On This Day

What Happened on August 23, 1953

Historical Events

  • Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • Dutch DC-6 crashes near Ymuiden in North Sea, 21 die
  • Former Boston Braves pitcher Phil Paine becomes first major leaguer to play in Japan; on military service with U.S. Air Force plays first of 9 games for Nishitetsu Lions

Sports History

Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten

  • 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
1953 Highlights

About August 23, 1953

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 3 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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