Historical Events in January 1953

  • 1st Ernest Blochs "Suite Hebraique," premieres
  • 1st WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 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
  • 1st The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • 1st 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
  • 1st 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
  • 1st 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
  • 2nd NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • 3rd Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • 4th KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 5th -6] Passenger ships Willem Ruys & Orange collide in the Red Sea

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5th Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot" premieres in Paris

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 6th WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 6th The first Asian Socialist Conference opens in Burma

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7th US President Harry Truman announces American development of the hydrogen bomb

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
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  • 8th Indians bar night games with Browns (who refuse to share TV receipts)
  • 8th RenĂ© Mayer forms French government
  • 9th Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • 9th Korean ferryboat "Chang Tyong-Ho" sank off Pusan killing 249
  • 10th "My Darlin' Aida" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 89 performances
  • 10th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Archibald MacLeish
  • 10th NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 27-7

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11th J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 12th 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow
  • 13th Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14
  • 13th KOLD TV channel 13 in Tucson, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13th Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia
  • 13th 3rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 79-75 at Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 14th Vaughan William's "Sinfonia Antartica" premieres in Manchester
  • 14th WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 14th Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)
  • 15th 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Washington, D.C. station
  • 15th GDR Min of Foreign affairs Georg Dertingen arrested for "espionage"
  • 15th East Germany purges senior officials, accused of spying for 'imperialistic powers' and plotting against the state
  • 16th Egyptian Premier Gen Naguib disbands all political parties
  • 16th KXLY TV channel 4 in Spokane, WA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 17th 41st Women's Australian Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Julia Sampson (6-3, 6-2)

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17th 41st Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

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18th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 19th Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary
  • 20th 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY

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20th 1st live US coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 21st John Foster Dulles appointed as US Secretary of State

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22nd Arthur Miller's "Crucible" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
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  • 22nd 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 23rd Bobby Simpson makes 1st-class debut for NSW 16 yrs 357 days
  • 23rd NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • 23rd NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conf
  • 25th WABI TV channel 5 in Bangor, ME (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 25th Yuri Sergejev skates world record 500m in 40.9 sec
  • 27th Netherlands end Marshall aid
  • 28th J Fred Muggs (the chimp) joins NBC's "Today Show"
  • 28th WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 31st "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die
  • 31st Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
  • 31st NY, Cleveland, & Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues