On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 1953

Historical Events

  • Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • Heavy earthquake strikes the Ionian islands, 435 killed
  • Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb

Famous Birthdays

  • Peter Ostroushko, American fiddler, mandolin player, and composer (A Prairie Home Companion), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2021)
1953 Highlights

About August 12, 1953

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 2 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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