On This Day

What Happened in February 1953

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Feb 1 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Feb 1 Dr A de Waal appointed as Netherlands' first female assistant secretary of state
  • Feb 1 Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835
  • Feb 1 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 3 J Fred Muggs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
  • Feb 5 "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Feb 5 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and Helen Hayes win

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • Feb 5 Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
  • Feb 6 Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at 17 yrs 239 days, youngest Aussie
  • Feb 6 US controls on wages & some consumer goods lifted
  • Feb 8 WLVA (now WSET) TV channel 13 in Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA (ABC) begins
  • Feb 9 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9 General Walter Bedell Smith ends term as 4th Director of Central Intelligence Agency; Allen Dulles becomes Acting Director
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • Feb 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Jennifer & John Nicks of GRB

  • Feb 10 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Tenley Albright USA
  • Feb 10 Men's Figure Skating Champion in Davos won by Hayes Alan Jenkins USA
  • Feb 11 J Styne and Bob Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 11 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
  • Feb 12 USSR breaks relations with Israel
  • Feb 13 A's change name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 17 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
  • Feb 18 "Maggie" opens at National Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 18 KOLN TV channel 10 in Lincoln, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 19 Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
  • Feb 19 William Inge's "Picnic" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 20 August A Busch buys the St Louis Cards for $3.75 million
  • Feb 20 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • Feb 21 "Maggie" closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Feb 21 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • Feb 25 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 559 performances
  • Feb 26 Allen Dulles officially promoted from deputy director to become the 5th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 26 10th Golden Globes: "The Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 28 Francis Crick and James Watson discover the chemical structure of DNA-molecule (double-helix polymer)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Andy Mill, American alpine skier (non-placed Olympics, World C'ships; ex-husband of tennis player Chris Evert), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Feb 2 James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • Feb 2 Penny Pulz, Australian golfer (Dinah Shore runner-up 1978), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Feb 2 Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • Feb 3 Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • Feb 4 Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • Feb 4 Kitarō, Japanese New Age composer (Thinking of You), born in Toyohashi, Japan
  • Feb 4 Jerome Powell, American Chair of the US Federal Reserve (2018-), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 5 John Beilein, American basketball head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers 2019; University of Michigan 2007-19), born in Burt, New York
  • Feb 6 Susie Hutchison, American equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96), born in Flintridge, California
  • Feb 7 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 7 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • Feb 8 Mary Steenburgen, Newport Ark, actress (Parenthood, Time After Time)
  • Feb 8 Roger Clavet, Québécois politician
  • Feb 9 André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • Feb 9 Gary Franks, (Rep-R-Connecticut)
  • Feb 9 Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
  • Feb 10 Carl Stone, American electronic composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 10 John Shirley, American sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 11 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • Feb 11 Philip Anglim, American actor (Dane-Thorn Birds), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 11 Stephen Thorne, American naval officer, born in Frankfurt, Germany

Person of interestJeb Bush

Feb 11 John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

Governor of Florida Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida
Jeb Bush
  • Feb 12 Joanna Kerns, [de Varona], actress (Maggie-Growing Pains), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 12 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • Feb 12 Robin Thomas, American actor
  • Feb 13 Sharon Wyatt, American actress (Tiffany-General Hospital), born in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Feb 13 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor), born in Tanzania
  • Feb 13 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2018)
  • Feb 14 Wayne Siegel, composer
  • Feb 14 Carmine Rojas, American composer, musical director and bass guitarist (David Bowie, Joe Bonamassa), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Feb 15 Derek Conway, British MP
  • Feb 15 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 16 Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • Feb 16 George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 16 Janice Dickinson, American model (Vogue) and TV personality (America's Next Top Model), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 16 Roberta Williams, video game designer (Mystery House, Sierra Entertainment), born in La Verne, California
  • Feb 18 Derek Pellicci, English-born Australian rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Robin "Robbie" Bachman, Canadian drummer (BTO-You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Brave Belt), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Feb 19 Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • Feb 19 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina (2007-2015), born in La Plata, Buenos Aires
  • Feb 20 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orchestra), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 20 Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • Feb 21 Christine Ebersole, Park Forest Ill, actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie)
  • Feb 21 William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)
  • Feb 22 Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire), born in Grantham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 22 Nigel Planer, British actor, born in Westminster, London
  • Feb 23 Sallie L Baliunas, astrophysicist
  • Feb 23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 25 Garrett Glaser, entertainment correspondent (Entertainment Tonight)
  • Feb 25 José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain
  • Feb 25 Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
  • Feb 26 Bree Walker, American news anchor (WNBC TV, KNBC TV), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 26 Michael Bolton, American rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 28 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • Feb 28 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver

Person of interestPaul Krugman

Feb 28 Paul Krugman, American economist and New York Times columnist (Nobel Prize in Economics 2008), born in Albany, New York

Economist Paul Krugman
Economist
Paul Krugman

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Actress Agnes Moorehead (52) weds actor & film director Robert Gist (35)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • Feb 8 Cliff Clark, American actor (Kid Glove Killer, Golden Hoofs, Vigilante Hideout), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Feb 9 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), dies at 53
  • Feb 25 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies