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.

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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)

Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh
Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Mosaddegh
  • Aug 20 General Fazlollah Zahedi arrests Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in a CIA supported coup d'état
  • 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 Mary Matalin, American political consultant
  • 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 (O.J. 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