On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1953

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year

Famous Birthdays

  • Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, born in Madrid, Spain
  • John Callahan, American actor (Craig-Santa Barbara, Falcon Crest), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese wrestler (WWF/NWA), born in Kunisaki, ┼îita Prefecture, Japan

Famous Deaths


Person of interestLavrentiy Beria

Lavrentiy Beria, Soviet politician and head of the NKVD secret service, executed after being ousted from power at 54

Head of the Soviet Secret Police Lavrentiy Beria
Head of the Soviet Secret Police
Lavrentiy Beria