What Happened on December 31, 1953

Historical Events

  • 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)

Sports History

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, American actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jane Badler, American actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Michael Hedges, American new age guitarist and composer, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1997)
  • Yahya Ould Hademine, Mauritanian politician & 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
1953 Highlights

About December 31, 1953

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 8 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Answer Me - David Whitfield