Historical Events in 1953 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 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
  • Jul 5 WANC TV channel 21 in Asheville, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 7 35th PGA Championship: Walter Burkemo at Birmingham CC Mich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 Che Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • Jul 8 US stops aid to Persia
  • Jul 9 1st helicopter passenger service (NYC)
  • Jul 9 Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games
  • Jul 10 82nd British Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 282 at Carnoustie Dai Rees
  • Jul 10 Pravda reports arrest of Beria [affiliate of imperialist]
  • Jul 12 KTVB TV channel 7 in Boise, ID (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 13 Battle of the Kumsong River begins - last major battle of the Korean war
  • Jul 14 1st US National monument dedicated to a Negro-George Washington Carver
  • Jul 14 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • Jul 15 ANC members, Walter Sisulu and Duma Nokwe leave South Africa and go overseas under false names
  • Jul 16 KROC (now KTTC) TV channel 10 in Rochester, MN (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 19 KIMA TV channel 29 in Yakima, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 19 WAKR (now WAKC) TV channel 23 in Akron, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 20 USSR/Israel recover diplomatic relations
  • Jul 20 The United Nations Economic and Social Council votes to make UNICEF a permanent agency.
  • Jul 24 KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 25 NYC transit fare rises from 10 cents to 15 cents, 1st use of subway tokens
  • Jul 26 Cuban pirate radio station's 1st transmission at Santiago de Cuba

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 26 Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the "26th of July Movement," against Fulgenico Batista's regime in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Jul 26 Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle orders an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona, which becomes known as the Short Creek Raid.
  • Jul 26 40th Tour de France won by Louison Bobet of France
  • Jul 27 North Korea & UN sign armistice
  • Jul 27 Vatican disallows priest holiday work in factory
  • Jul 27 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, & Bill Klem & Tom Connolly are inducted into Hall of Fame
  • Jul 29 US bomber shot down by Soviet Air Defence Forces in the Sea of Japan, north of Vladivostok
  • Jul 30 Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance.
  • Aug 1 California introduces sales tax (for education)
  • Aug 1 Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
  • Aug 1 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, MO (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Aug 1 Red Sox Ben Flowers sets then record of 8 consecutive games in relief
  • Aug 2 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • Aug 2 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 3 Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Aug 4 Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
  • Aug 4 Vic Raschi sets pitcher record by driving in 7 runs & wins 15-0
  • Aug 5 Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 5 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Best Picture 1954)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 6 Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 7 Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet
  • Aug 8 Russia's Georgi Malenkov reports possession of hydrogen bomb
  • Aug 8 US & South Korea initial a mutual security pact
  • Aug 9 Premier Mohammed Abdullah of Kashmir fired
  • Aug 12 Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • Aug 12 Heavy earthquake strikes the Ionian islands, 435 killed
  • Aug 12 Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb
  • Aug 13 4-5 million French go on strike against economizations
  • Aug 13 US President Dwight Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee
  • Aug 13 General Omar Bradley becomes US chief of staff
  • Aug 14 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
  • Aug 14 KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, MT (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 16 KTAL TV channel 6 in Shreveport-Texarkana, LA (NBC) begins
  • Aug 16 Shah of Persia & princess Soraya flee to Baghdad & Rome
  • Aug 17 Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • Aug 19 England regained cricket Ashes after winning series 1-0
  • Aug 19 The democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh is overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project)
  • Aug 20 General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests premier Mossadeq of Persia
  • Aug 20 Russia publicly acknowledges hydrogen bomb test detonation
  • Aug 20 14th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • Aug 21 Baseball player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) & Allie Reynolds (AL) hire John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiation
  • Aug 21 Marion Carl in Douglas Skyrocket reaches record 25,370 m
  • Aug 21 Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed
  • Aug 22 John Norman Lewis contends players have no desire to form a union
  • Aug 22 Shah of Iran returns to Tehran
  • Aug 23 Braves' Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • Aug 23 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • Aug 23 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Ymuiden in North Sea, 21 die
  • Aug 23 KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 23 Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3")
  • Aug 23 USSR performs nuclear test

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 27 "Roman Holiday", starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert, is released

  • Aug 28 "Me & Juliet" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances
  • Aug 29 KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 29 USSR explodes its first hydrogen bomb
  • Aug 31 KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 31 WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins
  • Sep 1 101°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Sept
  • Sep 1 Fokker begins building F-27 Fokker Friendship
  • Sep 1 WNOK (now WLTX) TV channel 19 in Columbia, SC (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 1 WTCN (now KARE) TV channel 11 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (MET) begins
  • Sep 3 European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 French minister Francois Mitterrand, resigns due to colonial policy

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • Sep 4 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • Sep 4 WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 4 Yanks become 1st team to win 5 consecutive championship
  • Sep 5 1st privately operated atomic reactor-Raleigh, NC
  • Sep 5 US give Persian premier Zahedi $45 million aid

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 6 Konrad Adenauer's CDU wins elections in German Federal Republic

German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
German Chancellor
Konrad Adenauer

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 6 Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 73rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Tony Trabert beats Vic Seixas (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 7 67th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 8 "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater NY for 6 performances
  • Sep 8 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgeno corona
  • Sep 9 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WFIE TV channel 14 in Evansville, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting