On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1953

Historical Events

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Ben Flowers sets then MLB record of 8 consecutive games in relief
  • California introduces sales tax (for education)

Historic Event

Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, Oregon (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

Famous Birthdays

  • Robert Cray, American Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, and singer ("Smoking Gun"; "The Forecast Calls for Pain"), born in Columbus, Georgia
1953 Highlights

About August 1, 1953

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 2 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo