feb 5 Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
  • Feb 6 Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at 17 yrs 239 days, youngest Aussie
  • Feb 6 US controls on wages & some consumer goods lifted
  • Feb 8 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 8 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • Feb 9 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9 General Walter Bedell Smith, USA, ends term as 4th director of CIA Allen Dulles, becomes acting director of CIA
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • Feb 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Jennifer & John Nicks of GRB
  • Feb 10 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Tenley Albright USA
  • Feb 10 Men's Figure Skating Champion in Davos won by Hayes Alan Jenkins USA
  • Feb 11 J Styne and Bob Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 11 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Feb 12 USSR breaks relations with Israel
  • Feb 13 A's change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 17 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
  • Feb 18 "Maggie" opens at National Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 18 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 18 Premiere of 1st 3-D feature film,"Bwana Devil" (NYC)
  • Feb 19 Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
  • Feb 19 William Inge's "Picnic" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20 August A Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million
  • Feb 20 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • Feb 21 "Maggie" closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • Feb 21 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • Feb 25 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances
  • Feb 26 Allen Dulles promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 26 10th Golden Globes: The Greatest Show on Earth, Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Feb 28 Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev & Malenkov

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev