What Happened on January 1, 1953

Historical Events

  • 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
  • 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
  • 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
  • Ernest Blochs "Suite Hebraique," premieres
  • The Bantu Education Act (later renamed the Black Education Act) commenced, providing the legal underpinning of several aspects of the apartheid system, most importantly in education
  • The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • WBRE TV channel 28 in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
1953 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Alpha Blondy [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer ("Jerusalem")
  • Gary Johnson, American businessman, politician and Libertarian Party nominee for President in 2016, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • Kevin Hangon, composer
  • Zenon Plech, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (World C'ship individual 1979, pairs 1980 runner-up), born in Zwierzyn, Poland (d. 2020)
Born in 1953

Famous Deaths

Hank WilliamsHank Williams (1923-1953)

American country singer-songwriter ("Cold Cold Heart"; "Hey, Good Lookin'"; "Your Cheatin' Heart"), dies of an alcohol and painkiller fueled heart attack at 29

  • Ludomir Różycki, Polish composer and conductor (Eros i Psyche; Pan Twardowski), dies at 69

About January 1, 1953

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 70 years, 5 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • UK #1 Song: Here In My Heart - Al Martino