April 1953 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 J van Bale appointed governor of New Guinea
  • Apr 1 Walcott Worrell & Weekes all make centuries in innings v India
  • Apr 2 Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
  • Apr 7 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight
  • Apr 7 UN General Assembly begins session that will elect Dag Hammarskj√∂ld of Sweden as Secretary-General

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Apr 8 Jomo Kenyatta convicted of involvement with the Mau Mau rebellion and sentenced to 7 years jail in Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Apr 9 "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue
  • Apr 10 Dag Hammarskj√∂ld becomes the 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Apr 11 Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, & Welfare
  • Apr 11 US Department of Health, Education and Welfare created
  • Apr 12 Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston
  • Apr 14 Viet-Minh offensive in Laos
  • Apr 15 Malans National Party wins South African elections

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Apr 16 British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Apr 23 General Charles P Cabell, USAF, becomes deputy director of CIA

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Apr 24 Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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Apr 25 Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • Apr 27 1st general elections in British Guyana, won by Jagans PPP
  • Apr 29 Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds' center field bleachers
  • Apr 30 Little-Bigger League changes its name to Babe Ruth League

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Barry Sonnenfeld, director (Get Shorty, Men in Black), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician
  • Apr 4 Robert Bertrand, Canadian politician
  • Apr 11 Andrew Wiles, British mathematician
  • Apr 11 Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Apr 13 Stephen Byers, British politician (L), (MG Rover Group controversy), born in Wolverhampton
  • Apr 14 Irina Rudolfovna Pronina, Russian cosmonaut
  • Apr 14 David Buss, Evolutionary psychologist
  • Apr 16 J. Neil Schulman, American writer
  • Apr 20 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist
  • Apr 23 Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • Apr 24 John P Hiler, (Rep-R-IN, 1981- )
  • Apr 25 Ron Clements, American animation director
  • Apr 27 Ellen L Shulman Baker, MD/astronaut (STS 34, 50, 71), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Apr 28 Roberto Bolano, Latin American author and poet
  • Apr 29 Nikolai Nikolayevich Budarin, Kirya Russia, cosmonaut (STS 71, TM-27)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 Biologist Alexander Fleming (71) weds doctor Amalia Koutsouri-Vourekas (41)


Deaths in History

  • Apr 2 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • Apr 4 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 14 Emmanuel K de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22 Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62