August 1953 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 California introduces sales tax (for education)

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Aug 1 Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Aug 1 Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • Aug 3 Frank Blair becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Aug 4 Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
  • Aug 5 Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
  • 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

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Aug 13 US President Dwight Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Aug 13 General Omar Bradley becomes US chief of staff
  • Aug 16 Shah of Persia & princess Soraya flee to Baghdad & Rome
  • Aug 17 Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 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 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 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Ymuiden in North Sea, 21 die
  • Aug 23 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Aug 29 USSR explodes its first hydrogen bomb

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • Aug 7 Anne Fadiman, American writer; daughter of Clifton Fadiman
  • Aug 10 Mark Doty, American poet and prose writer
  • Aug 14 Cliff Johnson, American computer game author
  • Aug 16 Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris Fla, hostess (Live with Regis & Kathie Lee)
  • Aug 17 Robert Brent Thirsk, BC Canada, astronaut (STS 78)
  • Aug 17 Judith Regan, American book publisher
  • Aug 18 Louie Gohmert, American politician
  • Aug 19 Johan F de Leeuw, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Aug 19 Mary Matalin, American political consultant
  • Aug 21 Ivan Stang, American writer
  • Aug 23 Klaus-Dietrich Flade, German FR, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • Aug 29 James Quesada, Nicaraguan/American anthropologist
  • Aug 30 Ron George, American politician
  • Aug 31 Marcia Clark, [Kleks], LA DA (OJ Simpson Case), born in Berkeley, California
  • Aug 31 György Károly, Hungarian author

Weddings in History

  • Aug 30 Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in NYC

Deaths in History

  • Aug 11 Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
  • Aug 15 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • Aug 17 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66