December 1953 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican Party

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Dec 3 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch' 5th String Quartet
  • Dec 6 Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14
  • Dec 7 Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
  • Dec 8 Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the UN in New York.
  • Dec 9 General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired
  • Dec 12 Chuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 in Bell X-1A rocket plane
  • Dec 16 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters)
  • Dec 16 Charles E Yeager fly > 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A
  • Dec 17 US Federal Communications Commission approves RCA's black & white-compatible color TV specifications
  • Dec 24 Two fast express trains crash head-on killing 103 in Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 24 René Coty elected president of France
  • Dec 24 Wellington-Auckland (NZ) express train swept away in flood kills 166
  • Dec 25 Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)
  • Dec 31 Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president
  • Dec 31 Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Meg Griffin, DJ (WNEW-FM, WPLJ-FM, WKRK-FM)/VJ (V-1)
  • Dec 6 Wil Shriner, NYC/Indiana, talk show host (Wil Shriner Show)
  • Dec 7 Bertin Osborne, Italian entertainer
  • Dec 8 Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist
  • Dec 13 Tom Sanders, Jackson Wyoming, aerial cameraman (Living Daylights)
  • Dec 13 Ben Bernanke, American economist and current United States Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Dec 14 Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician
  • Dec 14 Mikael Odenberg, Swedish politician
  • Dec 15 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • Dec 18 Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen bard
  • Dec 21 Tina Brown, journalist (New Yorker)
  • Dec 23 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia
  • Dec 24 François Loos, French politician
  • Dec 25 Arnella Flynn, Errol Flynn's daughter, born in Rome, Italy
  • Dec 26 Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Dec 26 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician and current President of the Dominican Republic
  • Dec 29 Stanley Tookie Williams, American author/murderer (executed 2005)
  • Dec 30 Daniel T Barry, Norwalk Ct, PhD/MD/astronaut (STS 72)
  • Dec 30 Bill Kazmaier, American powerlifter
  • Dec 30 Harald Schmautz, German-born journalist
  • Dec 30 Meredith Vieira, American television journalist

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 8 Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 27 Broadcasting pioneer Roone Arledge (22) weds Joan Heise at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • Dec 6 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 19 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • Dec 19 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • Dec 20 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • Dec 27 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
  • Dec 31 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64