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What Happened in 1953

Historical Events

1953 in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • Mar 26 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released
  • Apr 3 American magazine "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue; cover features photo of Lucille Ball's new born baby boy, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV (later professionally known as Desi Arnaz, Jr.)
  • Apr 10 "House of Wax" 1st color 3-D movie, premieres in New York
  • Nov 3 "Tokyo Story", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama and Setsuko Hara, is released
  • Dec 1 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold
  • Dec 30 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.

1953 in Sport

  • Feb 20 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • Nov 19 US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business

Did You Know?

Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the United Nations in New York

On December 8, 1953

Would You Believe?

The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV

On April 29, 1953

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage
  • Aug 28 American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces American jazz bassist Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

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