What Happened on December 31, 1953

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Bill Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year
  • Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president
  • WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • James Remar, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jane Badler, actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Yahya Ould Hademine, Mauritanian 13th Prime Minister of Mauritania (2014-present), born in Timb├ędra, French West Africa

Famous Deaths

  • Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer and founder (KLM), dies at 64