On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1953

Historical Events

  • 19th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)

United Nations Speech

Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the United Nations in New York

Famous Birthdays

  • Kim Basinger, American actress
  • Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist
  • Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida

Sam Kinison

Sam Kinison, American screaming comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1992)

  • Stan Harrison, American rock and jazz saxophonist and woodwind player (Mud Music Ensemble)

Famous Weddings

John Diefenbaker

Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

1953 Highlights

About December 8, 1953

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 68 years, 1 month and 14 days
Leap Year: No

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