What Happened on August 23, 1953

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Alberto Ascari of Italy clinches his second FIA World Championship of Drivers by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten in a Ferrari
  • Braves' Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • Dutch DC-6 crashes near Ymuiden in North Sea, 21 die
  • KBAK TV channel 29 in Bakersfield, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3")
  • USSR performs nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Gubby, English rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • Klaus-Dietrich Flade, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14), born in B├╝desheim, Germany